ORCHESTRAL ENSEMBLE "ACCADEMIA DELLE ARTI"
conductor M° Leontino Iezzi
Giuseppe Di Falco
Music by Antonio Cericola, Renzo Ruggieri
A new concert for the originality of the repertoire and for the contest/concert formula. Program based entirely on the music of Maestro Antonio Cericola and Maestro Renzo Ruggieri. The "Accademia delle Arti" Orchestral Ensemble is a young but established formation that will first accompany the candidates for the interpretation award and then three accordion soloists, among the most interesting young people on the Italian scene.
ANTONIO CERICOLA (ITA)
He began his musical studies in parallel with the classical ones, obtaining at the Conservatory of S. Cecilia, the International Academy of Arts in Rome and the Scuola Superiore dell'A.M.P. piano diplomas, piano teaching, composition, musical analysis, choir conducting, orchestra conducting. He studied psychology applied to music with F. Trippetti; analysis with M. Della Chiesa; counterpoint and composition with M. Corona (pupil of Karajan) and G. Manzoni; composition for film music with S. Miceli, E. Morricone and L. Bacalov earning the diploma of merit; choir conducting with F. Angius (Rai) and R. Gabbiani (Scala of Milan); conducting with D. Renzetti.
He has collaborated with prestigious institutions and some of the best artists on the international scene: P. Bellugi, F. Mannino, D. Renzetti, G. Gelmetti, Larry Willis, R. North, E. Beruschi, M. Fabrizio, C. Baglioni, P. Morgia, L. Tommasini, B. Tosi, C. Gasdia, Alexian, the Chigiana Academy of Siena, Classica Oggi, the Italian Society of Music and Theater, the Italian Wind Instruments, the Italian International Orchestra , The International Festival of Athens ... Invited as a composer to the Majella Prize 1996 under the high patronage of the Presidency of the Republic, he recorded some of his works on a CD sponsored by the Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Heritage. He is the author of chamber music, choral, symphonic and operatic. His compositions of sacred music were performed in the Vatican on the occasion of the celebration of St.S. John Paul II for the Beatification of Mother Eugenia Ravasco broadcast worldwide. The biography, the production catalog, the analysis of the compositions and the engraving of one of his works have been included in the Encyclopedia of 20th Century Italian Composers. His compositions are recorded in the database of Italian composers and published by Suvini Zerboni, Pagano, Vecchio Mulino. Essays, reviews and information on his artistic activity appear in national and foreign magazines (L’Opera, Amadeus, Il Giornale della Musica, Il Corriere del Teatro, Music and school, Musical Perspectives, La Cartellina, Choraliter, Europa Cantat ...).
His Christmas Oratory was scheduled in Milan at the Basilica of S. Maria delle Grazie, known for the presence of the fresco of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Dinner. His music was performed in sacred concerts with voices at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. On the occasion of the Syrano Project - High Orchestral Training - sponsored and promoted by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Maestro was invited as director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra to inaugurate the project with internationally renowned pianist Anna Kravtchenko. He recently directed the European Orchestra for Peace in the elegant and prestigious auditorium of the Aula Magna of the La Sapienza University of Rome with the Alexian Group of Santino Spinelli: international press. The concert was held as part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome that started the European Union. For obvious fame, Google has created for the master Cericola a box with references to encyclopedias and related research. Facebook has recently created a page dedicated to him. As an international acknowledgment of his artistic activity, his biography and his pears are documented in the yearbooks of the Opera Lirica del Cidim and in the encyclopedias of the 20th century Composers, Viriglio Sapere, Wikipedia.
