Teachers


Roberto Palumbo

Born in Naples in 1959, Roberto Palumbo has studied with world-famous mandolinists such as André Saint-Clivier, Giuseppe Anedda as well as Mauro Squillante, under whose guidance he received his diploma in mandolin at the “Niccolò Piccinni” Conservatory in Bari.
He has taken part in courses at the “Camerata de’ Musici” in Rome, in the Music Interpretation Seminar of the Festa Musica Pro in Assisi, in the Music Specialization Course in Carovigno and at the 37th, 40th, 41th, 42th and 44th edition of the International Early Music Course in Urbino. He collaborated for many years in the "Città di Roma" Plectrum Orchestra and presently is the principal mandolinist of the Ensemble Mandolinistico Estense in Modena, with whom he has performed at various exhibitions. He is also a regular member of the “Niccolò Piccinni” Conservatory Plectrum Orchestra in Bari. He took part at the Early Music Week in Bari organized in 2007 by the “Niccolò Piccinni” Conservatory in Bari. With the guitarist Simona Boni he has given various concerts and took part in many festivals. Alongside his activity as a mandolinist he dedicates himself to study and research activity in ethnomusicology. In 2003 he has held a seminar on Mandolin at the University of Cremona. He has studied Ethnomusicology under the guidance of Prof. Diego Carpitella at the faculty of Letters at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome and then he graduated with full marks and cum laude under the guidance of Prof. Francesco Giannattasio with a thesis on the Mandolin in the urban popular tradition in Naples, which is soon to be published. He holds a degree in Chamber Music at the "Arrigo Boito" Conservatory in Parma, under the guidance of Maestro Pierpaolo Maurizzi, filling a thesis on the mandolin in the music of the twentieth century. In June 2011 and March 2012 he was a member of the Chamber Music Ensemble "A. Boito" in Parma during the the festivals The grammars of Schönberg and The Schönberg Experience inside the Bologna Festival in 2012, performing the Serenade op.24 under the baton of M° Pierpaolo Maurizzi. In August 2012 he participated as professor of the Chamber Music course at the International Mandolin and Guitar Campus Domenico Manfredi -Avigliano (PZ), repeated experience in October of the same year in the musical review Protagonista il Mandolino at the Institute of Musical Studies "O.Vecchi-A.Tonelli" in Modena. He currently teaches Mandolin and Classic Guitar at the Ensemble Mandolinistico Estense music school in Modena.

Ofelia Elia

Ofelia Elia, nata a Lecce, diplomata presso il conservatorio 'N. Piccinni' di Bari in mandolino nel 2010 sotto la guida del M° Mauro Squillante, in violino nel 2011 con il M° Francesco D’Orazio e nell’a.a. 2012-2013 ha conseguito il diploma di II livello in violino. 
Ha collaborato come violinista con l'Orchestra Giovanile ‘Tito Schipa’ del conservatorio di Lecce, che si è esibita in numerosi concerti sia nella provincia di Lecce che in quella di Brindisi e Bari.
Ha collaborato e collabora tuttora in qualità di mandolinista con l’orchestra a plettro Ensemble Mandolinistico Estense a Modena, in provincia di Modena e in provincia di Bari.
Ha collaborato con l'Accademia Mandolinistica Napoletana a Napoli e in provincia di Bari.
Ha collaborato con l’Orchestra a Plettro N. Piccinni del conservatorio di Bari con cui si è esibita in numerosi concerti sia nella provincia di Bari, che a Roma e a Benevento.
Fa parte dell'Accademia Mandolinistica Pugliese.
Ha collaborato con i ‘My secret windows’ per la registrazione di alcuni brani del loro disco d’esordio “LAW/CUT” nel 2011.
Si è esibita come solista e in formazione di duo, trio e quartetto in occasione di eventi organizzati dalla antropologa-sociologa e scrittrice prof.ssa Alba Monti quali: Guaranì: alla ricerca della Terra senza mali; Donne che cambiano il mondo; Fiato corto di Sirena.
Con il Quartetto tutto al femminile Lule Sol si è esibita in numerosi concerti fra cui i recital organizzati dal Fondo Verri nel 2014 Lago di luce e parole - Viaggio nella poesia mediterranea contemporanea.
Dal 2009 fa parte del trio ‘Per corda con cui si è esibita soprattutto nella provincia di Lecce oltre che numerose volte in Grecia in festival patrocinati dai comuni di Messini e Kyparissia, come il Primo festival studentesco del dramma antico Antica Messini 2012 e il Kyparissia Sunshine International Folklore Festival 2014.
Insieme a Nicola Antonio Staffieri si è esibita in duo per numerose manifestazioni quali: i Concerti di Primavera, presso la Scuola Secondaria “Massari – Galilei” nel 2011;  La notte dei musei 2011 e le Lezioni Concerto Alla scoperta dei luoghi della musica per gli anni 2013, 2014 e 2015 organizzati dalle associazioni “Mousikè” e “I Luoghi della Musica”; le Notti Sacre per l’anno 2011 organizzate da “I Luoghi della Musica”; il Giovedì d’Eccezione per l’associazione “Puglia Teatro Cultura e Spettacolo L’Eccezione”; l’8a Rassegna Chitarristica Internazionale della Puglia Stagione 2013 per l’“Associazione culturale e musicale De Falla”; Musica in mostra 2014 per la Città di Trani – Palazzo delle Arti “Beltrani” – Pinacoteca Ivo Scaringi e l’Associazione “Mousikè”.
Dal 2013 fa parte del gruppo Forbidden Sounds con cui si è esibita per l’Associazione “Il Coretto” durante la Stagione Concertistica 2012/2013; per il “Festival del Mandolino” durante l’Estate Aviglianese 2013; l’Aperitivo Classico 2013, 2014 e 2015 organizzati dal BAR FOD a Cisternino; il Premio Ambientepuglia 2015 – Giornata Mondiale della Terra; il Sovereto Festival 2015; La leggenda di IsabellaEstate bellese 2015.

