27 August, 21:00
Ascension Church, Cadenabbia
MONICA SANCHEZ (CASTANUELAS), FLORALEDA SACCHI (HARP)
PROGRAM: HARP DANCES
Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Valses poeticos (Introduction, Vals Melodico, Vals Noble, ValsLento, Vals Humoristico, Vals Elegante, Vals Sentimental, Vals Vivo, Final)
Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961): Suite of Dances (Gavotte, Menuet, Polka, Siciliana, Bolero, Seguidilla, Tango, Rumba)
Enrique Granados: Danzas Españolas (n. 2 Oriental, n. 5 Andaluza)
Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963): Zambra Gitana
Isaac Albéniz: Suite Española op. 47 (n. 5 Leyenda, n. 7 Cuba)
Carlos Salzedo: Chanson dans la nuit
MONICA SANCHEZ (CASTANUELAS)
At the age of 4 she begun training as a jazz, classical and modern dancer. At the age of 11 she discovered the classic Spanish dance and flamenco. From then on she begun studying in different schools: School Queta Barcelo (Barcelona), Rosa Mulero (Barcelona), Pedro Vargas (Barcelona), Emma Gimenez "The Salinera" (Barcelona), Silvia Morales (Madrid). She followed workshops with great flamenco dancers as Inaki Marquez (Barcelona), Ivan Alcala (Barcelona), Sara Barrero (Barcelona), Antonio Vargas (Barcelona), Mara Martinez (Cordoba), Pastora Galvan (Seville).
She has worked for years in various high-level companies including: the traditional Spanish ballet and flamenco "La Salinera", Temperament-Espanol, Pepe Guerrero, Faralaes show Silvia Morales, Antonio Garcia Company, Artsmedia dancers, Ginpac Company, Company Lucero de Lora.
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.
Despite her young age, she is tody considered one of the most interesting and original harpists in the international concert panorama and an innovator in the approach to her instrument that she often pesents in a completely new and unusual way.
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), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Konzerthaus (Belin), Sala Verdi (Milan), Teatro Valle (Rome), Matsuo Hall (Tokyo), Prefectural Hall Alti (Kyoto), Teatro Municipal de Lima (Peru), Salle Varese (Lyon), Gasteig (Munich), Auditorium Binyanei Hauma (Jerusalem), Concerts de la Croix Rouge (Geneva), Theatre Bellevue (Amsterdam), Gessler Hall (Vancouver), CBC - Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Teatro Bibiena (Mantova), Emilia Romagna Festival, Festival Pontino, Lamspringer September, Rosegart Stiftung (Lucerne), etc.
She has been soloist with several orchestras, with the great classics of the repertoire an with rarely performed concertos.Â She has appeared as soloist with the Italian Youth Orchestra for the 2010 Christmas concert broadcasted worldwide (in Italy on RAI 3) from Jerusalem.
Since 2008 she is the only harpist recording for DECCA (Universal Music), which published 'Minimal Harp', a project for solo harp defined as 'fascinating' by several journals. In 2010 Decca published 'Harp Dances' a CD dedicated to dances of Spanish composers (''The best harp playing I've ever heard'' American Records Guide) and 'Harp Favourites' a collection of great Baroque classics.
Other recent recordings are the world premiere recording of Sophia Corri works for solo harp (Tactus) and 'Chiaroscuro' (Amadeus Arte) where Flora presents her compositions for the first time.
Her wide discography includes CDs for Universal, Philips, Tactus, Ozella Music, Aulia. Always interested in the contemporary music, in 2010, she has triggered a series of ''Portraits'' for the label Amadeus Arte dedicated to new works and pieces dedicated to her. The collection is proving very successful.
Several composers dedicated their pieces to her: Nicola Campogrande, Peter Machajdik, Paolo Castaldi, David Clarck Little, Dimitri Nicolau, Gianluca Cangemi, Jean Chatillon, Luis Berenguer, Claudia Montero and Gianluca Podio.
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 played a role and composed the soundtrack. The premiere of the movie was at 66th International Film Festival in Venice in September 2009. The movie was also bradcast on RAI 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), Gioventu' Musicale Italiana, Rovere d'oro, T.I.M. (Rome), Concorso F. Schubert, Toronto Concerto Competition (Canada), Premio Galbiati (Milan).
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, Oklahoma University, European Academy of Music, British Columbia University - Vancouver, New York University, Masterclass of Cervo, Conservatorio di Parma, Masterclass of Camerino, etc.).
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 Ut Orpheus.
Floraleda Sacchi, born in Como, initially dedicated herself to dance. Inspired to play the harp by Annie Challan recordings, she started studying with Lisetta Rossi 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).