Yuri Didenko




Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Yuri Didenko has performed recitals and with orchestras in the best concert halls of Moscow, including Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Moscow International House of Music, cities of the former Soviet Union and abroad: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, USA, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chile, China, countries of Western Africa, Turkey, Cyprus, South Korea.

The British magazine Pianoforte referred to his performances as "bold, open, powerful, and technically accomplished old-school virtuosity".

The Belgian newspaper La Semaine d'Anvers wrote of him as a "brilliant pianist" and mentioned his "large and bright sonority" as well as dynamism.

His concerts in USA were highly appraised by the press. "Didenko captured the hearts of the audience when he performed several selections by Sergei Rachmaninov";

– a critic wrote about one of his recitals.

"Immortal works by Schubert, Liszt, and Rachmaninov sounded with an incredible force of conviction, emotional power and brightness under the magic hands of Yuri Didenko, the chairman of the Jury of Dimitrios Vikelas International competition. When the music finds its ideal interpreter, he enchants his listeners, fillings their hearts with beauty, passion, and harmony. Yuri Didenko proved to be this ideal performer".

– a Greek newspaper "Epikaira" wrote about his performance.

Didenko's wide and diverse repertoire includes works of different styles - from Bach to Messiaen and avant-garde music of the twentieth century.

Mr. Didenko studied piano at the Central Music School affiliated with the Moscow Conservatory with Alexander Mndoyants and then at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Merzhanov. Since 1994, he has been on the piano faculty of the Moscow Conservatory.

Mr. Didenko is a prizewinner of numerous competitions in Italy, USA, Belgium, his is the winner of the International Concert Artists Competition in Royal Tunbridge Wells (Great Britain). In 2003, Mr. Didenko received the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture Award "For Special Achievements in Culture".

Yuri Didenko recorded several compact disks with various romantic and XX century works. He made numerous recordings on the Russian State Radio.

Mr. Didenko is in demand for master classes in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Greece, Kazakhstan, UAE, Germany, Malta, Spain, Italy, USA, South Korea, and China. He has also served on piano juries of several international piano competitions (as a member and as a chairman of the jury) in Russia, Poland, USA, Greece, Malta, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, UAE, Turkey, Spain. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Didenko was an active member and secretary of the Rachmaninov Society of Russia. He is also member of the Presidium of the Scriabin Foundation. In 2014 he was appointed a Vice-president of the International Rachmaninov society (Germany).

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.

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.            

Giulio Plotino



Born in Genoa, Giulio Plotino began to study the violin with Joseph Levin. After earning a degree at the conservatory of his city, he graduated from the Hogeschool voor de kusten in Utrecht in the class of Philipp Hirschhorn. He then furthered his studies under the guidance of Salvatore Accardo, Boris Belkin, Thomas Zeethmair and members of the Quartetto Italiano, Amadeus Quartet and Alban Berg Quartet. An award winner at Genoa's “Premio Paganini” Competition, he won the “Premio Città di Vittorio Veneto” Competition.
For 15 years he was Concertmaster in orchestras such as, among the others, the London Phiharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Gran Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Barcelona Sym
phony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, playing under the baton of Lorin Mazel, George Pretre, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, John Elliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Harding, Myun Wung Chung, Vladimir Jurowsky, Neville, Marriner, Dimitri Kitajenko etc...In 2018 he recorded for Dynamic a production dedicated to Paganini and his instruments, the violin, the guitar and the cello belonged to Paganini playing with Clemens Hagen and Matteo Mela.Cit.The Strad: “Most of us would think long before attempting the solo Nel Cor Più Non Mi Sento even on a modern setup, so hats off to Giulio Plotino who negotiates even the most fiendish intricacies on Paganini's del Gesù with rare aplomb” With Andrea
Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra he went on a long North America tour that reaped great success with audiences and critics played on period instruments. On the early music scene, he also collaborated with Ottavio Dantone, performing J.S.Bach's 5 th Brandenburg Concerto.
Beetwen 2017/18 he debuted on the podium conducting Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia and a symphony concert at the Teatro lirico di Sassari and as soloist/conductor with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo. He performed at Lehamn Centre in New York, Citè de la Musique and Musée d'Orsay in Paris, Styriarte Festspiele Graz, Centro Cultural de Belém of Lisboa, Melbourne Recital Centre, Yon Siew Toh Hall of Singapore, Teatro Major di Bogotà, Perth Concert Hall, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Unione Musicale di Torino, Istituzione dei concerti La Sapienza di Roma, GOG di Genova, Società del Quartetto di Vicenza and Amici della Musica di Firenze, Padova, Perugia, Palermo etc....Soon to be released by Brilliant Classic, he has record ed Tartini's Concertos on baroque violin with L'Accademia della Rosa, an orchestra which himself founded, playing on period instruments. His performance of the Britten violin concerto, under the baton of Simone Young conducting the West
australian Symphony Orchestra, was recorded by ABC Classsic.
Plotino has mover always cultivated contemporary music, collaboratng with composers such as L. Berio, F. Vacchi, S. Bussotti, S. Sciarrino and G. Benjamin. He recorded the Luciano Berio's Sequenza VIII for Dynamic
which has received favourable reviews from international critics.
He has been a jury member in international competitions such as the Premio Paganini and Rodolfo Lipizer. He teaches at the Conservatory of Genoa and was Visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia and Yon Sie Toh Conservatory of Music of Singapore. Since 2015 he has been Artistic Director of the Campus Musicale Lunigiana.

