Jury 2018


• Federico Bardazzi Artistic Director
• Carla Zanin Founder and CEO

The Jury is composed by international acclaimed artists as orchestra conductors, opera singers, composers. The Jury of the 4th edition of Music Festa Florence will be composed by the following members:
• Leonardo Cremonini
• Alessandra Montali
• Edoardo Rosadini

Federico Bardazzi Artistic Director

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.

Carla Zanin Founder and CEO

Carla Giovanna Zanin

Carla Zanin has worked for over twenty years in the live performance sector and specifically in classical and choral music and drama. At first she was the organizational manager and then went into marketing and communications. At present she is the President of Opera Network Florence, an institution skilled in opera productions and in the training of young talents and professionals in all the art performances. Thanks to her long activity in marketing culture by creating innovative and responsible methods for supporting the organisation of live performances, without the excessive use of public money, she conceived and developed the Opera Network Project, a complex network system over which operas can be produced with the cooperation of numerous partners who are directly involved; at the moment the partners are some of the most important performing Arts Academies and Theatres such as Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Teatro Verdi di Pisa, Fondazione Festival Pucciniano, Teatro Metastasio di Prato, Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Conservatorio Marenzio Brescia, Teatro Nazionale della Toscana; So many opera productions were staged with this system, the first one was in September 2013, Henry Purcell's "The Fairy Queen".

She is the General Manager of the Ensemble San Felice, with whom she takes part in the research and programming of musical projects in Italy and abroad. Particularly she manages teaching/training projects supported by European Union.

She is the project consultant of Teatro Metastasio di Prato for the training sector.

Since 2012 she is the Executive Chief Officer of the Florence International Choir Festival and she realized the launching of the first edition, focusing particularly on marketing and communications, executive management, public relations and relations with the authorities.

The following are the most important recent activities:
Throughout the year 2011 she was Marketing and and Development consultant for the Associazione Maggio Fiorentino Formazione which is the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Training Academy.

In 2008 and 2009 she was the cultural consultant to the UN for the development programme UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) concerning international cooperation in the Maghreb region. In 2009 she organised a music and theatre atélier in Fès (Morocco) as part of the project entitled "La représentation culturelle et artistique de la femme dans la zone euro-méditerranéenne".

Carla Zanin was production director for three editions (in 2007, 2008 and 2009) of the Magna Graecia Teatro Festival, the travelling theatre event held among the archeological sites in the Calabria Region - Italy.

Leonardo Cremonini

Leonardo Cremonini, born in Florence in 1973, studies music at the State Conservatory "L. Cherubini "of his hometown, graduating in Clarinet with the maximum of votes and praise under the guidance of M ° A. Zambelli, and attending the Composition Course under the guidance of M° S. Sciarrino.
In parallel with the study of the instrument, he devoted himself to the study of languages,obtaining the Certification of English Language at The British School in Florence.He perfected himself, subsequently, attending Masters in Italy and abroad with F. Meloni, S.Meyer, T. Friedly, A. Pay, R. Crocilla and taking part in the Professional Training Courses of the Youth Symphonic Orchestra "A. Toscanini "of Parma (in the years '93, '94, '95, '96) and of the Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra of Milan (in the years '96, '97).
He has been awarded, both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, in many national and international competitions.
He performed intense chamber music with various groups: Clarinet Quartet "Just for
Clarinets ", Quintet of Fiati" L. Cherubini ", Quintet Gordon Jacob, performing for the most important Musical institutions and for the main Italian Festivals and Theaters, such as the Friends of Music of Florence, the "Lingotto Musica" Cultural Association of Turin, the Fiesole School of Music,the Roman Philharmonic Academy, the Metastasio Theater of Prato, the Ravello Festival.
He has collaborated with numerous prestigious orchestras: the Instrumental Camerata of Pisa, the Camerata Musicale Padana, the Kammermusik Orchestra of Naples, the Symphonic Orchestra "A.Toscanini "in Parma, the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra of Milan, the Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Since 1998 he has been the second Clarinet in the Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,playing under the direction of the most prestigious worldwide conductors: Z. Mehta, C. Abbado, R.Abbado, R. Muti, S. Ozawa, D. Oren, B. Bartoletti, L. Maazel, G. Pretre, to name a few.
For Maggio Musicale Formazione he took part, as a teacher of ensemble music for
wind instruments, in the Professional Qualification Courses for Orchestra Teachers, in the years 2004 and 2005.
The orchestral activity combines with that of composer and arranger of pieces for bands and wind groups.

