“A classical musician who looks to the future, one of the most innovative of his generation! Accordionist, conductor and composer, he is distinguished by his great originality, creativity and versatility, which lead him to tackle the most diverse artistic projects at the same time, from the direction of the great orchestra repertoire to crossover, from contemporary music to always new theatrical productions!”
He was born in Trieste, a territory rich in culture and heterogeneous musical influences. As a child he fell in love with the accordion; even though he did not have musical parents, he began to take his first steps in the world of music, attending the accordion class of Prof. Norina Dobrilla at the renowned Glasbena matica musical institute in Trieste, before continuing with the teacher who would be his Maestro, Prof. Claudio Furlan. Right from the start he showed a great artistic inclination, so much so that at the age of nine he won his first international competition for musical interpretation in Treviso. From the Nineties onward, as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles, he won numerous first places and placings in around thirty international and national competitions, including Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Hungary and France, often representing Italy or the best Italian classified. These included third place in the highest category at the 52nd Coupe Mondial de l’Accordéon, as well as the exceptional first place in the 11th TIM International Tournament of Music, a musical performance competition organised by the illustrious Italian musician Luigi Fait, that counted about four thousand participants from all over the world!
He graduated in accordion at the Conservatorio G. Rossini in Pesaro, in composition at the Conservatorio G.Tartini in Trieste under the guidance of professors Fabio Nieder and Marco Sofianopulo, and in conducting at the prestigious Accademia Musicale Pescarese under the guidance of the great Maestro Donato Renzetti. He also owes his musical training to other important personalities, the Maestri Peter Soave, Aleksandar Skljarov, Vyaceslav Semjonov, Friedrich Lips, Paolo Picchio, Slavko Magdi?, Damir Bužleta and Lior Shambadal.
The study of different musical disciplines, albeit complementary, are proof of his artistic-musical thought; internationally he is one of the few accordionists to have graduated in conducting who at the same time pursues a career as a concert performer, conductor and composer. Thanks to his flair, versatility and originality, he tackles the most diverse musical projects at the same time, from the direction of the great orchestra repertoire to crossover, from contemporary music to always new theatrical productions.
He collaborates regularly with some of the most important conductors, soloists and composers in the world, among whom we must certainly mention Susanna Malkki, Daniel Kawka, Zoltan Pesko, Lu Jia, Francesco Lanzillotta, Marco Angius, Georgy Kurtàg, Sofia Gubajdulina, Azio Corghi, Luca Francesconi, Fabio Nieder, Jean Francaix, Beat Furrer, Aureliano Cattaneo, Filippo Perocco, Giovanni Verrando, Riccardo Vaglini, Daniela Terranova, Lucia Mazzaria, Alessandro Pierfederici, Marko Feri, Livia Rado, Barbara Hannigan, Alda Caiello, Timothy Brock, Mateja Petelin, with whom he performs important world and Italian premières.
He also collaborates closely with organisations and orchestras of the highest artistic and cultural value, among which we must mention the Ministries for Culture in Italy and Slovenia, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Novecento Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Regional Orchestra Foundation of Tuscany, the Mitteleuropa Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Calabria, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Pescara, Filarmonia Veneta, the Slovenian Teatro Stabile in Trieste, the Teatro Rossetti, the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana, the Opera in Maribor, the National Theatre in Rijeka, the Music Biennale in Venice, Rai Nuovamusica, Bologna Festival, MITO Festival, Società dei Concerti in Milan, Play!it, Teatro La Fenice, Istituzione Teatro Lirico Sperimentale of Spoleto, Festival internazionale AngelicA, Nuova Consonanza Rome, Treviso Nuova Musica, Chamber Music – Trio Association of Trieste, Società dei Concerti in Trieste, Timisoara International Music Festival, Festival Hoerfest Neue Musik Detmold and many more, as well as with numerous Italian Conservatoires, among which we must mention those in Trieste, Udine, Venice, Trento, Milan, Turin and Catanzaro, with renowned foreign academies, including the Academy of Music and Art in Ljubljana, Pula, Zagreb, Tallinn, Melbourne, the Italian Institutes of Culture in the Balkan area, Tirana, Paris, Vancouver, Edmonton, Tallinn and Vienna. At the age of 25 he was the first solo accordionist to appear in the Sala Sinopoli at the Parco della Musica in Rome with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e del Lazio, performing the Concerto pour accordéon et orchestre by J. Francaix in its Italian première!
His relationship with contemporary music and musical research is therefore fundamental, where he can be considered one of the ambassadors of the “new music” for the accordion: he is a member of the renowned L’arsenale Ensemble with which he has received awards of great artistic importance, including the prestigious 35th MUSICAL CRITICS’ AWARD “FRANCO ABBIATI” 2016 for musical research, SIAE, Siemens Foundation and Benetton Foundation. He also collaborates with renowned contemporary music ensembles such as the mdi Ensemble, Ex Novo Ensemble, Ensemble Risognanze, and various chamber music groups among them the young Chagall String Quartet.
He is followed by major television broadcasting companies, magazines and publishers, including RAI, Sky Classic, RTV Ljubljana, ORF, Suonare news, Amadeus and Ricordi.
Finally, he has an important relationship with the theatre, where he expresses himself as a composer, piano accompanist, stage musician and actor, and where he has collaborated with directors, writers and actors of international fame, among whom Claudio Magris, David Riondino, Paolo Magelli, Eduard Miler, Januš Kica, Ivica Buljan, Igor Pison and Marko Sosi?.