The Italian clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi began his clarinet studies at 10 years old at the Conservatory of Parma where he later graduated with honors and laude.
Principal Clarinet of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Corrado Giuffredi has also performed in numerous concerts and international festivals around the world with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala under the batons of Riccardo Muti and Daniel Barenboim. During the seasons 2010 and 2012, Giora Feidman invited Corrado to perform master classes and concerts in Safed and Jerusalem, Israel. Recently Cecilia Bartoli invited Corrado to perform Rossini clarinet variations at Salzburg Whitsun Festival with I Barocchisti and Diego Fasolis.
Having performed the Italian premiere of Krzistof Penderecki’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Corrado’s chamber music repertoire includes performances with: Martha Argerich, Maurizio Baglini, Boris Belkin, Silvia Chiesa, Larry Combs, Eddie Daniels, Enrico Fagone, Andrea Griminelli, Ricardo Morales, Danilo Rossi, Rino Vernizzi e l’Ensemble Strumentale Scaligero.
Corrado has also recorded for labels including EMI, Decca, Arts, Fonè and Stradivarius. Corrado teaches Clarinet at the Istituto Musicale Superiore in Modena and presents master classes around the world.
Corrado Giuffredi is a Backun Artist and performs on his signature series CG Clarinets by Backun Musical Services and CG Mouthpieces by Pomarico. He is also a Silverstein Artist, performing on the Maestro and CRYO4 Ligatures, and is a Legere Reeds Artist, performing on Legere European Signature Series Reeds.
The cellist Silvia Chiesa is among the most prominent Italian performers on the international scene, with a dense agenda of concerts and recordings. During an intense career she has developed a very personal style that combines a strong originality in the repertoire choices with the refined passionate nature of her interpretations.
Her contribution to the relaunch of the Italian twentieth century solo repertoire was decisive. She was the first Italian cellist to rediscover and record the Cello Concerto by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: the CD, released by Sony Classical, came out in 2018 in occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer and it also includes the Cello Concertos by Riccardo Malipiero (in its first world recording) and by Gian Francesco Malipiero. Remarkable the presence of all Italian performers: besides Silvia Chiesa, the Rai National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Massimiliano Caldi. The album is the continuation of a large recording project – that also includes the Concerto by Ildebrando Pizzetti and music of rare performance by Nino Rota, Alfredo Casella and Ottorino Respighi – and like the previous CDs it achieved enthusiastic reviews.
Dedicatee of the solo compositions with orchestra by Azio Corghi and Matteo D’Amico, she was chosen by composers such as Gil Shohat, Nicola Campogrande, Aldo Clementi, Michele Dall’Ongaro, Peter Maxwell Davies, Giovanni Sollima, Gianluca Cascioli and Ivan Fedele for the first performances of their pieces.
As soloist she performed with teams such as the Orchestra Nazionale della Rai, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra della Toscana, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Peterburg Soloists, Orchestra of Rouen, Staatsorchester Kassel and the Symphonic of Krakow. She worked with conductors like Luciano Acocella, Francesco Angelico, Paolo Arrivabeni, Gürer Aykal, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Giampaolo Bisanti, Massimiliano Caldi, Tito Ceccherini, Daniele Gatti, Cristian Orosanu, Corrado Rovaris, Daniele Rustioni, Howard Shelley and Brian Wright. Moreover, she recorded live concerts for radio and television broadcasters like Rai Radio3, Rai Sat, France Musique and France3.
With the pianist Maurizio Baglini she has on her count more than two hundreds concerts all over the world, with a vast duo repertoire, and she recorded for Decca the Sonatas by Schubert, Brahms and Rachmaninov. In 2018 was released the second CD of the series Live at Amiata Piano Festival, in which she performs the String Quintet op. 163 by Schubert with the Scala String Quartet.
Silvia Chiesa is resident artist of the Amiata Piano Festival and professor at the Conservatory “Monteverdi” of Cremona. She plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1697.
The pianist Maurizio Baglini boasts a brilliant career as soloist, chamber player, music teacher and artistic director.
As soloist he performs on stages such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, the Salle Gaveau of Paris, the Kennedy Center of Washington and he is guest of prestigious festivals, including La Roque d’Anthéron, Yokohama Piano Festival, Australian Chamber Music Festival, “Benedetti Michelangeli” of Bergamo and Brescia.
His record production for Decca/Universal includes works by Liszt, Brahms, Schubert, Domenico Scarlatti and Mussorgsky. In 2018 came out the third CD of the complete piano works by Schumann and the second CD of the series Live at Amiata Piano Festival (Quintets by Schubert and Schumann, with the Scala String Quartet and Silvia Chiesa).
Since 2008 he has been promoting the project “Ode to joy”, which has allowed him to play in the whole world the “Ninth Symphony” by Beethoven/Liszt, with more than fifty live performances. He has on his account also the project “Web Piano”, which combines great piano masterpieces live performances with projections by the multimedia artist Giuseppe Andrea L’Abbate.
As chamber musician he constantly performs with the cellist Silvia Chiesa and works with colleagues such as Massimo Quarta, Cinzia Forte, Roberto Prosseda and The Scala String Quartet. Founder and artistic director of the Amiata Piano Festival, he is the artistic consultant for dance and music of Teatro Comunale “Verdi” of Pordenone and cultural ambassador of Friuli Venezia Giulia region.
He holds masterclasses for the Accademia Stauffer in Cremona and since 2018 he has been Professor at the “Mascagni” Institute of Musical Studies in Livorno. He plays a Fazioli grand piano.