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LORENZO TURCHI-FLORIS

Lorenzo Turchi FlorisOrchestra conductor, pianist, and composer, Lorenzo Turchi-Floris is an accomplished and multi-faceted artist, recognized on the international music scene. He is regularly invited to perform as a conductor or soloist by prestigious internationally renowned ensembles: Sion Symphonic Orchestra (Switzerland), I Musici Estensi Ensemble (Italy), Mission Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland), Mission Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland), Lebanon National Symphonic Orchestra  (Lebanon), St Laurent Kammerorchester (Germany), Delianuova Contemporanea Ensemble (Italy), Sarajevo National Orchestra (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Philarmonic Orchestra of Nice (France), Kaposoka Orchestra (Angola), Mumbles Symphony Orchestra (England), Sanremo Symphonic Orchestra (Italy), RTV Albanian Orchestra (Albania), Bucharest Symphony Orchestra (Romania), Turin Philarmonic Orchestra (Italy), Algeria Symphonic Orchestra (Algeria), Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania), Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (Belgium), Maccadeus Orchestra (Austria), Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (Portugal), Real Filharmonía de Galicia (Spain), Symphony Orchestra of the Municipality of Thessaloniki (Greece), Sjællands Symfoniorkester (Denmark), and more…

He has extensive experience as an orchestra conductor, serving from 1998 to 2014 as the musical director of the Mont Blanc Choir and SymphonyOrchestra (France), and currently serves as Artistic Advisor as well as on their Board of Directors. Since 2008, he has held the position of Artistic Director of the Music International.  In 2003, he became the Opera Italiana Artistic Director for several operas by Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti, etc. These experiences lead him to perform in many festivals in Europe, Africa and America including: Plovdiv the European Capital of Culture 2019 (Bulgaria), 43rd , 8th and 7th Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte (2018 – Italy), 9th, 6th and 3rd edition of Festival International de Versoix (2017/2014/2011 - Switzerland), Constantine Capitale de la Culture Arabe (2015 - Algeria), Alba Music Festival (2013 - Italy), 13th   and 12th    Festival du Baroque (2010 – France), Festival Thessaloniki (2002 - Greece), 2nd Festival International de Nice (1996 – France), among others. In addition, he participated in several Summerfest's in Florida with the Symphony of the Americas (2010/2012/2013/2014/2016/2017/2018/2019) as a composer in residence, conductor and soloist. The Congress of the United States of America has recognized his musical and artistic merits.

As a talented pianist, he has won many prizes in several national and international renowned music competitions, such as the Pineto National Competition (1994 - Italy), Tortona International Competition (1994 - Italy), Detroit International Competition (1993 - USA), Rome AIDI Competition (1992 - Italy), Gargano National Competition (1991 - Italy), Matera National Competition (1991 - Italy), Ciampino National Competition (1988 – Italy)... Thanks to these competitions and musical public appearances, he began an intense career at a young age as a solo musician, which later expanded with his conductor and composer activities all around the world. His compositions, in a unique and deeply musical style, are regularly performed in Europe and America, arousing great interest from the musical critics, but also from the public. His pieces are very diverse, from works with solo instruments and orchestra to film or ballet music. He is currently composing the musical score for an upcoming Italian film. Lorenzo has written for solo instrument repertoires such as the piano, violin, cello, guitar, and marimba, as well as for chamber music ensembles, string orchestra, symphonic orchestra, and choir.

The musical career of Maestro Lorenzo Turchi-Floris is enriched by important recordings in many countries as a conductor, pianist, and composer: Generason (France), SMB (France), Rendre Présent (France), SOTA (USA) and Brilliant Classics (Netherlands). Some of his concerts have been broadcast by major radio stations such as Radio-Miami, Radio Bruxelles, Radio Pays du Mont-Blanc, Radio Classica Sofia, Europe Radio Espace 2, Radio Sermoz, Radio S. Luiss, Télé-Lumière, Tele8 Mt-Blanc, Rai 3 and France 3.

