III. Danubia Talents Liszt International Music Competition ONLINE 2021 - Jury

Roberto Galletto

Roberto Galletto

Heir to the chamber music tradition of Eugenio Bagnoli (renowned pianist disciple of  A.Casella with multifaceted activities in duo with N.Milstein, H.Szeryng, Y.Menuhin, Z.Francescatti, J.Starker and many others) to which he owes his training, he graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory "B. Marcello" in Venice. Follows the courses of Franco Gulli, Marco Zuccarini and of the New York University-Department of Music, also studying conducting. Performs at the Seoul Arts Center, the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, at the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua, at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and so on.

The artistic work includes hundreds of concerts in Italy, Europe, Russia, South Korea, Malaysia and Africa. He collaborates with musicians such as the violinist Felix Ayo and Georg Monch, the tenor Luigi Alva, the soprano Katia Ricciarelli, the mezzosoprano Sara Mingardo, the violinist Giuliano Fontanella, the first flute of RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin Dante Millozzi and others. He gets great success with concerts of Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach, etc. together symphony complex of fame such as the Orchestra of Radio and Television in Ljubljana.

The repertoire is vast: it includes songs from the eighteenth century to the present day and complete cycles of various authors  which all the Mozart sonatas for piano and violin, the work for piano duet by Mozart and Brahms, the Sonatas by Hummel with flute, etc.

He is invited to play in honor to the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, the mezzosoprano Giulietta Simionato and others bigs artists; he performs live for domestic and foreign TV broadcasting. Makes recordings for the labels Decca, Newton Compton, Rivo Alto, Idyllium, Inedita CD e Metis Film. He Is often jury president or member in national and international piano and chamber music competition, regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Italy and abroad (Paderewski Academy of Poznan - Poland, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Mannheim - Germany, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn - Estonia, State Conservatoire in Kazan - Russia, etc).

The last year he receives the Rotary International’s Prize “Agape 2020” for the Arts. His students are often rewarded in various Italian and international competitions. By years is artistic director of several concert seasons and music performance competitions: actually he is member of the National Artistic Direction of A.Gi.Mus. and the President of A.Gi.Mus Fano. He is Professor of Chamber Music at the Statal Conservatory of Music "S. Cecilia" in Rome and institutional member of the “European Chamber Music Teachers Association”. He is the pianist of the “S.Cecilia Piano Quintet”.


Julianna Kiss

Julianna Kiss

Julianna Kiss was born in Hungary, she started her musician studies at the age of 5. She has received her first teacher Degree from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Miskolc in Hungary. She has a concert diploma in piano from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pécs in Hungary. From 2012 to 2015 she studied Mentor teacher program and Kovács-method at the Budapest ELTE-PPK University. She has received her Postgraduate Degree (Piano, Art Song, Chamber Music Repertoire) in Universitát für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Her Professors: Thomas Kreuzberger, Eun Ju Lee, Yuko Batik. She received further impulses from professors of piano, such as Sándor Falvai, Gyöngyi Keveházi, László Gyimesi, Attila Némethy, Tamás Vásáry, Dénes Varjon, Csaba Király. Who are famous teachers of the Hungarian piano school.

She studied heritage of Liszt and Bartók and Russian piano school method from them.
She studied the fortepiano music on the Masterclass of legendary Prof. Malcom Bilson.
She studied chamber music at the Music University of Padua.
She won on several National and International Music Competition. Her repertoire is vast: it includes piano solo and several chamber music pieces.
She is a piano accompanist for several choirs.

She works in Budapest as a sought-after piano teacher and is also employed by the Hungary as a piano mentor and piano consultant.
She is an enthusiastic representative and advertiser of Kovács-method, which takes an important part in her work.

In 2013, EMMI (Ministry of Human Resources, department of Hungarian Government) adjudicated her the „Bonis Bona – For the Talents of the Nation” award, because of her prominent work in music teaching and talent management. From 2014 she is a member of „Nemzeti Pedagógus Kar” (National Teacher Faculty). She became consultant for music teachers in 2015.
Hungarian Silver Cross of Merit state award in 2023. The Hungarian Order of Merit is the fourth highest State Order of Hungary. The degrees of the Order of Merit are awarded to persons who carry out exemplary activities in the field of culture, science, art, as well as in their own field of expertise - in order to promote the interests of Hungary and increase universal human interests. The awards are granted by the President of the Republic.
Her piano students have already won close than 500 prizes at national and international

Julianna is the founder and artistic director of the Danubia Talents International Music Festival and Competitions. She hold several masterclasses in Hungary and abroad.
She is also jury president or member at various national and international competitions in (Catania, Rome, Ischia, Orbetello) – Italy, Spain, Austria, Hungary.

