November 29, 2021

Andrea Oliva and Francesca Leonardi

Andrea Oliva, Principal flute of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, will be accompanied by the young Francesca Leonardi in a program featuring music by Donizetti, Schumann and Prokofiev.

Andrea Oliva – flute
Andrea Oliva is Principal Flute of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome and has recently become Professor of Flute at the University School of Music of the Italian- speaking Switzerland Conservatory in Lugano. Born in Modena, where he also graduated with honors in flute, he was a prize winner at the ‘Kobe International Flute competition” in 2005. He was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and attended the Herbert von Karajan Academy in Berlin. At the young age of 23, he was invited as Guest Principal Flute at the Berliner Philharmoniker collaborating with prestigious conductors such as C. Abbado, L. Maazel, V. Gerghiev, S. Oramo, M. Jansons and B. Haitink. Claudio Abbado chose him as Principal Flute of the Orchestra Mozart. Mr. Oliva played as Principal Flute with the Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As a soloist, he has performed in the USA, in Japan and with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, conducted by C. Hogwood, M. W. Chung, A. Pappano and M. Honeck. In 2012 he made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in London with Angela Hewitt. He is a founding member of the “Quintetto di fiati Italiano” and “I Cameristi di Santa Cecilia”. Mr. Oliva is also a renowned teacher; he teaches at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Accademia in Imola. He plays a 14k gold SR Muramatsu Flute designed specifically for him.

Francesca Leonardi – piano
Pianist Francesca Leonardi is the first Italian woman pianist to record for the prestigious label “Deutsche Grammophon”; she completed a recording of the Violin Sonatas by Beethoven with violinist Francesca Dego. Ms. Leonardi made her debut at 16, with the Rosetum Orchestra. Since then she has been invited to join many Italian and international orchestras as a soloist, appearing in prestigious venues and festivals around the world such as the Santa Cecilia Hall in Rome, the Sala Verdi and Teatro dal Verme in Milan, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Les Flâneries Musicales Festival in Reims, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Politeama in Palermo, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Teatro Manzoni in Bologna. Francesca regularly performs chamber music with famous instrumentalists and singers. She has performed in many live broadcasts on RAI Radio and TV, Tv2000, Radio Classica, the Italian Swiss Radio, the Vatican Radio and selections from her CDs have been included in the soundtrack of the 2008 film The Beautiful Truth by the prize-winning director Steven Kroschel. Born in Milan, Francesca began studying the piano at the age of three, and graduated cum laude at the Milan Conservatory. She continued her studies at the Musical Academy in Pescara, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and the Royal College of Music in London.

About This Event:

Date:   November 29, 2021

Time:   7:00 pm

Price:   Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and green passes are required.

Location:   The Monteverdi Lounge