Floraleda Sacchi - harp
Described as an 'artist of exceptional talent', Floraleda Sacchi has always dedicated herself to the harp solo and chamber music repertoire trying to develop original projects and a personal way of making music.
She has performed as soloist all over the world in major halls and festivals such as: Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall (New York), United Nations Palace (New York), Klang-Bogen (Vienna), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Konzerthaus (Belin), Sala Verdi (Milan), Teatro Valle (Rome), Matsuo Hall (Tokyo), Prefectural Hall Alti (Kyoto), Teatro Municipal de Lima (Peru), Salle Varese (Lyon), Gasteig (Munich), Hypo-Kunsthalle (Munich), Concerts de la Croix Rouge (Geneva), Theatre Bellevue (Amsterdam), Gessler Hall (Vancouver), CBC - Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), Teatro Bibiena (Mantova), Emilia Romagna Festival, Festival Pontino, Lamspringer September, Rosegart Stiftung (Lucerne), etc. revealing herself as one of the most interesting and original harpists on the international concert panorama.
She is the only harpist recording for DECCA (Universal Music), which in 2008 published 'Minimal Harp', a project for solo harp including 8 world premiere recordings, defined as 'fascinating' by several journals. Two more releases will appaear for Decca in 2010, the first entitled 'Harp Dances' (April 2010). Other recent recordings are the world premiere recording of Sophia Corri works for solo harp (November 2009, Tactus) and 'Chiaroscuro' (Amadeus Arte) where Flora presents her compositions for the first time.
Some composers who have dedicated original pieces to her are: Nicola Campogrande, Peter Machajdik, Paolo Castaldi, David Clarck Little, Dimitri Nicolau, Gianluca Cangemi, Jean Chatillon, Luis Berenguer, and Gianluca Podio. Among her first world recordings one can find works by Philip Glass, Giacomo Manzoni, Michael Nyman.
Floraleda Sacchi has been guested and her CD are regularly broadcasted on major radio and television (RAI, Mediaset, RSI, ORF, Dutch Radio, BBC, Radio France, ABC, Avro). She often collaborates with actors in theatre shows. The last project in this fielf was with Ottavia Piccolo in 'Donna non Rieducabile'. This show became also a movie entitled 'The Blood, the Snow' for RAI (Italian television) for which Flora played a role and composed the soundtrack. The premiere of the movie was at 66th International Film Festival in Venice in September 2009. The movie was also bradcast on national TV and issued as DVD by PromoMusic.
Floraleda's long list of national and international honors includes, from 1997 to 2003, top prizes at 16 international competitions, including: Concours UFAM (Paris), Gioventu' Musicale Italiana, Rovere d'oro, T.I.M. (Rome), Concorso F. Schubert, Toronto Concerto Competition (Canada), Premio Galbiati (Milan). Parallel to music she has studied English, French and German and dedicated herself to photography and writing.
In the musicological field, when she was 21 years old, she won the Harpa Award (Prague, 1999) for her book on Elias Parish Alvars (1999, Odilia Publishing, 220 pages). She has written several articles appeared on major specialist journals (American Harp Journal, Harpa, World Harp Congress Review), and she has managed dozens of music editions and has recently signed an exclusive contract with Ut Orpheus. She is the only Italian and one of the few European harpists who got the cover and the main article of Harp Column, one of the leading harp magazines in the world (Sep-Oct. 2009 issue).
Since 2006 she is the promoter and artistic director of LakeComo Festival, a series of chamber music concerts held in the historical villas of Lake Como, Italy.
She regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, the United States and Canada (Westminister College - Salt Lake City, Oklahoma University, European Academy of Music, British Columbia University - Vancouver, New York University, Masterclass of Cervo, Conservatorio di Parma, Masterclass of Camerino, etc.).
Floraleda Sacchi, born in Como, initially dedicated herself to dance. Inspired to play the harp by Annie Challan recordings, she started studying with Lisetta Rossi when she was 14. She later studied with Alice Giles (Frankfurt a/M), Alice Chalifoux (Salzedo School, Camden, ME, USA) and with Judy Loman (Toronto, Canada), she consider her mentor.