Fabrizio Meloni

Fabrizio Meloni, since 1984, has been the first solo lead clarinet of the Orchestra and the Philharmonic of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He finished his clarinet studies at Milan’s Conservatorio G. Verdi with cum laude and special mention for his artistic achievement.

Winner of dozens of national and international prizes (ARD Munchen-1987, Prague –1987, etc), he has worked with soloists of international reputation: Bruno Canino, Alexander Lonquich, Michele Campanella, Heinrich Schiff, Friederich Gulda, Nazzareno Carusi, Editha Gruberova, the Hagen Quartet, Myung-Whun Chung, Philip Moll and the Fine Arts Quartet. He has toured the United States and Israel with the “Quintetto a Fiati Italiano”, performing works specially dedicated to this ensemble by Luciano Berio (with whom he has collaborated through the years 1989-1994) and Salvatore Sciarrino. With Nuovo Quintetto Italiano he has already toured South America and the Far East, receiving enthusiastic reviews from the public and critics alike. He has had the same success in various series of concerts in Japan with Phillip Moll and I Solisti della Scala (Tokyo and Osaka), performing a programme of Italian Opera collections recorded in the CD “I Fiati all’Opera” (DAD Records).

With the ensemble I Solisti della Scala Trio he has performed all over the world. The Washington Post wrote about their recital in Washington, DC: “An evening of breathtaking artistry”. In 2007 he has toured Italy, Germany, the United States, Australia and Japan playing duo with the pianist Nazzareno Carusi, celebrating the anniversaries of Johannes Brahms and Domenico Scarlatti. After their performance for the Hamburg’s Brahms-Gesellschaft, Cord Garben (the artistic producer of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli’s Deutsche Grammophone recordings) wrote: “Listening to their recital has been an unforgettable adventure”.

He has recorded various works including the Sinfonia Concertante and the Concerto K 622 for clarinet and orchestra with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti; Pulcherrima Ignota with the Bairav Ensemble: tribute to the tzigane music in the world; Duo Obliquo with Carl Boccadoro; the Quintetti for clarinet and strings by Mozart and Brahms; the Histoire du Soldat by Stavinskij in the double version for trio and settimino with Domenico Nordio, Giorgia Tomassi and I Solisti della Scala; the Quatuor pour la fin des temps by Messiaen with the Trio Johannes. For the most prestigious Italian musical magazine, Amadeus, he has produced the Concertos for clarinetto and orchestra by Rossini, Donizetti and Mercadante with the Accademia Filarmonica of Verona; and the two Sonatas op. 120 for piano and clarinet by Brahms with Nazzareno Carusi: this recording has been defined as “skillful” in the same review. In 2009 several recordings were released including: the DVD “Duets” (Warner), the Francaix/Nielsen/Copland’s Clarinet Concertos (Amadeus), and “Ol ari Nyiro Diary” (by Fabrizio Meloni & Roberto Prosseda, from novels by Kuki Gallman).

He has given masterclasses for the Paris’ Conservatory of Music, the Advanced Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano, the Tokyo University, the New York’s Manhattan School, the Chicago’s North Eastern Illinois University, the Academy Ca’ Zenobio in Treviso and for the summer courses of Monterubbiano (AP). He also teaches for the Teatro alla Scala’s Academy, the Conservatorio di Udine (Italy) and the Conservatorio de Musica in Zaragoza (Spain).

He is author of the book “The Clarinet”, published by Zecchini Editore, and prefaced by Riccardo Muti.

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