Mario Folena - flute
Mario Folena achieved his diploma in flute under the guidance of Clementine Hoogendoorn in 1978 in Padua. In the same year he made his solo debut under the baton of John Eliot Gardiner. He then went on to perfect his studies with Jean-Pierre Rampal, who wrote of him: "Apart from his superb technique, his sound holds exceptional generosity and an extraordinary talent for improvisation in early music. His manner of playing is genuine, spontaneous and goes straight to the style of the works he is performing".
He has taught Baroque transverse flute at the summer courses of early music of the Cini Foundation in Venice and since 1982 has been the principal flautist of the Orchestra of Padua and the Veneto Region, with whom has has played many concerts all over the world. He has given many concerts and made numerous recordings with Roberto Loreggian at the harpsichord or organ.
In June 2004 he took part in a tour in Japan as a soloist alongside Kathleen Battle.