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THE PERFORMERS

Marco Capucci has extensively contributed to the diffusion of mandolin music by performing and teaching and by his publications, although he started his musical career as a violinist with a regular conservatory background. His interest is focused on early music, and he plays many of the different types of baroque mandolins including the Milanese, Neapolitan and Brescian varieties.

GIORGIO FERRARIS, president of the association, studied guitar at the Conservatory of Milan and lute at the Conservatory of Verona, and currently collaborates with several early music ensembles. He has performed in baroque operas with the orchestra of  Teatro La Scala and with the RA1 Orchestra of Milan. He teaches at the Scuola Civica Musicale and the Civica Scuola di Liuteria in Milan. Under the auspices of the Accademia Carrara of Bergamo he made a study of the musicological and organological aspects of the works of Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1667), who was renowned for his still lifes of musical instruments.

ENRICO GROPPO, violin, studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan with  A. Burattin and got his diploma on violin and viola at the G. Verdi Conservatory in the same city. Subsequently he carried on his studies at Rome’s  “Accademia di Santa Cecilia” with Pina Carmirelli and Riccardo Brengola and at Salzburg’s Mozarteum with Sandor Vegh.  He won various National and International Competitions such as “Vittorio Veneto” (1979), “Premio Manta” (1981) and “Premio Vittorio Gui” (1980, with the Modigliani Quartet). He has collaborated on constant basis with Orchestras and Ensembles such as Teatro alla Scala, Solisti Veneti, Boccherini Quintet, Camerata Academica of Salzburg Mozarteum and, as concertmaster, with Bolzano’s Haydn Orchestra and RAI –Radiotelevision Orchestra of Milan.
He has busied himself for many years in researching the violin tone in order to bring back the old Italian tradition regarding performance as well as the instruments adjustment, in partnership  with many violin and bow-makers, studying  both the original scores and the old violin methods.
He is a member of “Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna” and violin professor at the “G. Cantelli” Conservatory in Novara where he also teaches Baroque violin and Baroque chamber music.
He plays on a 1680 Gioffredo Cappa violin.

After finishing her training at the Conservatory of Padua, Dorina Frati performed in concerts both in Italy and abroad, working as a soloist, chamber performer, and with various orchestras. She collaborated with groups such as / Solisti Veneti, I Virtuosi dell'Accademia and Gli Archi della Scala, and plays both early and contemporary mandolin repertoire. Dorina Frati has recorded the concerts for mandolin and orchestra by Vivaldi, the complete works of J.N. Hummel and the sonatas of Pietro Boni.

Alessandra Milesi studied cello with Roberto Caruana, completing her trainings with Dieter Stieler at the Hochschule in Munich. She has attended baroque cello courses by Christopher Coin, Caroline Boersma and Roberto Gini and was selected to perform in the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana. Subsequently collaborating with the Orchestra RA1 of Milan, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese and Orchestra Concerto directed by Roberto Gini, she has worked with various early music groups and recorded for Ducale, Concerto,Fonit Cetra, Radio Svizzera Italiana and Deutsche Rundfunk. Former cello teacher in state schools, after a University degree in Psychology, she combines her work as a psychologist and as a professional cello player collaborating with different groups of Early Music.

Nicola Moneta studied double-bass with Gianfranco Scotto and is a specialist in early music, having studied double-bass viol as well as baroque percussion. He plays with various chamber and symphonic groups. He has recorded for the Stradivarius, Fone and Nuova Era labels.

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