As a concert pianist she tours all over Europe. She has given many charity concert in Hungary and abroad. Her artistic work includes hundreds of concerts.
She has invited to play with Daniel Lugosi clarinetist he performed live for TV broad casting. (VirtuososTalent Show) Daniel Lugosi won on the Virtuosos Talent Show.
She organized the first Casio Festival in Hungary Roma Vienna gave a concert. She has organize concerts and exhibitions for young talents and supports young talents in many ways form.

She participated with four Hungarian young students in an ERASMUS program in ITALY (2018. Music, a bridge among cultures).

Publications: dr. Kovács Géza Memory book: Kovács-method in professional piano education.

Source: http://www.hetek.hu/interju/201402/zenelni_csak_szivvel_lehet

Contacts: kissjuli.info@gmail.com, zongorilla7@gmail.com

Prof. Rintaro Akamatsu

Prof. Rintaro Akamatsu

Rintaro Akamatsu began studying the piano and the violin at the age of 2, and the cello at the age of 6. He showed remarkable talent from a very young age. At the age of 5, he made his TV debut, showcasing his skills. By the age of 10, he performed Mozart's concerto with his original cadenza. Since winning the All Japan Student Music Competition in 1990, he has achieved success in several major competitions in Japan.

His first international recognition came in 2000 when he won third prize at the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition, which featured esteemed judges such as Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire. Dr. Joachim Kaiser praised him as "really intelligent and talented" during this achievement.

After graduating from Kobe University, he received unanimous acclaim from the judges who awarded him the Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste for both piano and chamber music at L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. He excelled in chamber music, receiving full marks from all the judges. He has studied under renowned musicians such as Mikhail Voskresensky in Tokyo, France Clidat and Jean Micault in Paris, György Nádor and Kocsis Zoltán in Budapest, and Nina Patchett and Christian Ivaldi for chamber music.

He has performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Royal Metropolitan Orchestra, Royal Chamber Orchestra, Danube Symphony Orchestra, and Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In addition to performing in major concert halls in Japan, he has showcased his talent in the USA, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Taiwan, and Colombia. His recordings, including "Due Domenico," "Angel del Piazzolla," "And the Bell Tolls," "Hommage a Invention," "Lascia ch'io Pianga," and "Für Clara," released under King International, have received critical acclaim from various magazines.

Moreover, he serves as a jury member for numerous international piano competitions, such as the "Danubia Talents," "Osaka," "Xabia," "Liszt," "Orbetello," "Monegrarte," and "Scandinavian" International Music Competitions. He has been invited to teach master classes in Japan, Asia, and Europe, and has had the privilege of mentoring over 1,000 musicians throughout his career. His guidance and expertise have contributed to the success of many talented individuals, who have emerged as winners in significant domestic and international competitions.

He has also authored numerous works and contributed serials to newspapers and magazines, providing insights into his experiences, knowledge, and perspectives on music. These written contributions showcase his multifaceted presence in the arts.

Currently, Rintaro Akamatsu is Professor of Osaka College of Music, Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Utsunomiya Junior College, Budapest International Piano Masterclass. The President of the Japan Liszt Piano Academy. An ambassador for Casio.

For more information, please visit http://rintaro-akamatsu.com/.

Elio Orio

Elio Orio

He’s Director at “Pollini” Padova's State Conservatoire. He started to study music at Asti’s local music school, where he was violin teacher for nearly 20 years. He went on studying with Camillo Grasso (first violin at Rome’s Opera Theatre), Corrado Romano (teacher of Uto Ughi) and Franco Gulli (concert performer and teacher at Bloomington University- USA). Before getting his degree in violin he started to work for some of the most important National Orchestras (RAI national television, “Carlo Felice” Theatre in Genova, Opera Theatre in Rome, Regio Opera Theatre in Torino and some others…).

Then, he devoted himself to the study of chamber music and founded the  Athenaeum Piano Quartet that made him win several prizes in different competitions. He also performed concerts for important associations and attended Siena’s Chigiana Academy (tnanks to a grant) where he got a merit degree. He played in a quartet with Bruno Canino and Pier Narciso Masi, two of the most important Italian pianists. Besides, he often performed solo concerts and he was first violin in many Italian orchestras. He founded Asti’s Chamber Ensemble and promoted Asti’s Symphony Orchestra, whose first concert, conducted by Orio himself,  took place at the “Alfieri”  Theatre in Asti.

