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Grazia Raimondi and Giuliano Mazzoccante Duo


Grazia Raimondi
Having studied violin under Giovanni Adamo at the Conservatorio G.B Martini in Bologna, where she was born, Raimondi was awarded her diploma with top marks cum laude. She was subsequently able to continue her musical education under Franco Gulli (Diploma di merito at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena), Salvatore Accardo, Corrado Romano and Maurice Raskin. Thanks to a New York Fulbright Scholarship she followed courses with Franco Gulli (violin) and Rotislav Dubinsky (chamber music) at Indiana University, USA, where she took an "Artist Diploma". She won first prize at various competitions: Rassegna Nazionale, Vittorio Veneto, Concorso Nazionale di Violino "Ugo Conta Music Awards Hong Kong" in Mantua and the Sibelius international Competition at Indiana University. She has had an extremely successful career as a soloist and chamber musician, playing in prestigious theatres and concert halls across the world: Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Royal Albert Hall, London; Grossen Musikvereinsaal, Vienna; Philharmonie, Monaco. She appears frequently on television and made numerous recordings, including the Rossini Six Sonatas for Tactus. She has performed with such ensembles as the Solisti Veneti, the Virtuosi di Roma and the New European String Orchestra. She has appeared in Japan in chamber concerts with the principals of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and as leader of the Tokyo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Hyogo Pac Orchestra with Yutaka Sado in Osaka.

She has given Trio concerts with Antonio Pappano and Luigi Piovano, and made chamber music appearances with Maurizio Baglini, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Francesco Di Rosa, Olaf John Laneri, Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Daniel Del Pino. She plays in duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante.
She has held violin and chamber music master classes at the Akiyoshidai, Japan and Silpakorn University, Thailand, international courses. From 2003 to 2009 she led and made solo appearances with the Orchestra Sinfonica del Friuli Venezia Giulia and is currently first violin soloist with the Padua and Veneto Orchestra da Camera, the Camerata Strumentale Citta' di Prato and the Musici Aurei, with whom she has recently released a cd of Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Eloquentia) to remarkable critical acclaim in Italy and abroad.

Her other recordings include i Kindertotenlieder and the Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen in the chamber version with Sara Mingardo and Luigi Piovano, the Quartettsatz in A minor by Mahler (Eloquentia), which was very favourably reviewed in England by the BBC and in France in 2012 won the “Schwarzkopf “ prize for best Mahler cd of the year; in Duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante the compostiion Continuum Nomade by Giovanni Sollima was dedicated to her: a journey through Italian music fromTartini to Sollima via Paganini, Martucci, Respighi and Petrassi (Wide Classique); in Duo with Andrea Castagna the first CD to present the complete works of Viotti for 2 violins (Wide Classique); in Duo with Aldo Orvieto, with the participation of Luigi Piovano, a CD with music by Martinu, Schnittke, Part, Prokofiev and Montanaro (5 Notturnes dedicated to her)(Wide Classique). A second cd in Duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante is soon to be released with Sonate by Franck and Strauss (Wide Classique). In 2012 she gave a solo concert in Carnegie Hall, New York, receiving rapturous applause and enthusiastic reviews and inaugurated the Newport Music Festival, where she is now invited to appear annually, with a concert at which she was awarded three standing ovations. Recent performances have been in Slovenia, Thailand and USA. She holds the chair in Violin at the Istitutuo Superiore di Studi Musicali G. Verdi in Ravenna. She plays a 1783 Giuseppe Gagliano violin.

Giuliano Mazzoccante
Who is not yet 40 years old, is already recognized as one of the most famous Italian pianists nowadays. After studying and graduating with the highest honours degree at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence, he became a student of Lazar Berman at the European Academy of Music, Erba (CO). With Professor Berman he deepened and improved his concert repertoire, paying particular attention to the music of F. Liszt.

Mro. Mazzoccante is a prize-winner of many national and international competitions (“International Music Tournament-Rome”, the 40th International Piano Competition "Arcangelo Speranza" - Taranto, the “International Tbilisi Piano Competition" (WFIMC) - Georgis) etc. He appears regularly as a soloist with orchestras (“Orchestra Camerata Baltica”, “Lithuanian National Symphony' Orchestra”, “Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra) etc.

Giuliano plays Duo with violinist Grazia Raimondi and also plays chamber music with musicians like Dora Schwarzberg, Romain Garioud, Karl Leister, Pavel Berman, Francesco Manara, Antonio Tinelli, Rita D’Arcangelo, Gaetano Di Bacco and others, and is often part of the jury of international piano and chamber music competitions.

Since 2010 he is professor of the "International Sommer-Akademie Schloss Pommersfelden".
His large and various record productions includes soloist and chamber music repertoires for many labels or channels (Phoenix Classics, Wide Classique, DAD Records, Camerata Tokyo, Radio Vatican, Radio Bavaria), being reviewed with acclaim by the press (Musica, Suonare News, Giornale della Musica, Fanfare, The Clarinet).

He had published 2 CD’s in 2014, on one are recorded 2 concertos by W.A. Mozart (K466 & K467) with the “Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese”; and another one, which is called "Da Sollima a Tartini" with the violinist Grazia Raimondi
From 2012 he has been an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Subiaco (Rome) and in 2014 the Rotary Club of Pescara has awarded him with the "Paul Harris Fellow" for commitment in spreading music and culture.

In 2013, he became an Artistic Director of the "Cenacolo della Musica - International School" which aims at promoting artists and development of arts, culture and music.

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"…A fine recording which exalts Grazia Raimondi’s ferociously-skilled technique and passionate musicality, here perfectly accompanied by the pianist Giuliano Mazzoccante."
- Alberto Spano , Filarmonica Magazine- Bologna

"…Grazia Raimondi’s sound is amazing: incisive, perfectly-pitched, powerful but varied, with an intense and penetrating cantabile…Respighi Sonata, played here with remarkable momentum and a captivating sonority by Raimondi and Mazzoccante (the latter is also splendid in all tracks). The celebration ends with a very balanced and moving rendering of a masterpiece by Tartini. Fans of violin-piano duos should not let this recording pass them by."
- Fabrizio Carpine, CD Classico

"… from the lyricism of the Melodia by Martucci … to Paganini's Cantabile, where fireworks are the norm and perfect intonation, as well as subtle phrasing and occasional irony, are required. Managing these complex requirements brilliantly, Raimondi rises also to the challenge of one of the pinnacles of the virtuoso violin repertoire, Tartini's sonata Didone Abbandonata: her performance here is attractive and vivacious, particularly in the long Affettuoso iniziale (well supported by Mazzoccante's continuo)."
- Piero Mioli, Musica Insieme Magazine

…Grazia Raimondi, whose elegant playing gently wafted throught the hall from start to finish. Delicate but powerful, her playing never felt forced or overwrought; rather, it was imbued with a certain lightness that matched her precision beautifully… "
- Laura Wasson, Feast of Music Carnegie Hall, New York

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