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Edy Frollano
Academic Director - Instructor of Italian Language - Literature - Opera Libretti

Edy Frollano


Edy was born in Florence and attended school and university there. After receiving her degree in Foreign Languages and Literature, she completed her specialization in Italian as a Foreign Language and the didactics of modern and ancient Italian at the University of Siena.

Since 1989 she has taught Italian Language, Literature and Opera Libretti to foreigners, at the Dante Alighieri school, the Deutsches Institut, Istituto Parola and Istituto Europeo, where for 5 years she was also the Director of Didactics and Cultural Activities.

Her pubblications include:

  • L'Italiano all'opera, ed. Bonacci;
  • an essay on the poet Andrea Chénier;
  • a study on Mozart's Zauberflöte (published by the Teatro Comunale di Firenze);
  • Pietro Metastasio: Note intorno ai bei versi, ed. SMSF;
  • in collaboration with Rodolfo Tommasi: Un Pratolini ignorato - Il mannello di Natascia o la rivoluzione romantica. - ed Shakespeare and company;
  • various segments of Storia dell'editoria d'Europa, ed. Shakespeare and company;
  • A translation of "Filosofia delle Architetture Musicali in G. Battistelli" (The Philososhy of the Musical Architecture of G. Bastistelli) for the Teatro Comunale of Florence.


Enrico Cecconi
Professor of Italian Language

Born in Vinci (Florence), Enrico Cecconi has a degree in foreign languages and literature at the University of Pisa. He was teacher of Italian language for New York University in Florence, and from 2004 to 2008 for the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Cardiff, School of European Studies (UK), also working on interactive multimedia language on the computer.


Giuseppina Massarelli
Professor of Italian Language

Giuseppina Massarelli

Work Experiences:
Since 1991:

  • Italian lessons for foreign students (Mostly Americans);
  • Italian lessons for elementary and university Italian students.
Since 2001

  • Languages Lab Teacher - Offering each student, at any time during the lessons, explanations and grammar acknowledgement, and other language structures and functions in English, focusing on each individuals' goal.

  • Conservatory "delle Mantellate" in Florence - Diploma in Linguistics;
  • Florence University - Degree in Foreign Language and Literature (English). Paper title: " La Raffigurazione del mondo legale in The Pickwick Papers and Bleak House by Charles Dickens", final grade: 107/110.
Other Qualifications:

  • Cambridge First Certificate in English - FCE - British Institute in Florence;
  • Specialization in English for Translation and Writing Techniques at the St Giles School de Oxford (England);
  • Specialization course in Public Relations Conference Organization


Lucia Contu
Professor of Italian Language

Lucia Contu

Work Experiences:

  • Italian, Latin, History, French, and German lessons for secondary and university students;
  • Italian lessons for foreign students in private schools of Italian for foreigners ('Centro Sperimentale', 'Istituto Europeo');
  • Literary translations- French/Italian and Italian/French;
  • German/Italian translations.

  • Foundation course for Italian Teachers (Italian as a Second Language);
  • 'Università Studi Firenze';
  • Final Thesis in French and French Literature;
  • 'Liceo Scientifico Enrico Fermi di Bitti (Nuoro)';
  • 'Maturità Scientifica' Diploma.

  • English Course;
  • French Course at the Lyon University;
  • German Course in Colônia;
  • French Course at the Boulogne Sur Mer University.


Lucia Iacovelli
Professor of Italian Language

Born in Campobasso, Lucia Rosaria Iacovelli has a degree in foreign languages and literature at the University of Florence, with a thesis on theory and technique of mass communication entitled "Communication strategies in Glamour: analysis of the tested English and Italian."

She has done a lot of learning experiences in England (London) and in Germany (Dresden and Nuremberg) and she has taught Italian language at the University of Florence.

She also conducted volunteer activities, especially with regard to the elderly, and in 2002 she volunteered in the rescue of the population during the flood in Dresden.

Giuseppe Mennelli
Professor of Italian Language

Born in San Severo (Foggia), Giuseppe Mennelli graduated with a degree in political science (international political direction) at the University of Perugia, with the thesis "Schengen Information System".

He has made numerous trips abroad and has an excellent knowledge of the English language and culture and the Spanish language.

In his spare time, he works as a volunteer and writes articles for the magazine E-generation Perugia.


 Rodolfo Tommasi
Director of the Art and Music Departments

Rodolfo Tommasi


Rodolfo Tommasi, a writer, a musicologist and a stage director of Melodrama and modern and contemporary opera (he is also a direct descendant of the famous Tommasi Macchiaoli painters - Adolfo, Angiolo and Ludovico, and although not a painter himself, his areas of expertise allow him to be active in the field of visual expression).

Since 1964 Rodolfo has been involved in cultural journalism, writing about literary works, music and theater for newspapers and magazines (in 1964 he began writing for "Il Ponte"); from 1970 to 1997 he worked for the RAI, at GR3. His research revolves mostly around literature and music and their correlation.
He has published numerous articles in the following fields:

Literary essays (among the more recent works):

  • Pinocchio, analisi di un burattino, ed. Sansoni;
  • Regina Barbara, la poesia di Dino Campana, ed. Polistampa).
Essays on music:

  • two studies on Mascagni, ed. Sonzogno;
  • A colloquio con Ugalberto De Angelis, ed. Sonzogno;
  • Il Teatro Comunale di Firenze: presenza e linguaggio, ed. De Agostini).