LEONTINO IEZZI (ITA)
Leontino Iezzi began the study of the clarinet with Maestro P. Pacione at the Conservatory of Pescara, graduating with the highest marks. He subsequently specialized at the Musical Academy of Pescara and at the S. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome with Maestro V. Mariozzi. Appreciated in the national scene, he has collaborated as 1st clarinet and bass clarinet with the following orchestras: Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Air Force Band in Rome, Monterubbiano Wind Orchestra, Orchestra of the Academy Musical Pescara, Symphony Orchestra of Pescara, the Orchestra Fenaroli of Lanciano, the ensemble chamber teachers of the Conservatory of Pescara, the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Pescara, the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Cesena, the open City of L'Aquila orchestra with which has recorded numerous soundtracks for cinema and television: Ficarra and Picone's 7 and 8, Mazzacurati's Passion, Winning by Bellocchio, the restored production of Chaplin's Gold Fever DVD ... He studied orchestration with Maestro Nicola Centofanti and graduated from the Triennale of High Specialization in Direction of the Band under the guidance of Maestro F. Creux, and in the Direction of the orchestra on M ° D.Renzetti. He is a member of the jury in clarinet diplomas and in national composition and direction competitions. He is the author of various compositions and transcriptions including F.J. Marche lugubre. Gossec performed by the army band, in the first National at the municipal theater "Manzoni" in Bologna. Artistic Director and Master Orchestra Conductor: Città Sant'Angelo Wind Orchestra, F. Fenaroli String Orchestra of Lanciano, City Band of Introdacqua, Banda S.Cecilia di Ripa Teatina, Wind Orchestra I Marsi di Avezzano, City Band Chieti, Band City of Corato. He has performed as director with: The Italian Wind Instruments of Chieti, the Monterubbiano Wind Orchestra, the City of Camerino Wind Orchestra, the Wind Orchestra of the Pescara Musical Academy, the Pescara Symphony Orchestra, the Brass band Fenaroli of Lanciano, the Brass Band of Celano, the international youth symphony orchestra of the musical Academy of Miglianico, the Banda Città di Lanciano, the Stravinskij ensemble of the Pescara Conservatory, the Banda Città di Pescina, the Banda Città of Celano. He has collaborated in the production of theatrical performances with actors such as Michele Placido, Edoardo Siravo, Piera degli Esposti, Dacia Maraini. He also carried out teaching activities at the clarinet and bass clarinet master classes at the clarinet academy in Assisi, at the Suoni della Majella Festival in Pretoro (CH) and at the Popular Artists School for the Matta of Pescara. He performs important concert activity both in Italy and abroad with various musical groups: Theate Clarinet Ensemble, Clarinetto Consort di Camerino, the Orchestra Città OPTO and Orchestra of the Accademia Musicale Pescarese. He teaches clarinet and ensemble music at the Liceo Musicale G. Misticoni in Pescara.
RENZO RUGGIERI (ITA)
Renzo was born in Roseto degli Abruzzi (TE, Italy) and studied standard accordion with M° Aldo Rampa and free bass accordion with M°Vittorio Pomante. until graduation in jazz piano at the CPM in Milan under the great pianist Franco D'Andrea. Specializations: "Jazz Accordion" with Frank Marocco 1995, Adriano Mazzoletti 1996, Richard Galliano 2000 & Umbero Fiorentino 2002. Course of "Arrangement and composition for big band jazz" with Mario Raja 2001 and "Music for Film" with M ° Ennio Morricone 1991. He is the leader of projects ranging from "solo to the symphonic orchestra", with which he has played over 2000 concerts all over the world (Russia, USA, UK, China, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Scotland, Slovakia, Canada, Ireland, Iceland, England, Holland, Belgium, France, Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Ukraine, Belarus). He has performed on prestigious stages such as the Arena di Verona, Shanghai Grand Theater, Ariston Theatre in Sanremo, Gnessin Hall in Moscow, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, White