After taking a public examination he became a  conservatoire teacher.

He has been giving summer proficiency courses since 1999 and Masterclasses in Malaga and Oviedo, (Spain), Cyprus, Banska Bystrica (Slovak), Porto and Braganca (Portugal), Istanbul (Turkey), Timisoara (Romania), Thessaloniki (Greece), Francisco Beltrao (Brazil), China (Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuhan, and others), Kazakistan (Astana and Almati).

He played in Italy, Swisserland, Germany, France, Austria, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Slovak, Chek Republic, Brazil, China, Kazakistan, Cyprus, Syria.

Invited by State Conservatory in St. Petersburg for an educational meeting.

In addition, he got a degree in viola.

He was often invited as a member of the Tekfen Filarmonyc Orchestra in Istanbul, formed by the best musicians of more than 20 different countries.

From november 2009 to 2015 he was director of the “Buzzolla” Conservatory of Music in Adria.

Carles Lama

Carles Lama

Steinway Artist and concert pianist, co-founder and director of the label KNS Classical and artistic director of several cycles and festivals of music, Carles Lama has also won a reputation for mentoring a wide number of young talents.

Together with superior studies in piano performance in Spain, Paris and United States and having directed the Conservatory of Music in Girona -from 2006 to 2012 - he studied Music Business, Branding and Digital Marketing and has founded Music Talent Lab and presented workshops and lectures in different institutions in order to guide and enlighten the musicians ‘careers.

At the same time, he has taught Master-Classes around the world and has been jury member of many renowned international competitions.

He is member of the acclaimed “Carles & Sofia piano duo” with his wife Sofia Cabruja, with whom they have played around the world, including venues like Carnegie Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana, Sala Verdi or Teatro Solís, among others. They have been praised by public and critics alike as one of the best piano duos in the world. Their discography of more than 10 CDs includes masterworks for four hands and brilliant and demanding orchestral transcriptions, as well as original and exclusive projects created by the duo, including the transcription of the opera “Goyescas” or a “Lieder Project”, with transcriptions for four hands of Brahms, Schumann and Schubert lieder repertoire.

Always committed with social needs, he has a UNICEF award for his humanitarian aid.
In 2012, together with his wife, they founded Concerts4Good, Music on a Mission, a solidarity project.

He has been recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation and has received the Golden Star for the Professional Excellence, the Golden Medal for the Merit at Work and the European Golden Cross.

Edda Silvestri

Edda Silvestri


Edda Silvestri completed her studies at Naples Conservatory, graduating in transverse flute (1973) at 18 with M° Ferdinando Staiano. She took this further with Jean Claude Masi and Conrad Klemm. Contemporarily she studied Composition with M° Bruno Mazzotta and Percussion with M° Antonio Bonomo.

In 1973 she won First Prize at Concorso Nazionale Musicisti in Rome. She has been a flute maestro since 1974, teaching at Campobasso and Frosinone Conservatories. Since 1990 she has held tenure at Rome’s Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music.

Activities as Director

In the Rome Conservatory she held position of Vice Director from October 2005. She was Vice Commissioner of the Conservatory from 28 September 2006 to 9 October 2007, acting as director, pursuant to art. 6 of D.P.R. 132, 2003. She was then elected Director for the Triennial 2007/2010, and when this expired, she was reconfirmed for a further mandate until 2013.

In the two mandates available, Edda Silvestri focused on her primary objective of returning to the Santa Cecilia Conservatory its role, centrality and functions so it would again be the greatest musical educational institution in Italy. This aim was reached and how. The results obtained are important and varied: reclaiming teaching; relocating the Conservatory into the national and international productive panorama; redefining qualified relations with other Institutions in the sector; reclaiming the premises and instrumental park the Conservaory enjoys.

She saw to a systematic intervention plan, which led to the sonorisation of the Academy Hall and the construction of a research laboratory for studying sound spacing (€130,000 invested in the capital account). A multi-year purchase plan was completed, with investments equal to €230,000 to renew the instrumental park.

Interventions to statically consolidate the premises and reclaim the Academic Hall with investments of € 500,000.

Thanks to M° Edda Silvestri, who on her on volition firmly made further spaces necessary, second premises for the Conservatory, through continued work soliciting political and military Institutions, lasting three years (2010/2013), the Ministry of Defence gave Santa Cecilia Conservatory the State Property of the Santa Andrea delle Fratte Complex, ex convent, ex Royal Crew barracks, ex High Command Fifth Department premises. This means 1400 sq m, turned into halls and rehearsal rooms, just 700 metres away from the historic headquarters on via dei Greci.