 

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Past editions

Amelia Saracco

Amelia Saracco, born in Asti, has graduated in mandolin in 1993 at the Conservatorio "Pollini" of Padua, where she studied with Maestro Ugo Orlandi. S he worked from 1995 to 1999 with "I Solisti Veneti", and currently works with the Orchestra of the "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino", the Orchestra of the "Teatro Carlo Felice" and the National Symphony Orchestra of the "RAI";
She participated as mandolin soloist in concerts of the 2009-2010 season of the Symphony Orchestra youth of Piedmont and in 2015 with the Classical Orchestra of Alexandria;
She has carried out activities as a soloist and in different instrumental groups such as Mandolin "P.Paniati" of Asti, the Open Quartet and in formations with piano or guitar duo and trio with piano and flute;
She has participated in television broadcasts (RAI 2) and radio (Radiotre suite) and collaborated in CD recordings, including "A face-loan" with Paolo Conte.
At the same time she joined the artistic activity also the didactic one.
She is the creator of the project methodology for Mandolin "Suzuki". Since '93 she began teaching Mandolin applied to the Suzuki Method, later becoming Teacher Trainer for Italy and Europe, and the author of books for mandolin.
Currently she teaches mandolin at some schools in Piedmont and coordinates the instrumental groups of young musicians plucked from 5 to 18 years.

 

Maria Cleofe Miotti 

Maria Cleofe Miotti has graduated in mandolin at the Conservatorio "Pollini" of Padua, where she studied with Maestro Ugo Orlandi, and has participated at various training courses in Chiusi della Verna (AR) Brescia and Venice, at Fondazione G. Cini. She has taken part in concerts given by the Italian Plectrum Orchestra and by the Plectrum Orchestra of Emilia Romagna in the course of national events and she performs in concerts with various ensembles of mandolin. She plays in duo with guitar and harp, in a quartet, and mandolin as a soloist, in chamber music groups including the Italian chambers ensembles, taking part at concerts and tours in Italy and abroad (Canada, Asia, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, etc.); since 1995 she collaborates with the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, and Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia, Ferrara, Florence. She has recorded several CDs with various baroque ensembles, with Plectrum Quintet "Calace, " she has collaborated with Accademia Farnese and Cecilia Gasdia for the recording of "Sing a soprano” by Vivaldi, with the World Music label. She has recorded with guitarist Gianni Landroni and soprano Laura Manzoni a CD of Christmas songs. Since 1999, she follows the preparation of two mandolin orchestra, the Mandolins of Bologna and Parma, with whom she has made numerous concerts as chief conductor and mandolin. Graduated in Modern Literature at the University of Padua with a thesis on musical treatises and iconography of the mandolin, she is also in the drafting of articles and essays and participates at various conferences and in 2006 she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma level disciplines in music at the Conservatorio "Pollini of Padova. Currently, she teaches mandolin at the Conservatory "N. Piccinni"in Bari and is curator for the music publishing editor Curci, Milan, of the series Maurri dedicated to mandolin and plectrum instruments.


Mauro Squillante 

Mauro Squillante, mandolinist, is a specialist of ancient plectrum instruments (mandolin and mandola, mandolone, colascione, cetra), constantly engaged in researching their repertoire, organology, and performing techniques. A graduate of the Pollini conservatory in Padova, he has furthered his musical education under the direction of Hopkinson Smith and Crowford Young at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis, Enrico Baiano, Federico Marincola, Emilia Fadini, and Edoardo Eguez. Carries out an intense concert activity in Italy and abroad performing solo, duo with harpsichordist Raffaele Vrenna, with whom he took part in the Scarlatti Festival in Tokyo, in trio with harpist Mara Galassi and soprano Marinella Pennicchi, with whom he recorded for a Stradivarius CD forthcoming. He collaborates with the ensembles Lirum li Tronc, Micrologus and Scherza l’Alma. He collaborates moreover with Freiburger Barok Orchestra, Venice Baroque Orchestra, la Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, Arte dell’Arco, l’orchestra del Teatro S. Carlo and l’orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Mozart Synphonietta, under the conduction of Renè Jacobs, Andrea Marcon, Antonio Florio, Peter Maag, Louis Bacalov. He has recorded ancient and contemporary music for several record companies (Stradivarius, Harmonia Mundi, Vigesse, Felmay - Dunya records, opus 111, Bongiovanni, Niccolò, Oriente Musik, Stradivarius). He has recorded for the Italian national radio, and for French and German radio and television channels. He is editor of a series on mandolin music for Mnemes - Alfieri and Ranieri Publishing in Palermo. He has also collaborated with the Santabarbara and Mnemes publishing houses. He is President of the Accademia Mandolinistica Napoletana, an association whose fundamental contribution to the revival of the mandolin in Naples is widely acknowledged. He teaches mandolin and historical plectrum instruments at the yearly summer courses organized in Urbino by the Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica. He teaches mandolin at the Piccinni Conservatory in Bari.