Young string players are invited to participate in the 3rd Music Camp «Cremona per Archi» (Cremona for Strings), organized by Rotary Club Cremona and Rotary Club Cremona Po, with the collaboration of Rotaract Club Cremona. Besides the technical-instrumental and interpretative course with international teachers, the program provides: theoretical and historical lectures, organized by the University of Pavia, School of Musicology, and the Istituto Superiore di studi musicali «Claudio Monteverdi»; visit of the Museo del Violino with the historical collection of string instruments (Amati, Stradivari, Guarneri); visit of a leading violinmaker; public performances.
18 - 24 years of age.
12 players (4-6 violins, 3-4 violas, 3-4 cellos); the Camp is opened to musicians from all over the world; only one representative per nation possibly.
Besides the usual aims of the Rotary Youth Exchange, to create at least three chamber music groups (from quartet to octet), which will be given the opportunity of playing in public concerts at the end of the camp. The participants will play on the instruments of “A. Stradivari” Museo del Violino Foundation, winners of several editions of “Concorso Internazionale di Liuteria”, organized by the Foundation itself, and on prestigious instruments of the most important contemporary violin makers, provided with the partnership of the Istituto di Istruzione Superiore «A. Stradivari» (International School for Violin making - Cremona).
Entrance and attendance fee is € 300,00 (to be paid after admittance) and includes board and lodging, as well as any educational activity and planned visits; not included: travel to and from Cremona and personal expenses. No refund is due in case of withdrawal.
Each participant must be fully insured against accident, sickness and civil claims.
In Cremona, no earlier than 10.00 a.m. on Saturday, 14th June, and no later than 7.00 p.m. on Sunday, 15th June 2014.
From Cremona on Saturday, 28th June 2014 (check out in the morning).
Applications, recordings, Curriculum Vitae must be received no later than 28th February 2014.
Rotary Club Cremona Po, c/o Giorgio Giambiasi, Via R. Manna n. 28, 26100 Cremona, Italy; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Giovanni Gnocchi (Italy), cello
Studied with Rocco Filippini, Mario Brunello and Enrico Bronzi and completed postgraduate study at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Clemens Hagen. After his debut as soloist (Vivaldi Concerto for two cellos with Yo-Yo-Ma), he studied with Heinrich Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Natalia Gutman, Antonio Meneses, Pieter Wispelwey and the Trio di Trieste. In 2002 he was appointed principal cello at the Camerata Salzburg. As chamber musician, he has appeared with Andrea Lucchesini, Leonidas Kavakos, Barbara Bonney, Christine Schäfer, Enrico Bronzi, the Mahler Chamber Soloists; he was founder of the Florestan Quartet and the David Trio. After playing as guest principal cello in several European orchestras (Philharmonia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart, Bamberger Symphoniker), since 2008 he is a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Mr. Gnocchi teaches at the Accademia “Incontri col Maestro” at Imola, and is regularly invited to teach cello and chamber music masterclass in Portogruaro, Santiago de Compostela, and Salzburg. Recently he was in tour with Kavakos, Piernarciso Masi, Paolo Chiavacci and I Musici di Parma. Since 2009 he plays in duo with the pianist Chiara Opalio. From 2013 he has been holding a cello professorship at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
The Maggini Stiftung enables him to play on a Balestrieri cello, and he uses a bow by Giovanni Lucchi.
Roman Simović (Montenegro), violin
Roman Simović is a leader with the London Symphony Orchestra. He performs in Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Israel, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Canada, the USA and South America. He has given recitals at the world’s most prestigious venues, among them the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Grand Opera House in Tel Aviv, Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Barbican Hall in London, the Seoul Arts Center, the Grieg Hall in Bergen and the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. He has been a prize-winner at numerous international competitions: the International Rodolfo Lipizer Violin Competition (Italy), the International Violin Competition in Sion Valais (Switzerland), the International Abram Yampolsky Violin Competition (Russia) and the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (Poland).
As a soloist, the musician performs with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (South Africa), the Symphony Nova Scotia (Canada), the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (South Africa), the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Hungary), the Camerata Bern (Switzerland), the Camerata Salzburg (Austria), the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall Chamber Orchestra (Turkey), the Kiev Philharmonic, the Lvov Philharmonic, the Moskoviachamber orchestra (Russia), the Filarmônica de Minas Gerais (Brazil), the Poznań and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras, the Serbian Radio and TV Orchestra and the Seoul Sinfonietta (South Korea) among others.