Conventions and agreements

M° Silvestri has struck many conventions and agreements with national and international Organs and Institutions, firstly for the Santa Cecilia Conservatory: Tokyo – Conservatory of Tokyo (Japan); Peking Central Conservatory and Guangdong Conservatory Association (China); Kazakhistan Conservatory; Seowon University (Korea); Conservatory of Milan; then for Pianeta Arte: Xin Hua College of Sun Yat-Sen University (China); Lu Opera Group of Dongying City People’s Republic of China; Temple University; Korea Lifemusic Association (Korea); Universidad EAFIT (Colombia); Chengdu Shangkun (International) Art School international Center (China); Beijing Zhong Yikun Tecnology Training.

Since 2018, Pianeta Arte has been in the China Conservatory of Music project.

Further, on 28 September M° Silvestri was awarded the title of Honorary Director of the Art, Design and Media Faculty and the Music Faculty of Xin Hua College Of Sun Yat-Sen University.

Edda Silvestri has also enjoyed intensive concert activities.

She has been guest artist for internationally important Organs, Festivals and events. Since the ‘90s she has furthered her study of contemporary music and devoted herself to her solo repertory of different types of flute: flute in C, flute in G, bass flute.

Edit Hruby

Hruby Edit

Egyetemi diplomáját a Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem Debreceni Konzervatóriumában szerezte. Tanulmányai utolsó évében Firenzében nyert énekversenyt, majd a New York Sate University és a Greater Buffalo Opera Company ösztöndíjasa lett Amerikában.

Amerikából hazatérve egy éven át a Magyar Rádió énekese, majd a Budapesti Operabarátok Ösztöndíját nyerte el. A Magyar Állami Operaházban Puccini Bohéméletének Musetta-jaként debütált, majd olyan darabokban énekelt, mint Bizet: Carmen, Britten: Peter Grimes, Verdi: Rigoletto, Vajda: Leonce és Léna, Kacsóh: János vitéz, stb. Ezzel párhuzamosan a Debreceni Csokonai Színházban Mozart: Varázsfuvolában Pamina, Cimarosa: Titkos házasságában Carolina. Tíz éven át a Pesti Vigadóban, majd a Belvárosi Színházban működő Interoperett  primadonnája.

Együtt dolgozott többek között Lukács Ervinnel, Medveczky Ádámmal, Kovács Jánossal, Pál Tamással, Oberfrank Péterrel, Köteles Gézával, Török Gézával, Kocsár Balázzsal, Kesselyák Gergellyel, Tokody Ilonával, Wiedemann Bernadettel, Kiss B. Attilával, Kertessi Ingriddel, Temesi Máriával, Fekete Attilával, csak hogy néhány nevet említsünk. Mesterei Pászthy Júlia és Laki Krisztina voltak.

Meghívott vendégművészként fellépett Európa szinte minden országában, Ausztriában, Olaszországban, Svájcban, Belgiumban, Franciaországban, Németországban, Hollandiában, Romániában, illetve az Amerikai Egyesült Államokban.

Énekesi pályafutása mellett mindvégig a tanításnak is ugyanolyan fontos szerepet tulajdonított. Majd’ 10 évig Újpesten a magánének-tanszak vezetője. Az Erkel Opera-stúdió alapítója, művészeti vezetője, mely 2018-ban bekerült Magyar Alapfokú Művészetpedagógia Értéktárába.

Nagy sikerrel tart énekes mesterkurzusokat is.

2015 óta a Debreceni Egyetem Zeneművészeti Karának ének tanszékén tanít, mesteroktató.

2022 óta a Szinház - es Filmművészeti Egyetem oktatója.

Rossella Marcantoni

Rossella Marcantoni

Professor of singing at the State Conservatory of music "Francesco Morlacchi" in Perugia. President and Artistic Director of the Maria Malibran International Music Academy in Altidona (FM) Marche - Italy. (www.accademiamalibran.it)

She brilliantly graduated in singing at the Conservatory "Gioachino Rossini" in Pesaro and graduated in Music disciplines - Chamber Music - with the highest marks and praise at the Consevatorio "Giovanni Battista Pergolesi" of Fermo.

He perfected the opera repertoire with the M° Antonio Tonini in Milan, then with the soprano Maria Alos in Rome; the chamber repertoire with the Masters Sergio Segalini, Pier Narciso Masi and Sopranos Elly Ameling and Liliana Poli.

He attended the Academy of Opera and Choral Art of Osimo and the Rossini Academy Opera Festival of Pesaro, at the invitation of M° Alberto Zedda.