  • Per una rappresentazione di Euridice - intervento scenico sul melodramma di J. Peri e O. Rinuccini;
  • Trilogia del silenzio, ed. La Ginestra;
  • Trilogia della parola, ed. De Agostini.
In the period from 1977-1986, Rodolfo taught at the music school of Sesto Fiorentino, the music school of Fiesole, and he was the artistic director of the International Courses on Renaissance and Baroque Music in Gargonza, and also for the "Festival Spazio Musica Antica".
In the field of the theater and performances, Rodolfo has been in charge of the direction of several stage productions, in Italy and also abroad:

  • Rappresentazione di hanima et di corpo by E. d' Cavalieri;
  • La barca di Venezia per Padova by A. Banchieri;
  • The Intermezzi for La Pellegrina;
  • Euridice by J. Peri;
  • Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell;
  • Intenzione Monteverdi, Il sogno di Orfeo (music by Peri, Monteverdi, Gluck);
  • La Serva Padrona and Lo frate 'nnamorato (by Pergolesi).
Recently he has focused on the 19th-20th century repertory:

  • Intenzione Rossini, Dalla casa del diavolo (music by Monteverdi/Pergolesi/Boccherini);
  • Umana Dea (a study on Norma by V. Bellini);
  • Amor Difforme (a study on Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi);
  • Il giardino di Arianna by G. Melai- D. Bertini - A. Sidney.

He has just published a Dictionary of Italian Writers of the 20th century for Helicon press and currently he is working on a book on the Theatrical/musical phenomenology of Giacomo Puccini.

Vocal technique

Susanna Rigacci

Susanna Rigacci

Susanna Rigacci was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been graduated in musical training at the Luigi Cherubini conservatory in Florence, and has attended successfully to a post graduation experience with Iris Adami Corradetti. Under her conduction, Susanna was awarded at the International "Maria Callas" Competition (Concorso RAI, 1983), and for the "Sängerförderungspreis", at the Mozarteum (Salzburg, 1985).

In Italy, she has performed in most prestigious theaters like: La Scala in Milan, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, La Fenice in Venice, The Opera House in Rome, Filarmonico in Verona, Massimo in Palermo, Regio in Parma, Bellini in Catania, and Comunale in Bologne.

She has also performed at the: Carnegie Hall in New York, Opéra Comique and Théatre Châtelet in Paris, Prague Philharmonic, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Opéra de Wallonie in Liège, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Fundaçao Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Wexford Festival, Teatro Municipale in Mallorca, and Staatteater in Bern.

Her lyrical Soprano repertory revolves mostly around the Italian Baroque ( Vivaldi - Scarlatto - Cimarosa - Galoppi - Pergolesi - Boccherini - Stradella - Gasparini - Sacchini ), from whom she has made several recordings with the Solisti Veneti,conducted by Claudio Sciamone (Erato) for the Philips, and Bongiovanni recorders. She has enriched her brilliant Rossini and Donizetti repertoire ( Don Pasquale - screened for German broadcast - L'Elisir d'Amore, La Figlia del Reggimento, Il Signor Bruschino, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cambiale di Matrimonio ), and the 19th century Italian and French Belcanto.

Susanna is also versed in contemporary music of which repertory she has performed for the most prestigious events and institutions like: La Biennale in Venice, the London Sinfonietta, the RAI in Rome, Turin and Milan, the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra in Milan, the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra, and Di Ghibellina Festival. She has interpreted Webern, Berg, Schönberg, Berio, Nono, Sciarrino, and she has performed some Togni, Pennisi, D'Amico compositions for the first time to an audience. She has also been the main performer on the Italian opening performance of La Gatta Inglesi(The English Cat) by Henze, at the Comunale Theater in Bologne.

Susanna Rigacci sings in 6 different idioms, and alternates her concert performance with the constantly refinement of her chamber music repertory.

She is an usual performer of Enio Morricone compositions in her concerts and recordings.


Marcello Vargetto

He studied music at the Conservatory "A. Corelli "of Messina, obtaining his diploma with the highest honors under the guidance of A. Bevacqua. He had examined the repertoire and chamber music with Franco Catoni and Sergio Pagliazzi, and cured aspects of Renaissance and Baroque performance practice with Gabriel Garrido, Claudine Ansermet and Jill Feldmann.

Vargetto carried out an intense concert activity in 1988, he performed as a soloist in opera and symphonic important productions, such as Schoenberg's Moses and Aron under the direction of Z. Metha, Mendelssohn's Paulus oratorio directed by G. A. Gavazzeni and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennele, directed by José Luis Basso. With Gabriel Garrido and Elyma, ensemble began in 1990, for a ten-year collaboration recording projects, concerts and opera, including the roles of Antino e del Tempo in il Ritorno di Ulisse in patria and those of Mercurio and one of the Seneca Family crowning of Monteverdi’s Poppea. With Rinaldo Alessandrini in 1992 he accomplished the fourth book of madrigals C. Monteverdi, this CD awarded the prestigious Gramophone Award and it was promoted with a long tour in the main European capitals.

With A. Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort sang the Misa Mexicana, taken on tour at major concert halls in American, Canadian and European. He has worked with many directors, including H. Arman, A. Curtis, M. Mencoboni, F. Wax, S. Vartolo. He was guest at major festivals including Sagra Musicale Umbra, Quincena musical, Erice, La Chaise-Dieu, Ambronay, Barcelona, etc.. He is currently a permanent member of the ensemble Odecathon by Paolo da Col, Ars Nova cantandi, G. Steels and l'Homme Armé directed by F. Lombardo.

