Marco Fornaciari - violin / viola
Marco Fornaciari began to study the violin in his native town of Livorno, with Cesare Chiti and then continued at the Chigi Academy under Salvatore Accardo, Riccardo Brengola and Franco Gulli. He went on to achieve his diploma with distinction in Corrado Romano's class at the Geneva Conservatory.
He has played as a soloist in the most prestigious concert halls in the world, including the Musikverein in Vienna, La Scala in Milan, Bunka Kaikan and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Salle Pleyel in Paris. He also dedicates himself actively to the repertoire for viola (of which he has recorded a number of CDs both of recitals and with orchestras) and to "historically-faithful" performances on baroque violin.
He has made many recordings for important recording companies of works by Beethoven, Bartok, Fauré, Ravel, Schumann, Schoenberg, Vivaldi and Paganini.
He is one of the very few to have been granted the privilege of playing several times on the Stradivari belonging to the city of Cremona and on Paganini's Guarnieri belonging to the city of Genoa at the town's Carlo Felice theatre.
Gabriele Baldocci - piano
Gabriele Baldocci, born in Livorno in 1980, started to study the piano at the age of six under the guidance of Ilio Barontini, and then went on to achieve his diploma with top marks. He was a pupil at the Piano Accademy Incontri con il Maestro in Imola, where he studied under the guidance of Franco Scala.
He was later invited to attend the courses of the prestigious International Piano Academy on Lake Como where he had the chance to study with Léon Fleisher, Alicia De Larrocha, Dmitry Bashkirov, Fou Ts'Ong, Charles Rosen, Andreas Staier, Claude Frank and William Grant Naborè.
After achieving success in numerous international competitions, in 2003 he was awarded the mention of honour at the second Martha Argerich competition in Buenos Aires, thanks to which he later entered into a relationship of artistic cooperation with the famous pianist. In 2005 he made his debut as soloist and chamber performer at the Martha Argerich Festival, playing at the Colòn Theatre in Buenos Aires, and he is regularly invited to take part in the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano. He regularly gives concerts in the most important music centres in Asia, Europe and America. Very active in the field of teaching, too, he is often invited to hold masterclasses at prestigious universities and music institutions in Italy, the United States and South Korea.
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