She won the first prize in the following singing competitions:

  • 42nd competition for young opera singers of the European Community "Adriano Belli" of Spoleto
  • International competition" Giacomo Lauri Volpi " of Latina
  • International competition "Vincenzo Bellini" in Rome
  • International Competition New Voices for the Opera “Filippo Marchetti " City of Camerino.

She has performed at the Teatro Nuovo Di Spoleto, Ravenna Festival, Rossini Opera Festival, Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari, Teatro S. Carlo of Naples, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Chiabrera of Savona, Teatro Lauro Rossi of Macerata, Teatro Ventidio Basso of Ascoli Piceno, Teatro Giovanni Udine, Teatro Coliseo Albia in Bilbao, Teatro Nazionale Dell'opera Di split, Festival of the Valle d'itria of Martina Franca, foundation of the Niccolo Piccini concerts of Bari, Camerata Musicale Barese, International Music Festival in Irpinia and for Friends Of Music, Friends of Opera and Musical Youth of many cities. He sang in Germany, England, Spain, Croatia, Poland.

His debut was in 1989 at the Teatro Nuovo in Spoleto in "La Sonnambula" by Vincenzo Bellini in the role of Amina.

Aureliano in Palmira by Rossini (Zenobia), Il Matrimonio segreto of Cimarosa (Carolina), I Capuleti ev i Montecchi by Bellini (Giulietta), Rigoletto by Verdi (Gilda), Don Carlo by Verdi (Voce dal cielo), La serva padrona of Pergolesi (Serpina) the Grand Duchess of Gérolstein of Offenbach (Olga), Memento of Centazzo (Clotilde, The Abbess nun), Simultas of Centazzo (Isotta da Cuzano), Gloria e Magnificat by Vivaldi, Requiem by Mozart, Carmina Burana by Orff, Stabat Mater by Haydn, Symphony No. 9 in D min.Op. 125 "choral" by Beethoven are just a few examples of the lyric, lyric-symphonic repertoire she addressed at the highest level with conductors such as Muti, Gelmetti, Kuhn, Panni, Aprea, Zani, Villaume, Scheiko, Mak and directors such as Vizioli, Zeffirelli, Pizzi, De Tomasi, Hampe, Richter.

The lively curiosity, combined with the taste for deepening and the need for new experiments, they made him arrive to contemporary music, interpreting numerous compositions in the premiere absolute performance and to be successfully proposed in recitals, multimedia works, concerts show with programs of rare inventiveness and originality in the context of prestigious reviews and Festivals with other soloists and with authoritative voices such as those of Glauco Mauri, Pamela Villoresi, Eugenio Allegri, Ugo Pagliai, Paola Gassman, Massimo Dapporto, Moni Ovadia, Francesco Guccini.

He has recorded for the record companies Dynamic, Edipan, Accord for Music. For Bongiovanni he recorded in world premiere the CD Albe-opera omnia of chamber Vocal Music - by Domenico Alaleona; for the productions Gog & Magog has recorded the CD L'anima de Vino una sera cantava.

Always fascinated by the French mélodie, she has given numerous recitals of poetry in the music of authors such as Fauré, Berlioz, Duparc, Chausson, Debussy, Poulenc and Satie. A separate mention deserves the musical path dedicated to the Chansons of Léo Ferré, reworked for soprano voice; an original and innovative setting, with the execution of versions unreleased that saw Marcantoni perform in successful recitals with exclusive programs.

In this regard, the director and writer Mauro Macario, one of Ferré's greatest experts, writes: Léo Ferré has been revisited and re-proposed, in all these years, in multiple musical costumes often apartments to distant worlds and interpretive ways or, apparently, incompatible with the source original. However, in the questionable arbitrariness, they revealed of the master, the elaborate appearance open to diversified solutions. Rossella Marcantoni, soprano of modernity, did not choose the path of metamorphosis, but that of elevation. He took to the extreme what is classic, cultured, and even sacred is inherent in Ferré, he transferred his melodies to the high areas of vocality lyrical, he freed them in a sound of crystal pure as evocative shards of poignant emotion, he added in the sublime the absolute tension that animates every existing instance of the poetcomposer. From a strict Orthodox discipline Rossella Marcantoni knew, for choice, break away periodically to explore other expressed terrains, from vocal music to chamber to the contemporary one, experimenting with new sound morphologies. In our case, even staying in the technical and timbre registers that best add to its potential, we have the feeling that the singer has found a vocal cross between internal voice and lyrical voice, a tone independent, more realistic, more accessible even to those who are not passionate about opera.

