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Zappa Mattia - Cello

Biography of Zappa Mattia:

“Elegiac minutes…wonderful cello! To listen to this one instrument and its dialogue with the piano for a whole evening – that means not a single second of boredom with the Zappa.Mainolfi duet in the chamber music concert-hall of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.” (The Tagesspiegel Berlin) “Dynamic musical fun” (Neue Presse Coburg). After completing the Matura and his bachelor qualification at the Lugano Conservatory, the Tessine cellist continued his musical studies in the soloist class of Harvey Shapiro at the renowned Juilliard School in New York. He completed his soloist diploma with distinction at the Basle Music Academy under Thomas Demenga. There followed a master f’ for sonata repertoire at the Accademia Pianistica of Imola (Bologna) under the baton of Pier Narciso Masi. A year prior to this, he was awarded the European Music Förderpreis “for artistic talent and excellent performance” for his interpretation of the Rococo variations by Tchaikowsky. Mattia Zappa was engaged several times as a soloist by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Basle Symphonic Orchestra, the Festival Strings Lucerne (where he also played as a solo cellist from 2000 to 2002), by the Academy Orchestra of Zurich (Akademisches Orchester Zürich), the Swiss Chamber Philharmonic (Schweizer Kammerphilharmonie), the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Since September 2000 Mattia Zappa has been a member with a special contract with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and has been asked to act as a temporary assistant for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. There are numerous duet recitals with the Italian pianist Massimiliano Mainolfi. They gave their mutual Carnegie Hall debut in March 2001. In 2003 there followed the debut in the chamber music concert-hall of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Last year the Zappa.Mainolfi duet performed at distinguished European centres in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Scandinavia, France, South Africa, Switzerland and Italy. They are prize winners of several international chamber music competitions, among others the Premio Vittorio Gui (Florence), the G.B. Viotti (Vercelli), the Concorso Città di Pinerolo (Turin), the Concorso Trio di Trieste. Numerous radio and CD recordings, among others with Ducale-Label, Lyra Classica, Schweizer Radio and Deutschland Radio Berlin. Mattia Zappa plays a beautiful Gabbrielli cello from the year 1758. In 2007 he will go on tour with the entire cycle of the six solo suites by Johann Sebastian Bach.


CD's with Zappa Mattia
Guitar Works by Rodrigo, Turina, Boccherini, Assad, Gnattali, Regondi, Derungs, Wettstein, Senfl

ArtNr. GMCD 7347

Goldberg Variations with the Goldberg Trio Lucerne

ArtNr. GMCD 7350

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