He recently played the role of Prefect of the F. Conti’s Oratory Martyrdom of St. Lorenzo, under the direction of A. Beliefs and the role of Jesus in The Ascension of D. Bartolucci oratory, directed by M. Manganelli and by the same author.

Numerous recordings for Opus 111. Tactus, K 617, Dynamic, Simphonia etc., some of which have received the most important awards such as the Diapason d'Or French and English Gramophone Award.


Anna Aurigi
Teacher of diction, libretto and vocal chamber music.

Born in Siena, Anna Aurigi was formed under the leadership of Lala Sarsowska and Anastasia Tomacewska. At the Conservatory "L. Cherubini” in Florence she graduated in singing with Shirley Verret and Alfredo Kraus, and vocal chamber music with Liliana Poli. Also in vocal chamber music, was awarded a degree with maestro Leonardo De Lisi. She continued her studies at the Academy Chigiana and delved into the French repertoire with Sousanne Danco School of Music in Fiesole.

Degree in music history at the University of Florence with a thesis on the Venetian Barbara Strozzi, Anna Aurigi is founder of the group Muse Ludens: female vocal trio dedicated execution of the cantatas by Barbara Strozzi and the seventeenth-century virtuoso repertoire for small ensemble of female voices . She also published in 1998, Studio editions Editorial Fiorentino, poetic texts of the Florentine Giulio Strozzi, to music in the First Book of Madrigals of his daughter Barbara, incising some music in the disc of the concert Dame (Sonitus).

In 2003, she held in Durban (South Africa) two stages of baroque singing & Italian opera at the University of Natal. Anna Aurigi taught alongside the concert, which takes place in Italy and abroad, with an emphasis on chamber music. Its register ranges from baroque, which she increased his repertoire with Jill Feldmann, to the whole twentieth century.

In 1999, she debuted in the Secret of Susanna Wolf-Ferrari for the project Watch Europe in Florence, while the following year she starred as Erminia at the Teatro Manzoni in Pistoia nell'Erminia the Jordan Michelangelo Rossi. In 2004, she gave two concerts in Taiwan with the Confinensemble group and in 2007 in Florence and Lucca she performed the soprano part in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.




Emilio Arnaldo Pischedda

Professor of Cello

Born in Sassari, he graduated with Maestro Andrea Nannoni at the Conservatory "L. Cherubini" in Florence, where he also studied composition and experimental music teaching.

In the School of Music in Fiesole, Emilio Arnaldo Pischedda has been trained by Natalia Gutman and he improved his knowledge in Italy, Austria, and Germany with the teachers Miloš Mlejnik, Franco Maggio Ormezowski, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Valter Despalj and David Geringas for cello, the Quartetto di Fiesole for chamber music and with Piero Bellugi for conducting.

He has worked, often as principal cellist with the Soloists of the Abbey, the Factory Musicale in Florence, the Florentine Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra and the SFK SIXE Orchestra, with the Orchestra Vincenzo Galilei and Cherubini Youth Orchestra. He has played under the direction of conductors such as Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Marcello Bufalini, Ernest Hoetzl, Nicola Paskowski, Bertrand De Billy, Riccardo Muti, participating in major festivals and concert seasons.

He has also worked as principal cellist with the SIXE Ensemble and the Ensemble Cherubini. Finalist at European Union Youth Orchestra Competition and at the Italian Youth Orchestra in 2006 he won the contest as a reserve of the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester.

Cellist of the Duo-Pischedda Milinovic, he won in 2007 the first prize and the special prize for the best chamber music formation in the Competition Carlo Mosso of Alexandria, while in 2010 it was ranked third in the International Competition of Treviso. Cellist of the Quartet Macchione, since 2003 he has been a member of Italian Sound for Europe and participates in initiatives of the federation CEMAT in Rome, with internships and concerts in Italy and abroad.

Elisabetta Sepe
Piano teacher

Elisabetta Sepe e Zubin Mehta

Elisabetta Sepe born in Florence, has studied piano with Lucia Passaglia, Pietro Rigacci, Riccardo Risaliti, Dario De Rosa. Perfected her skills in Paris with J. Bourgès-Manoury, who continued the of Dinu Lipatti, receiving the “Prix d´excellence” of the city’s national conservatory. Has also attended courses with Aquilles delle Vigne, Murray Perahia and Maurizio Pollini.

In addition to the humanistic studies she received diplomas in Piano, Didactics of Music, Choir Music and Choir Conducting and followed courses of Composition, Vocal Chamber and Instrumental Music, Organ, Harpsichord and Basso Continuo, Orchestra Conducting, Semiology of Gregorian Chant, Musicology, Musical Analysis, Choir Repertoire. She also received a diploma of perfection in choir conducting at the end professional triennial formation course organized by the “Guido d’Arezzo” in collaboration with the comunidade européia.

Her musical carrier started when she was ten years old when in concert she conducted a composition of hers for a small orchestra. After that, at seventeen she debuted in a piano recital in the “Salone de' Dugento” in the “Palazzo Vecchio”. Later came an intense concert activity as a soloist, with an orchestra, or with chamber music groups in important associations and music centers such as the room "E. Varese" of Paris, the "Borse Festsaal" in Viena, the Festival di Recklinghausen (Germany), the "Musicus Concentus" and the “Teatro Comunale di Firenze”, the "Amici della Musica" of Modena, Arezzo, the “Teatro Comunale di Ferrara”, the “Teatro Verdi di Pisa”, the society of the concerts of La Spezia and of Ravello, the “Associazione Musicale Etnea di Catania”.

