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"Instrumental personality in capital letters" (Suonare News) - "Interpretations as passionate as they are accurate" (Amadeus) - ""Passionate, sinuous, gentle" (Il Sole 24 Ore) )

Refined explorer of musical worlds, Silvia Chiesa has made an incisive contribution to the expansion of the cello repertoire, both by relaunching the masterpieces of the Italian 20th century and by stimulating the production of new compositions which she has then performed on important international stages.

Interpreter full of personality, refined explorer of musical worlds, Silvia Chiesa he is the artist who has most contributed to broadening the horizons of the cello. He relaunched the twentieth-century repertoire, rediscovering unjustly forgotten masterpieces, and stimulated the production of new works for his instrument, performing them on prestigious international stages.
 
He created the "Trilogy of the Italian twentieth century" (Sony Classical) which brings together for the first time, on three CDs, the recordings of Concertos for cello and orchestra by great composers of the 20th century: Nino Rota, Alfredo Casella, Ottorino Respighi, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (“Italian premiere”), Riccardo Malipiero (“world premiere”) and Gian Francesco Malipiero. The performers are all Italian: together with Silvia Chiesa, the Rai National Symphony Orchestra and the conductors Corrado Rovaris and Massimiliano Caldi. The cellist continued her commitment to disseminating this repertoire even during the weeks of lockdown due to Covid-19, through the documentary web series "Novecento Corsaro".
 
Silvia Chiesa is also a passionate interpreter of the music of our time. She is the dedicatee of pieces for cello and orchestra by great composers such as Matteo D'Amico and Azio Corghi, whose piece "Tra la carne e il cielo" for cello concertante, which celebrates Pasolini's visceral passion for the music of Bach, was performed by Chiesa as a soloist in 2022 at the Ravenna Festival, under the baton of Daniel Harding, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
 
It has been chosen by composers such as Gil Shohat, Nicola Campogrande, Aldo Clementi, Michele Dall'Ongaro, Peter Maxwell Davies, Giovanni Sollima, Gianluca Cascioli and Ivan Fedele for first performances of their works.
 
As a soloist Silvia Chiesa has played with the Rai National Orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the Padua and Veneto Orchestra, the Tuscany Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Soloists, the Rouen Orchestra, the Kassel Staatsorchester and the Kraków Symphony. He has collaborated with conductors such as Luciano Acocella, Francesco Angelico, Marco Angius, Paolo Arrivabeni, Gürer Aykal, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Giampaolo Bisanti, Roland Böer, Massimiliano Caldi, Tito Ceccherini, Daniele Gatti, Cristian Orosanu, Corrado Rovaris, Daniele Rustioni, Howard Shelley and Brian Wright, Daniel Harding. He has also recorded live concerts for radio and television broadcasters such as Rai Radio3, Rai Sat, France Musique and France3.
 
He also performs regularly as a chamber musician and, in particular, with the pianist Maurizio Baglini he has acquired an extraordinarily vast repertoire for cello and piano duo. Together the two artists have performed over two hundred and fifty concerts all over the world and have recorded the Sonatas by Schubert, Brahms and Rachmaninov for Decca.
 
On the recording front, we also note its presence in the Live at Amiata Piano Festival series (Decca) in which Silvia Chiesa plays the String Quintet op. 163 by Schubert with the Quartet della Scala and Concertos for cello and orchestra by Haydn with the Camerata Ducale. She has also recorded the world premiere, again for Decca, of Azio Corghi's "...tra la carne e il Cielo", of which she is the dedicatee, with the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tito Ceccherini, with Maurizio Baglini, Valentina Coladonato and Omero Antonutti .
 
She is the only musician among the book's authors From Women to the World edited by Elizabeth Filippouli (Ed. IBTauris, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) bringing together the contributions of a global group of 'inspirational women'.
 
Silvia Chiesa is resident artist of the Amiata Piano Festival and professor at the "Monteverdi" Conservatory of Cremona. He plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1697.
 
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(Photo © Davide Cerati)

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