28 August, 21:00
Villa Cipressi, Varenna
Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Valses poeticos (Introduction y Vals Melodico, Vals Noble, Vals Lento, Vals Humoristico y Vals Elegante, Vals Sentimental, Vals Vivo y Final)
Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961): Suite of 8 Dances (Gavotta, Minuetto, Polka, Siciliana, Bolero, Seguidilla, Tango, Rumba)
Carlos Salzedo: Chanson dans la nuit
Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Danzas Espanolas (N. 2 Oriental, N. 5 Andaluza)
Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963): Zambra Gitana
Isaac Alb éniz (1860-1909): Suite Española op. 47 (n. 5 Leyenda, n. 7 Cuba)
A tasting menu will be provided during the interval of the concert, organized by the Restaurant of Villa Cipressi at the cost of 10 €
Floraleda Sacchi (harp)
Described as an ''artist of exceptional talent'', Floraleda Sacchi has always dedicated herself to the harp solo and chamber music repertoire trying to develop original projects and a personal way of making music.
She performed as soloist all over the world in major halls and festivals such as: Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall (New York), United Nations Palace (New York), Klang-Bogen (Vienna), Amici del Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Sala Verdi (Milan), Teatro Valle (Rome), Matsuo Hall (Tokyo), Prefectural Hall Alti (Kyoto), Teatro Municipal de Lima (Peru), Salle Vare'se (Lyon), Gasteig (Munich), Hypo-Kunsthalle (Munich), Concerts de la Croix Rouge (Geneva), Theatre Bellevue (Amsterdam), Gessler Hall (Vancouver), CBC - Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Emilia Romagna Festival, Festival Pontino, Lamspringer September, Rosegart Stiftung (Lucerne), etc.
In the 2009-10 season, she will perform in some of the most famous concert halls in the world (Gewandhaus â€“ Leipzig, Konzerthaus - Berlin, Carnegie Hall, etc.). In 2010-11 she will appear again on US West Coast, Spain, Germany, Japan and will extensively tour China in 2011 revealing herself as one of the most interesting and original harpists on the international concert panorama.
She is the only harpist recording for DECCA (Universal Music), which in 2008 published "Minimal Harp", a project for solo harp including 8 world premiere recordings, defined as "fascinating" by several journals.
Other recent recordings are the world premiÃ¨re recording of Sophia Corri works for solo harp (Tactus), "Suite en duo" with flutist Claudio Ferrarini (Philips) and "Chiaroscuro" (Amadeus Arte) where Flora presents her compositions for the first time.
She has been described as able to "make seem easy what is extremely complex" by Corriere della Sera. Floraleda Sacchi has recorded more than ten CDs (Decca, Philips, Tactus, Aulia, Stradivarius, RaiTrade...) which show her eclectic style and versatility: from her rediscovery of classical composers (such as Krumpholtz or Sophia Corri) to contemporary music with excursions into pop music and cross-over as well.
Some composers who dedicated original pieces to her are: Nicola Campogrande, Peter Machajdik, Paolo Castaldi, David Clarck Little, Dimitri Nicolau, Gianluca Cangemi, Jean Chatillon, Luis Berenguer, Gianluca Podio. Among her first world recordings one can find works by Philip Glass, Giacomo Manzoni, Michael Nyman.
Floraleda long list of national and international honors includes, from 1997 to 2003, top prizes at 16 international competitions, among them: Concours UFAM (Paris), Gioventu' Musicale Italiana, Rovere d'oro, T.I.M. (Rome), Concorso F. Schubert, Toronto Concerto Competition (Canada), Premio Galbiati (Milan).
Floraleda Sacchi was guested and her CD are regularly braodcasted by major radio and television (RAI, Mediaset, RSI, ORF, Dutch Radio, BBC, Radio France, ABC, Avro). She often collaborates with actors in theatre shows. Recently she appeared with Ottavia Piccolo in "Donna non rieducabile". This show became also a movie for RAI (Radio Televisione Italiana) entitled "The blood, the snow" directed by Felice Cappa. Flora acted in the movie and composed the soundtrack.
Parallel to music she studied English, French and German and dedicated herself to photography and writing. In musicological field, when she was 21 years old, she won the Harpa Award (Prague, 1999) for her book on Elias Parish Alvars (1999, Odilia Publishing, 220 pages). She has written several articles appeared on the main specialist journals (American Harp Journal, Harpa, World Harp Congress Review), and she has managed dozens of editions for Amadeus Arte, Ozella Music/Enya and RaiTrade. Some of her poems were published by PulcinoElefante Editions.
Since 2006 she is the promoter and artistic director of LakeComo Festival, a series of chamber music concert located in historical villas of Lake Como, Italy.
She gives masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Canada (Westminister College - Salt Lake City, Accademia Europea di Musica, British Columbia University - Vancouver, New York University, Conservatorio di Parma, Masterclass di Cervo, Masterclass di Camerino, etc.).
Floraleda Sacchi, born in Como, dedicated herself to dance and started studying the harp with Lisetta Rossi only when she was 14. She later studied with Alice Giles (Frankfurt a/M), Alice Chalifoux (Salzedo School, Camden, ME, USA) and with Judy Loman (Toronto, Canada), she consider her mentor.