She is dedicated with passion also to the chamber music with singers such as Alessandro Corbelli, Eva Mei, Susanna Rigacci. Colaborates with the courses of Illustrious faculty (Agnes Giebel, Rolando Panerai, Marcella Reale) with whom she also develops concerts. She works as an accompaniment pianist in many operas and since 1999 is collaborator maestro in the “Teatro Comunale di Firenze” where she has worked with famous directors among them Zubin Mehta, Seji Ozawa, Daniel Oren, Bruno Bartoletti, Ivor Bolton.

Collaborates stably since 1991 with concert and cultural activites of “Firenze Lirica” and of “Foyer” of which she is the current artistic director.

She was protagonist of many meaningful manifestations, among which the collaboration as a pianist in the Rolando Panerai for the 50 year anniversary of her carrier and the execution of a paraphrase about the Verdinian times written by her in the occasion of giving the prize “L’aria di Baule” to Fedora Barbieri.

Since 1996 she is the director of the vocal group “Novi Cantores” di Firenze, and since 2004 of the choir “Harmonia Cantata”.

She is a complementary piano teacher of the “Conservatorio Statale di Musica di Latina”.

In 1998 she recorded two cycles of chamber vocal music of Gaetano Donizetti for the Bongiovanni com Susanna Rigacci e William Matteuzzi discographic house.

In 2003 she founded the duet “Consonanza” with Ladislao Petru Horvath, who plays as first violin of the “Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”, with which she has recently finished the integral execution of the sonatas of Bach with the soloists of the Royal Konzertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

In September of 2006 did a tour in Japan with the teatro Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as a pianist of the maestro Zubin Mehta. Illustrious characters of he musical world have expressed themselves in the following way:

I can say without a doubt the maestro Elisabetta Sepe has revealed herdelf as a musician of enormous value, in the preparations of singing accompaniments and as a maestro.

Such collaboration has been precious because of the professional support provided with the highest responsibility and dedication and for the unusual musical gifts manifested. Has also proved a surprising competence inherent to the vocality, conquering my esteem.”

Zubin Mehta, main director of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

"Sono lieto di poter dire poche parole in favore di Elisabetta Sepe che dopo aver studiato con me il repertorio lirico italiano, si è affermata oggi come valente e preziosa collaboratrice sia come pianista che come insegnante o anche direttrice di coro e di piccoli complessi, meritandosi il mio plauso e il mio costante sostegno artistico."

Bruno Rigacci, Direttore d'Orchestra e Compositore

"I have known the work of Elisabetta Sepe for the last four years (2000-2004) in productions I have conducted at the 'Maggio Musicale Fiorentino'.
I have found her to be an excellent pianist and very fine vocal coach. Her commitment and attention to detail make her an asset to any musical team as also does her positive and supportive attitude."

Ivor Bolton, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra

Simone Ori
Piano Teacher - Napolitan Music Interpretation - Vocal Group Music and Intrumental Music

Simone Ori

Simone Ori was born in the city of Prato. He finished his musical studies in Florence at the Cherubini Conservatory under the orientation of Giovanni Cicconi (piano), Piero Bellugi (orchestra director), A. Riccardo Luciani (partition reading), Michele Ignelzi (musical analysis).

Nowadays he has been concluding his Organ (with Mariella Mochi and Federico Del Sordo), and Crave (with Annaberta Conti) studies. He has been specializing in antique music under the orientation of Claudio Astonio for organ and bass, and Eric Lebrun for organ.

Since 1999, he hs been an Augusto Vismara's assistant in the co-productions between the conservatories and the Piccolo Teatro Comunale in Florence. In this theater he has performed for the first time as an opera director in 2001.

  • Since 2003, he has prepared the Orchestra del Festival di S. Fiora with many members from several Italian orchestras (Maggio Musicale Theater, Santa Cecilia, Scala di Milano, S. Carlo di Napoli, Fenice di Venezia and RAI di Torino ). He is also a J. Salenkour's (G. Solti's and D. Baremboin's assistant) and M. Zanetti's assistant (C. Abbado's colaborator);
  • Since 2000, he has been the pianist for the Orchestra Direction training given by Alessandro Pinzauti;
  • In 2004, he started collaborating with the "Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato" and the "Orchestra Regionale Toscana" as a pianist and organist;
  • Since 2002, he has been the main director of "Nuova Orchestra Labronica".

Vittorio Ceccanti
Cello Professor

Vittorio Ceccanti

Vittorio Ceccanti started studying the Cello at the age of 5, and has performed his first "concert" to an audience of seven people. After being graduated with distinction at the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence under the orientation of Andrea Nannoni, Vittorio went to study with such recognized musicians as: Yo Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, David Geringas, Valentin Berlinsky, Anner Bijlsma, Karine Georgian, Alain Meunier, Riccardo Brengola, the Trieste Trio and the Milano Trio. Since 1996, he has been one of Natalia Gutman's 5 pupils at the Hochschule in Stuttgart, where he concluded his master's in Cello and his degree as a soloist (Solistenklasse) with highest marks.

