Marina Samson-Primachenko


of strings


 Marina Samson-Primachenko was born in Leningrad what is now St. Petersburg, Russia. She started to play piano at the age of three with her mother, herself a professional pianist. A prodigious child talent, she made her first public appearance at the age of four from which time she studied with Elena Gougel, the noted Russian teacher and pupil of the famous Heinrich Neuhaus. At seven she entered the Special School for Gifted Children (affiliated to the St. Petersburg High Conservatory) and began to appear regularly in local concert venues as a “child prodigy”. This School for gifted children has produced such artists as Daniil Shafran, Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer, Maris Jansons, Grigory Sokolov, and many others.
When she was fourteen, she won the First Prize at the “St.Petersburg Young Virtuoso Competition” playing Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto (in its original version), marking her debut performance in the city’s Philharmonic Hall.
On the completion of her academic studies, she entered the St. Petersburg (Rimsky-Korsakov) High Conservatory, studying in the class of Galina Fedorova (solo piano), Felicia Fondaminskaya, Elena Shafran (chamber music) and Sofia Vakman (accompanist). She graduated with an “excellent” mention in all disciplines. She then pursued further courses in Moscow with Lyubov Timofeyeva (pupil of Yakov Zak) and Boris Petruschansky (graduate of Lev Naoumov and Heinrich Neuhaus), currently Professor at the Imola Piano Academy in Italy. She then moved to Czechoslovakia where she pursued her artistic and pedagogic career. Based in France since 1993, where her maternal ancestors came from, Marina Samson-Primachenko has given numerous solo recitals, performed concerto with orchestra and participated in chamber music. In 1994, she obtained the “Grand Prix” of the Pierre Lantier International Competition in Paris. She plays in England, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy and France. She pursued her teaching activities at the “Schola Cantorum” in Paris, gives master-classes to young pianists all over Europe and is a jury member in many international competitions.
Besides her large repertoire (Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Weber, Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Debussy, Ravel), Marina Samson-Primachenko loves to promote some rather unknown musicians such as, Fanny Mendelssohn, Martinu, Medtner, Weinberg, Boris Pasternak (the 1958 literature Nobel Price). For the latter, she has used the original manuscripts with the permission and encouragements of Pasternak’s son.




Roman Fedchuk



Born in Ukraine, Roman Fedchuk made his solo debut at the age of 11 with the Lviv Philharmonic performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. He is the winner of several international competitions – Jan Kocian International Competition (Czechoslovakia, 1985), “Vianna da Motta” (Lisbon, 1991), Prague Spring (1992), V. Hummel (1993), and the Gernbach International Music Competition (1996). He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Moscow Soloists with Yuri Bashmet (concertmaster & soloist), Sicilian Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Philharmonic, Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra ND, Symphony Orchestra at the National Philharmonic of Republic of Moldova, Kislovodsk Philharmonic, Briansk Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, West Bohemian Symphonic Orchestra, Virtuosi Pragensis, Kursk Chamber Philharnic, Lviv Philharmonic and others orchestras. He has played in the most prominent concert halls in the world, including Prince Albert Hall, Kioi Hall, and Gewandhaus, and served as guest concertmaster with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Churaschsische Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and the Quintetto da Camera Berlin. He is a frequent guest of European music festivals including Iserlohn (Germany), Tour (France), Chursachsische Sommer (Germany), the 9th International Festival of Music and Dance in Ubeda (Spain), the 2nd Music Festival in Moscow (Russia), the Bohemia Festival (Czech Republic), International Festival of Vaclav Jirovec (Czech Republic), and Furth (Germany), Summer Music Festival (Prague, Czech Republic), Festival of Contemporary music (Moldova). Additionally, he has recorded a CD of the violin concertos by J. S. Bach, and has toured Japan twice. He studied conducting at the National University of Music in Bucharest under Professor D. Goya and performs internationally as a conductor in countries such as the Czech Republic, Romania and Germany. Roman Fedchuk studied at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory under Professor Z. Shihmurzaieva, as well as with D. Tzyganov and Isaac Stern. He has lived in Prague since 1994 and founded the international ensemble of soloists “Concertino,” which performed successfully in the Czech Republic, France, Spain and Germany. He is a founding member of the Ludwig Piano Quartet, which recorded a CD of the Brahms and Dvorak Piano Quartets (2003). He is also a professor at the State Conservatory in Pilsen (Czech Republic) and member of jury in different Czech and International Violin Competitions, like Competition of all Czech Conservatory and Arthur Grumiaux International Competition , Belgie.



