Sylvia Volpe made her New York solo debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1996, where she was praised by the New York Times for her "beautiful tone - both lyricism and virtuosity." Since 2000, Sylvia has performed as Associate Principal Second Violin with the MET Chamber Ensemble concert series at Carnegie Hall.
Matthew Polenzani is one of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation. His elegant musicianship, innate sense of style and dramatic commitment find him at virtually every leading operatic, concert and recital venue in the world.
Soprano Christine Goerke has sung much of the great soprano repertoire, from Mozart and Handel heroines to dramatic Strauss and Wagner roles. In addition to appearing in the major opera houses, Christine has also performed with a number of leading orchestras and alongside some of the world's foremost conductors.
Frances Mayes wrote Under the Tuscan Sun, which was followed by other international best sellers. Her recent books are Women in Sunlight, See You in the Piazza, and Always Italy. She lives in Cortona and in Hillsborough, NC.
Ondine Cohane is a Contributing Editor of Conde Nast Traveler, writes for the New York Times, and the London Telegraph, and has appeared on CNN, PBS, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. In 2006 she and her ex-husband opened two boutique hotels in Pienza where she now lives with her son, Jacopo.
Canadian pianist Lucille Chung made her debut with the Montreal Symphony at the age of 10 and has performed with many leading orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Seoul Philharmonic, BBC Wales with conductors such as Dutoit, Pendercki, Spivakov and Nézet-Seeguin in over 30 countries. She graduated from Curtis and Juilliard.
Italian pianist Alessio Bax was the first prize winner at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu piano competition. He has performed with over 120 orchestras including London Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, under conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov and Jaap van Zweden.
Though he was born and raised in Texas, Steve Tyrell is 100% Italian. His family hails from Sicily and Calabria. The Grammy-winning producer has worked with Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, and others. His appearance in Father of the Bride led to a hit recording career with 12-albums... and counting.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Grammy-winning conductor, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, is revered as one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic musicians. In addition to being a regular guest of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, his work as founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra has marked him as a pioneer of historically informed performances.
Barry Banks is an English lyric tenor who, after a long association with The Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera, has achieved acclaim as one of the finest interpreters of the Italian bel canto repertoire. His prestigious career has taken him to most of the world's leading opera houses and orchestras.
Wendy Bryn Harmer
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Harmer has appeared more than 150 times onstage there in dozens of roles. Wendy Bryn has a particular love of recital and concert repertoire and has appeared in concert performances worldwide.
Nicole Cabell is an operatic soprano who has sung lead roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, and Royal Opera House Covent Garden amongst others. She has recorded solo albums with Decca and Delos, and is the 2005 winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Gwyneth Wentink is an internationally acclaimed harpist, cultural entrepreneur and arts advocate working across many genres and roles. She is founder and director of State of the United Arts, an arts think tank and performance platform and director of Foundation Harp.
David Benoit fell in love with jazz in 1965 after watching a Charlie Brown special on television and hearing the music of Vince Guaraldi. A pioneer and architect of contemporary jazz, Benoit has created a four-decade legacy of delighting fans internationally. David also currently hosts a morning radio show on KKJZ 88.1 FM in Long Beach, CA.
Quartetto di Cremona
Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform in major music festivals in Europe, America, Asia, they garner universal acclaim for their high level of interpretive artistry.
Admired for his interpretive depth, vocal strength, and range of expressivity, tenor Paul Appleby is one of the sought-after voices of his generation. A versatile artist, he is equally in demand on the world’s leading concert, recital, and opera stages.
Louis Langrée is music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Guest conducting highlights include the New York, Berlin, Vienna, London, and Czech Philharmonic orchestras; the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and Vienna Staatsoper; and the Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, and Edinburgh festivals.
Ilya Finkelshteyn joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as Principal Cello in 2009 and holds the same position at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Born in Leningrad and trained at the Juilliard School, he was previously Principal Cello at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and before that a member of the St. Louis Symphony.
Soprano Liesl Odenweller is a co-founder of the Venice Music Project, which supports musical archaeology in archives all over the world to rediscover and share the amazing musical treasures from the Venetian Baroque period. She also performs in opera houses and with important orchestras and conductors in Europe and the US.
Cellist Federico Toffano’s true passion lies in the world of historical performance. He travels internationally with Venice Baroque Orchestra, Il Pomo d’Oro, and Les Musiciens du Louvre to perform in the most important Festivals and concert halls like Tokyo Opera City, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festspielhaus, and Frankfurt Opernhaus.
Marija Jovanovic (harpsichord, contralto) has dedicated her life to early music, following the pattern of XVI century musicians: playing harpsichord and organ, and, inevitably, singing. She is active as a solo organist and harpsichordist but also works with various early music chamber groups. As a singer, she is part of Ensemble Oktoechos, who specialize in medieval vocal performance.
Stephanie Blythe is one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Wagner, German lieder to contemporary and classic American song.
Born in Piacenza, Giuseppina graduated from the Conservatoire of her hometown at a very young age. She furthered her studies at the Scuola dell’Opera Italiana in Bologna and at the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro. Her career brought her to sing in the most important venues in Italy and Europe.
Trio Kanon was formed in 2012 by three friends while studying under the guidance of the Trio di Parma at the International Chamber Music Academy in Duino.
Adriana Di Paola
Adriana di Paola graduated from the Trapani Conservatoire then began specializing at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Young Singer Project in Salzburg. Prize-winner at prestigious international contests, she now collaborates with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Accademia of Santa Cecilia, Teatro Regio, and Real in Madrid.
Monica Leone began studying the piano under the guidance of her mother, Carmen Mazzarino. She graduated from the Conservatoire San Pietro a Majella in Naples and furthered her studies with Michele Campanella at the Ravello Piano School and at the Accademia Chigiana, where she was awarded the Diploma of Honour.
Pianist Maurizio Baglini boasts a brilliant career as a soloist, chamber player, music teacher and artistic director. He is the Founder and artistic director of the Amiata Piano Festival, artistic consultant at Teatro Comunale and cultural ambassador of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. He also holds masterclasses for the Accademia Stauffer.
Cellist Silvia Chiesa leads an acclaimed solo career. She is a resident artist at the Amiata Piano Festival and teacher at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Monteverdi” in Cremona. In 2016, she received the Anlai Award of the Associazione nazionale liuteria artistica italiana.
Over the past 30 years, Federico Mondelci has established himself as one of the leading saxophonists of his generation. His principal studies were at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘G. Rossini’ in Italy with Jean-Marie Londeix at the Bordeaux Conservatoire, where he was awarded the ‘Premier Prix et Medaille d’Or’.