Alessandra Montali

She has brilliantly graduated from the Conservatory in piano. She has continued her studies in musicology at the University of Bologna where she has earned her degree with honors in Arts, Music and Entertainment and later a PhD in Musicology and Musical Heritage (with M.Baroni and M. Imberty). She has won some scholarships which have enabled her to develop her musicological training both in Italy and abroad (University of Paris X-Nanterre). She has participated as speaker at conferences and national and international meetings (Rome, Milan, Bologna, Paris, Krakow). She has published articles for major magazines (Italian Journal of Musicology, Music Theory and Analysis Magazine) that have also been translated abroad (University of Pittsburgh / Cracow Press). Her most important book being "Listening to Time: the temporal relationships in music from linearity to stasis" (Arachne, 2008), examines the cognitive emotional and cultural processes, involved in music listening. She has taught History of Music at the Conservatories of Pesaro, Bari, Bergamo, Potenza and she is currently teaching at the Conservatory in Vibo Valentia. She is working both as musicologist and as choral conductor. She has studied deeply the infantile pedagogy of the voice with Italian and foreign experts (Mario Mora, M. G. Abba, Ghislaine Morgan). She is performing vocal workshops of ancient music, conducting choral singing and training courses for teachers. She conducts the "Pueri et Juvenes Cantores" of St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Sarzana, a choral group of white voices and young voices. The group is dedicated to the study of ancient, sacred, modern and profane music collaborating with various instrumental combinations. The choir's repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to Renaissance and Baroque music, also including modern music and contemporary songs. The "Pueri et Juvenes Cantores" have performed various concerts including the medieval music program "Stella Splendens" in collaboration with various Diocesan Museums of Touscany, a program which has been filmed and broadcasted by Rai Tre Channel. With Gregorian and medieval songs she closed in 2010 the VII Edition of the international festival of history organized by the University of Bologna, conducting in the ancient Basilica of St. Stephen in Bologna a drama for voices, choir and instruments entitled " Diary of the Holy Journey. Women, penitents, mystics, saints and blessed, medieval pilgrims in the difficult and perilous journey to Jerusalem.". Together with the "Baschenis Ensemble", a group of musicians specialized in the repertoire of ancient Renaissance and Baroque music, she has conducted in various occasions the Renaissance music program "The good ties". With the same group she has proposed a revival of Renaissance and rock tunes with ancient instruments in the program "BaRock Music: between philology and contamination". For the Theater she was choir master in the performance of the opera "Noah's Flood" by B. Britten (2011), in the cantata" The Schoolmaster " by G. Telemann (2013) and in the "Giricoccola" fairy tale (I. Calvino) with music by A. Galliano (2014). In the same year her choir was selected among the best youth groups of Italian choral music for the realization of a CD produced by the Rotary Club of Genoa.
As choir director she has performed with the "Pueri et Juvenes cantores" and '"Ensemble San Felice" (conductor F. Bardazzi) the program " In nativitate Domini: a reconstruction of the protestant liturgy of Christmas". She also took part as choir master, in the performance of "Music in Comedy" which was proposed together with the 'Ensemble S. Felice and under the conduction of F. Bardazzi in the Ravenna Festival and in the Duomo cathedral in Florence
The same program was performed on September 2015 in the Duomo Chatedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence for the exhibition of sacred music "O Flos Colende"and was recorded on double cd published by "Classic Voice Antiqua" in November 2015. Since 2016 she has been organizing in collaboration with F. Bardazzi and the Association "Opera Network" of Florence the "Incanto Armonico Festival". The first edition of the latter opening with the program "El Cant de la Sibilla" a sacred medieval performance comprising the full execution of the Llivre Vermell de Montserrat. The program came out on cd in March 2017 for the record company Brilliant Classic. To England with the Pueri et Juvenes cantores performing concerts in the Southwell Abbey, in Newark, in the residence of Lord Byron in the Newstead Abbey. In January 2017 she took an active part in the program "Vocalità e percussioni" in collaboration with Conservatorio di Musica di La Spezia, a program entirely dedicated to the avangarde music of the second half of the XXth. Century, performed in presence of the compositors. In the same year (2017) she performed and recorded whit Pueri et Juvenes cantores and the Ensemble San Felice (cond. F. Bardazzi) three important oratori of G. Carissimi. In june she opened whit her choir the Festival "Musica sulle apuane" with the program "I pellegini della montagna: misterioso viaggio nel regno del prete Gianni". In the present year (2018) projects she has been invited to open the "Byron Festival" in England.

Edoardo Rosadini

EDOARDO ROSADINI is a conductor and violist. Born in Florence in 1978.
He studied viola under the guidance of Piero Farulli, violist of the Italian Quartet, at the Fiesole School of Music, graduating with honors. He then continued his studies both with Piero Farulli and with Hatto Beyerle, violist founder of the Alban Berg Quartet. He has collaborated with directors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Luciano Berio, Claudio Abbado.
He has always devoted himself to chamber music. In 1995 he founded the Quartetto Klimt (quartet with piano) of which he is a member, and from 2017 he joined the Quartetto Savinio (string quartet).
He collaborates assiduously as a violist with the Ensemble Nuovocontrappunto and with the Contempoartensemble.
He is Professor of String Quartet at the Fiesole School of Music.
Edoardo Rosadini started his conducting studies with Piero Bellugi in Florence. He then followed the courses of Colin Metters in Dresden and in Moscow, by Jorma Panula and Gabriele Ferro at the School of Music in Fiesole. He is director of the Orchestra dei Ragazzi of the Fiesole School of Music and of the Galilei Orchestra with both of them he has been invited to participate to prestigious Italian and foreign festivals.
He is Music Director of the "Our Times" Orchestra. He has worked with soloists such as PNMasi, S.Accardo, A. Lucchesini, D.Rossi, A. Farulli, M.Fossi, D.Schwarzberg, P. Vernikov, O.Ghiglia, A. Ivaskin, C.Rossi
Very active as a conductor also in contemporary music he worked closely with Sofia Gubaidoulina, Krzysztof Penderecki and Peter Maxwell Davies.
In July 2016 with the Orchestra dei Ragazzi of the Music School of Fiesole he won the Vienna World Orchestra Festival organized by the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Orf with final concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein. 

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