Vito Imperato



Born in Catania, he attained his diploma at the Istituto Musicale V. Bellini of his native city guided by Maestro Giacomo Caruso, then he took advanced studies in Palermo with Piero Marabete, in Rome with Angelo Stefanato and Arrigo Pelliccia and then, at the "Accademia Chigiana" of Siena and "Le Conservatoire de Musique" of Geneva with Henryk Szeryng. He followed advanced studies in the chamber music repertoire with Marie Chantal De Buchy. In 1984, he was winner at the competitions of the Orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice of Venice and of the Orchestra of the Opera of Rome as well as, in the following year, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, where he was assistant concertmaster. Having won the International Competitions for Leader at the Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania in 1987, and at the Teatro dell'Opera of Rome in 1989, he has held this leadership role successively with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, the Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra (in Italy and abroad), the Cameristi della Scala of Milan and the Tonhalle Symphony Orchestra of Zurich. As a soloist, he has performed with, besides the orchestra of his native city, the Solisti Aquilani at Terni, the Orchestra Cantelli in the Sala Verdi in Milan, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous violinistic reviews and has to his credit many recordings with RAI broadcasting. He has fulfilled an intense chamber music activity both with the Nuova Orchestra da Camera of Catania and with the most varied instrumental formations, collaborating with soloists of renowned fame like:- Rocco Filippini, Alirio Diaz, Sergej girshenko, Andras Adorjan, Antony Pay, AIman Mussakhajayeva, Boris Petrushanshj, Mikhail Kugel, Igor Oistrakh, in Italy, France, Switerland, Spain, Austria, Germany, Turkey and China. He is currently the leader of the orchestra of Teatro Massimo V. Bellini, Catania, and is violin professor at the Istituto Musicale V. Bellini of Catania. He holds advanced summer seminars in different parts of Italy. In 2013 he was awarded the Prestigious prize "Domenico Danzuso" reserved, every year, for eminent world figures of music and prose. He plays on a "Matteo Goffriller" violin of 1732.            

Črtomir Šiškovič

violin/chamber music/quartet


Born in Trieste, studied at “Glasbena Matica” in Trieste and graduated with full marks at the “G.Tartini” Conservatory of Trieste. He received further education from I. Ozim and the Amadeus-Quartet at the Musikhochschule in Köln, where he achieved a diploma with full marks and special mention. Afterwards he made a specialization with F. Gulli and the Borodin-Quartet at Indiana University in Bloomington, Max Rostal in Klagenfurt and Viktor Pikaizen in Switzerland. He is performing in various groups as duo, trio, quartet, quintet, sextet with musicians like Franco Gulli, Konstantin Bogino, Michael Flaksman, Irena Grafenauer, Maria Graf, Igor Lazko, Davide Formisano, Radovan Vlatković. He is playing as soloist with prestigious orchestras (St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Slovene Philharmonic, Rheinische Philharmonie, Symphonic Orchestra “A.Toscanini”, Cappella Istropolitana, Shizuoka Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica Marchigiana, Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Kyudai Philarmony Orchestra etc.) and under direction of : H. Soudant, F. Luisi, F. Brüggen, I. Domarkas, U. Lajovic, A. Nanut, M. Bamert, M. Tabachnik, G. Kuhn, L. Shambadal, L. Arnič, S. Tsutsumi and in famous concert-halls: Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Philharmonic hall of St. Petersburg, Beaux Arts of Brussels, Centre IRCAM of Paris, Philharmonic hall of Berlin, Gewandhaus of Leipzig, Rudolfinum of Prague, The Ongaku No Tomo hall of Tokyo, Grand Theatre of Shanghai, Lingotto hall of Torino and Conservatory hall “G.Verdi” of Milano, Gran Ship Theatre of Shizuoka, Art Center (IBK hall) of Seoul, ACROS Concert Hall of Fukuoka etc..Tours in Europe, USA, Japan, China, Mongolia and South Korea. For more than 20 years he is devoting himself also to the barock-music, playing with the bow and violin of that period. He recorded several CD's with music by G. Tartini and his pupils (among them all 31 sonatas for solo violin by G. Tartini). He began as young musician also to play viola. He was member of Slovenian piano-quartet and now he is playing chamber music in various other groups. As soloist is doing many tours all over the world with the Kammerensemble Cologne - Germany.