Vittorio has won national and international competitions and prizes such as:

  • first place plus a special Honourable mention of merit at the "City of Vittorio Veneto" competition in 1989;
  • a diploma from the Eurovision competition in Vienna in 1990;
  • the European Yamaha Music Foundation award in 1992;
  • the special "Libero Lana" award and the International "Trio of Trieste" Competition in 1996;
  • the "Karel Hilsum Prjice" in Amsterdam in 1997.

After having performed in Vienna with the Radio Orf Orchestra, being conducted by Pinchas Steinberg in 1990, and in Naples at the Teatro San Carlo by Pier Luigi Urbini in 1991, Vittorio was called to perform at the concert for the winners of Eurovision Competitions, which was broadcasted by the RAI TV. Since then, he has been regularly invited to perform as a solo artist in many concerts and festivals in Italy and abroad: Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Festival of Prague, Festival of Lyon, Chigiana Music Week, Amici della Musica in Firenze, Vicenza and Palermo, Teatro Rendano in Cosenza, Festival of Ravello, Festival of Todi, Festival Pontino, in Rome for Radio Tre Suite, RAI International and at the Acquario.

He currently participates in the Trio Artes and the Contempoartensemble (of which he is the president since foundation). He has recorded 5 CDs with the music of Berio, Boulez, Sciarrino, Steve Reich, Schoenberg e Vacchi, among which he executed the cello solo of "Les mots sont allés." by L. Berio, and the trio for strings op. 45 by Schoenberg, and played the first ever executions by F. Vacchi (for trio with piano), by Peter Maxwell Davies (Trio for strings) and by L. Berio ("Chanson" for Pierre Boulez-cello solo).

Vittorio also recorded the music of F. Vacchi for BMG-Records, among which we have "In alba mia dir." - solo for cello, for the soundtrack of the film "Il mestiere delle armi" by Ermanno Olmi. He also collaborates as the first cello soloist with the RAI's National Symphonic Orchestra.

Vittorio, since 1996, has been teaching the cello at the G. Verdi Music School in Prato, and he was invited by the Accademia Chigiana in Siena as Assistant Instrumental Maestro for the composition courses in 2000 and 2001, held by Azio Corghi; and he has been called by the Accademia Musicale in Florence to give special courses for cello since January 2002. Recently he has had a huge success with the Trio Artes during their long tour in Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay).

Vittorio plays a priceless cello constructed in Venice around 1720-1 by C. Tononi, which once belonged to Amedeo Baldovino. "One of the rare true musical talents among all of the students that have passed through me" ( Amedeo Baldovino ).

"He played for me in September 1992. I was deeply moved by his great talent."( Sir Georg Solti ).

"From the first time I met Vittorio Ceccanti, I was impressed with his maturity and his intelligence. He is an exceptional musician, both technically and intellectually. He is gifted with an extraordinary instrumental ability and a profound perception of music." (Luciano Berio).

Duccio Ceccanti
Violino Professor

Duccio Ceccanti

Duccio Ceccanti was b orn in a family of musicians. Duccio began studying violin at the age of 5 under the instruction of his father. He received his diploma with full honours, at a very young age under the conduction of Andrea Tacchi, at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, and he was awarded the Fondazione Banca F. del Vecchio prize as the best scholar.

He was awarded a diploma of merit five tiems, and won the G. Chigi scholarship at the Accademia Chigiana , attending courses held by Uto Ughi, Boris Belkin, Riccardo Brontola and Alain Meunier. At the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole , Duccio attended courses held by the Trio Trieste and by the Trio di Milano . He also attended graduation courses held by Stofan Gheorhiu and Felix Andriewski. His specialisation was completed at the conservatory in Maastricht with Boris Belkin, and at the W.Stauffer foundation with Salvatore Accardo in Cremona.

He has played for many important institutions and festivals like Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sala Bossi in Bologne, Aula Magna dell'Università degli Studi in Rome, Associazione Alessandro Scarlatti in Naples, Accademia Chigiana , Amici della Musica in Vicenza, Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano , Estate Fiesolana , Acquario Romano , Teatro Metastasio in Prato, International Festival in Prague, and has toured in France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal.

Duccio has performed the firts S. Bussotti and L. Berio compositions. He has recorded: "Pierrot Lunaire" by A. Schönberg for ARTS with the Contempoartensemble (a soloist), The trio for strings by Schönberg and Schubert with the Artes Trio and, with the pianist Vovsk Ashkenazy the quartet op. 47 by Schumann.

He has contributed to the Italian Chamber Orchestra which was founded and directed by Salvatore Accardo with whom he has recorded for the EMI, FONE, and FONIT CETRA music labels, and with whom he has toured in Italy, South America, China, and Japan.

He teaches at "G. Verdi" music school in Prato, and since the summer of 2000 he is also an assistant maestro of instruments for the specialization course held by F. Donatoni and A. Corghi at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

Nuccio D´Angelo
Guitar Teacher

Nuccio D´Angelo

Nuccio D'Angelo started playing music at the age of six, and immediately showed a remarkable interest for the guitar and for compositions. His most important teachers have been Alvaro Company for the guitar, and Gaetano Giani-Luporini for composition.

He has performed in concerts as a soloist in Italy, Greece, Holland, France, USA, Canada, Germany, and Portugal.

He was awarded the first prize at the "Festival of contemporary music" (Tokyo 1984) with "Due Canzoni Lidie" and the "A. Segovia" competition in Almunecar (1991) with "Magie". He won a special prize in 1996 at "The European International Competition for Composer" in New York , and at "La chitarra d'oro per la composizione" (Alessandria - 1997).

