1 August, 9pm
Villa Cipressi, Varenna
FABRIZIO VON ARX (VIOLIN), FLORALEDA SACCHI (HARP)
PROGRAM: FANTASIES AND VARIATIONS
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848): Sonata per violino e arpa (Larghetto, Allegro Gallemberg)
Sophia Giustina Corri (1795-1830): Sonata per arpa Op. 2 N. 3 (Allegro moderato, Andantino, Allegro)
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): Andante e variazioni sull'aria "Di tanti palpiti" dal "Tancredi" per violino e arpa
Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840): Due capricci per violino solo e Sonata N. 1 in La minore dal "Centone di Sonate" (Introduzione, Allegro, Rondoncino)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Fanataisie pour violon et harpe op. 124
Pablo Sarate (1844-1908): Carmen Fantasy
A tasting menu will be provided during the interval of the concert, organized by the Restaurant of Villa Cipressi at the cost of 15 €.
FABRIZIO VON ARX (VIOLIN)
Born in Naples, Fabrizio von Arx started studying violin at the age of seven under the tuition of Leone. Immediately, he manifested a great artistic talent which was furthermore revealed when he won, at the age of ten, the Vittorio Veneto competition. He also received other prices through various national violin competitions for young musicians.
He obtained his diploma at the "San Pietro a Majella" Conservatory in Naples, and then worked to perfection his technique through further studies abroad. He won prestigious distinctions, such as his virtuosity diploma (classified first) in Geneva under the guidance of Corrado Romano, as well as the "Performer" award in the U.S.A., where he was taught by Franco Gulli and Nelli Skolnikova at the School of Music of the Indiana University of Bloomington. He also worked under the guidance of Ruggiero Ricci in Berlin, and of Salvatore Accardo in Cremona.
His debut at the age of 16 with the Naples RAI orchestra has sent him into intense activity at national and international level. Since then, he is a regular guest at the principal international seasons, such as the "Serate Musicali" in Milan, the Scarlatti Association of Naples, the Mozart Italy Association of Naples, the Autumn Festival in Como (Italy), the Tonhalle of Zurich, La Cité de la Musique of Paris, the Ravenna Festival, the Concerts Radio Rai at the Quirinale in Rome, and in the Kammermusiksaal and Philarmonie in Berlin.
He performed as a soloist for famous orchestras, as the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Padova and Veneto, the Moscow Solists, the Japan Royal Chamber Orchestra, the Zürich Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener kammerorchester and the Berliner Symphoniker. He has been directed by famous artists, notably by Franco Petracchi, Alexander Vedernikov, Yuri Bashmet,Peter Maag and Lior Shambadal. He also toured the United-States, France, Germany, and Belgium. In 2005, he was the "Prima" of a triumphant tour in China, next to the MÝRoberto Prosseda.
His first CD received the highest praise from specialised critics. It is published under the label Nuova Era of Turin, and comprises the recording of the complete works for violin and piano by Sergej Prokofiev (with Antonio Valentino).
We also point out his now consolidated, long-lasting collaboration with Bruno Canino, with whom he has just recorded the Schumann sonatas under the label Dynamic These sonatas have been rewarded by the prestigious five stars of the magazine "Musica". The CD has been presented by the duo through concerts at the "Kammermusiksaal" of thr Philarmonie of Berlin, at the "Serate Musicali" in Milan, and at the Wigmore Hall of London.
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 has 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), Sala Verdi (Milan), Teatro Valle (Rome), Matsuo Hall (Tokyo), Prefectural Hall Alti (Kyoto), Teatro Municipal de Lima (Peru), Salle Varèse (Lyon), Gasteig (Munich), Hypo-Kunsthalle (Munich), Concerts de la Croix Rouge (Geneva), Gessler Hall (Vancouver), CBC - Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Emilia Romagna Festival, Festival Pontino, Lamspringer September, Rosegart Stiftung (Lucerne), etc. 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 defined as “fascinating” by several journals and “Harp Dances” (March 2010). Other recent recordings are the world première recording of Sophia Corri works for solo harp (Tactus) and “Chiaroscuro” (Amadeus Arte) where Flora presents her compositions for the first time.
Some composers who have dedicated original pieces to her are: Nicola Campogrande, Peter Machajdik, Paolo Castaldi, David Clarck Little, Dimitri Nicolau, Gianluca Cangemi, Jean Chatillon, Luis Berenguer, and Gianluca Podio. Among her first world recordings one can find works by Philip Glass, Giacomo Manzoni, Michael Nyman.
Floraleda Sacchi has been guested and her CD are regularly broadcasted on major radio and television (RAI, Mediaset, RSI, ORF, Dutch Radio, BBC, Radio France, ABC, Avro). She often collaborates with actors in theatre shows. The last project in this field was with Ottavia Piccolo in “Donna non Rieducabile”. This show became also a movie entitled “The Blood, the Snow” for RAI (Italian television) for which Flora acted and composed the soundtrack. The première of the movie was at 66th International Film Festival in Venice. The movie was also bradcast on national TV and issued as DVD by PromoMusic.
Floraleda’s long list of national and international honors includes, from 1997 to 2003, top prizes at 16 international competitions, including: Concours UFAM (Paris), Gioventù Musicale Italiana, Rovere d’oro, T.I.M. (Rome), Concorso F. Schubert, Toronto Concerto Competition (Canada), Premio Galbiati (Milan).
Parallel to music she has studied English, French and German and dedicated herself to photography and writing.
In the 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 major specialist journals (American Harp Journal, Harpa, World Harp Congress Review), and she has managed dozens of music editions for Amadeus Arte, and has recently signed an exclusive contract with Ut Orpheus. 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 concerts held in the historical villas of Lake Como, Italy.
She regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Canada (Westminister College - Salt Lake City, European Academy of Music, British Columbia University - Vancouver, New York University, Masterclass of Cervo, Conservatorio di Parma, Masterclass of Camerino, etc.).
Floraleda Sacchi, born in Como, initially 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.