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Andrew
Obiso

First violin at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia at the age of 26, Andrea Obiso was recognized as an “enfant prodige” by critics, making his debut as a soloist with the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12 and graduating from 14 with honors and honorable mention.

Andrea Obiso has performed as a soloist with prestigious orchestras, playing in important halls and festivals in Europe, South America, China and Japan, and has been recorded live in numerous international TV and Radio programs. Since 2021 he has been a teacher at the Stauffer Academy of Cremona.

Andrea Obiso, born in Palermo in 1994, is one of the best violinists of his generation.
 
In 2020, at the age of only 26, he won the Shoulder Violin Competition of the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Recognized by critics as an "enfant prodige", he began studying the violin and piano at the age of six with his musician parents and, at the age of twelve, he made his debut as a soloist with the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra.
 
 
He is the winner in many international competitions, including the ARD International Violin Competition 2017 in Munich where he also received the special prize for the best world premiere of the “For solo Violin” suite, a piece commissioned for the competition and written by Avner Dorman. Furthermore, he was winner of the 1st Prize and Audience Award at the Prix Ravel 2017, the 2nd Prize and Audience Award at the "XI A. Khachaturian International Violin Competition 2015" in Armenia, the "Special Prize for Virtuosic Performance" at the "6 ° Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians 2008 "in Korea, semifinalist and winner of the audience prize at the" VII Sendai International Music Competition "in Japan and overall winner of eleven national violin competitions including the Vittorio Veneto review.
 
 
In the 2018-19 season, Andrea made his debut at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, presented and recorded live by Deutschlandfunk Kultur & RBB Radio and the same year he went on tour in Germany, Finland and Japan.
 
 
In the past he also made his debut in Moscow at the Kremlin palace with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov, then in China at the Shanghai Symphony Hall and in Latin America (Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Santiago de Chile). In addition, he made his debut in 2017 at the Herkulessaal and at the Gasteig in Munich with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. It was recorded live in numerous TV and Radio programs on BR Klassik, RBB, NDR, SWR in Germany, for NHK in Japan, on Rai Radio 3 and on RAI 1 with Massimo Giletti and Massimo Ranieri, at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, "Festival di Fontainebleau ”,“ Festival dei Due Mondi ”in Spoleto,“ Sagra Malatestiana ”in Rimini.
 
 
In 2019 he graduated in the class of masters Aaron Rosand and Midori Goto at the prestigious "Curtis Institute Of Music" in Philadelphia thanks to the scholarship of the "Eileen Rosenau Fellowship Program". Among other in-depth disciplines at Curtis, Andrea Obiso studied conducting with two pupils of Otto-Werner Mueller, counterpoint in composition with pupils of Carl Schachter, improvisation and musical aesthetics with professors Jonathan Coopersmith, Noam Sivan. During his time at Curtis he also held the position of leader of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in many symphonic and opera productions and studied in New York with Sheryl Staples, concertino of the New Philharmonic Orchestra and teacher at the Juilliard School.
 
 
From 2005 to 2015 he was among the youngest active students admitted to participate in the courses of the prestigious "Accademia Musicale Chigiana" in Siena, in the class of Boris Belkin, with whom he also studied at the Maastricht Conservatory of Music, graduating with full marks in 2016.
 
 
In 2008, at the age of fourteen, he graduated from the “A. Scarlatti Conservatory” in Palermo with honorable mention.
 
 
Andrea Obiso has collaborated with Lilya Zilberstein, Antonio Meneses, Roberto Diaz, Gérard Poulet, George Pehlivanian, Steven Mercurio, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Michael Francis, Vladimir Spivakov, Andrea Licata, Stefano Ranzani, Yoko Matsuo and Nicola Paszkowsky and has received teachings from Pamela Franck , Augustin Hadelich, Peter Wiley, Arnold Steinhardt, Ignatius Solzhenitsyn, Ida Kavafian, Olivier Charlier, Philippe Graffin, Isabelle Duha, Alexis Galperine, Bruno Pasquier, the Ebéne Quartet, Mikhail Kopelman, Gérard Poulet, Kimiko Nakazawa.
 
Since 2021 Andrea Obiso has been a teacher at the Stauffer Academy in Cremona.
 
Andrea has a deep knowledge of the solo and chamber repertoire. The repertoire also includes concerts by Strauss, Ziino, Khachaturian, Ernst and Britten to name the least performed.
 
 
The most important performances were with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchener Kammerorchester, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra of Japan, Symphony Orchestra of Rome, State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Orchestra of the Bellini Theater of Catania, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bologna, Symphony Orchestra of Sanremo, Orkest der Lage Landen, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, Orchestra Arturo Toscanini of Parma and others, always with great success and public participation, with whom he always seeks a particular relationship.
 
Andrea Obiso plays a "Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù 1741" violin entrusted to him by NPO "Yellow Angel" and an "E. Pajeot "owned by" Nippon Violin Co. Ltd. " of Tokyo.
 
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(Andrea Obiso, photo above, credit Francesca Magnani, below Daniel Delang)

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