His music has been admired by musicians like L. Brouwer, T. Riley, R. Smith-Brindle, R. Aussel , A. Pierri, and it has been played and recorded by famous guitarists: "Due Canzoni Lidie" was already recorded nine times. He teaches classical guitar at the "P. Mascagni Musical Institute" in Livorno, and guitar and composition in Rome, Lucca, Macerata, Agropoli, Florence, Portoferraio (Elba), Catania, Monza, USA, Canada, Hamburg and Marktoberdorf (Monaco).

Francesco Romano
Professor of Piano

Born in Mesagne (Brindisi), Francesco Romano began studying piano at age five and he was trained in the school of piano of Marcella Cruel. Winner for six years of piano competition "Schumann-Jang Chang" Macugnaga, where he received a special plate as the youngest participant, he later graduated in piano music Institute "A. Peri "in Reggio Emilia and at the Ecole Normale de Musique" A. Cortot "in Paris, he received the brevet d'execution certificates, diplomas and diplomas of execution superieur of execution.

Master trainer of the four sections of the vocal choir Caricentro Savings Bank of Florence from 2005, Francesco Romano creates curricula and personam, according to the technical requirements or the interpretation of his students, also composing studies to improve their piano technique.

He has ranked at the top of many national and international piano competitions, including the International Piano Competition "Schubert" in Moncalieri (1986), Piano Competition Romagna Ravenna (1986 and at the International Piano Competition "Rome 91" for young pianists. He won the national piano competition "City Wide" and the International Piano Competition for Young Pianists "Rome 1997". Between 2001 and 2002, he won the International Piano Competition "Mandello del Lario" and the European Piano Competition for young pianists "City Wide", achieving also the special prize "Chopin".

He has attended numerous courses and musical interpretations, held by the teacher Marcella Cruel, and he has studied with masters Franco Scala and Richard Risaliti in the Piano Academy of Imola, where he took lessons in music theory and piano literature held by Maestro Piero Rattalino.

Between 2001 and 2002, he won the International Piano Competition "Mandello del Lario" and the European Piano Competition for Young Pianists "City Wide", achieving also the special prize "Chopin". He also participated in the live edition of the 16 Slavonic Dances , Op. 46 and op. 72 of Dvorak, a duet with the teacher Marcella Cruel. Francesco Romano performs regularly in concerts and since 1987 he has held more than seventy concerts in public.

David Bellugi
Flute Professor

David Bellugi

David Bellugi is a virtuous flutist and also a recorder, concert and studio musician, Macintosh-enthusiast, Sound Desinger editor, and part owner of a Florence-based record company.

David has a B.A. in Applied Musicology which he received Summa cum Laude from the University of California in San Diego(USA), where he studied with Bernhardt-Ambros Batschelet (flute), Robert Erickson and Bernard Rands (composition), Anthony Newman (harpsichord), Thomas Nee (conducting), and Bertram Turetzky (advisor for musicology). He continued his musical research in Early Music performance practices under the trining with Antoine Geoffroy-Dechaume in Paris (a student of Early Music pioneer, Arnold Dolmetsch).

David has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including: the RAI-Torino , Radio France-Paris , Radio France-Lille , Radio della Svizzera Italiana , as well as with the orchestras of Bari, Cagliari, Cordoba, Emilia-Romagna, Firenze, Harvard University, Milano, Padova, Palermo, Sanremo, and Torino. He has also performed in recitals and concert/lectures in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and in the U.S.A.

He has performed several pieces of work (Luciano Berio, Nuccio D'Angelo, Ugalberto de Angelis, Dan Locklair, A. Riccardo Luciani, Carlo Prosperi, and Giulio Viozzi have dedicated their creations to Bellugi), being always successful.

Bellugi teaches Flute at the "Luigi Cherubini" Conservatory in Florence, Italy.



Camilla Bacherini

Camilla Bacherini

The sculptor and scenographer Camilla Bascherini graduated from Liceo Artistico and the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze. She founded the Pleiadi, a cultural institution for the promotion of art and music. In the years ensuing, she directed numerous scenographies and created sculptures for theatre, operas and concerts. Her most important creations include:

  • Annually, from 1997, She has scenographed for the Concorso Internazionale di Canto organized by the International Association Europeo Istituto;
  • 2001 Scenografic apparatus for the exhibition on Ertè, Rome;
  • 2001 Ornamental monuments for the Denver Stadium;
  • 2000 Reproductions of numerous sculptures, including the Porcellino of Florence, for the writer Thomas Harrys, Miami Beach, Florida;
  • 1999 Portrait of Alfred Hitchcock commissioned by an American foundation;
  • 1998 Monument of the English poet, Lord Tennyson exhibited in the Lord Tennyson Park, England;
  • 1997 Artistic Director, Biennal Art and Fashion Show at the Guggenheim Museum Soho , New York City;
  • Various sculptures for The Magic Flute at the Wienes Stadhalle , Vienna, Austria;
  • 1996 King Arthur by Purcell performed at the Pitti Palace;
  • Fare una leggiadra sua vendetta by G.B. Marino, Il Teatro 13, Florence;
  • 1995 Dido and Aeneas performed at the Pitti Palace;
  • 1994 Euridice performed at the Pitti Palace;
  • 1993 Euridice by J. Peri performed at the Cenacolo Andrea del Sarto, Florence.

