Thursday 7 March 2019 at 8.30pm


ENRICO FAGONE, conductor

You will love Dvořák’s cello concerto which has been called the greatest of all cello concertos, and Ravel’s delightful piano concerto, which is strongly influenced by Jazz.
“Powerful, emotional, romantic and dramatic, Vanessa Benelli Mosell sweeps us along in a dazzling display of assured technique.” – The Guardian
“Pre-Rafaelite beauty, a rare talent, Erica Piccotti is the child prodigy of cello.” – Il Messaggero

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Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191

Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major

Erica Piccotti, cello

Erica Piccotti, born in Rome in 1999, graduated in cello at the age of 14 with honors at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome. She continued her studies with A. Meneses at the Hochschule der Kunste in Bern and the W. Stauffer Academy in Cremona and with F. Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy where she obtained the Master of Music. She has won numerous first prizes in national and international competitions including “Premio Nazionale delle Arti”, “Jugend Musiziert” in Nuremberg and “NYIAA Competition” whose victory allowed her to perform at the Carnegie Hall in New York, International Cello Competition “Antonio Janigro” for young cellists, and the second place at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach. There are also several awards, including the “Landgrave of Hesse Prize” from Kronberg Academy, the “Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena” award from the Accademia Chigiana and the “Premio Rotary Cremona” from the W. Stauffer Academy. She received scholarships from the “De Sono Associazione per la Musica”, from the “Filarmonica della Scala” in Milan, since 2017 she is supported by the “Associazione Culturale Musica con le Ali”. Intense activity in Italy and abroad, both as a soloist and in chamber music group, in prestigious festivals, among others “Verbier Festival”, “Chamber music Connects the world” in Kronberg, “La Musica Festival” in Sarasota, “Hello Festival” in Chengdu, “Festival de Cordas and Piano” in Belo Horizonte, Festival “Les Nuits du Chateau de la Moutte” in Saint Tropez, “Festival Violoncellistico Internazionale Alfredo Piatti” in Bergamo, “Chigiana International Festival” in Siena , “Janigro Festival” in Porec, “Rome Chamber Music Festival” and “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto. She has performed with artists such as Salvatore Accardo, Julius Berger, Mario Brunello, Bruno Canino, Augustin Dumay, Gidon Kremer, Bruno Giuranna, Itamar Golan, Louis Lortie, Andrea Lucchesini, Robert McDuffie, Antonio Meneses, Danilo Rossi, Miguel da Silva, Massimo Quarta, Sir András Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff. Since April 2018 is available the first cd recording with Warner Classic playing with pianist Itamar Golan.
On 8th March 2013, the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano has awarded her the Certificate of Honor “Alfiere della Repubblica” for outstanding achievements in music obtained at a very young age.

She plays a cello Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona, 1692) kindly loaned by the “Fondazione Micheli” of Milan.

Vanessa Benelli Mosel, Piano


“The diva of the piano”

La Repubblica, August 2017

Powerful, emotional, romantic and dramatic, she sweeps us along in a dazzling display of assured technique.”

The Guardian, May 2016

“Glance at the new album from the 28-year-old Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell, and you might think she’s just another blonde babe seized on by a major label for her looks more than her talent.   Look closer and you’ll see the names Scriabin and Stockhausen, an unusual choice of repertoire for a starlet.  Listen to the CD and you’ll discover Mosell is a serious artist with a formidable technique and forthright musical personality.”

The Telegraph, May 2016 

“Stockhausen is enlivened by bright and enthusiastic reading by Vanessa Benelli Mosell”

“She plays with fearless determination”

La Repubblica, 2016

“Vanessa Benelli Mosell has the power to let people appreciate my music.”

 – Karlheinz Stockhausen

Vanessa Benelli Mosell is a rising star on the international music scene. She is continuously praised for her virtuosity, her technical brilliance and the sensitivity of her musical insight, which have been shaped significantly in mentorships with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Yuri Bashmet.