Iakov Guzman



He was born in Moscow. In 1990 he began a concert career that took him to perform as soloist and in chamber ensembles in Russia, England, France, Germany, Italy and USA. In 1992 he became the artistic director of the well known ensemble The New Chamber Orchestra of Moscow. In 1994 he left Russia and moved to Italy where he has since been a frequent guest soloist in concert seasons in Milano, Palermo, Rome, Verona and other cities. In 2006 he revised the Cello Sonata op.28 of Ysaye, procuring the first edition for Viola solo, published by White Prince Edition. This Sonata rightfully became one of the most virtuoso pieces of the viola repertoire. For the same publishing house, he wrote the version for viola and piano of the Drei Romanzen of Schumann op.94 (originally for oboe), recently presented at the Kingsplace in London. Open to all genres of music, he collaborated as first viola with some of the most famous conductors of the European musical tradition, among which- Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, George Prêtre, Carlo Maria Giulini, and with many orchestras, such as the Moscow Soloists, the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona, the Orchestra Filarmonica Toscanini of Parma. In 2000 Claudio Abbado  invited him to play in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 he was 1st viola of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, during two European concert tours. He holds masterclasses in Italy, Spain, Czech Republic & Croatia.


Luigi De Giorgi



From a very early age, he began learning music from his grandfather, Maestro Salvatore Barone. Attaining his Viola diploma at the Conservatorio “V. Bellini” of Palermo, he attended advanced courses held by Maestros Piero Farulli and Carlo Pozzi at the Fiesole School of Music and the National Youth Orchestra of Italy with which he played in concertos in Italy, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Winner of national and international prizes he has performed in numerous concertos, as 1st viola, in prestigious chamber ensembles in Italy, England, Poland, Norway, China and for the principal Italian TV channels R.A.I. and Mediaset. From 1994 he collaborates with the Orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania, covering the role of 1st Viola in different operatic and symphonic productions and participating in important concert and opera tours in Russia, Japan and China. Furthermore he has collaborated with the Orchestra of Teatro Massimo of Palermo, the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. He can boast of experience with illustrious conductors like, Riccardo Muti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Yuri Temirkanov, Michel Plasson, Daniele Gatti, Alain Lombard. He was professor of Viola at the "Istituti Superiori di Studi Musicali" of Catania and of Caltanissetta.

In 2008, he formed the Italian Ensemble. In 2011, on behalf of the Presidential council of the Italian Republic, he received thanks from the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, for the activity promoted by the Italian Ensemble in occasion of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification. 



Vadim Pavlov

violoncello/chamber music


He was born in St. Petersburg (Russia). He studied at the Conservatoire of his native city in the class of E.Fishman, the teacher of Mischa Maisky, B.Pergamenschikov etc.; he attained his diploma in the class of S.Roldugin, then he was awarded a Doctorate in research at the Pedagogical Institute of Music “Gnessin” as assistant to Maestro V.Berlinsky. He was 1st violoncello of various orchestras like that of the Chamber Theatre of Leningrad, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana of Palermo, the Orchestra Regionale Toscana of Florence, the Orchestra Filarmonica of La Coruna (Spain), the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino etc.. He was winner of many International competitions like “The Prague Spring”, “The Geneva International Music Competition”, “Perugia Classico”, etc.etc.. Currently he is 1st cellist at the Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania. He regularly holds Masterclasses in Italy and abroad. He records for the CD labels la Pentagramma, VideoRadio Classic, Hungaroton.
He is Knight of World Order for musical science; and is the Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival “Le Belliniadi”. In 2014 he was awarded the national prize, for high artistic merit, “Domenico Danzuso”. He is professor at the Conservatoire “F.Cilea ” of Reggio Calabria. He plays on a David Tecchler Cello, of 1700, entrusted to him by the Foundation Pro Canale-ONLUS.

