something called viola
player, otherwise called violist (which is not violinist
misspelt, as someone and even the Italian Google might think!) and I am
one of those. The viola (and viola
players consequently) are almost unknown to the public, so I've done
something to remedy this lack of information, you'll find a link at the
end of this page.
Here I'm supposed to
write what I've done, so here is a short overview in a very colloquial
style (as opposed to a dry CV style), so I hope you enjoy reading it
and find it interesting and maybe you can get some ideas for
Stamitz's Vola concerto in the church of St.
the North Gate, Oxford
in Italy at the "G. Verdi" Conservatory of
Music in Milan, and also baroque
performance practice. Since I always loved travelling and I
wanted to learn English,
as a student I decided to attended several chamber music and orchestral
music courses in United Kingdom (including Canford
Summer School of Music, Lake
District Summer Music School with Gabrieli and Chilingirian
Quartets, Rehearsal Orchestral in Edinburgh) which were very useful for all my purposes (of improving as a viola
player and in English as well as of travelling and visiting new places).
This way I acquired
a broad knowledge of
and experience inopera and symphonic repertoire
(and a bit more travelling too). I also had been playing in
chamber music groups and as a soloist.
In 1991 I was part of EUBO
(the European Union Baroque Orchestra) conducted by Roy Goodman, with
which I took part in the most important European festivals (great music
and great places!).
Violin and viola teacher
been interested in the different aspects and views of music education and
string teaching issues,
so I read extensively writings by and about Geminiani, L. Mozart, Auer,
Tertis, Kreisler, Primrose, Havas, to know different points of view and
I also enjoy teaching violin and viola, helping the students
to overcome their problems, read more about how I teach in this page.
following the study and the translation
of works by Kató Havas, I attended courses, run by Kató Havas
herself in Oxford, about teaching violin and viola, becoming
in the prevention
of problems and
physical injuries (tendonitis etc.) caused by playing violin and viola and
related to nerves during public performances.
With Kató Havas when the Italian
version of the book Stage fright was published
These are issues have recently
become very burning, there are even clinics
to cure musicians'
problems, not to mention the problem of more and more
who make use of medical drugs or other substances to cope
with tension in view of concerts or
performances. Kató Havas was indeed ahead of times in 1961 when she
wrote her first book on these subjects; furthermore she offers
solutions which tackle the cause of the problem, not the
(and don't have side effects).
Viola player and music translator
addition to my
activity as a viola player, thanks to my acquired knowledge of the
English language and an interest developed for the subject of
translation, I've been able to translate into Italian some
musical works, including the autobiography of the violist
William Primrose and three
books about violin and viola playing and teaching by Kató Havas (you can read more about these
really enjoyed doing these translations and I like to think that by
doing them more fellow musicians and music lovers can know and
enjoy these works.
a certain point in my life I
decided that I wanted to change a few things, especially about playing.
So in 2003 I temporarily moved (I'm still there, though!) to
the beautiful city of Oxford, in UK, seeking the advice of the
great violin player and violin and viola teacher Kató Havas, choosing to follow her
advice and apply her method and "philosophy".
In the beautiful inspiring Oxford I also met the violin player
After going through different paths in our musical careers,
having common views on music making, we decided to form the
Duo Concertante to explore and specialize in the unusual yet rich and
charming repertoire of Sinfonia Concertante (Double Concerto) for
violin, viola and orchestra.
A performance of Mozart's Sinfonia
concertante for violin, viola and orchestra in Dorchester
Cadenza from Mozart's Sinfonia
concertante for violin, viola and orchestra
performing regularly as a soloist,
with piano (among others, Brahms, a programme of Italian music with
works by Boccherini, Rolla, Paganini) and orchestra, including Bach's Brandenburg Concerto n.6,
viola concertos, Mozart's Sinfonia
Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, the rare Concerto for clarinet, viola
and orchestra by Bruch, just to name a few.
so mad about music and the viola, wishing to make classical music and
especially the viola, better known, I've created a website about the
role of viola, www.viola-in-music.com. Visit it
and you'll find information about famous players, composers,
compositions, free music
and much more.