Vanessa is acclaimed for her passion, in equal measure, for the great classics of the repertory and her championing of the newest composers.  She has received universal praise for her recordings of Stockhausen for DECCA and for her orchestral debut of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra which has been released in 2017. Last November Vanessa released her latest CD on DECCA CLASSICS  of Debussy’s Preludes Book I and Suite Bergamasque.
More recent and future highlights include her debut at La Scala Milan at the MiTo Festival; a Stockhausen Marathon; recitals at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; a portrait in Ireland with concerti by Rachmaninov and George Benjamin at Dublin National Hall, recitals with violinist Vadim Repin, and her debut at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre performing Chopin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vanessa Benelli Mosell began playing the piano at the age of three and started her comprehensive musical studies when she was exceptionally admitted at the International Piano Academy in Imola at seven years old, where she studied with Franco Scala. She gave her New York debut appearance at eleven years old with pianist Pascal Rogé, who described her as “the most natural musical talent I have encountered in my entire life”.  In 2007 she was invited to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to study with Mikhail Voskresensky. Vanessa entered the Royal College of Music in London in 2007, where she graduated in 2012 studying with Dmitri Alexeev, generously supported by the Russell Gander Award. Vanessa was awarded the Elba Festival Prize by Yuri Bashmet, and more recently she has won the first Award of the Festival Pietrasanta as an outstanding young talent.  She has been supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust and in 2016 was appointed as a Steinway Artist.

Vanessa Benelli Mosell is internationally renowned for her performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke. Following her recording of Klavierstücke I-IV, she was invited by the composer to study under him, as he believed that she “has the power to let people appreciate my music”. Vanessa worked closely with the composer and he remains an important influence on Vanessaʼs music making, encouraging her passion for contemporary music and her championing of composers of today as well as the great classics.

She has worked with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Münchner Symphoniker, Berliner Symphoniker, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. She has performed often with the Moscow Soloists, with whom she replaced Martha Argerich in 2012. In the same year, Vanessa gave her debut at Londonʼs Wigmore Hall.
She is already well travelled with tours to the North and South America, Europe, China, Israel, Russia and Turkey, as well as playing recitals at Hamburgʼs Laeiszhalle, the Glinka Festival, Ravello Festival, Turin’s Teatro Regio, Berliner Philharmonie, Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Festival Radio France et Montpellier, Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Barcelona, Tonhalle Zurich, Auditorium du Louvre, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, Haifa Auditorium, UNESCO Auditorium, London’s Kings Place and also master classes at the Rostov Conservatory.

2015/2016 saw her touring Spain, making debuts at Madrid Auditorio Nacional, Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Auditorio de Saragoza, returning to give the Spanish premiere of Enrique Granados’ Piano Concerto at Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona.  In 16/17 Vanessa had an acclaimed sold-out debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milano and at Teatro Regio in Turin with Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino conducted by Diego Matheuz for the MiTo Festival. Last season also saw her first performing a “Stockhausen Marathon”, a cycle of Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke, for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana in Rimini.

She furthermore collaborates in chamber music with partners as Massimo Quarta, Daishin Kashimoto, Radovan Vlatkovich, Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Renaud and Gautier Capucon, Michael Guttman, Alain Meunier, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexander Chaushian, Henri Demarquette, Alexander Buzlov and Tatiana Vassilieva.

Vanessaʼs debut recording of 2011, ‘Introducing Vanessa Benelli Mosell, Virtuoso Piano Music’, features music by Prokofiev, Haydn, Scriabin and Liszt and received great international praise for her “extraordinary artistic talent” and “sparkling technique in demanding music” (Gramophone Magazine). Her debut recording was quickly followed up in September 2012 by her second, equally acclaimed “Liszt Recital”.
In spring 2015, Vanessa made her debut album on DECCA CLASSICS label with “[R]Evolution”, a juxtaposition of Stockhausen and Stravinsky.  Vanessa followed this in 2016 with a further disc in her Stockhausen series, “LIGHT”, with the Klavierstück XII and Scriabin Preludes. Also, in 2017, Vanessa released her debut concerto CD for DECCA with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kirill Karabits.  Last November Vanessa released her latest CD on DECCA CLASSICS  of Debussy’s Preludes Book I and Suite Bergamasque.