Leonardo Sagliocca – Italy
Leonardo Sagliocca is an italian bass-baritone. He was born in Florence. After an audition with the world famous baritone Gino Bechi, he was encouraged by him to begin the Opera singing career and began singing studies in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole under Elio Lippi, Donatella Debolini and Gianni Fabbrini. This school of music was founded by the world famous viola player of the “Quartetto Italiano”, Piero Farulli. After that, Leonardo Sagliocca continued his formation in the University of Music of Florence, the “Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini” under the scottish soprano Kate Lafferty Gamberucci. At the age of 23 he was noticed by the world famous italian baritone Rolando Panerai who immediately invited him to join his class of international singers and engaged him for the operas “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Gioachino Rossini, “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi and “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini. In 1996 he was invited also by the great baritone Leo Nucci to sing beside him in Verdi’s “La Traviata” and to join his class. Leonardo Sagliocca won the 1998 edition of international competition “William Walton – the actor-singer”,sponsored by The Prince of Wales, Charles, which gave him the chance to improve his acting and singing talents with world famous artists like James Lockhart, Graziella Sciutti, Jonathan Papp (Royal Academy of Music, London), Harriet Lawson (Rossini Opera Festival), Corradina Caporello (Juillard School, New York) and perform the opera “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini in front of the Prince. During this Master Class Leonardo Sagliocca was invited for a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music of London. Other peaks of his career: In 1999 he was singing in the Dome of Genova (Genua,Italy) with the Orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice, the main theater in Genua, under Herbert Handt. The same year he was invited by the great specialist of Rossini’s Operas, Luis Alva, to sing the role of Mustafa in the Opera “L’Italiana in Algeri” of G.Rossini in Lima, Peru. Also in 1999 he was invited in Lucca by the american former tenor and conductor Herbert Handt to sing world premiere of works by eminent composers. The most famous one,winner of the Academy Award for his career, Ennio Morricone, author of many unforgettable soundtracks of famous movies like “Days of Heaven”,”The Mission”,”The Untouchables”,”Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”. Ennio Morricone was present at the rehearsals and at the concerts,cooperating with Leonardo Sagliocca and the other musicians. In 2005 Leonardo Sagliocca is invited at a very important season, The South Bank Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the season of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Following, a “resumé” of the entire career of Leonardo Sagliocca: He began the soloist career in 1993 in Italy and all over the world, in the fields of symphonic, oratorial, operatic music and from the middle age music to the contemporary. He performed as soloist with the following Associations and Musical Institutions: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence main theatre and one of the oldest Festivals of the world), Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto (Umbria), Sagra Musicale Umbra (Perugia), Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago (where Giacomo Puccini composed many of his masterpieces), Ravenna Festival (organized by the wife of the great italian conductor Riccardo Muti), Nuova Cappella di Palazzo (Lucca), Associazione Musicale Lucchese (Lucca), Amici della Musica Firenze (Florence), Centro Busoni (Empoli), Festival Internazionale di San Gimignano (San Gimignano,Siena), Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina (Florence), Centro Internazionale di Musica Antica (CIMA,Rome), Tuscia Opera Festival (Viterbo, Italy), Orchestra della Toscana (ORT,Florence), Estate Regina (Montecatini Terme), South Bank Centre (London Philharmonic Orchestra Festival, London), Jeszienny Salon Muszyczny, Szceczin (Poland), Musiksommer Loisachtal (Germany). He performed together with world famous artists like: Gino Bechi, Rolando Panerai, Leo Nucci, Luis Alva, Gennaro Sica, Susanna Rigacci, Victor Micallef, Giorgio Casciarri, Duccio Dal Monte, Marina Comparato, Barbara Di Castri, Filippo Adami, Leonardo De Lisi, Alfie Boe etc. He performed with the following conductors: Salvatore Accardo, Claudio Scimone, Alberto Veronesi, Lu Jia, James Lockhart, Massimo De Bernart, Jeffrey Tate, Vinko Globokar, Claudio Desderi, Filippo Maria Bressan, Herbert Handt, Alessandro Pinzauti, Marco Balderi, Jonathan Brandani, Elisabetta Maschio, Riccardo Cirri, Giuseppe Lanzetta, Federico Bardazzi, Fabio Neri, Riccardo Martinini, Federico Sardelli, Sergio Siminovich, Marco Severi, Augusto Vismara, Giovan Battista Varoli, Piero Papini, Carlo Moreno Volpini, Franz Schottky etc. He performed with the following directors: Paolo Miccichè, Luciano Alberti, Aldo Tarabella, Luca Ferraris, Riccardo Diana, Gennaro Sica, Graziella Sciutti etc. He sang for the first time in the world works by Ennio Morricone, Luca Lombardi, Franco Mannino, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Riccardo Riccardi always in front of the composers and under their supervision. He has also performed many recitals with piano players, small vocal groups, small orchestras and big orchestras in cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Munchen, Frankfurt, Koln, Kassel, Sczeczin, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Zurich, Lugano, New Zealand, Australia and regularly in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Niigata). He is permanent member of high level Ensembles like the “Ensemble San Felice” of Florence,Italy, the “Nuova Cappella di Palazzo” of