VALENTINA LO SURDO – MUSICAL JOURNALIST, RADIOTELEVISIVE CONDUCTOR FOR RAI, TRAINER
Valentina Lo Surdo was born in Rome in 1976. Since 1996, she started her career as a musician (graduated in Piano), music journalist (graduated at “Accademia della Critica”) and event presenter. After an intense employment as music critic (her collaboraton are extended to many magazines and newspapers, such as Il Sole 24 Ore, Il Messaggero, Il Manifesto, La rivista il Mulino, De Agostini, Suonare news, Roma Sette) and multifaceted musician (playing classical as well as rock music), she consecrated herself as concerts planner and manager of musicians with her company, Mrs. Philharmonica, from 2000 to 2010. In all this variety of different aspects of her profession, her main goal is represented by her programs for Rai concerning music, culture and travels (Radio3, Raitre, Rai5, Rai International), held since 2006, and by her live performances in Italy and abroad as anchor woman (more than 1000 events introduced). She is also an active performer, actress and voiceover on the stage, for documentaries series, video and audio advertising. She’s strengthened her skills with Mary Setrakian (singing), with Elisa Turlà (Voicecraft method), Elisa Benassi (Psicofonia), and Teatro Azione (acting). In 2008 she created her own masterclasseses concerning communication, voice training, public speaking, ars oratoria and body language. She is an Official Certified FourVoiceColors Trainer, Official Trainer of Munay Life School, and she attended masterclasses to NLP Italy, Easy Training Academy, Ekis, Formae Mentis. She trains manager, politicians and ambassadors, but also teams and collective groups in companies, universities, conservatories, in Europe, America and Asia (in Italian, English and French). She is the author of the book “The Art of Success” (Edizioni Curci), addressed to musicians of all ages, and 8 bestsellers videotraining for www.corsi.it, the leading platform in Italy for business training. With the nickname Abha, she is also an active blogger with a worldwide experience in all five continents, and her stories are published on Lonely Planet, La Freccia, L’Espresso, as well becoming audio-documentaries for “Tre Soldi” program on Radio3.
ROBERTO PROSSEDA – CONCERT PIANIST, DECCA ARTIST, DIRECTOR OFMUSICAFELIX
Roberto Prosseda, was born in Latina, Italy, in 1975 and is a leading DECCA artist. His Decca albums dedicated to Felix Mendelssohn, including the “Piano Concerto No. 3” with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, has won much acclaim in the press, including the CHOC from ‘’Le Monde de la Musique Classique’’, the Diapason d’Or and Chamber Music CD of the Month in the UK’s Classic FM magazine. In 2010, Deutsche Grammophon selected twelve recordings by Prosseda to add to the box set, “Classic Gold”. In 2014, Prosseda completed his 10-year project to record all of Mendelssohn’s piano works for Decca in 9 CDs. Roberto Prosseda has performed regularly with some of the world’s most important orchestras including: the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Moscow State Philharmonic, the Accademia Santa Cecilia, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Bruxelles Philharmonic, the Residentie Orkest, the Netherlands Symphony, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. He has performed under the baton of: David Afkham, Marc Albrecht, Christian Arming, Harry Bickett, Oleg Caetani, Riccardo Chailly, Pietari Inkinen, Yannik Nezeit-Seguin, George Pehlivanian, Dennis Russel-Davies, Tugan Sokhiev, Jan Willem de Vriend and Jurai Valcuha. Other than Mendelssohn, whose piano music, Roberto is considered a leading interpreter of today, Prosseda’s interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Chopin have been particularly praised, and these composers have in fact featured in Prosseda’s recent Decca recordings. In 2015, Prosseda started a complete recording of Mozart’s Piano Sonatas with a modern piano tuned with unequal temperament. An active proponent of Italian music, Prosseda has also recorded the complete piano works of Petrassi and Dallapiccola. In September 2011, Prosseda made his debut on the pedal piano, performing the “Concerto for Pedal Piano” by Gounod in the world premiere version for the modern instrument. Concerts are planned in the coming seasons on this instrument, rediscovering the original compositions by Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt and Charles Valentin Alkan. Several composers, including Ennio Morricone, have already written new pieces for pedal piano for Roberto Prosseda, and a recording of Gounod’s four pieces for pedal piano and orchestra with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducted by Howard Shelley, was released on the Hyperion label in Fall 2013. Roberto Prosseda is also very active in musical divulgation. He wrote the book “Il Pianoforte” for Curci Editori (2013), and made three documentaries dedicated to Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt (Euroarts). He is currently artistic advisor at Cremona Musica International Exhibitions and president of the Associazione Mendelssohn.
DAVIDE CICCHETTI – MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CLASSICS MANAGEMENT BUDAPEST
He began his career as manager in the field of classical music as member of Studiomusica, whose Hungarian branch he founded in 2010. He has realized productions and projects with institutions such as the Hungarian National Opera, the Palace of the Arts in Budapest (MUPA), Opéra de Nice, the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala, Royal Opera House of Muscat in Oman, Ravenna Festival in Italy etc.
STEFANO SCARDOVI – ARTISTS AGENT, ASCOLTA ARTISTS AGENCY
LORENZO FUOCO – MANAGER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OFMAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
Born in 1972 in Florence, he graduated in violin in 1994 at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of his city. From 1994 to 1996 he studied with the maestro C.Chiarappa at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano and obtained a concert violinist diploma. From 1996 to 1998 he studied with the maestro G.Franzetti, Concertmaster of Teatro alla Scala Orchestra in Milan, and with maestro F. Rossi. He began his activity in the orchestra in 1994 by winning auditions in various Italian institutions such as the Regional Tuscany Orchestra, the Verona Arena Orchestra, the RAI Orchestra of Turin, the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma. In 1997 he won the competition for the second violin concert at the Toscanini di Parma orchestra. In 1998 he won the competition in the orchestra of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He is a permanent member of the orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino since 1998, where he plays the role of concertino of the first violins. Since 2007 he has been Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Maggio Musiclae Fiorentino with whom he has an intense concert activity both in Italy and abroad, often performing as a soloist. From 2005 to 2012 he was the soloist of the OperaFestival where he also supervised the artistic management. Since 2005 he has collaborated with various Italian organizations as Concertmaster including the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa, the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari and the Puccini Festival Orchestra. Since 2017 he has worked as Concertmaster with the Musique de Lumières Orchestra of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). He plays a Matteo Goffriller (Venice) of 1735 owned by him.