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Andrea Cicalese

Violinist

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     BIOGRAPHY      

(updated in season 23/24)

"CLEARLY A STAR IN THE MAKING" - Pianist Magazine, London.

A quickly rising presence in the musical world in Europe and in the United States, violinist Andrea Cicalese, was born in Naples, Italy, in 2005. Despite his young age, Andrea has already performed as soloist on some of the most important stages in Europe, such as the Berliner Philharmonie or Munich's Gasteig and Herkulessaal, among others and is currectly performing on a violin built by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda (Turin, 1841), whose loan was made possible thanks to the cultural and philantropic initiative "Adopt a Musician", promoted and sponsored by MusicMasterpieces SA - Lugano (CH). A few other performances worth pointing out include Cicalese's debut as soloist in Munich, where he opened the summer season of acclaimed promoter 'München Musik' performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto alongside the Prague Royal Philharmonic and their chief conductor, Maestro Heiko Mathias Förster, as well as numerous appointments as soloist with the Baden-Baden Philharmonie. Together they have performed violin concerti by J. Sibelius and F. Mendelssohn. In October 2022, after making his professional recital debut in the United States with pianist Alexander Malofeev in Buffalo, NY, Cicalese was invited to perform two concerts as soloist in the renowned Kleinhans Music Hall of Buffalo in 2024, alongside the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and multiple Grammy-winning music director JoAnn Falletta. The "historic world debut" (CMS Buffalo) of his duo with star pianist Malofeev, was received more than well. Montante Cultural Center of Buffalo praised the two young musicians with a long lasting standing ovation and 5 curtain calls. Furthermore 'Pianist Magazine' (London, GB) reviewed: "The creative energy of the duo was more than the sum of its formidable parts. Violinist Andrea Cicalese brought an effortless command of communicative possibilities and natural charisma to the program of Beethoven, Schubert, and Grieg". In October 2024 Cicalese and Malofeev will reunite for a recital tour across Europe. Andrea is the youngest guest in the history of the film series “Living the Classical Life”, with three appearances on the program in 2021, 2022, and 2023 for forthcoming release, a record breaking amount of features. Andrea regularly performs in Austria, France, Germany and Italy. Some upcoming appearances in the 23/24 season include a recital in Cremona's 'Mondo Musica' on the iconic 'Prince Khevenhüller, Menuhin Stradivari', his debut in Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, as well as multiple concerts as soloist and chamber musician with renowned pianist Sophie Pacini and acclaimed cellist Boris Andrianov. Andrea began violin studies at age seven with Rudens Turku in Munich, Germany and at age 11 he was the youngest student ever admitted to the Perosi Music Academy in Biella, Italy, where he attended masterclasses with Ana Chumachenco. In 2019, he won first prize at the “German Young Musician Competition” (Jugend Musiziert) in Halle, and shortly after, he made his debut in Carl-Orff Saal of Munich’s Gasteig with the Beethoven Violin Concerto and members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2020 he studies with Josef Rissin at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Karlsruhe. 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

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Bad Urach, Germany - October 3rd

Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Janacek

Recital with pianist Janick Cech in "Herbstliche Musiktage Bad Urach"

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Aying, Germany - April 7th

Bartok, Corelli, Schnitke, Piazzolla

Morning recital with accordionist Antonio Del Castillo in 'Nuancen Festival'

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Aying, Germany - April 7th

Johannes Brahms

Trio with pianist Sophie Pacini and cellist Boris Andrianov in the first half

and duo with pianist Sophie Pacini in the second half in 'Nuancen Festival'

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Wotersen, Germany - July 28th

Bartok, Corelli, Schnitke, Piazzolla

Recital with accordionist Antonio Del Castillo in "Schleswig Holstein Festival"

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Mosel, Germany - August 31st

Bartok, Corelli, Schnitke, Piazzolla

Recital with accordionist Antonio Del Castillo in "Musikfest Mosel"

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Mosel, Germany - September 1st

Bartok, Corelli, Schnitke, Piazzolla

Recital with accordionist Antonio Del Castillo in "Musikfest Mosel"

PRESS REVIEWS

"Clearly a star in the making" - Pianist Magazine (GB)

"Lovely evening, filled with gorgeus instruments and a beautiful performance by violinist Andrea Cicalese" - The Strad Magazine (GB)


 

"The emerging young musician expressed great astonishment among the audience. Violinist Andrea Cicalese took on a lot of virtuosity and technical refinements and was able to brilliantly transform them into passion". - Süddeutsche Zeitung (D)

"Andrea Cicalese brought an effortless command of communicative possibilities and natural charisma to the programme of Beethoven, Schubert and Grieg." - Pianist Magazine (GB)

"Incredibly fascinating and most amazing was the Neapolitan Andrea Cicalese, who chose for his performance nothing less than the Devil's Trill Sonata by Tartini. He interpreted it brilliantly, both technically and musically. It was not only about effective finger acrobatics. Especially in the lyrical passages, which Cicalese played with a wonderfully soulful tone, he demonstrated a great feeling for the sensitive sides of the sometimes furious work. Cicalese did not make a show of the devil's trills, but rather played it out carefully with airy lightness." - Süddeutsche Zeitung (D)

"The voice of the future" - Living the Classical Life (USA)


 

"Not only was I amazed by the technical mastery, but also the depth of his musicianship. At a certain point, my wife whispered in my ear that he was 17 years old, and I almost fell out of my seat!" - Living Pianos (USA)

Contact

General Management:  Artemon Music, Natalia Semiletopulo and Virginia Ferentschik 


www.artemon-music.de

+49 163 278 32 59

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