Lucca,Italy and the “Cappella Musicale di Santo Stefano” of Prato, Italy. He is co-founder of the “Ensemble San Felice”, a vocal and instrumental group specialized in early music, with original instruments. With the Ensemble he performed, among others, “Vespro della Beata Vergine” of C. Monteverdi, Haendel’s “Messiah” and “The Fairy Queen” by H. Purcell. He cooperated as talent scout, teacher and soloist singer with the “Maggio Fiorentino Formazione”, the formation agency of the main theater in Florence and one of the more historical and important festivals in Italy, the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”. He recorded actually 8 cd’s published and sold all over the world for the following labels (Tactus, Bongiovanni, Kicco Classic, Clavis, Brilliant Classics). He is also co-founder of the “Florence International Choir Festival” and invited as member of the jury in important Festivals like The Singing World in Saint Petersburg, the Choral Festivals in Bratislava, the Credo Festival in Tallinn, the Nederlands Koor Festival in Haarlem, the Mozart Festival in Prague, the Juozas Naujalis and Kaunas Cantat Festivals in Kaunas, the Monteverdi Choral Competition in Venice, the Mundus Cantat Festival in Sopot, the Silver Bells Festival in Daugavpils. He is also regularly invited as member of committee in official auditions. He was invited, in August 2014, as lecturer in the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea. In May 2015 has been invited for masterclasses on opera repertoire for soloists in China in very important institutions like Peking University (PKU), Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing and Xi’an Conservatory of Music (XACOM). Last June 2016 he has been invited to give masterclasses in China in important institutions such as: East China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Zhongshan University, South China Normal University. Recently he performed concerts in USA in important Festivals and halls such as Castelton Festival, founded by Lorin Maazel and Strathmore. Leonardo Sagliocca is also the creator of the season “A Night at the Opera in Florence”, Italian Opera & Baroque. Young talents and internationally acclaimed singers from all over the world.
Riccardo Sandiford – Italy
Riccardo Sandiford was born in Florence in 1967 and graduated in piano in 1987, with an honorable mention at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory. A pupil of Antonio Bacchelli, he distinguished himself by winning several national competitions, including the F. Schubert Competition in Turin, the City of Rome Competition and in particular winning the second prize at the Italian selection “Young European musicians”, called by RAI, performing the first concert for piano and orchestra by Rachmaninov. Later he performed as a soloist for Italian musical associations such as the Società dei Concerti di Milano, Estate Fiesolana, Centro Busoni di Empoli, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Solisti Fiorentini, Orchestra di Grosseto, Orchestra del Conservatorio di Messina, Toscana Classica, Festival Bagni di Lucca, Tempio Valdese di Torino, Associazione Arcadia di Cuneo, Bologna sogna, Musica Viva di Roma, Teatro dei Rozzi di Siena, Cantiere Internazionale d’arte di Montepulciano, Cantiere musicale di Toscana, Festival Estate Regina di Montecatini, Ridotto del Teatro Verdi di Pisa, Associazione Kammermusik di Ferrara, Associazione Beethoven di Crotone, ass.cams di Cosenza, etc. His business also extends overseas and Sandiford has the opportunity to perform in Russia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and France. The heterogeneity of the solo repertoire (in 1998 he performed the Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings of Šostakovič with “Il Cantiere Musicale di Toscana” directed by L. Baccianti, in 2005 he performed the “Emperor” Concert of Beethoven with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Toscana Classica and in 2006 with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Grosseto directed by G. Lanzetta, in 2006 he performed the Concerto K. 595 by W. Mozart with the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina conducted by G. Nowak) and chamber music (in 2002 he performed with A. Blau, first Flute of the Berliner Philarmoniker), and the many experiences of improvement (M. Perhaja, C. Rosen, P. Badura Skoda, P. Spanish, A. Ciccolini, B. Canino, J. Achucarro, O. Yablonskaja, L. De Moura Castro, O. Frugoni, Trio di Trieste) by pianist Riccardo Sandiford are part of an aesthetic path devoted to the continuous research and experimentation of an eclectic pianism able to adapt to the styles and words of the authors addressed. In the same spirit, Riccardo Sandiford, is also dedicated to the accompaniment of singers, performing songs ranging from the Italian Chamber of Light to the German Lied, from the French Chanson to the American Songs, with a focus also on the Italian operatic heritage. In 2003, in fact, he graduated in chamber vocal music with full marks and honors. He recorded for the Bongiovanni label a CD with piano music by Respighi, Pizzetti and Alfano, obtaining positive criticism both in Italy and abroad.
Lorenzo Maiani – Italy
Lorenzo Maiani was born in Florence in 1972. He obtained his artistic maturity, a degree in History of Music, at the DAMS in Florence, specializing in Drammaturgia Musicale. He studied from the age of 13 and later composition. In 2005/06 he went to Los Angeles, where he met his colleagues from the American school. There he became part of ASCAP (American Society Composer Authors Publishers)
and founded the publishing house Faminore, once again in Italy is the relative brand. Faminore, to date, deals with sounbranding and Digital Music Marketing for the most prestigious brands. Putting parallel its classical training with the new opportunities and digital platforms, Faminore is a unique reality of the sector on the Italian territory.