And if Ferré said, about his Genesis "Je suis dicté" , so Marcantoni could affirm "I am Sung".

The "ferreiana" experience gave birth to the recording of the CD Les Fleurs du Mal en Musique Léo Ferré / Charles Baudelaire, recorded in world premiere for the label Movimento Classical of Milan. The CD, reviewed by Aldo Nicastro in the monthly music of January 2016, highlights the particular timbre quality of Rossella Marcantoni's voice, defined as luminous:...brava la singer to assert the right to adhere to the baudelairian saying with an appropriate recited dramatic, which explains its very strong desecrating value.

She has performed several times at the festival Ferré of San Benedetto del Tronto, alongside icons of chanson French such as Juliette Greco, Georges Moustaki and others. He also performed in the absolute premiere the sacred hymns of Léo Ferré (Ave Maria, Benedictus, Agnus Dei) whose manuscripts were found by the family after the death of the Chansonnier at the festival of Sacred music Gaude Mater of Cestocova in front of the Primate of Poland. He has recorded for RAI Tre, as well as for radio and television in many countries. He holds Master Classes of improvement of Opera and Chamber singing in different institutions Italian and foreign. Many of his students have been winners of important singing competitions national and international lyric.

She is invited to be part of the jury in national and international competitions and as commissioner external to the exams of singing and Chamber Vocal Music in the state conservatories of music at the Santa Cecilia di Roma, L. Perosi Di Campobasso, G. Pergolesi Di Fermo and others.

Kazue Kuwana

Kazue Kuwana

Oboist, cultural art organizer

Alisa Katroshi

Alisa Katroshi

Alisa Katroshi is an internationally renowned soprano with unique ‘brown voice’ starring in title roles of classics such as Tosca and Aida throughout Europe.

Leading Roles

Alisa has starred as Mimi in La Boheme, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly as well as Aida in Aida and Floria Tosca in Tosca. Further key roles have been performed by Alisa in ‘La forza del destino’ as well as ‘Un ballo in maschera’.

Defining Directors

Alisa has cooperated with directors of the calibre of Andrea Battistoni, Hermann Breuer, Daniela Candiotto, Wolfgang Seeliger, Helge Dorsch, Hans Friedrich Harle as well as Alfredo Sorichetti and performed with a number of leading orchestras such as: l’Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, the Orchestra of the Albanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Frankfurter Symphoniker Orchestra, the Rhein-Main Philharmoniker, the Orchestra of the National Theatre of Constanta as well as Radio & Television Orchestra of Tirana.

Famous Stages

Alisa has performed in recent years on stages such as Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro Nuovo di Verona, Teatro Camploy di Verona, Auditorium Della Gran Guardia di Verona, Teatro Verdi di Padova, Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, UP Ujpesti Theatre Budapest as well as at secondary stages in Rome, Milan, Imperia, Alassio, Palermo, Taormina, Frankfurt, Mainz, Darmstadt, Budapest, Presevo and Skopje. Alisa is always welcome to her original home stage of the National Opera of Tirana.

Impactful Teachers

Alisa has been studying with Daniela Dessi (key impact on technique), Mirella Freni (key impact on interpretation of music), Marcello Lippi (key impact on artistic interpretation and dramatic personalities) as well as Alida Ferrarini, Fiorenza Cedolins and Maria Noto. She is currently studying with Sylvia Sass.

International Excellence

Alisa is the winner of multiple prestigious singing competitions from ‘Villa in Canto’ to ‘Martinelli Pertile’, from ‘O.M.E.G.A’ to ‘Cavalier Davide Vignolo’, from ‘Antonio Salieri’ to ‘Anita Qerquetti’ and more. Alisa graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana (2005) and Summa Cum Laude from Conservatorio di Verona (2009).Alisa spends significant time in Hungary, Albania as well as Italy.

Li Jiwu

Li Jiwu

Cello professor of Shanghai Conservatory of music, was honored as a member of the Royal Conservatory of music (FRAM) in 2013, and was awarded the title of "national excellent teacher" by the State Education Commission in 2019. He is a visiting professor of Royal Conservatory of music, Krakow Conservatory of music and Texas Christian University.

Li Jiwu graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of music and the Royal Conservatory of music (RAM). In his youth, he devoted himself to chamber music and symphony orchestra performance for many years. In the teaching career of cello performance, we have trained a number of excellent cello performance and teaching talents. In 2004, he won the best tutor award of national cello competition issued by the Ministry of culture, and in 2018, he won the excellent teacher award of national Baosteel Education Fund.

