THE PERFORMERS

Marco Capucci, after studying the violin, then graduated in mandolin at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples, in trumpet at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Como and in composition and instrumentation for wind orchestra at Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan. For years he has been involved in promoting music written for mandolin through concerts, conferences, publications and educational courses. In addition to the traditional repertoire he has also specialised in the histori-cal repertoire, mastering different types of baroque mandolins, such as the Lombard, Neapolitan and Brescian ones. He performs as a soloist in various chamber ensembles, such as the Ensemble Baschenis (specialised in the 18th century repertoire), the Trio Hayez (mandolin, guitar, voice) in the vocal repertoire and in duo with the piano (preferring the classical-contemporary repertoire). As a mandolinist, he has also collaborated with several orchestras, including the Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and the Costa Ensemble of Vigevano. He has recorded several CDs for the labels Concerto and Ducal on the 18th century mandolin reper-toire. He has taught ancient and modern mandolin at the Scuola Civica di Musica in Milan.

GIORGIO FERRARIS, (Milan 1946-2020) president and founding member of the association, stud-ied guitar at the Conservatory of Milan and lute at the Conservatory of Ve-rona, and collaborated with several early music ensembles. He has per-formed in baroque operas with the orchestra of Teatro La Scala and with the RA1 Orchestra of Milan. He taught 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 organologi-cal aspects of the instrument still life paintings of Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1667). His figure was a fundamental and constant reference for his students and the musicians who collaborated with him, with whom he generously shared his culture and his musical experience.

Alessandra Milesi graduated, at a young age, in cello with Roberto Caruana, completing her training with Radu Aldulescu at specialisation courses in Assisi, and with Di-eter Stieler at the Hochschule in Munich. She was selected to perform in the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana where she attended symphonic orchestra and chamber music courses in Fiesole, in particular: chamber music for strings with Roberto Michelucci and music for piano trio with the Trio di Trieste. At the same time, she approached the world of ancient music and attended courses in Pamparato, deepening her knowledge of the study of the Ba-roque cello with Christophe Coin, the Pitigliano courses held by Kees Boeke and Caroline Boersma and continuously in the Monteverdi seminar led by Roberto Gini. Subsequently collaborating with the Orchestra RAI of Milan, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese and Orchestra Concerto directed by Roberto Gini, she has recorded for Ducale, Concerto, Fonit Cetra, Radio Svizzera Italiana and Deutsche Rundfunk. A former cello teacher in state schools, af-ter a University degree in Psychology with a thesis on the neuropsychologi-cal aspects of music, she still combines her work as psychologist and as a professional cello player collaborating with different early music groups.

Sofia Ferri, born in 1990, she graduated in guitar with full marks at Conservatorio “G.B. Pergolesi” in Fermo, under the guidance of C. Marcotulli. Continued her studies with M. Grandinetti and G. Fichtner at Conservatorio “G. Cantelli” in Novara, where she graduated in 2014 with a master degree in guitar peda-gogy, with a thesis entitled “Da Dionisio Aguado a Mick Goodrick, le prassi aperte nella didattica strumentale” and with a teaching qualification. She took part in several masterclasses with W. Zanetti, E. Casoli, M. Mela, A. Tallini and attended “Accademia Chitarristica G. Regondi” in Milan with A. Dieci and B. Giuffredi. In 2017 she obtained with honors a Masters Degree in guitar from ISSM “F. Vittadini” in Pavia with a dissertation on Tristan Mu-rail’s Tellur. As a guitarist she dedicates herself, in particular, to the historical repertoire of the twentieth century and to contemporary music. Subsequently her in-terest grew towards early music performed on historical instruments, this led her to focus on the study of the solo repertoire for theorbo and continuo playing with M. Lonardi, U. Nastrucci and E. Mascardi, obtaining in 2020 with honors a master degree in lute, with a thesis dedicated to the historical transcriptions of Couperin's pieces for theorbo. She has performed in nu-merous reviews and music festivals performing both as a soloist, and with the trio Effimere Corde, and as a continuo player with groups specialised in ancient music. With the Baroque Orchestra of Cremona she has recorded for Urania Records a disc dedicated to Corelli's Concerts of Op. 6.

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