Jury 2015


The Jury is composed by international acclaimed artists as orchestra conductors, opera singers, composers. The Jury of the 1st edition of Music Festa Florence will be composed by the following members:
• Federico Bardazzi President of the Jury
• Deborah Cheverino
• Andrea Portera

Federico Bardazzi specialises in Early and Baroque Music, he is primarily active as a director in operatic repertoire, from its origins to Händel, Gluck, Mozart, Rossini and Puccini. Having trained as a cellist with Andrè Navarra in Siena and Paris, he studied chamber music with Piero Farulli and the Quartetto Borodin, composition with Carlo Prosperi e Roberto Becheri, Gregorian chant with Nino Albarosa and Johannes Berchmans Göschl, choral conducting with Roberto Gabbiani and Peter Phillips, orchestral conducting at the Accademia Chigiana with Myung-Whun Chung. He conducts the Ensemble San Felice, a vocal and instrumental group whose repertoire ranges from Medieval to contemporary music, with whom he has performed to great acclaim across the world. Devoted for many years now to the Bachian repertoire, through the Ensemble he has conducted all of the great Kirchenmusik and all of the instrumental concerts. He has conducted Händel's Messiah in numerous concerts in Italy and Europe. He usually offers, as well as a new version of Mozart's unfinished Requiem, rare pages and masterpieces of seventeenth-century music: Girolamo Frescobaldi, Francesco Maria Stiava, Dietrich Buxtehude, Jeronimo de Carrion, François Couperin, MichelRichard Delalande, John Dowland In 2005 in particular he presented three oratorios by Giacomo Carissimi at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London and, also in London, in May 2008 he conducted the music for the first staged performance in modern time of Händel's Rodrigo, directed by Luciano Alberti, at the Lufthansa festival of baroque music. This production was presented in 2009 at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, where in 2011 he directed Claudio Monteverdi's Il Vespro for the Amici della Musica di Firenze, which was recorded as an audio CD by Brilliant Classic. His research programmes in Medieval music have met with great success across Europe: Nigra sum sed formosa Cantigas de Santa Maria, La Sibilla del reno Hildegard von Bingen, the litergical drama drawn from Florentine codices Quem queritis, Francesco Landini Laudi e Contrafacta nella Firenze del Trecento, Musica per San Zanobi nella Firenze del Trecento. within this frame he is currently curating La musica della Commedia, an important work on the music of Dante Alighieri's masterpiece, which takes place through concerts, conferences and multimedia productions. Federico Bardazzi has been the Director of the Maggio Fiorentino Formazione's courses from 2008 to 2014. In his role as training coordinator he has realised higher specialized training courses and projects funded by the European Social Fund. All his artistic and technical projects at the lyrical Theatre have been developed in collaboration with some of the main Tuscan musical institutions, such as: Teatro Verdi of Pisa, Festival Pucciniano of Torre del Lago, Teatro Metastasio of Prato, with which he is currently collaborating for other projects. This experience leads to the creation of Opera Network, originally funded together with Carla Zanin, whose objective is to assist in the development of lyrical productions, in collaboration between institutions of different natures, with the aim of encouraging and assisting young artists in the early stages of their careers in developing their professional profile and career path. Some of the most successful projects, all conducted by Federico Bardazzi, have been: Purcell's Fairy Queen (Teatro Goldoni, Florence 2013), Pergolesi's Flaminio (Teatro Verdi of Pisa 2014). Two forthcoming productions are: Alessandro Scarlatti's Il trionfo dell'Onore and Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni (Teatro Verdi, Pisa 2015). Moreover, the season 2016/2017 will see Galuppi's opera in collaboration with Landestheater of Salzburg, under the direction of Carl Philip von Maldeghem. Federico Bardazzi is artistic direct of In-canto gregoriano - Incontri Internazionali di Firenze, a project devoted to the philological study and musical interpretation of the early liturgical repertoire, and member of the senior committee of AISCGre (Associazione Internazionale Studi di Canto Gregoriano). He is also President of the del Florence International Choir Festival, which, every year, brings together hundreds of choristers from all around the world, in a kermesse of high human and musical value. Being aware of the high potential that the East represents for both the Italian University as well as for the Artistic and Musical Higher Education system, he is the funder and leading member, within the project Turandot, in collaboration with the Università per Stranieri of Perugia, of a project of cultural, linguistic and musical training for Chinese students. He has been giving courses on Gregorian chant and Medieval monody at the University of Florence and he has been invited all around the world to lead Masterclasses. 2014 has been a particularly fruitful year, whose highlight have been the World Symposium of Choral Music in Seoul and the Israel Choir Conductor Association in Jerusalem. Recordings by the Ensemble San Felice – whose concerts have been transmitted by Rai, Swiss, German and Polish radio and the BBC, which has devoted one special on his performances – ranges from the Medieval to the operatic repertoire, and sees him not only in his role of conductor, but also of baroque cellist, gamba and fiddle player, for record labels such as Brilliant, Tactus, and Bongiovanni. Federico Bardazzi is Professor of Chamber Music and Baroque Music at the State Conservatory Puccini of La Spezia. 

