Piano Star Chamber Music

4 May 2024 Ore 20


J. Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897)  Piano Quartet Op.60

A. Dvořák (8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) Piano Quartet Op.87

The next concert in our Stagione Concertistica 2024 will be filled with music by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak!

Born in Hamberg to a Lutheran family, German composer, pianist and conductor Johannes Brahms, spent most of his professional life in Vienna. He is often grouped with with J. S. Bach and L. v. Beethoven as one of the “Three B’s” of music, a comment made by conductor Hans von Bülow. Brahms composed for various ensemble types, such as, symphony orchestra, chamber, piano, organ, voice, and chorus. As a pianist, he had premiered many of his own works.

Antonin Dvořák, was a czech composer. He implemented many aspects of folk music from Moravia and his native Bohemia, following in the footsteps of composer Bedřich Smetana. Dvořák displayed his musical talents very early on in life with the violin. Some of the first public performances of his works were held in Prague during the years 1872 and 1873. Looking to have his works recognised beyond the walls of the city of Prague, he then applied to competitions in Germany and Austria, where Johannes Brahms was on the jury. Brahms was very impressed by Dvořák’s works and recommended to his own publisher, Simrock. Dvořák composed many things from chamber to orchestral and even operatic works during his lifetime.

Alessandro Deljavan

Italian pianist Alessandro Deljavan has been astonishing audiences for more than two decades. Acknowledgements began at the age of nine when he won the prestigious Concours musical de France (1st Prize, Paris, 1996). He is embraced for his remarkable prowess and emotional intensity by audiences and colleagues alike.
Alessandro has performed with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Fort Worth, Texas, USA), the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Milan, Italy), Orchestra Sinfonica Leopolis (Atri, Italy), Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento (tour in Italy & Slovakia), Israel Camerata Orchestra (Tel Aviv, Israel), Wu Han Philharmonic Orchestra (Wu Han, China), and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (Vilnius, Lithuania), among others.


Alessandro Deljavan

He has appeared at festivals such as the Festival International Piano Classique de Biarritz (Biarritz, France), Festival Chopin aL Paris (Paris, France), Piano Intime Series (Montpellier, France), Glafsfjordens musikfestival (Arvika, Sweden), Bologna Festival (Bologna, Italy), Il Festival Piano Master (Gravedona, Italy), Orta Festival (Lago d’Orta, Italy), Gradus International Piano Festival (Aarhus, Denmark), Franz Liszt Festival (Albano Laziale, Italy), Festival CittaL di Morbegno (Morbegno, Italy), Festival Internazionale di Lapedona (Lapedona, Italy), Autunno Musicale (Como, Italy), the BogotaL International Piano Festival (BogotaL , Colombia) and Tippet Rise (Montana, USA). His chamber music partners have included the TakaM cs Quartet, the Sine Nomine Quartet and the Brentano Quartet, Alissa Margulis (violin), and Alexander Buzlov (cello). He has toured extensively with the violinist Daniela Cammarano with whom he has recorded several albums for the Aevea, Brilliant Classics and Onclassical labels. Alessandro has appeared in films such as ‘Franz Liszt: The Pilgrimage Years’ (RAI – Italian TV), ‘Virtuosity’ (Cliburn / PBS), and numerous live broadcasts on European radio. The live webcasts from the Cliburn competitions (2009 & 2013) were seen by over a million viewers in 155 countries. In 2021 Alessandro inaugurated his own imprint, the AERAS Music Group, for which he has released the Bach Goldberg Variations, and an album of works by Liszt. The coming months will see releases of the complete sonatas for violin and piano of Beethoven, an album of Mozart sonatas, and another of Schubert. Alessandro Deljavan has a discography of over 60 albums with the Stradivarius, Brilliant Classics, Onclassical, Aevea, Naxos, Tactus and Piano Classics labels. Some of the most recent releases (since 2015) include two albums of the complete Chopin Waltzes & EP tudes (Brilliant Classics), the Complete Chopin Mazurkas (Aevea), the Complete Piano / String works of Taneyev (Aevea), the Complete Piano Works of Reynaldo Hahn (Aevea), the Complete Violin Sonatas of Edvard Grieg (Aevea), the Complete Works for Piano and Cello of Martucci (Tactus), Schumann Works for Piano (Academy / Artalinna), Bach Complete Little Preludes (Aevea), Bach: The Seven Toccatas (Piano Classics), a double CD recording of works by Mompou (Brilliant Classics), and the Grieg Complete Lyric Pieces (OnClassical), (three hours / 66 tracks) which has had more than 200,000 streams on Spotify in the first month of its release). The 2018 Artist Report for Alessandro Deljavan on Spotify had listed: 957,000 fans; 4,000,000+ streams; 166,000 hours; 65 countries. On Youtube, his recording of the complete Chopin Waltzes has received more than 1,000,000 streams to date.