As a complete musician, he continues to master a vast repertoire and offers programs ranging from the Baroque era to the music of the 21st century. His musical studies and background have allowed him to present all the major styles of music from French to German, Italian or Russian style. Among his most outstanding concerts is the inauguration of an important series of concerts for the Holy Year of 2000 at the Vatican playing for Pope John Paul II. He has also played under the baton of Maestro Carlo Maria Giulini, collaborated with Maestro Claudio Abbado and has given concerts with Luciano Pavarotti. He gave recitals for the Chamber of Deputies (Rome - Italy) and also held numerous conferences including the one at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA-2012) in addition to seminars, such as the one at the Italian Diplomatic Institute (MAE-2013).​

Concerning his musical training years, he graduated in piano, composition and orchestral conducting at the Music Conservatory of Turin (Italy). He studied piano in Rome (Italy) with Debora Varesco and furthered his studies in Russia at the Rachmaninov Musical Institute with Viktor K. Merzhanov. Spotted as a unique talent, he won two scholarships, which enabled him to go deeper into the pianistic technique at the Lausanne CIEM-MOZART (Switzerland) with Fausto Zadra.  He has received valuable coaching from Gyorgy Sandor, Franco Scala, and Paolo Bordoni.  In 2000, with Dominique Weber as a tutor, he won the first prize in Piano Virtuosity with distinctions at the Sion Music Conservatory (Switzerland). He is also enriched by studying composition with David Graham and Hans Werner Henze, who encouraged him to continue his musical studies by granting him a financial scholarship. Eager to have a global vision of music, he studied conducting, counterpoint, instrumentation, and analysis at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève (Switzerland). At the same time, he participated in the conducting classes given by Roberto Benzi and Ernst Shelle.

In addition to his personal musical career, wanting to expand access to music for everyone, he immerses himself in the humanitarian sphere, thanks to the international organization Music for, principally based in Italy, Switzerland, France, and England. In 2017, the world-renowned organization UNICEF presented to him the Baton for Peace, a symbol of his humanitarian commitment. Through Music for, he devotes much of his musical activities to the development and the support in the most disadvantaged areas in the world (Mozambique, Haiti, Angola, Ivory Coast, and South Africa…), building music schools and youth orchestras. Thousands of children have thus the opportunity to approach music and broaden their perception and perspective on life. He is also passionately dedicated to teaching music - his strong pedagogy and devotion have resulted in his pupils winning international music competitions.

« Musician with immense impetus, he is  not afraid to immerse himself completely in what he is interpreting …»

(Elide Bergamaschi - La Voce di Mantova - Italy)

Visit Website: www.lorenzoturchi.com


CARLOS RIAZUELO, Conductor

Carlos RiazueloEstablished as one of the most important Latin-American conductors, praised by audiences, musicians and music established as one of the most important Latin-American conductors, praised by audiences, musicians and music critics in many cities for his performances of a very varied repertory, Carlos Riazuelo was born in Venezuela from Spanish immigrants, and studied violin and music theory in Caracas. His first engagement as a music director is at 23 with the Chamber Orchestra of the Universidad de Carabobo.

After conducting seminars with France Ferrara in Sienna and Venice, Italy, and George Hurst in Canford, Great Britain, he obtains the Advanced Conducting Postgraduate Certificate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama of London, receiving also the Ricordi prize for his opera conducting.

