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PASSION OF ITALY CONCERT


Bing Bing Wang - Soprano
Chen Chen - Tenor

Klassik Swing Italian Quartet
Günther Sanin - Violin
Roberto Corlianò - Piano
Gianfranco De Lazzari - Accordion
Ivano Avesani - Double bass


Bing Bing Wang
Soprano

A young Chinese soprano actively singing in Europe, Bing Bing Wang was awarded as one of the Top Ten Sopranos in China by CCTV, the most important national Television in China, appearing in several concerts on TV broadcast worldwide.
She is the first Chinese to have graduated with a Master Degree from the “G. Verdi” Conservatory of Music in Milan.
She has sung many roles such as Liu in Turandot, Nedda in Pagliacci, Micaela in Carmen, Mimi in La Boheme, Violetta in La traviata, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore , in opera houses in Italy, France, Australia, United States, Israel, Latvia, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia and more.
Her prolific career has seen her appearing in many festivals and playing important parts in numerous productions.
In 2019, Sony Classic Label signed Bing Bing Wang to produce her first Italian Arias Album, with her being the first Chinese soprano to have a CD released by Sony.


Chen Chen
Tenor

Chen Chen worked for the Amsterdam Dutch National Opera Academy and the George Solti Academia.
He obtained his two Master Degrees from the Royal Academy Music in London and the Welsh International Academy of Voice.
He has studied with Soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tenor Dennis O’Neill. He currently studies with renowned tenor Warren Mok.
Since 2012, he regularly gives solo recitals in different music festivals in Europe, namely the Engadin Festival and the Project of Martha Argerich of the Lugano Festival in Switzerland.
Chen’s operatic appearances include the following roles: Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Ferrando in Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte, Jason in Cherubini’s opera Medee, Lord Percy in Donizetti’ s opera Anna Bolena, Don Jose in Bizet’s opera Carmen, Rinuccio in Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi, Cassio in Verdi’s Otello and Wilheim in Thomas’s opera Mignon.


Klassik Swing Italian Quartet

The Klassik Swing Italian Quartet is an authoritative and recognized voice of crossover, a fluctuation between classical music, opera, jazz, tango and folk.
The quartet generates extraordinary, almost surreal sounds, with the energy and heartfelt “involvement” of virtuosos Lehàr, Puccini, Shostakovich, Brahms, Piazzolla, jazz musicians Kosma and Django Reinhard, masters of melody Morricone and Bacalov, and princes of gipsy dance Rodriguez and Monti.
Their musical style really represents a way of life, because making crossover music requires curiosity, culture, information and above all, continually keeping pace with change.
The quartet is a coming together of talents that engenders a magnificent expression of musical styles.


Günther Sanin
Violin

Virtuoso Günther Sanin, a violinist with a classical background, has enjoyed an extremely high-level career both as a soloist and as an orchestra violinist, skillfully shifting his talents between Viennese café music, gypsy swing and Argentinean tango.
As a humble and insatiable musician, he has supplemented the “full marks” gained in his degrees in viola and violin with Maestro Walter Daga at the Conservatory “F. A. Dell’Abaco”, with further specialization courses with just one purpose in mind: excellence.
Apart from soloist concerts, his career has included recordings, television appearances and international performances in places as far apart as Japan, the Middle East and the United States.
He has played with various renowned Orchestras and has won numerous national and international competitions.
He currently holds the position of Leader of the Orchestra with the Arena di Verona Orchestra Foundation.


Roberto Corlianò
Piano

Roberto Corlianò studied with Fabrizio Garilli at the Conservatory "G. Verdi" in Milan, graduating in 1988 at the Conservatory "G.Rossini" in Pesaro with the highest grades, honours and special mention.
He appeared as a soloist with various renowned orchestras and has participated in approximately 150 national and international competitions, always finishing near the top.
Since 2013 the “Arena di Verona String Quartet” invites him to play in concerts with some of the biggest opera singers.
In September 2016 he received the “Special Golden Opera Award” from the Foundation “Verona per l’Arena” for his opera transcriptions and paraphrases.
Roberto Corlianò is often invited in juries of national and international competitions as well as for masterclasses in Italy and abroad.
He is now Professor of Piano at the Conservatory "T. Schipa" in Lecce.


Gianfranco De Lazzari
Accordion

Born in Venice, Gianfranco De Lazzari began his accordion studies at the Musical Institute "Luciano Fancelli" in Mirano (VE) under the guidance of Maestro Elio Boschello.
He won several national and international competitions and besides his concert activity, he also dedicated himself to teaching.
He recorded a CD for the record label Winter & Winter titled "Venice the Feast", while in 2003, as part of the “Four by Four” accordion quartet, he recorded the CD “Tango Impression” for Artemedia. In 2008 he began playing accordion and bandoneon with Orquesta Caminito with which he recorded the CD "Tango".
He has played with various musical formations in Germany, Holland, Spain, United Kingdom, Japan and China and in addition to the "Klassic Swing Italian Quartet" he now also performs with the "Italian Accordion Quartet", a newly formed accordion group.


Ivano Avesani
Double bass

Ivano Avesani graduated in double bass with A.Soliman at the Conservatory of Verona.
He worked with some of the best orchestras of the region: “Arena di Verona” till 1994, “Filarmonia Veneta” of Treviso from 2000 to 2002 and “Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico” of Vicenza.
He has been section leader with the orchestra “Città di Verona” from 1999 to 2006.
In Venice, he worked numerous times with the ensemble of the church “La Pietà” in the baroque field.
He founded the chamber orchestra “Archi Moderni”, playing in several concerts and also recording “The four seasons” by A.Vivaldi.
He worked with very famous singers such as Katia Ricciarelli, Giorgio Zancanaro and Cecilia Gasdia.
He played in important festivals such as Spoleto, San Moritz, Chur, Spalato, Dubrovnik and Golling (Salzburg).
He is now a double bass teacher in the local Music high school.


This concert is part of the Italia Mia festival.

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