Alessandro Deljavan graduated from the Conservatorio Statale di Musica Giuseppe Verdi (Milano, 2003) and the Istituto Gaetano Braga (Teramo, 2006). From 2005 – 2013 he was among the select young artists attending the International Piano Academy at Lake Como, Italy under the tutelage of the Academy’s artistic director, William Grant Naborè. In addition, he has taken part in courses at the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Festival dell Nazioni at CittaL di Castello and the Ottorino Respighi Foundation on St. George Island, Venice, Italy. His teachers include Valentina Chiola, Piotr Lachert, Ricardo Risaliti, Enrico Belli, Eugenio Bagnoli, Lazar Berman, William Grant Naboré, Dimitri Bashkirov, Laurent Boullet, Fou Ts’ong, Dominique Merlet, John Perry, Menahem Pressler, Claude Frank, Richard Goode, and Andreas Staier.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Opera Master school in Villamagna founded in 2021 and Professor of Piano at the U. Giordano Conservatory of Music, Rodi Garganico, Italy.

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.

Aleksandra Hałaczkiewicz

Described as a talented, devoted musician with great attention to detail (Corina Belcea, founder of the
Belcea Quartet) and a vivid young player (Malwina Sosnowski, concertmaster of the Mannheim Symphony Orchestra) – that is the violinist Aleksandra Hałaczkiewicz.

Despite her young age, she has already performed with various ensembles and orchestras as well as a chamber musician all over Europe. During the summer of 2021 she toured with Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, playing in the most renewed concert halls like Musikverein Wien, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg or Semperoper Dresden. Over the following summer of 2022, she performed for the first time in the countries of South America, as a chamber musician. In recent years she has been a part of the Davos Festival Akademie in Switzerland, Danish String Quartet Academy in Denmark, Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, France or Virtuoso&Belcanto Festival in Lucca, Italy.

Aleksandra Hałaczkiewicz

Aleksandra is an active orchestra musician. For the season 2023/24 she won the 1st violin position for the Internship in the Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Germany. The wide program of this season allows her to grow and expand both her orchestra and opera repertoire. In the past years she worked with conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Trevor Pinnock, Holly Hyun Choe, Antonello Manacorda, John Warner. As a young classical artist, her personal mission is to present classical music around the globe and let the European music heritage be given to the audiences of different cultural roots and backgrounds. She has been kindly supported by Clarence Myerscough Trust and Albert Hänggi Stiftung. Aleksandra received her Bachelor degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London, United Kingdom. She is currently continuing her further education in the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Germany. Over her education, she participated in various masterclasses with renowned musicians. 

To name a few, Benjamin Schmid, Krzysztof Wegrzyn and Christoph Koncz have given her further artistic inspiration.

Aleksandra plays the violin made by Luigi Rovatti in 1906 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Barbara Ciccone

Barbara Ciccone began playing the viola at the age of eleven with Roberto Molinelli, continuing with Rocco De Massis. Then she brilliantly earned a Master in Music Performance under the guidance of Yuval Gotlibovich at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano. She achieved first place in several competitions, including the International Music Competition ‘Salzburg’ Grand Prize Virtuoso, which granted her the opportunity to perform in the Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum. 

She performed as a soloist with the Young Orchestra of the “U. Giordano” Conservatory and with I Musici di Parma. She has also been a member of the orchestra of the Collegium Musicum Scholss Pommersfelden. Her collaborations have extended to working with Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Solisti Aquilani, Colibrì Ensemble, Young Musicians European Orchestra.

Barbara Ciccone

Currently, Barbara’s primary collaborations are with the Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orchestra of Teatro Massimo of Palermo. 

She has performed under the baton of conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Kazuki Yamada, Daniel Oren, Gianandrea Noseda, Markus Poschner, Omer Meir Wellber, ecc. She served as first soloist on viola in R. Strauss’s Don Quixote with the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra “U. Giordano”. In the realm of chamber music she has participated in several concert reviews in all Italy (Ravenna, Lipari, Città del Vaticano, Barletta, Salina, Lucera, Foggia, Pescara, Roma, Lugano, Roseto Degli Abruzzi, Campobasso) playing with musicians like David Haroutunian, Fernando Caida Greco, Wietse Beels, ecc. Additionally, she is active in music contemporary and has premiered Stefano Taglietti’s “Laude” for solo viola. Notably she
participated in the first Italian execution of Radulescu’s Quartet No. 4 op 33 for nine string quartets with featured the Arditti Quartet at the Auditorium of the Parco della Musica in Rome.