The main awards for tutoring students include:
In the national top level competition, the National Youth cello competition sponsored by the Ministry of culture of the people's Republic of China has won the gold medal continuously
The gold medal of the youth group won the first place in the fifth competition;
In the sixth competition, the youth group won the first gold medal and the youth group won the second;
The 7th youth group and youth group won the first gold medal at the same time;
He won the gold medal or the top three in the International Cello competition of Russia, Hungary and Poland.
National projects: in 2012, he presided over the music performance of Shanghai Conservatory of music (string major) and was approved as the pilot of comprehensive reform of the Ministry of education;
In 2013, he presided over "string performance talent training" and won the special prize of teaching achievement of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission; in 2014, he was awarded the second prize of national teaching achievement of "world class string performance art talent training" by the Ministry of education; he published several performance theory articles in national core journals.

He is the judge of China Music Golden Bell award competition, National Youth cello competition sponsored by the Ministry of culture, Poland pandelesky International Cello competition, Hong Kong International string competition, Taiwan Cultural Cup string competition, etc.; he is the artistic director of national youth cello Art Week (Ningbo), Xiamen International Cello Festival, Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Cello Festival; He is a member of the board of directors of Wells Cathedral music school in the United Kingdom. He was the president of the high school attached to Xinghai Conservatory of music and the director of the orchestral Department of Shanghai Conservatory of music.

Nejc Kuhar

Nejc Kuhar

“Kuhar’s pieces were eclectic and fun...” (Washington Post)

“… Nejc Kuhar’s compositions have a strong personality and he plays them excellent. Bravo.” (Roland Dyens, guitarist/composer)

The international prizes, glowing reviews (Washington Post, Classical Guitar Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News etc.) and the very response of the audience at home and abroad all point to an artist in the round, successfully negotiating the joined path of composition and interpretation.

Nejc Kuhar finished his Masters degree in guitar at Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts with prof. Alvaro Pierri and his Masters degree in composition with Dr. Reiner Bishof and prof. Christian Minkowitsch at Konservatorium Wien, Privatuniversität, both with honours. In 2018 he started with Music Research PhD at Surrey university with prof. Steve Goss.

As a guitarist as well as a composer, he won numerous prizes (1st prizes in Germany, China, Italy, Turkey, USA, etc.), he was also scholarship holder of Slovenian Culture Ministry and of Gallus Foundation.

His music has been performed by himself and/or other musicians in various venues, including Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Washington National Gallery of Art, Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Slovene Philharmonic Hall, etc. His commissions include those by the Washington National Gallery of Art, Frankfurt Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, LiGITa, Hong Kong and Sarajevo Guitar Festivals, Signum Saxophone Quartet, guitarist Mak Grgić, organist Stephen Ackert, Four Aces Guitar Quartet and others.

Kuhar’s works have also been published by the renowned publishing houses, such as Les Production d'Oz/Doberman-yppan (Canada), Trekel (Germany) and Berben (Italy), some of which are recorded on his debut CD from ZKP Label, entitled "String modulations", featuring guitar virtuoso Mak Grgić.

Nejc is regularly performing solo concerts, in duo Eminent Duo (http://www.eminentduo.com/) with violinist Moeko Sugiura, teaching master classes, giving lectures, as well as being member of juries on various international guitar festivals (LiGiTa in Liechtenstein, Forum Wien, Taiwan Guitar Festival, Sarajevo, Seckau, Postojna Guitar Festival in Slovenia). His concerts have a special charm and uniqueness due to his interpretations of his own compositions.

In 2019 he was appointed Associate Professor for guitar and contemporary music at University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and in 2018 Guitar Professor at Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt. Besides his activities as guitarist, composer and teacher, he is also an active lecturer, giving lectures about composing for guitar on various European and USA Universities, such as The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Vienna and Frankfurt Universities, etc…


Pier Paolo Maccarrone

Pier Paolo Maccarrone

Pier Paolo Maccarrone was born in Catania in 1978. He began studying the cello at the age of 10 with the professor Alfio Borzi. Then he continued his musical studies at the Vincenzo Bellini Music Institute of Catania with the professor Giuseppe Rizzari, Paolo Ognissanti and for many years with Benedetto Munzone. He alzo studied orchestral conducting with famous italian conductor Daniele Belardinelli.

In 2010 he obtained in Turin the qualification for cello teaching with the Suzuki method at the Suzuki Italian Institute with professor Antonio Mosca. He has been studying the performance practice of ancient instruments at the Conservatory of Music "Alessandro Scarlatti" in Palermo where he graduates the Bachelor's Degree in baroque cello and basso continuo with prof. Andrea Fossa and then he also graduates in Viola da gamba with prof. Cristiano Contadin. He obtained the Diplome in the Annual Course of Musical Interpretation and the Premium Diploma in the Orchestral Conducting Course at the "Escuela de Dirección de Orchestra y Banda" in Huelva (Spain) approved for ABRSM (Associated Board of  The Royal College of Music) with prof. Navarro Lara.

