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Master course - Violoncello

InstructorGiovanni Sollima
 
Deadline for applications: Friday, 13 October 2017
 
Date of entrance examination: Friday, 27 October 2017
 
Audition programme:                                          
Performance of a Bach Suite and of a concerto or other relevant piece chosen by the applicant.
 
Calendar of lessons: to be announced
 
Confirmation examinations
Passage from Course Year I to Year II: Performance of a programme composed of three pieces, one of which from the classical repertoire, one from the romantic repertoire, and one from the modern/contemporary repertoire. The programme shall be prepared in full; concertos and solo pieces shall be performed from memory. The Panel may request the performance of all or part of the submitted programme.
 
Passage from Course Year II to year III: Performance of a programme composed of three pieces, different from those submitted the previous year, one of which from the classical repertoire, one from the romantic repertoire, and one from the modern/contemporary repertoire. The programme shall be prepared in full; concertos and solo pieces shall be performed from memory. The Panel may request the performance of all or part of the submitted programme.
 
Diploma examinations
Programmes and examination procedure
Interpretation test: Performance and interpretation of a major piece, assigned three hours in advance by the examination Panel and rehearsed behind closed doors. This audition is scheduled the day before the final audition;
 
Final public audition – Diploma Concert: Public performance of a concert programme composed of piece for solo instrument or another virtuoso piece with or without piano accompaniment, a sonata and concert chosen by the President of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia from among the three entirely different possible proposed programmes, which the applicant shall submit to the office of the President by no later than the date established and made known at the start of the academic year. The chosen programme shall be made known to the applicant thirty days prior to the diploma concert. The programme shall be contained within a one-hour duration and be performed in full. Solo concerts and shall be performed from memory.
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The cellist and composer GIOVANNI SOLLIMA was born in Palermo in 1962. He studied cello with Giovanni Perreira e Antonio Janigro ancd composition with his father Eliodoro Sollima and Milko Keleman.
He began an international career as cellist, collaborating with Abbado, Sinopoli, Demus, Argerich. As composer, Sollima has been captivated by every kind of languages and has sought to create new blends among the most diverse genres by combining elements of classical and rock music, as well as of ethnic music characteristic of all the Mediterranean area. He composes for acoustic and electric instruments, and others invented by himself or created for him, as the tenor violin represented in the Caravaggio’s paintings, or an ice-cello that he played at 3,500 m altitude, in an igloo-theatre.
His works have been performed by interpreters such as Bashmet, Berliner Philharmoniker, Canino, Capossela, Coryell, DJ Scanner, Fischer, Gatti, Kremer, Labeque, La Scala Philarmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Maisky, Mullova, Muti, Raimondi, Patti Smith and Yo-Yo Ma.
Besides he composed music for directors and choreographers, such as Wenders, Greenaway, Wilson, Stein, Carlson, Armitage. With the videographer Lasse Gjertsen he realized Daydream. Sollima performed his music in prestigious places, but also in alternative venues: Carnegie Hall, BAM, Knitting Factory in New York, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Passionskirche in Berlin, Musicgebouw in Amsterdam, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, La Scala in Milan, Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Festivals of Kronberg, Kuopio, Istanbul, Tunis (in the Sahara), Tokyo, Venice, Ravenna, Spoleto.
Among the CDs worth mentioning is Aquilarco in 1998, Works in 2005 and in 2008 together with his partner, croatian cellist Monika Leskovar principal cello of the Munchner Philharmoniker he recorded We Were Trees with Patti Smith as vocal guest and the Solistenensemble Kaleidoscop from Berlin
In September 2009 he performed in Budapest, Linz and Koln, his new cello concerto “Folktales” commissioned by the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fisher
He teaches at the Romanini Foundation in Brescia and starting 2010 he will be teaching at the prestigious Accademia of Santa Cecilia in Rome and hold masterclasses at the Kronberg Cello Academy.
Among the projects he is working on, the solo cello recital “Ba-Rock Cello”, the duo with Monika Leskovar “The Interpretation of dreams” and a new duo project with pianist Giuseppe Andaloro (first prize Busoni 2005).
He plays a cello by Francesco Ruggeri dated 1679.
 

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