February 23, 2021
6:00 pm EST

Lecture/Demo; The Mazzini’s Guitars

February 23, 2021
5:00 pm EST

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Marco Battaglia was born in 1969 in Milan (Italy) where his high school studies were concentrated in the classics and afterwards he studied law and philosophy at the State University. On top of all this, he dedicated himself to the guitar carrying out his training at the Civic School of Music. In 1995 he graduated from the Conservatory and went on to specialize in the interpretation of 19th century music paying close attention to matters of performance practice and is an esteemed interpreter of Classical and Romantic period sources utilizing period guitars.

In an intense career as a performer, lecturer, teacher and researcher, Marco Battaglia gives his concerts as a soloist in 28 nations through the five continents also in collaboration with Universities, Festivals, Italian Embassies, Consulates and Institutes of Culture. Past performances, recitals and masterclasses, include tours in the USA, in New York, Radford University International Guitar Festival, Virginia, Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Mexico City, Peru – Lima International Guitar Festival, Australia (in Sydney – Conservatorium of Music for The Italian Festival, Melbourne – Melba Hall, Spring Early Music Festival, Brisbane – Griffith University, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra – Australian National University, Wollongong, Newcastle and, organised by the Italian Consulate in Perth, at Fremantle Foley Hall), in New Zealand (Wellington, Auckland University, Christchurch), China (Beijing Italian Institute of Culture Theater, Hong Kong International Guitar Festival at Sha Tin Auditorium and Shenzhen Press Building), Russia (Moskow Conservatory, Rachmaninoff Hall, “The Universe of Sound” Festival), Bangkok (Stock Exchange Auditorium), Jakarta (Schouwburg Festival, Gedung Kesenian Theatre), Tunisia, and, in Europe, hundreds of concerts in Paris (UNESCO Headquarters), Lyon, Marseilles, Ronda (International Guitar Festival) and other Spain cities, Lisbon, London, Oslo, Copenhaghen, Krakow, Amsterdam, Berlin – Potsdam, Frankfurt, Bonn, Duesseldorf, Rust – Vienna (International Guitar Festival), Basel, Bern, Athens, Hermoupolis Guitar Festival, Ljubljana (Radio Slovenia), Lipica Festival, Zagreb, Belgrade (Philarmonic Hall), Rome (Palazzo Barberini), Milan (Teatro alla Scala Museum concert season, Castello Sforzesco..), Mantova, Genoa (“Carlo Felice” Theatre, Conservatory), Imperia Guitar Festival, Florence (Palazzo Pitti and ‘Il Suono dell’anima’ Festival, Rome (Palazzo Barberini), for various festivals like Sagra Musicale Umbra, Estate Spoletina, Taormina Arte, and in Naples, Bari, Cagliari and Messina (Laudamo Philarmonic). His interviews and performances have been broadcasted by RAI (Italian State TV and Radio), Slovenian State TV and Radio, RTS (Serbian State Television), Kultura TV (Moskow), Asian TV (Thailand), TVB (Hong Kong), ABC, SBS (Australia), Radio New Zealand and many others.

He is artistic director of ‘800MusicaFestival (13 editions) and Milano Classical Guitar Festival (4 editions). “A guitar from the 19th century” and other CDs are published by MAP also in partnership with Radio Marconi. He also performs in duo with traverso flutist Anna Armenante and in 19th century guitar Duo Fabricatore with his US colleague Robert Trent.

Italian musician Anna Armenante graduated in flute as a student of the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory in Milan, completing a two years training and at the same time beginning to study with Alfred Rutz in Lugano (Switzerland). She received the 2nd Level Academic Diploma at the Milan Conservatory and, approaching the ancient music with the flute, studying with Francesca Odling in Turin, she graduated in baroque flute at the Conservatory of Verona and attended the main masterclasses and summer courses in Italy dedicated to early music. She performs in different ensembles in Turin, at the Galleria Sabaudia,, the Waldensian Temple, at the Conservatory, for Opera Munifica Istruzione at Santena Castle, at the Museum of Antiquities and the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale. She took part in several productions of the Accademia Montis Regalis, performing as a soloist in the Concerto for Two Flutes by J. F. Fasch. Anna performs in chamber groups, in particular with the Opera Ensemble of Milan, with which she performed at the International Festival “Opera Barga” (Lucca), Teatro Litta (Milan) and in many other occasions; with the Art Ensemble, she played in Milano at the Sala Verdi and in the cloister of the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory, at the Web Space of Messaggerie Musicali, the Diocesan Museum and the Civic Planetarium; with Trio Sirian for several years and at the Teatro Out Off with the show entitled “The Armenian of rue de la Paix”. She held often first parts with different orchestras including: “Giorgio Strehler” Orchestra in Milan, “City of Verona” Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Conservatory of Milan, Youth Orchestra Jupiter, OpeCam Orchestra of Milan, Arteviva Chamber Orchestra, Ticinensis Chamber Orchestra, with which she performed as a soloist. Since 2014 she has been heavily involved in more than 50 concerts with 19th century original instruments with guitarist Marco Battaglia in duos and with the ‘800 Musica Ensemble.