23 August, 21:00
Villa Cipressi, Varenna
Gordana Josifova-Nedelkovska (oboe) Floraleda Sacchi (harp)
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Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Sonata in A minor (Siciliana, Spiritoso, Andante, Vivace)
JS Bach (1685-1750): Aria on G String (from Suite per orchestra n. 3 in Re maggiore BWV 1068)
Alessandro Marcello (1669-1747): Concerto in C minor (Andante spiccato, Adagio, Presto)
Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Pavane Op. 50
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): Modéré (from Sonate pour Oboe et Piano)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Pavane pour une infante defunte
Ennio Morricone (1928): Se (from Cinema Paradiso), Gabriel's Oboe (from The Mission)
It's possible to book a dinner à la carte at La Contrada Restaurant, inside Villa Cipressi. For reservation: +39 0341 830113
Gordana Josifova-Nedelkovska (oboe)
Referred to as the refined oboe poetess, Gordana Josifova Nedelkovska, is a name which in Macedonian cultural circles is synonymous to a profound strive for perfection in musical expression.
Having graduated in 1988 from the Faculty of Music at the University of "St. Cyril and Metodius" in Skopje, she perused a master course in Oboe and English horn, at the same University in the class of Prof. Kiro Davidovski. Her specialisation was then on further extended at the Mozart Academy in Warsaw and the Banff Centre of Music and Sound in Canada. Whilst attending at the former institution in 1998, Ms. Josifova Nedelkovska played in numerous internal Academy concerts as well as public recitals of chamber music held at the Mala Wies Palace, and presented herself to the Academy as a gifted, talented and dedicated musician that displays insightful and professional attitude. Her prominence was further established during her specialization, at the Banff Centre in 2002 where she played on a number of occasions in trios with the famous musicians like Prof. Stéphane Lévesque (at the bassoon) and Prof. Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (at the cello).
She has performed as a soloist with many important orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the State Chapel of Saint Petersburg, the Chamber Orchestra 'Musica Viva' with Alexander Rudin, Belgrade Symphonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra 'Sophia Soloists', the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Macedonian Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra 'St. George Strings', the orchestra of Avignon – Provence, Chamber orchestra of Porto Alegre – Brazil, United Europe chamber orchestra. In recital she has performed in Russia, Italy (Milan - Verdi hall), Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, Canada, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, USA, Finland and Macedonia. In 2009, Gordana performed with maestro Morricone, on his invitation, of which he added: "The performance of the oboist, Gordana Josifova Nedelkovska, calmed me down. She is so attentive, eloquent and precise in the expression, I was excited when I heard her. I didn't expect to hear such performance."
In 2011 she performed a recital in Beringen, Brussels and also held a soloist performance with Filarmonica Cervantes in Albacete, Spain. Following her splendid presentation at Art November Festival in Moscow in 2010, where the critic denominated her as "oboe poetess", Josifova-Nedelkovska had a unique opportunity to perform again at this festival in 2011 inside the longest Bach Marathon in the history of music on the 27th of November 2011. There she performed with some of the greatest artistic names in the world such as Peter Laul, Alexander Ghindin, Alexei Volodin, Iliya Gringolts, Christopher Taylor and many others.
Prof. Josifova Nedelkovska has also attended numerous seminars and extra curricular activities like the Winter School of Baroque and Contemporary Music in Dubrovnik 2004, one of the founders of 'Ohrid Pearls 2005' – international competition of young musicians, one of the founders and 10year member of the Macedonian Wind Quintet. Since September 2009, Prof. Josifova – Nedelkovska has been Dean of the Faculty of Music Art in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
Floraleda Sacchi (harp)
Described by music critics as an artist of exceptional musicality and talent, Floraleda Sacchi is one of the few harpists in the world who appeared as soloist in major concert halls of the 4 continents. She is today considered as one of the most interesting and original harpist in the international concert panorama. Critics consider her also a real innovator in the approach to her instrument.
Her celebrated CDs are already part of the musical history of the harp and became a cult. As a matter of fact Floraleda is the only harpist who recorded for the four major music companies (Decca, Universal, Philips and Deutsche Grammophon).
For Floraleda and her instrument important composers have written music (Machajdik, Claudia Montero, Nyman ...). From these collaborations the original "Portraits' Collection" (www.portraitscollection.com) was born. This CD series is published by Amadeus Arte.
Floraleda performed as soloist all over the world in major halls and festivals Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall (New York), United Nations Palace (New York), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Konzerthaus (Belin), Auditorium Binyanei Hauma (Jerusalem), Teatro Bibiena (Mantova), Sala Verdi (Milan), Teatro Valle (Rome), Matsuo Hall (Tokyo), Prefectural Hall Alti (Kyoto), Salle Varèse (Lyon), Gasteig (Munich), Concerts de la Croix Rouge (Geneva), Theatre Bellevue (Amsterdam), Gessler Hall (Vancouver), CBC-Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Emilia Romagna Festival, Festival Pontino, Festival Musica no Museo (Rio de Janeiro), Rosegart Stiftung (Lucerne), etc.
She often collaborates with actors in theatre shows. She recently composed the music she performs live with Ottavia Piccolo in the monologue "Donna non rieducabile" directed by Silvano Piccardi. The show - which has received numerous awards and had more than 100 performances from the European Parliament in Brussels to the main Italian theaters - was transformed by RAI 2 into a movie with the title "The blood, the snow" (directed by Felice Cappa). In addition to the national broadcasting, the movie was presented at the 66th Venice Film Festival and published in 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).
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 is still considered the world expert of this author. 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 was born in Como, as a child she dedicated herself to dance. Inspired to play the harp by Annie Challan recordings, she started studying with Lisetta Rossi when she was 14 at Como Conservatoire. She later studied with Alice Giles (Frankfurt), Alice Chalifoux (Salzedo School, Camden, ME, USA) and with Judy Loman (Toronto, Canada).