Andrey Dogadin



Andrei Dogadin started regular musical studies in the class of Prof. Kramarov at the St.Petersburg Conservatory and later completed them under the guidance of Prof. Stopichev obtainig a professorship.For a decade, from 1986 to 1995 he was a member of the famous “St. Petersburg Quartet” with which he won 1stPrize in the 3rdUnion-wide Competition for String Quartets (Voronezh,1986), as well as several other prizes in international competitions: 1987 “D. Shostakovich”Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia (3rd Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of the obligatory composition), 1989 “Min-On” Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Tokyo, Japan (Silver Medal and Special Prize presented by Lufthansa), 1989 “Vittorio Gui” Competition for
Chamber Ensembles in Florence, Italy (Grand Prize and two special Prizes), 1991 Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne, Australia (1st Prize and Grand Prize).Together with the St. Petersburg Quartet he recorded anthologies of the quartet output of Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Shostakovich for the “Sony Classics”, “Мelodia” and “Visual de Sarria” (Spain) labels. Since 1995, he is Principal Viola of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Music Director Yuri Temirkanov). He often appears as a soloist with this orchestra as well as with other Russian and foreign orchestras. An avid chamber music player, Andrei Dogadin has extensively explored the sonata repertorie for his instrument as well as participated in performances with the most diverse instrumental ensembles. Among his partners: T. Nikolaeva, E. Bronfman, A. Gavrilov, N. Lugansky, V. Repin, V. Ovcharek, L. Ambarzumian, S. Grishenko, S. Levitin, I. Konovalov, I. Zhenatj, A. Kniazev, А. Rudin, A. Nikitin, N. Gutman, Y. Milkis, the Taneev Quartet, the “Lark Quartet”, the Pittsburgh Piano Trio and many others. He has performed in Sviatoslav Richter’s “December Evenings Festival” in Moscow and has been a guest in many other prestigious international festivals. He represented St. Petersburg for its “Cultural Days” in Milan and Buenos Aires. He has extensively toured Russia both as soloist and as a chamber performer. Abroad he has toured the USA, Argentina, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Andorra, Poland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Estonia, Latvia, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, North and South Korea. Since 1986, he is a Professor of Viola at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, having previously taught quartet (1997-‘99). Since he began teaching, more than sixty of his students have reached the diploma. Among them, several have been prize winners in prestigious international competitions and a high percentage has been employed in both Russian and foreign orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra in Moscow, the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colon Theatre Orchestra in Argentina, the Madrid Opera Theatre
Orchestra, as well as several other orchestras in Switzerland, Spain, Brazil, South Korea, Armenia, Germany, Portugal and Austria. As a visiting Professor, he has taught master classes in Russia, the USA, Germany, Latvia, Peru and South Korea. He has also been a jury member of several national and international music competitions all over the world. In 2003, as ordered by the President of the Russian Federation, Andrei Dogadin has been bestowed the title of “Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation”.

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.


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.

Giuseppe Costantino

violin propedeutica


Si è diplomato  nel 1990 sotto la guida del M° Luigi Rocca di Palermo; dal 1987 ha iniziato a frequentare i Corsi di qualificazione professionale per orchestra e musica da camera tenuti dai Maestri Giuseppe Prencipe, Carlo Pozzi, Piero FaruIli, Angelo Faja, Dario De Rosa e Renato Zanettovich presso la Scuola Superiore di musica "Ars Nova" di Palermo e successivamente presso la Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. Si è perfezionato seguendo i corsi individuali di violino tenuti dai Maestri G. Prencipe, G. Franzetti.G. Moench, S.Pagliani, F. Cusano. Dal 1990 svolge la propria attività professionale come Violino di fila con contratto a tempo indeterminato presso l’E.A. R. Teatro Bellini di Catania. Parallelamente in questi anni ha maturato diverse esperienze musicali di natura solistica e cameristica collaborando inoltre con l’Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Bellini  dove ha  ricoperto  anche il ruolo di Primo violino dei secondi. E' socio fondatore dell'orchestra da camera "I Nuovi Cameristi Italiani ensemble", gruppo nato nel 1992 inseno all'orchestra del Teatro Bellini, con il quale ha svolto una significativa attività concertistica avvalendosi della collaborazione di importanti solisti e direttori d'orchestra di fama internazionale; con la stessa ensemble ha partecipato nel 1992 al “Festival dei due mondi” di Spoleto. Collabora occasionalmente con l’Orchestra del Teatro comunale “F.Cilea” di Reggio Calabria nel ruolo di Primo violino dei secondi. Ha svolto per un decennio attività d’insegnamento con incarico annuale  presso l’Istituto musicale del comune di Caltagirone “P.Vinci” come docente di violino. Nel  2011 ha collaborato come coordinatore dei corsi e docente di violino con l’Associazione “Akhenaton” di Caltagirone nell’attuazione di corsi di musica annuali pre-accademici  in convenzione  con l’Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “V. Bellini” di Caltanissetta presso il quale attualmente collabora come docente di violino.