In addition to his career as a recitalist, Roman Simović frequently performs with chamber ensembles. He founded the acclaimed Rubicon String Quartet with which he performs to this day in addition to touring and recording. The musician also teaches in the USA, Great Britain, South Korea, Serbia, Montenegro and Israel. Roman Simović performs on a 1752 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, generously provided by Jonathan Moulds, President of the Bank of America.
Sidonie Riha (Germany), violin
Studied violin with Boris Belkin, Charles-André Linale and Mikail Vaiman, and viola with Mikail Kugel. Furthermore she followed a two years postgraduate program with Prof. Eberhard Feltz at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin to specialize on string quartet playing and finished her studies cum laude. As second violinist of the Dutch Rubens Quartet and the German Faust Quartet, she concentrated almost 10 years on playing string quartet, and performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonie, Opera Oslo, and in the International Festival Quartuor a cordes Luberon (F), Festival Schleswig-Holstein (D) and the Gergiev Festival (NL). As chamber musician, she has also collaborated with the Borodin Quartet, Mitsuko Shirai, Karl Leister, Inon Barnatan and Ariadne Daskalakis. Sidonie Riha is regularly teaching in chamber music seminars: she was guest teacher at the Barratt Due Music Institute Oslo, Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Conservatory of Rotterdam. Her pedagogic interest inspired her to invent children concerts and music projects for schools. In 2010 she became artistic director of the “Foundation Chamber music Ateliers Netherlands”, which provides chamber music education to children, conservatory students and amateur players.
Sidonie Riha plays on a violin made by Bernardo Calcani (1750, Genua).
Anna Serova (Russia), viola
Studied with Vladimir Stopicev, Bruno Giuranna and Juri Bashmet, and has appeared in some of the most important concert seasons and international festivals as soloist and chamber musician since. Many important composers have their works dedicated to her in recent years, creating a new genre that merges the form of a concert piece with stage action. There are also some World Premiere Performances, such as “Tang-Jok(Her)” by Azio Corghi at L’Aquila Festival, “Dumka” by Paolo Pessina in Moscow, and the opera tragedy “Giocasta” by Corghi at the Olympic Theatre of Vicenza; she also performed “The Holocaust Requiem” by B. Pigovat, in Manaus (a premiere for Brazil), and “Viola Tango Rock Concert” by the composer Benjamin Yusupov in Belgrade (a premiere for Serbia). She has collaborated with Ivry Gitlis, Bruno Giuranna, Salvatore Accardo, Rocco Filippini, Filippo Faes and Toby Hoffman a. o., appearing as a soloist with orchestras such as Moscow State Symphony, Siberian Symphony, Karelia Symphony, Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, Arkhangelsk State Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico, Orchestra da Camera del Teatro Amazonas. Anna Serova is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Biella “L. Perosi” International Academy and also frequently holds viola and chamber music masterclasses. The CD “Viola Collection – Anna Serova Plays the 1615 Amati Viola «La Stauffer»” has been mentioned as one of the most interesting new albums of 2011 in iTunes. A few of her recordings have been praised by critics and have earned awards and recognition.
- L. Boccherini, Quintet in E major
- J. Haydn, Quartets op. 33, n. 1-2
- W. A. Mozart, «Haydn» Quartets, n. 1-2; Quintets K 515, K 516
- L. van Beethoven, Quartets op. 18, n. 1-2
- F. Schubert, Quintet in C op. 163
- F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Quartets op. 12, op. 13; Quintets op. 18, op. 87; Octet op. 20
- G. Verdi, Quartet
- Arensky, Quartet op. 35
- J. Brahms, Sextets op. 18, op. 36; Quartets op. 51, No. 1-2
- P. I. Tschaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence
- H. Wolf, Italienische Serenade
- R. Strauss, Sextet from Capriccio
- G. Puccini, Crisantemi
- Webern, Langsamer Satz
- D. Shostakovich, Quartet n. 8 in C minor op. 110
Only selections from this list will be studied during the workshop. Applicants shall indicate eight of the compositions listed above on the application form; artistic committee will consider these indications in assigning each participant her/his repertoire. A final list of the compositions that have to be prepared before the beginning of the workshop will be communicated by 1st May 2014.
Four theoretical and historical lectures
- Classic and Romantic Chamber Music: a Survey.
- Chamber Music in the 21st Century.
- Violin Making in Cremona: a World-renowned Tradition.
- Operatic Composers and Chamber Music.
- Saturday, June 21st, 07:00 pm: public teachers concert.
- Wednesday, June 25th, 08:00 pm: students concert at R. C. Cremona official meeting (gala evening).
- Thursday, June 26th, 08:00 pm: students concert at R. C. Cremona Po official meeting (gala evening).
- Friday, June 27th, 09:00 pm: public students concert.