He attended cello and chamber music masterclasses with famous concertist: Anton Niculescu, Valeriano Taddeo, Alain Meunier, Sandro Laffranchini, Erich Oscar Hutter, Riccardo Bovino and Willen Ranck, Michael Flaksman,  Marianne Chen, Luc Toten, Augustin Lefevbre, Vadim Pavlov, Enrico Bronzi, Rocco Filippini. He is winner in several national and international music competitions. He has performed in numerous concerts as a soloist and in orchestra in many italian and foreign cities such as: Palermo, Siracusa, Naples, Perugia, Turin, Lucca, Florence, Rome, Graz, Nancy, Huelva. He performing also with famous soloist ssuch as:Gianpiero Sobrino, LucioDegani, Sebastiano Zorza, Claudio Marini, Enzo Ligresti, Demetrio Comuzzi, Pavel Berman, Stefano Pagliani, Claudio Marini, Jensang Lee, Bertrand Giraud, Anton Niculescu, Louis Lanzarini, Katia Ricciarelli, Marcello Giordani, Daniela Schillaci, Simone Piazzola, Lucia Aliberti, Cosetta Gigli, Massimiliano Drapello, Sergey Girscenko, Dmitry Sinkosky. He has collaborate dwith famous conductors Riccardo Muti, Carlo Rizzari, Tomaz Bugaj, Michael Brousseau, Stefano Ranzani, DaisukeSoga, Carlo Moreno Volpini, Walther Themel, Gert Meditz, Gesualdo Bufalini, Claudia Patane, Orlando Pulin, Massimo Incarbone, Antonio Florio, Francisco NavarroLara, Juan Rodriguez, Gerardo Estrada, Missak Baghboudarian, Montserrat De La Cruz.

He haspublished books for publishing houses: Simple of Macerata, Book Sprint of Salerno and other book available in Amazon. He is co-author with the famous conductor Navarro Lara of two best-sellers books in Amazon. He has recorded CDs and DVDs for the PDR record of Catania and Ragusa's Shine Records. In 2004 he obtained also a degree in Pharmacy at the University of Catania. He has been associated with the S.I.E.M (Italian Society of Musical Education) since 2008 and to the Suzuki Italian Institute. His students have already distinguished in national music contest and in auditions for  prestigious youth orchestras such as the Junior Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. From 2010 is President of the Cultural and Musical Association "A.M.A.C." of Gravina di Catania that is actively involved in the diffusion of classical music in Italy, organizing musical instrumental courses (with particular attention to teaching in early age). The association organize some musical events, concerts, "Nellina Cappellani Costa" Music Competition and the Santa Cecilia Music Festival at the Theater Rex according with the Etna Santa Cecilia Music Academy of Giarre (Catania). The association actively collaborates with the Haffner Orchestra of Catania and has collaborated with Sicilian Polyphonic Choir, AFEM (Euro Festival Mediterranean Association) and University of Catania.

He has been the Cello teacher at Conservatory "Fausto Torrefranca" of Vibo Valentia, in Music High School in Enna, in Conservatory in Cesena. Currently he's teaching cello at the Secondary School of Music "De Cruyllas" of Catania (Italy).

He Jing

He Jing

Associate professor of the Department of orchestra, master's supervisor and director of the teaching and Research Department of Guanle, Zhejiang Conservatory of music. Member of the 9th School of Zhejiang Province. He is a member of the China flute professional committee, chairman of the flute Professional Committee of Zhejiang Musicians Association and vice president of Zhejiang guanyue society.

The performance has won the special award of international competition of Chinese works, the solo ensemble of Zhejiang music and Dance Festival, and held more than one "He Jing solo concert". The students were awarded more than 40 awards for domestic and international flute solo and ensemble events, and more than ten years of construction of Flute Orchestra. Twelve special concert of Flute Orchestra was held in Hangzhou Concert Hall of Jiaxing theatre of Red Star Theatre. The orchestra has won awards such as the college students' Art Festival. He is the art director of Zhejiang Province youth Flute Orchestra.

There are seven textbooks of Shanghai Music Publishing House, two video courses published by Zhejiang University Press and two teaching materials for Flute examination. Presided over seven projects such as provincial hall and published more than ten professional academic papers.