WHERE: Sala Amati
WHEN: 29th September | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ORGANIZATION: S. Cecilia Academy in cooperation with CremonaFiere
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.