Maestro Gianni Bergamo
Gianni Bergamo was born in Milan, Italy in 1941, attended primary school in Italy and Liceo in Switzerland. After a degree in Economy (1964) at the Catholic University of Milan, he dedicated himself to the study of music with Tissoni (harmony and composition), D. Maffeis (organ) and N. Sanzogno (orchestra conducting) at the Conservatory of Bergamo, Italy.
From 1964 to 1994 has been a businessman with his own import-export, real estate and finance companies, though at the same time he has remained close to music and to its world.
In 1990 he created the Cultural Association “Gli Amici Cantori”, first as a chorus alone, then later accompanied by an orchestra. He has given many concerts in Italy with them, preferring the symphonic-sacred repertoire (masses, oratories, passions, etc.).
At present, he lives in Santiago del Chile.
Simone Gramaglia is the viola player and one of the founders of the Quartetto di Cremona.
Passionate chamber music player, Simone regularly collaborates with artists such as Antonio Meneses, Lawrence Dutton, Andrea Lucchesini, Jamie Walton, Quartetto Pavel Haas, Emerson String Quartet, performing at the most prestigious concert halls all over the world (among them, Lincoln Centre New York, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Santa Cecilia, NCPA Beijing, Salle Gaveau Paris, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires).
As a soloist Simone regularly performs with numerous orchestras and pianists and frequently collaborates with the Italian guitarist Luigi Attademo. Both his chamber and solo repertoire includes works from the Classical and Romantic period, as well as 20th century composers, with special attention given to rarely-performed and contemporary Italian composers.
Since 2011, he has been String Quartet Professor at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona and he also gives master classes in Europe, Asia and the USA. Simone is proudly involved in several projects supporting young musicians: he is Artistic Director of the international network “Le Dimore del Quartetto” and of the “Sergio Dragoni” String Quartet Competition.
Simone Gramaglia plays a 1680 Gioachino Torazzi viola on kind loan from Kulturfonds Peter Eckes (Germany). He has been the first Italian viola player recipient of the Stradivarius Viola “Paganini” on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation (Tokyo).
Marcello Parolini was born in Milan, and received his diploma at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory of Milan in piano (with the highest marks) with L. Leonardi and in composition with S. Gorli and U. Rotondi, obtaining successfully his diploma in Milan.
He was permanent conductor of the “Ensemble Traiettorie Sonore” and of the Baveno Festival Ensemble. He collaborated with the group “Musica XX” and the choir of the “Nuova Polifonica Ambrosiana”. At present, he is permanent conductor of the SIMCensemble.
He has collaborated with several ensembles (Ensemble Nuove Sincronie, Divertimento Ensemble, Tactus Ensemble, Orchestra Cantelli, Orchestra Verdi etc) and has recorded for Stradivarius, Ricordi, Agorà, Eucled, Curci, RAI, Radio France and BBC.
He was awarded at several competitions, he teaches at the CSM C. Abbado in Milan. Beside his teaching activity, he is director of the Music School “Scuola Civica Cassano d’Adda”. He is often invited as jury member of the “Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award” in Lugano and permanently plays in duo with the famous harmonica player Willi Burger.
“…a first-rate violinist with a rich tonal palette, fine technique and a lovely singing vibrato…. a musician of surprising honesty and maturity” (The STRAD)
A prize-winner at three of the most prestigious international violin competitions – the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Queen Elizabeth in Brussels and the Indianapolis – Marco Rizzi has soon been recognised as one of the most interesting young violinists of his generation and was awarded the Europäischen Musikförderpreis on the recommendation of Claudio Abbado.
Marco Rizzi is regarded as one of the most appreciated musicians from Italy. He regularly appeared in leading concert halls such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Lincoln Center in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonic Society of Brussels, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Hamburger Musikhalle, the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Tivoli of Copenhagen. He worked with such notable conductors as R. Chailly, G. Noseda, A. Ceccato, P. Eötvös, V. Jurowski, S. Denéve, G. Neuhold and was soloist with orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre de Concerts Lamoureux, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orquesta RTVE of Madrid, BBC Scottish, Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano ‘G.Verdi’, Radio Chamber Orchestra Holland, and many others.
Passionate about chamber music, Marco Rizzi cooperates with artists like A. Lucchesini, M. Brunello, E. Dindo, L. Zylberstein, G. Hoffman, N. Imai, M. Fischer-Dieskau, D. Poppen, and is dedicatee of various contemporary works composed by A. Corghi, L. Francesconi, F. Vacchi, U. Bombardelli, C. Galante and U. Leyendecker among others.
Marco Rizzi recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Amadeus, Nuova Era, Dynamic, Warehouse, etc.
Marco Rizzi resides in Germany, leading an international class first at the Hochschule für Musik -Detmold (Germany) (1999 -2008). In October 2008 he was appointed at the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim and since September 2007 he is also professor at the renomated Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. His students have been prize-winners in important international competitions. He is also regularly serving as juror in some of the most prestigious violin competitions, such as the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Bruxelles), the Joachim Violin Competition (Hannover) or the Paganini Violin Competition (Genova).
Marco Rizzi plays on the “Baron Knoop” 1743 violin by Pietro Guarneri, owned by the foundation “Il Canale” ONLUS.