Deborah Cheverino South-african. A conductor of "unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power," Deborah Cheverino captured worldwide attention in September 2001 when she won the Gold Medal at the First International Conducting Competition in Florence, Italy. With this victory, Deborah became the first woman to win first prize in an Italian conducting competition. Deborah is a recipient of the 2004-2007 Fulbright Congressional Grant for Conducting to work with Zubin Mehta. As a result of her Fulbright grant she is working as the assistant conductor to Zubin Mehta in Florence, Italy.


He began his activity as a composer very young, following his studies at Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, and especially at the School of Music of Fiesole, where he came into contact with the class of Manzoni and follows the work of the major musical personalities on the international scene. His production, under the sign of a fertile creativity (currently his official catalog consists of 104 works, including chamber music, symphonic works 2 works for theater, etc. ..), won acclaim and awards from major names in the world music, was in fact awarded by Berio, Fedele, Rhim, Morricone, Nishimura, Corghi, Bussotti, Solbiati, Halfter, Vacchi, Sciarrino, Noseda, Claudio Abbado, Osokawa, Luis De Pablo, Talmelli and many more ... His works have been performed by famous orchestras and chamber groups, including the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra RAI Symphony, Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak Radio Orchestra, the National Estonia, Orchestra of Colors in Athens, SPCO Chamber Orchestra in Minnesosa, Orchestra "Musical Afternoons" in Milan, Chamber Orchestra of Florence, and The Daedalus Ensemble, Fontana Mix, Academy Quartet, Ensemble Gaudeamus, Templum Floridum, Ensemble Italian, etc. ... He also have collaborated with great musicians as pianist Andrea Lucchesini, the violinist Lorenza Borrani, Siringo, Dillon, Ancillotti Attademo, etc. ... and greats directors as Gianandrea Noseda, Chikara Iwamura, Daniel Gazon, Miltos Logiadis, Edward Rosadini, Daniel Kawka, etc. ..
He has had publications by: Suvini Zerboni, RaiTrade, Sconfinarte, Eurarte, Prize Bucchi, Le Monnier, Fondazione Guido d'Arezzo, Hudobne Centrum Slovakia. In 2008 the School of Music of Fiesole has dedicated to the composer the event monographic "Music and Culture" (previously devoted to figures such as Kurtag, Berio, Sciarrino, Fedele, Vacchi etc ...) He collaborates regularly with the magazine "Guitars" as a supervisor of scores and graphic musical. He has realized as author the training manuals for primary schools "Contexts Musicals" and "Contexts Musicals Guide to the Teacher" (Ed. Le Monnier & Knopf). In May 2008 he was professor of the master-class analysis for the OGI 's Academy. For the theater has collaborated with various writers, actors, choreographers, including Stephen Massini, Sandro Lombardo, Michele Placido, Ottavia Piccolo, Milena Vukotic, Keith Ferrone, Native, etc. ... In March 2009 he was professor of "Graphics in Contemporary Music" at European Academy of the Quartet. He is the new artistic adviser of the Ensemble Counterpoint. Actually he's teacher at the Music School of Fiesole in composition, musical analysis, word-processing and complementary harmony.

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