Masterclasses at Cremona Musica 2017: four aces served by Santa Cecilia National Academy

Sonig Tchakerian, Benedetto Lupo, Carlo Fabiano and Giovanni Sollima are four brilliant professors of advanced instrument playing at Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome. On September 29th, on the occasion of Cremona Musica 2017, they will be the protagonists of four masterclasses organized in cooperation with Santa Cecilia National Academy, one of the most ancient and prestigious music institutions worldwide.

The advanced instrument playing courses by Santa Cecilia Academy are some of the most prestigious and selective in the world and the recent international success of their students (such as the young pianist Beatrice Rana, who already is an international star) well confirms their excellence.

During Cremona Musica International Exhibitions, visitors could enter into direct contact with an institution that produces high-level music everyday, in a context particularly rich of music and culture and with an immediate comparison with the professional dimension of music making.

The Professor of each masterclass will give an example of music teaching at Santa Cecilia Academy with the involvement of a student of their course. Students who want to attend the masterclasses could discover the teaching approach of the 4 professors and find new food for thought for their instrument know-how and music performance.

This is the masterclass programme for Friday, September 29th:

Violin masterclass with Sonig Tchakerian

From 9.30 am to 11 am – Amati Conference Room

Piano masterclass with Benedetto Lupo

From 11.30 am to 1 pm – Amati Conference Room

Chamber music masterclass with Carlo Fabiano

From 3 pm to 4.30 pm – Amati Conference Room

Cello masterclass with Giovanni Sollima

From 5 pm to 6.30 pm – Amati Conference Room

Cremona Musica 2017 will host over 120 events, such as: concerts, seminars, masterclasses, round tables, seminars, workshops, exhibitions and presentations with some of the most talented protagonists of the international music scenario.

Moreover, a Concert by the Students of Santa Cecilia National Academy will take place on September 29th at 2 pm. The students will perform in an exceptional concert in the special framework of Cremona Musica 2017.


Sonig Tchakerian is “the violinist who performs with her soul”, the interpreter who “possesses an alluring cantabile which works wonders”, and whose “imperious and measured cavata” well dialogues with Martha Argerich “ imprinting Schumann’s Sonata as a passionate and moving romantic masterpiece “. She is an outstanding musician of the international concert scenario. Her character well combines meticulous humility in the study with a brave interpretation of the musical piece and of the author’s language and choices.

For these reasons she has often been depicted as one of the protagonists of that rigorous freedom that portrays a new Bach. And as to Bach, her Decca recording of the solo violin Sonatas and Partitas has just been released. Sonig reached this huge objective after a long itinerary through the Great Classics and a special focus on musical compositions made of very different pieces almost secretly united. As artistic director of chamber music projects of the Olimpic Theater, where she performs with famous musicians, she created the high-impact experience of Musical Weeks. She also teaches violin within the master courses of Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome.

Considered by the international critics as one of the most interesting and complete talents of his generation, Benedetto Lupo debuted at the age of 13 with Beethoven’s First Concert. He soon received excellent results in several international competitions, such as: the “Cortot” and the “Ciudad de Jaén”in Europe and the “Robert Casadesus”, the “Gina Bachauer” and the “Van Cliburn” in the United States. In 1992, while performing in concerts in America, Japan and Europe, he won the “Terence Judd” Award in London.
Along with his several recordings for European and Us broadcasting, Lupo recorded for TELDEC, BMG, VAI, NUOVA ERA and the complete collection of Schumann’s piano and orchestra composition for ARTS. In 2005 a new recording of the Soirée Concert by Nino Rota for Harmonia Mundi was issued and was awarded with 5 international prizes, among which the “Diapason d’Or” award.

Benedetto Lupo also carries out important activities as to chamber music and music teaching. He holds masterclasses in several international institutions and often is a member of the jury of prestigious piano competitions. Since the academic year 2013/2014 he is professor of piano at the master courses of Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome.

Carlo Fabiano started his violin and musical studies in 1975, when he meet M° Franco Claudio Ferrari, historical figure of the Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra who was coming back to Italy after a long and intense international career. After 5 years of studies as one of the few Italian students of M° Ferrari, he graduated in violin with excellent notes. He then followed teaching and suggestions of M° Arrigo Pelliccia while simoultaneously starting an intense professional activity as violinst and member of several chamber groups.

His great love for chamber music and for “music played together” led him to the foundation of Mantua Chamber Orchestra in 1981, since when he has been Konzertmeister, violinist and artistic director. For over 30 years, his musical activity has been focusing on this orchestra he has performed all over the world with: in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Middle East, Asia, North and South America.

Teaching problems have always been a topic of great interest for Carlo Fabiano who is Professor of Violin at the Conservatory of Mantua and who has been Professor of Chamber Music at Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome since 2010.

Giovanni Sollima was born in Palermo in a family of musicians. He studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and Antonio Janigro and composition with his father Eliodoro Sollima and Milko Kelemen.

Already at early age he started to cooperate with brilliant musicians like Franco Ferrara, Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jorg Demus, Martha Argerich, Philip Glass, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Ruggero Raimondi and Patti Smith. His activity – as solo performer with orchestras and different ensembles (Giovanni Sollima Band included, which he founded in New York in 1997) – led him to perform both in official venues or in alternative locations. Among others: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Salle Gaveau (Paris), Santa Cecilia, RomaEuropaFestival (Rome), San Carlo Theatre (Neaples), Kunstfest (Weimar), Kronberg Cello Festival, Time Zones Festival (Bari), Theatre Teatro Massimo, Amici della Musica (Palermo), La Scala Theater (Milan), International Music Festival di Istanbul, Cello Biennale (Amsterdam), Tokyo Summer Festival, Venice Biennale, Ravenna Festival, “I Suoni delle Dolomiti”, Ravello Festival.

In New York he performed at the Knitting Factory, when Justin Davidson (Pulitzer Price for Criticism 2002) presented him to the US as The Jimi Hendrix of the Cello. Next to his cello activity he continuously explores new composition techniques through the contamination of different genres and the use of oriental and electric instruments.

Since 2010 he has been Professor of Cello at Santa Cecilia National Academy.