Sujari Contemporanea

14 April 2024 Ore 20

Archi del Mediterraneo International String Festival


Nicola Monopoli (b. 1991) La quiete, la fuga, disordine 2012-24 per violoncello ed elettronica

Andrew Howes (b. 1992) Riffs for solo cello


Luciano Berio (24 October 1925 – 27 May 2003) ‘Les mots sont allés’ for solo cello

George Crumb (24 October 1929 – 6 February 2022) Sonata for solo cello

Fantasia – Tema pastorale con variazioni – Toccata

Alfred Schnittke (24 November 1934 – 3 August 1998) Improvisation

Sujari Britt (b. 2001) Untitled

The next concert in our Stagione Concertistica 2024 will be filled with contemporary music ranging from L. Berio to the performers themselves!

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 (Finland)  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 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 Helsinki, 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.

Nicola Monopoli

Nicola Monopoli è un compositore ed esecutore elettroacustico italiano nato a Barletta nel 1991.
Ha conseguito il Diploma Accademico di I livello in Musica e Nuove Tecnologie col massimo dei voti, lode e menzione speciale, il Diploma Accademico di II livello in Musica Elettronica con il massimo dei voti e lode e il Diploma Ordinamentale di Composizione col massimo dei voti presso il Conservatorio N. Piccinni di Bari. Ha studiato con importanti compositori della scena musicale contemporanea ed elettroacustica tra cui Jonathan Cole, Michael Oliva, Riccardo Santoboni, Francesco Scagliola, Matteo Franceschini, Massimo Carlentini, Francesco Maria Paradiso, Michele Maiellari e Gilbert Nouno.
È stato il primo compositore in assoluto a conseguire lArtist Diploma in Composition presso il Royal College of Music di Londra supportato dal Clifton Parker Award e da una borsa di studio dellassociazione Giovani Artisti Italiani, Progetto DE.MO/Movinup (partner del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali).

Nicola Monopoli, elettronica

Le sue composizioni sono state eseguite in tutto il mondo, in paesi come Italia, Francia, Germania, Australia, Inghilterra, Stati Uniti, Cina, Corea del Sud e Brasile.

Ha partecipato a stagioni concertistiche di musica elettroacustica e contemporanea e a festival di rilievo internazionale come New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Open Circuit – University of Liverpool, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Stanford University Linux Audio Conference, Emufest e molti altri.
Ha tenuto concerti in rinomate sale da concerto come Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall del Royal College of Music di Londra, Sala Principale del Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney, Forum Fondazione Bertarelli e numerose altre. Sue musiche e concerti sono stati trasmessi da importanti stazioni radio (Rai Radio 3, SBS Radio, CKCU-FM, 3MBS, ecc.).
È risultato vincitore del primo premio assoluto per il Golden Key Composition Competition 2015 (New York), del terzo premio per il Concorso Musicworks Magazine Competition 2011 organizzato dallomonima rivista canadese, ha ricevuto una Menzione al Concorso PIARS 2013 (ora Sonic Arts Award) ed è stato finalista per il Premio Nazionale delle Arti di Musica Elettronica 2012 (Categoria Acusmatica).
Attualmente insegna Composizione Musicale Elettroacustica presso il Conservatorio U. Giordano di Foggia.