Lorenza Adami

Professor of ceramic

Born in Florence, Lorenza Adami is a graduate of the School of Ceramics in Tuscany. Teacher of ceramics and decoration. She attended a training course in Deruta (Perugia) in the study of Francesca Niccacci and a specialization course in enamels with maestro Giovanni Cimatti.

Under the guidance of Takeshi Yasuda she has specialized in ceramics and turned to the International School of Ceramic P. Magdalene.
Lorenza Adami has worked in major professional firms, such as Christine de Perrochon and Sbigoli Terrecotte Florence, and is dedicated to teaching ceramics to children in the public school of Florence "N. Macchiavelli ".


Angela Baldi

Professor of draping

Born in Florence, since 1995 Angela Baldi designs fashion, clothing and unique pieces, custom-designs, in her studio Babel by Angela Baldi located in the heart of medieval Florence.

She teaches and is responsible for training courses in the degree of fashion design at the School of Architecture and Philosophy and Letters at the University of Florence.

Expert draping, Angela Baldi has been inserted by the city of Florence in the excellence of the "Crafts of fashion" ( The sectors in which she operates with great wisdom are research, development and design of precious sculpture-dresses, dresses and jewel-cut bias. She is a teacher in the selection of fabrics, cutting and sewing (by hand, machine, embroidery, basting, and plot) and finishing tailoring and packaging. Learn more about the activities of Angela Baldi, you can visit


Cristina Casini

Professor of drawing and sketching

Born in Florence, she graduated in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara. Cristina Casini is a teacher of art. From 1998 to 2003, she was a professor of art, help set designer and makeup artist for music wise at the European Institute in Florence.

In 1996, she was assistant designer and makeup artist in King Arthur by Purcell, spectacle created by the musical Concentus Musicus. From 2007 to 2010, she played the same role for the institution of theater Teatro Comunale Antella (Florence) in her representations of “Se Uomo è Uomo di Brecht,”, “Le Baccanti di Euripide e “ Mi è crollato addosso il muro di Berlino, and finally “mi sono sentito meglio” by Franco treasurers in Sleeping Beauty staged at the Archaeological Museum of Florence.

In 1997-1998, she participated as an exhibitor at the Italian Prize for visual arts and she created the sculpture for the winner of the March 8 sponsored by the City of Florence, Tuscany (Florence).
In 1999 she was awarded the first prize in the sculpture at the 37th festival Silver Thistle.


Giamparide Moretti

Professor of painting

Born in Florence, Giamparide Moretti is a teacher of art and loves to merge the different languages of the artistic universe. He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and he made numerous learning experiences abroad.

Moretti has good aptitude for drawing and painting, and a wide knowledge of the techniques of engraving (etching, lithography, aquatint). He has also developed significant expertise in the various techniques of sculpture (wood, marble, clay, metals) and in different artistic practices including the fresco.


Dario Orlandi

Dario Orlandi

Dario Orlandi was born in Imperia and has lived in Florence all his life.

Photo Training:

  • Orlandi is not only a photographer, but also a teacher of photography.
He is the technical coordinator of ARCI "Visual Arts Visuais" which offers 10 different courses on photography, video, and visual arts at the ARCI in Florence. He designs syllabi for the courses "Photography Techniques" and "Digital Techniques on Photography" currently offered by the Ambasciata di Marte Association in Florence.

Orlandi also collaborates with the Frame Association in Via Montebello where he is establishing a comprehensive course in photo journalism.

Recently, Orlandi has been focusing on preparing courses on photography. He is writing a book for publication about the language of photography that will be useful in the field of Communication Studies in universities and photography schools.

Professional Experience:

  • 2005-present photographer for the free paper, "Metro";
  • 2002 - present " Il Manifesto" and "TamTam (Milan)" where he published photos in the papers "Liberazione," "Il Corriere della Sera," "Il Giornale," "Il Corriere OnLine," "Avvenire," and "Voi e Noi";
  • In 2004-2005 he collaborated with "Anna", "Voici", (France), "Adesso", and "Verlag" ( Germany );
  • 2002 - 2005, photographer for "L'Unità Pagine Toscane" and as a free lancer for "L'Unità" Toscana;
  • 2002 - correspondent for the free paper, "City" (group RCS);
  • 2001 - collaborator, "Il Corriere della Sera" and "Olympia";
  • 2001 - collaborator, CGE Fotogiornalismo photography agency ("La Repubblica" representative in Tuscany);
  • 2001 - Fonache Agency ("La Nazione" representative in Florence);
  • 2001 - Photographer for "Il Corriere di Firenze.
Exhibitions and Publications:

  • "One Year Around," about the Tucan mobilization on the Social Forum at the start of the Iraq War (Museo Stensen, Feb 2003);
  • "I volti della mobilitazione", about the facial expressions of young people involved in the mobilization against the war in 2003, exhibited from January to May 2005 for the opening of the new exhibition space of Camera del Lavoro in Florence;
  • "London, Christmas 2003" a novel formation for images (December 2005) in Cabina Teatrale de Saverio Tommasi;
  • "Graffia il Grigio" book about the European Social Forum in Florence, produced together with the Tuscan CGIL and Pietro Ruffolo published November 2003.
Photojournalist Work Experience:

  • 2001 he began working as a photo reporter: year of his submission at the Associazione Italiana Reporters Fotografi (A.I.R.F).
Photography Works under Commission

Parallel to his photojournalism activity, Orlandi has also worked as a photographer for several private and state institutions:

  • Regione Toscana, CGIL Toscana e Camera del Lavoro di Firenze, CISL Toscana, Gruppo Regionale DS Toscana, Cispel Toscana, FidiToscana, UNDP (United Nations Development Program), Villa Corsini di Mezzomonte, Osservatorio Permanente Giovani Editori, Ospedale Meyer, La Margherita Toscana, Publikompass, B&A, Unicoop Toscana.