After his return from Europe, he is named Artistic Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, carrying out a varied and widespread work throughout the country, pioneering old and new repertory and taking the orchestra to the front line of Latin-American orchestras. He has conducted both in Venezuela and abroad with soloists as Henryk Szeryng, Janos Starker, Nicanor Zabaleta, Gyorgy Sandor, Yuri Bashmet, Susan Starr, Joaquín Achúcarro, Michala Petri, Jose Feghali, Joshua Bell, Philip Myers, Gerard Caussée, Stoika Milanova. Also with singers like Alfredo Kraus, Ruggero Raimondi, Samuel Ramey, Chris Merritt, Giacomo Aragall, Martine Doupouy, Susan Hinshaw, Carol Neblett, Justino Díaz, Peter Kelen, Stefka Evstatieva, Lando Bartolini, Paul Plishka, Christine Weidinger, Eugenia Grunewald, June Anderson, Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

As an opera conductor, he has conducted performances of Tosca, Bohème, Butterfly, Traviata, Norma, Don Giovanni, Cenerentola, Dido y Eneas, Don Pasquale, Sonnambula, Capuletti y Montecchi, Elisir more Trovatore, among others. As a guest conductor, he has conducted in Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, Belgium, Germany, France. Bulgaria, Poland, and the USA.

He has recorded four CD’s. Three with the Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas -two with the music of Venezuelan composers and one pairing Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” and selections from Prokofieff’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet”. Another one with Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria. After this recording, he was invited directly by the great singer for concerts in LasPalmas (Canary Islands) and Rosario, Argentina. Both concerts were televised nationwide.

He moved to Miami in 2005 where he became head of strings and director of orchestral studies at Florida International University’s School of Music. In August of 2009, he joined the faculty of Louisiana State University School of Music in Baton Rouge as Associate Professor of conducting and conductor of orchestras while maintaining his work as guest conductor with professional groups. His wife, Yova, is an outstanding violinist.

Visit Website: www.lsu.edu/cmda/music/people/faculty/riazuelo.php


PABLO MIELGO

Pablo MiegloPablo Mielgo, a conductor from Madrid, is a true world citizen with an entrepreneurial spirit able Mielgo, a conductor from Madrid, is a true world citizen with an entrepreneurial spirit and the mission to make music accessible to everyone: the agile chief of the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears (OSIB) was immediately engaged by orchestras around the world after his studies at the Royal Conservatory of his hometown, the Reina Sofia School and the London Guildhall School of Music. Moreover, he created a network of numerous musical friendships between Berlin and Qatar, Lucerne and Los Angeles, with renowned musicians, who are now enriching the OSIB concert programs.

Pablo Mielgo has assisted conductors such as James Conlon, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado. He regularly conducts on the great stages of Europe such as the Wiener Musikverein, the USA such as Carnegie Hall New York, Latin America and the Middle East. In close artistic collaboration, the Madrilenian works with orchestras such as the Simon Bolívar Symphony, the Arena di Verona and the Qatar Philharmonic as well as with artists such as Juan Diego Florez, the Labeque sisters, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Julian Rachlin and Radovan Vlatkovic.

Since 2005 he has been the musical and artistic director of the Salud Arte Foundation, which aims to bring about social change through music. Pablo Mielgo launched several musical events with great international acclaim including the Festival España-Venezuela, the International Music Festival of Madrid “Madrid me suena”, the tour of the Ibero-American Youth Orchestra through Spain and the USA, Iber Opera as well as “Live, connecting the world through music”. He collaborated with institutions such as the Teatro Real Madrid, the Miami New World Symphony, El Sistema in Venezuela and the FloridaGrand Opera, as well as with renowned artists, Placido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, José Antonio Abreu, and Michael Tilson Thomas among others.

Pablo Mielgo is especially dedicated to the promotion of young talents. Since 2011 the co-artistic director of the Medellin Philharmonic Academy strives to give young musicians access to musical education regardless of parental income. Furthermore, the conductor has founded three youth orchestras since 2003: the Presjovem Youth Orchestra brings together the best young Spanish musicians, the Iberoamerican Youth Orchestra and the Harmonia Symphony Orchestra. In cooperation with Sir Colin Davis, he founded the band art Orchestra.

As chief conductor of the OSIB since 2014, he has promoted the orchestra’s development in several aspects successfully on the basis of his international experience: Pablo Mielgohas improved the quality of the orchestra and its programs, increased ticket sales and developed his network with guest performances, youth programs, and first-rate artists.

Visit Website: www.pablomielgo.com

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