Hall in St. Petersburg, Rome Opera Theatre, etc. The first to realize a completely improvised CD with his second solo album "Solo Accordion Project". He was artistic director of festivals such as Pineto Accordion Jazz Festival, Dolci Romori Jazz Festival, Gold Accordion Fest and currently the Accordion Art Festival of which he is also the creator and of the prestigous International Prize Castelfidardo (PIF). In 2009, at the International Accordion Festival of Castelfidardo, he was awarded the "Voce d'Oro", previously assigned to other famous musicians including: Richard Galliano, Gorni Kramer, Astor Piazzolla, Art Van Damme, etc. In 2013 he was awarded the "Silver Disk" from the prestigious Gnessin Academy of Moscow. His CDs "Inni d'Italia" and "Collection" won the prestigious Orpheus Award for Best Accordion Jazz CD of the year. He has participated in over one hundred productions publications CDs, DVDs, compositions and educational texts. He has also written music for theatrical works including "Il Ratto di Proserpina" by R. San Secondo (Greek-Roman Theatre in Taormina, 1997), "La leggenda del fiore di lino" Stipo/Del Giudice (Theatre Rome Opera, 2001) and "Van Gogh and Tutankhamen" Marco Goldin (Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, 2013) and many other works. Renzo is the first accordionist in Europe to publish and create a modern education for jazz accordion. He has an intense teaching activity with an original work philosophy used by Club Voglia d'Arte, which he founded and which is followed by several schools in Italy. He taught at the conservatories of Cosenza, Teramo, Castelfranco Veneto, Nocera Terinese, L’Aquila and held many seminars (from Canada, Russia, USA, China, etc.). His students have won major international competitions (CIA, CMA, Castelfidardo, Ikaalinen, Italia Award) and many are already engaged in educational activities, concerts and recordings. Renzo teaches advanced courses in modern and jazz accordion in his Music Academy that includes a recording studio and record label “Voglia d'Arte Production”. He has collaborated with Ellade Bandini, Fabrizio Bosso, Antonio Calenda, Sergio Caputo, Gianni Cazzola, Franco Cerri, Stefano Cocco Cantini, Gabriele Cirilli, Roberto Colombo, Gianni Coscia, Simone Cristicchi, Paolo Damiani, Bruno De Filippi, Mauro De Federicis, Tullio De Piscopo, Piera Degli Esposti, Paolo Di Sabatino, Dolcenera, Umberto Fabi, Fiorello, Roberto Gatto, Marco Goldin, Tonino Guerra, Monica Guerritore, Mark Harris, David Haughton, Roberto Herlitzka, Flavio Insinna, Linda, Judith Malina, Massimo Manzi, Frank Marocco, Germano Mazzocchetti, Piero Mazzocchetti, Ron, Morgan, Massimo Moriconi, Gino Paoli, Lino Patruno, PFM, Nicola Piovani, Peppino Principe, Enrico Rava, Danilo Rea, Davide Riondino, Antonella Ruggiero, Michael Supnick, Ares Tavolazzi, Art Van Damme, Ernesto Vitolo, Marco Zurzolo.
CLAUDIO AZZARO (ITA)
he began his accordion studies with Luigi Montefiore and Dante Simonelli and later specialized in modern accordion, arrangement and improvisation with Renzo Ruggieri. He graduated in classical accordion at the Foggia “U. Giordano ”under the guidance of Massimiliano Pitocco; he graduated in Music Education at the “L. D'Annunzio ”of Pescara and also in Music Disciplines (Interpretative - Compositional Address) at the“ A. Casella "of the Eagle with Dario Flammini. He specializes with Max Bonnay, Cesare Chiacchiaretta, Frederic Dechamps, Joseph Moreno, Adriano Ranieri, Annibale Rebaudengo, Mika Vayrynen. He won numerous international competitions including Morro d'Oro, Acquasparta, Ascoli Piceno, Piombino. He was founder and artistic director with Renzo Ruggieri of the Accordion Art Festival. He has toured in Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany. He is active in various musical projects ranging from classical music, tango, to world music. He is called to preside over the jury of the most important competitions in Italy and carries out an intense educational activity. Collaborations: Jo Di Tonno, Lino Banfi, Corale Braga di Giulianova, University of Teramo and Società Primo Riccitelli also from Teramo.
