4 May, 18:00
Anglican Church, Cadenabbia-Griante
Floraleda Sacchi (Harp)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Preludio BWV 846, Adagio dal ConcertoBWV 974
Georg Friederich Handel (1685-1759): Passacaglia da Suite N. 7 HWV 432
François Couperin (1668-1733): Sarabanda da 4ème Concert Royal
Sophia Corri (1775-1830): Sonata in Do Op. 2 N. 3 per arpa
Nino Rota (1911-1979): Sarabanda e Toccata per arpa
Guido Alberto Fano (1875-1961): Rimembranze di Padova
Felix Godefroid: Etude de Concert Op. 193 (après le Faust de Goethe)
Alphonse Hasselmans (1845-1912): Marguerite au rouet Op. 27, Gitana pour Harpe, Op. 21
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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).