Davide Galaverna

double bass


He attained his diploma in Double Bass at the Conservatorio “A. Boito" of Parma then he advanced his studies further with Maestro F. Petracchi and with W. Guttler. After his studies, he began an orchestral career playing with the following orchestras:- the Orchestra A. Toscanini of Parma, I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana of Lugano, the Orchestra 'Haydn' of Trento and Bolzano, the Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona, the Orchestra RAI TV in Milan and Rome, the Orchestra Regionale Toscana, the Orchestra Sinfonica of Sanremo, the Orchestra of Teatro Massimo of Palermo, the Orchestra Sinfonica of Neuchatel.
In the chamber music field, he has performed 1st Double Bass in the Italian Chamber Orchestra, directed by Salvatore Accardo, making tours in Italy and in Europe; furthermore
he has played with the prestigious ensemble "I Solisti Veneti", directed by Claudio Scimone, touring all over Europe. He has participated in important cycles of concertos in Germany (Bonn, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Munich) with the "Virtuosi Italiani". In 2010, he formed a Duo with the pianist Ketty Teriaca with whom he performs many concerts in Italy. From 2006, he holds advanced courses, in Montedoro (Caltanissetta), and from 2015, at the Accademia di Petralia Sottana. From 1999, he is the 1st Double Bass of the Orchestra  of Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania.


Alistair Sorley

accompaniment of strings/ realization of basso continuo in baroque music


He was born in Salisbury, England. At the age of 16, he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he attained diplomas in violin and piano, and won a prize for piano accompaniment. He was awarded a prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Sicily. At the Istituto Musicale Bellini of Catania, he attained, with honors, an advanced Harpsichord diploma. He has worked in Great Britain both as piano accompanist and violinist, in illustrious orchestras, theatres and festivals namely the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the English National Opera North and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and, in Italy, the Orchestra Toscanini of Parma, Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania, where he currently works. As piano accompanist, harpsichordist and violinist, he has collaborated with important artists like Jurgen Hess, Jorge Bolet, Ruggiero Ricci, Sergey Krylov, Natalia Korsakova, Ilya Konovalov, Boris Belkin, Uto Ughi, Pavel Berman, Dimitra Theodossiou, Josè Cura, Temirkanov, Oren, Lombard, David, Ranzani, Kuhn ,Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker, Julian Lloyd Webber, Misha Maisky, Mario Brunello, Giovanni Sollima, Evelyn Glennie. He has also participated in the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Promenade Festival, 'Festival Internazionale del Val di Noto- Magie Barocche' (in which he played also with the 'Kiev Baroque Consort') and 'Il Bellini nel Barocco', organized, in Catania by Teatro Massimo Bellini, as well as in tours of Russia, Romania, China, Japan. He played pianoforte for the dance company Zappala, of Catania, in performances in Abruzzo and in Rio de Janeiro. He was official piano accompanist for important competitions and masterclasses: The  Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, Rachmaninov Masterclass for pianoforte and the International Competition "Premio Bellini" of Catania.

Calogero Di Liberto



Grand prize winner of the1995 Chopin International Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, USA, and of the 2001 Concurso International Compositores de Espana in Madrid, Spain, Italian concert pianist Calogero Di Liberto continues to win praise for his warm musicianship, technical prowess at the piano and wide range of repertoire. Mr. Di Liberto received a Master of Music degree from the Rotterdam Music Conservatory in 1999. In 2002 he completed the Artist Diploma program at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where he studied with Tamas Ungar and Harold Martina. In 2006 Mr. Di Liberto pursued a DMA in Piano Performance with Jon Kimura Parker at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Very active in chamber music, he has collaborated with bass Simone Alaimo, tenor Fabio Armiliato, baritones Roberto Servile and Leo Nucci, with Mezzosoprano Luciana D'Intino, with violinist Cristiano Rossi, cellists Christoph Henkel and Gautier Capuçon. Calogero Di Liberto’s career has taken him across Europe, throughout the United States, and in Asia. Among the most important venues: Carnegie Hall and Columbia University in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Zilkha Hall in Houston, Grosser Saal, Wiener Saal, and Solitär of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and fifteen different theaters from north to south of China. He has been guest of the TCU Cliburn Institute in Fort Worth USA, the Chopin Society of Texas in Corpus Christi, USA, the Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, USA, the Fundacion Juan March in Madrid, Spain, the Juventudes Musicales in Sevilla, Spain, the Kawai in Germany and Italy, the Mosel Festwochen, Germany, the Liszt Institute in Bologna, Italy, the Slovenian and Italian Television, the Associazione Ester Mazzoleni in Palermo, Italy, the Associazione Musicale Ernico-Simbruina in Frosinone, Italy, the Festival Pianistico di Roma, Italy, the Festival International Echternach, Luxembourg, the Amici della Musica in Modica, Italy, the Festival of St. Prex, Switzerland, the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt, Austria, the Music Akademy Ignacy Jan Paderewski of Poznań, Poland, and the Jiangsu International Piano Master Music Festival of Nanjing, China.