Latitudo 41 Cello Duo

12 May 2024 Ore 20


Domenico Gabrielli (1659-1690) Ricercari, canone e sonate à due violoncelli

Jean-Baptist Barrière (1707-1747) Cello duet in G major No.4
-Allegro prestissimo

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) Sonata G5 in A Major
-Allegro alla Militaire

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) Variations on Mosè-fantasia
of Rossini for Two Cellos MS 23

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Morceau de déchiffrage for two cellos
– Allegro Moderato

The next concert in our Stagione Concertistica 2024 will be filled with music ranging from Gabrielli to Fauré!

Mauro Paolo Monopoli

Born in June 2000, he began studying the cello at the age of 5, obtaining the cello Master’s degree at the age of 17 at the Piccinni Conservatory of Bari, with 10/10  Magna Cum Laude (110/110 cum laude and Honorable Mention), never before awarded to a cellist in the history of the Bari Conservatory.  

At the age of 13 he made his debut as a soloist with the Niccolò Piccinni Orchestra  of Bari Conservatory performing the Variations by Niccolò Paganini on the theme  of Rossini Moses. In August he performed in the presence of the Minister for  Cultural Heritage Massimo Bray receiving his compliments. Also in 2013 he was  admitted to the prestigious High-Level Course of the Academy of the Staufer  Foundation in Cremona with the applause of Maestro Rocco Filippini for his  musical and technical skills, for being the youngest cellist ever admitted, at just 13  years old.

Mauro Paolo Monopoli

In 2014 he made his debut at Curci Theater in Barletta and in the same year he won  the First Prize and the Scholarship “Music Talents-International Association of  Lions Clubs” and the Second Prize at “Tournoi International de Musique de Paris” (TIM Competition). In 2015 he debuted for Camerata Musicale Barese in an acclaimed concert for cello and piano and at the Theater Forma in Bari as a soloist  in the concerto for cello and orchestra 1925 by Nino Rota.  In 2016 he made his debut at the Giordano Theater in Foggia for “Amici della Musica” in Foggia. 

On 22 June 2016 he received the Medal from the President of the Italian  Parliament for his artistic merits in the national and international fields. In May  2017 he has performed in the Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and at the  Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky House Museum in Klin for the Tchaikovsky  Spring Festival- Tchaikovsky Competition Stars. 

In June 2017, he was an Award winner of the X Tchaikovsky International  Competition for Young Musicians. As the only Italian musician awarded in the  history of the Competition, Mauro Paolo won among over 400 candidates from all  over the world, judged by a jury composed of Sergey Roldugin, Kiril Rodin, Boris Andrianov, Laszlo Mezo, Martti Rousi, Ravil Kulmametov, Unil Jin, and Na Mula. In September 2017 he performed as a soloist, accompanied by the Moscow  Chamber Orchestra, at the 5th International Festival of Russian and Italian Culture  “Ociciornie”. In May 2018 he performed as a soloist in the 2nd Tchaikovsky International Festival in Moscow at Gnessin Concert Hall. In February 2019, he  was invited by the Sibelius Academy, he performed as a soloist at the Cellofest at  Musikkitalo Concert House in Helsinki. In October 2019 he made his debut with  the prestigious Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela in Caracas. He studied with Rocco Filipini in Cremona. In 2021 he was the only Italian cellist admitted to final phases of Geneva International Cello Competition.

Sujari Britt

Cellist and composer Sujari Britt is an accomplished performer who has engaged audiences in Asia, EU, UK, and US.  According to Britt, “The depth, range and sweetness of the cello seemed to me to resonate my own strong voice.” After years studying piano, guitar, and violin, Britt picked up the cello at age 4.  “I immediately knew that I had encountered my musical voice in the cello, and so began my journey.”

A native New Yorker, Britt began formal study of the cello at age four, following her study on the violin, and piano; and began to compose at age five. Britt earned her Professional Diploma (Cello, Composition) at the Royal Academy of Music (London) in the studio of international soloist, chamber musician and critically acclaimed recording artist Josephine Knight, and pedagogue of composition David Gorton. Sujari earned her Master’s of Classical Cello from Sibelius Academy (Helsinki)  with renowned cellist and pedagogue Martti Rousi; and her Bachelor’s of Music in Classical Cello Performance at Manhattan School of Music (NYC) in the studio of distinguished pedagogue, author and cellist Marion Feldman.

Sujari Britt, Photographed by Raffaelle Zingaro

At the tender age of 7 years Britt delved into composition soon after she began her public performances. Britt describes her compositions as reflective of a “state of mind…I see and feel through music, and composition is another medium for experience, expression, and exposure”.  Britt has premiered her original works, and also composes for theater, film (Opus 1, Norway) and dance. Outspoken for her interest in sharing the universality of music and supporting music education, Britt co-founded and serves as Artistic Director and Director of Media for Accademia Filarmonica del Mediterraneo (Italy); where she has taken up residence. Britt also serves in the Arts Leadership Program of From the Top (USA).

Britt has played with a wide range of artists, including Alisa Weilerstein, Sting, Kronos Quartet, and others, and  has served in the NY Philharmonic (substitute) (USA), Helsinki Chamber Orchestra (EU), Orchestre de Associacao Cultural Inovarte (EU), and New York Chamber Orchestra (USA), among others. Britt has been a featured artist at Musiikkitalo, Cellofest Opening Gala, and Taidepiste events in Helisinki, FinlandSujari was featured in the annual Beijing Super Cello Festival (Beijing, China). Britt spoke and presented at C2 Montreal  for  “Transformative Collisions” and was featured in Canada’s Neopolitan Connection Concert Series (Montreal and Toronto, Canada). Among her exploits in USA, Sujari performed with Alisa Weilerstein at the White House for President Obama, the First Lady, and their distinguished guests.  Britt has performed as soloist with West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra,  Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra , Queens Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra , Chicago SinfoniettaLas Cruces Symphony Orchestra Adrian Symphony Orchestra , among others. 

Britt is a repeat soloist at Carnegie Hall, and has been featured for recurrent performances at the UN for their international HeforShe , and for their annual World Humanitarian Day.  Britt  was a special guest performer at The MET (NYC), The Gracie Theatre (Maine),  the Harman Arts Center (Washington, DC), at Midori and Friends Children’s Music Festival; and was a featured artist for the Shakespeare Company’s annual gala honoring Elizabeth McGovern at the Harman Arts Center;  presented at Madison Square Garden during quarter time for the NY Knicks, and has made special guest solo performances for Gary Historic and Cultural Society and the Miami Bach Society, among her numerous presentations. Featured on national news stories at an early age, Britt has been spotlighted in Strings and Time magazines, Britt was featured on BBC live radio, Strings Magazine, and was StayThirsty Spotlight Artist to watch! Sujari also was featured in an on-line THKR/RadicalMedia PRODIGIES, a TIME for Kids/Time Magazine article, and a segment of Katie! with Katie Couric. Sujari was featured at TEDx-Redmond of TED Talks, and was featured as one of NBC TheGrio’s “100 History Makers in the Making.” Britt won the National Young Musicians Concerto Competition and  is the distinguished recipient of prestigious academic scholarships and awards, and grand prize winner of numerous national and international competitions.

Britt plays a Neuner and Hornsteiner cello made in Mittenwald, Germany circa 1718, generously loaned to her by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.