GIUSEPPE DI FALCO (ITA)
He attended the “L. D'Annunzio ”of Pescara and studied composition / arrangement and modern / jazz accordion with Maestro Renzo Ruggieri. He attended the seminars and master classes of specialization: "Musica Jazz" with Gabriele Mirabassi in Faenza in 2015, "Julia Jazz" in Teramo in 2015 & 2016, "Musica d'Insieme e Conduzione" with Simone Zanchini, "International Accordion Week" at the PITchaikovsky Conservatory of Nocera Terinese in 2017. He has won national and international competitions including: Concorso Città di Lanciano (1998), International Competition Italy Award Jazz (Roseto degli Abruzzi) in 2016 with Di Falco- Amabili Duo and in 2017 with the Giuseppe Di Falco Ensemble. He won a prize concert as "Best Italian group" at the 42nd International Accordion Award of Castelfidardo (PIF) in the jazz category, 2nd prize at the 43rd PIF in the Jazz category, 2nd prize at the 44th International Accordion Award "City di Castelfidardo ”for Soloists, Groups and Composers in the Composition category. As a concert artist he has solo projects, duo and small ensembles linked to jazz to tango and electronic music. He opened the second edition of the Jazz Accordion Festival in Castelfidardo in 2017 and has played in Switzerland, France and South Korea.
VALERIO RUSSO (ITA)
Valerio Russo nasce a Benevento nel 1998. Comincia lo studio di fisarmonica all’età di 9 anni con il M° Pietro Iannace con cui da subito si rivela un giovane talento vincendo il primo premio all’ “Accordion Art Festival” di Roseto degli Abruzzi e ottenendo la qualificazione alla Coppa mondiale in Salisburgo. Dal 2015 studia con il noto fisarmonicista jazz M° Renzo Ruggieri con il quale raggiunge altrettanti importanti traguardi come il primo premio al festival internazionale “Paolo Barrasso” di Caramanico Terme e il secondo premio al “PIF 2015” di Castelfidardo. Sempre nello stesso anno, Valerio, vince la prestigiosa Coupe Mondiale ( Turku, Finlandia) e il Trofeo Mondiale (Martigny, Svizzera). Nel 2016 si aggiudica: il primo premio allo Strumenti & Musica festival (Spoleto), primo premio all’ ”ITALIA AWARD” (Roseto degli Abruzzi), 2° premio nella categoria “Digital accordion” alla Coupe Mondiale (Rostov-on-Don, Russia) e 2° premio al PIF 2016 (Castelfidardo). Nel 2017 realizza la sua prima produzione discografica, un CD dal titolo Accordion Puzzle e dal 2018 studia fisarmonica classica presso il conservatorio “Santa Cecilia” di Roma.Valerio Russo was born in Benevento in 1998. He begins to study accordion at 9 years old with the teacher Mr. Pietro Iannace, he immediately appears a young talent, wining the 1° prize in the "Accordion Art Festival" in Roseto degli Abruzzi and obtaining the qualification for the Coupe Mondiale in Salzburg(Austria). From 2015 he studies with the jazz accordionist Mr. Renzo Ruggieri reaching important results as the 1° prize in the International Festival "Paolo Barrasso" in Caramanico Terme and the 2° prize in the PIF 2015 in Castelfidardo. In the same year Valerio won the prestigious Coupe Mondiale (Turku Finland) and the Trophee Mondial (Martigny Switzerland). In 2016 he won the first prize in the "Instruments & Music Festival(Spoleto), the 1° prize in the ”ITALIA AWARD” (Roseto degli Abruzzi), 2° prize of the "Digital Accordion" category in the Coupe Mondiale (Rostov On-Don Russia) and the 2° prize in the PIF 2016 in Castelfidardo. In 2017 Valerio makes his first record production, entitled Accordion Puzzle and from 2018 he studied classical accordion at the “Santa Cecilia” conservatory in Rome.