Jury 2016

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The Jury is composed by international acclaimed artists as orchestra conductors, opera singers, composers. The Jury of the 2nd edition of Music Festa Florence will be composed by the following members:
• Federico Bardazzi President
• Rolandas Daugela
• Maria Costanza Nocentini

Federico Bardazzi

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, Michel-Richard 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 andGazzaniga’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.

Rolandas Daugela

Rolandas Daugėla since 1983 - 1990 he studied at the Lithuanian State Conservatoire (now Lihuanian Music and Theatre Academy) choral conducting class. In 1999. High School of Music Salzburg Mozarteum led by Professor Albert Hartinger rates - a conductor-trainee. 2000-2002 studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and the licensee has acquired a degree of art, and provide LMTA lecturer pedagogical level.
In 1992 organize church chamber choir Cantate Domino ".. Since 1998. he gives lectures at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, Kaunas Faculty, now he gives lectures at the Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy.
2003 -2004, R. Daugėla were elected and appointed LMTA Kaunas Faculty of Music and conducting didactic department head. 2003 -2004 and 2006 - 2008 was a mixed choir LMTA KF art director and conductor. The choirs and students participated in over 60 international competitions and festivals in Lithuania and abroad. To win the highest awards and prizes.
Rolandas Daugėla is a member of many creative unions. Since 1996 he is the chief conductor of Kaunas' and since 1998 the chief conductor of World Lithuanian Song Celebrations. Since 2006. Lithuanian choral expert - advisor. Various competitions and member of jury. Since 2009. International Festival Bratislava Cantat a member of jury, the lecturer, and member of international program in Erasmus University of Applied Arts in Bratislava in Slovakia. In 2013 was a member of jury in Ohrid choir festival (Macedonia). In 2014 was a President of Jury in Queen of the Adriatic Sea Choral Festival and Competition, Cattolica (Italy). In 2014 was a member of jury in International Youth Music Festival II Bratislava (Slovakia). In 2015 was a member of jury in International Festival "Silver Bells" Daugpilis (Latvija). In 2015 was a member of jury in International Festival "Mundus Cantat" Sopot (Poland).
In 1992. has started to create the international choral sacred music festival - competition "Cantate Domino". Since 2010. Series of international festivals Kaunas Musica Religiosa, Kaunas Cantat, Šiauliai Cantat, since 2015 of International Choir Festival and Competition of Lithuanian Music Patriarch Juozas Naujalis initiator and artistic director.
Awards: In 1998, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania provided this artist with the 1st degree S. Šimkus award for his musical activity and the promotion of Lithuanian choral music. Rolandas Daugėla is the winner of 2007 culture and art scholarship. In 2008 Rolandas Daugėla was nominated for "Golden bird" also winner of "Authentic music" award. In 2009 prized with "Golden bird" award for nomination of "International shine star". In 2009 of sacred music enshrine in Lithuania and abroad was given the Archdiocese of Kaunas set up thanks diploma. In 2010 the labor of love, nurturing sacred music, chamber choir "Cantate Domino" high achievement and awards and the International Sacred Music Festival and Competition "Cantate Domino" organization was awarded of Kaunas City Municipality established "Kindness crystal". In 2010 for the highest international awards and educational activities was given Kaunas City Municipality Culture and Art Prize. In 2011 was awarded for merit the city of Kaunas burgomaster Jonas Vileišis brass medal.

Maria Costanza Nocentini

Born in Florence, Maria Costanza Nocentini studied with Suzanne Danco and graduated "cum laude" at the G. B. Martini Conservatory of Bologna. After her diploma she took part in a Mozart project managed by Claudio Desderi making her debuts in the roles of Despina in Così fan tutte, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Zerlina in Don Giovanni.
Winner of the 1992 edition of the «Toti Dal Monte» Competition and of the International «Viotti» Competition in Vercelli, Maria Costanza Nocentini has also received a special prize for the best Rossini interpretation and the special «Miguel Cervantes» prize at the «Francesco Viñas» Competition in Barcelona.
Since her debuts, Maria Costanza Nocentini has been invited by some of the most important theatrical institutions in Italy (Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Valli di Reggio Emilia, Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Spoleto Festival, Festival of Martina Franca, Festival of Cremona), and abroad (among them, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, New Israeli Opera, Salzburg Festival, Bayerischer Staatsoper, Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, Wiener Staatsoper, Scottish Opera of Glasgow, Opéra de Nice, Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Tokyo Japan Opera Foundation, New Zealand Opera,Opernahus in Zurich, Stockholm Royal Opera, Malmoe Opera).
On the concert side, she has performed with several important orchestras and musical institutions, such as the Festival International in Beaune, the Amici della Musica di Firenze, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Festival Siglas de Oro of Madrid.
During her concert and operatic activities, she has the chance to collaborate with such conductors as R. Alessandrini, M. Benini, F. Biondi, F. Brüggen, G. Carella, M. W. Chung, R. Clemencic, A. Davies, G. Gelmetti, M. Guidarini, C. Hogwood, L. Langrée, L. Maazel, R. Muti, D. Oren, D. Parry, E. Pidò, C. Rousset, C. Rovaris, J. Tate, as well as with stage directors as P. Avati, F. Crivelli, A. Fassini, M. Hampe, N. Joël, P. L. Pizzi, L. Puggelli, J. Taymor, M. van Hoecke, G. Vick, H. Wernicke, F. Zeffirelli, Kaper Bech Holten.
Her discography includes Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali recorded for Ricordi, La princesse jaune by Saint-Saëns for Chandos, and Mercadante's Emma d'Antiochia on the Opera Rara label.
From February 2012 she's singing teacher at the Conservatory of Music "G. Verdi" in Como. 

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