  • Since April 2004, he has been a Publicity Journalist submitted by the National Journalist Institution. He received his "E maturità classica" in 1998, and he is on the third year of the Corso di Laurea in Media e Giornalismo (Media and Journalism Course) at the Policy Science University in Florence;
  • Due to his extensive experience abroad, he is highly proficient in speaking and writing both English and French (First Certificate in English FCE, British Institute of Florence, 1998);
  • Since 2005, he began collaborating with the "Fotogramma" agency in Milan where he is in charge of photojournalism production;
  • Under the auspices of this agency, he published photos in "La Repubblica", "Il Corriere della Sera", "La Stampa", "Avvenire", "Il Sole 24 Ore", "La Nazione", "Il Resto del Carlino", "Libero", "La Padania", "Il Giornale", "Oggi," "Gente", "L'Espresso", "Donna di Repubblica", "Il Venerdì di Repubblica", "Magazine", "RTI" and "RAI".

Katia Santuccio

Katia Santuccio

Degree in architecture at the Florence University.

Employed in different offices in Milan and Florence for stands and show rooms design and construction, especially for Marazzi and Olivetti firms.

Assistant lecturer for Prof. Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, Milan Politecnico, section industrial and fashion design.

Articles for EDGE magazine about international young design.

Attendance to the seminar “exibition curator” in Rome.

Exibitions, set-design and performances.

Interior design and Architecture History teacher at the Art.e school, Lorenzo dei Medici American University, Accademia Europea in Florence and IED Istituto Europeo di Design Milan.


Carlo Tarani
Professor of Drawing and Painting

Born in Florence, Carlo Tarani is a teacher of art, a title obtained at the Art Institute of Porta Romana of Florence. He also holds a diploma for restorers in the field of craftsmanship and artistic wood issued by the Region of Tuscany.

Professor of drawing and painting, jewelry designer and watches, he has made in Tuscany restoration and decoration for church buildings and many solo exhibitions, including: The wait (Stonehenge Circle, Florence 1996), The Protagonists (parish of Romena, Pratovecchio Arezzo 2000), Thoughts (Club MayDay, Florence 2005), the Player II: Pills of Madness (Pratovecchio, Castel San Niccolò, Arezzo 2006), People: A tribute to Ingmar Bergam (Poppi, Arezzo 2008).

Author of fresco of Montorio Veronese Panther, built in 1993 in the barracks of Montorio Veronese (Verona) under the commission of the Italian armed forces, the sculpture Krom Nickel Staal belongs to Carlo Tarani, it was produced in Berlin in 1996 and it was designed by the sculptors Brigitte Matschinski Denninghoff and Martin Matschinski.

He has also created works for private collections such as: Omaggio a Beethoven di Bernd Noack (Berlino, 1997), Paradossi di Michael Stayer (New York, 1998), Ossessione nevralgica di Tony Kobler (Regensburg, 1999) and Sinfonia con moto andante di pensieri monocromi ed atavici dello Studio Associato Fani (Pratovecchio Arezzo, 2000).

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Elisabeth Ann Butler

Professor of art history

Born in Farifax (USA), Butler has a degree in Renaissance art history at Syracuse University (Florence) with a thesis on "Women's art production in convents". Elizabeth Ann Butler has numerous experiences of study and work abroad and she earned her diploma as a travel guide for the city and the province of Florence.

She is a native English speaker and lecturer in the history of Florentine art for Elon University in Florence. Her Italian is fluent, but she also speaks Spanish very well.

Matthew Cristini

Professor of art history

Born in Florence, Matteo Cristini has a degree in modern literature and historical art. He has had many experiences in the field of museum education.


Lee Foust

Professor of literature

Lee Foust earned a PhD in Italian literature. He specializes in the "Gothic" genre, and has written numerous articles, including: Zombie! Monster for the Masses, The American Cemetery and The Horrific Experience of countercultural Initiation, published in the journal H2SO4.

Lee Foust has taught courses in creative writing. His interest in Italian literature develops especially in the medieval period and the work of Dante Alighieri. He has made detailed studies of prose, from ancient times to the present, and folklore and its relations with the literature.


David Lombardo

Professor of contemporary history

Born in Lecco, Davide Lombardo graduated in history from the University of Pisa with a thesis entitled: "History and Criticism of the Caricatures and Satirical Newspapers in Italy, 1848-1890", and the University of Grenoble, with the thesis "The Representation of Women in Daumier's Graphic Work". Also in history, he earned a PhD at the European Institute of Florence with a thesis on "Humour, Spectacle and Every-Day Life: Pictorial comedy in London and Paris, 1830 -1850."

Professor at New York University in Florence, Davide Lombardo also carries the CIEE teaching at the University of Ferrara and Florence Sarah Laurence. Native Italian speaker, Davide Lombardo speaks fluent English and French. He is a member of the International Society for Cultural History, American Historical Association, the College Art Association, North American Conference on British Studies and the European University Institute Association.


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