Simone Di Crescenzo

Born in Italy he began his musical studies at the age of four and after obtaining the Master of  Arts – Diploma in music performance – Piano under the guidance of Daniela De Ninis at the “L. D’Annunzio” Conservatory of Pescara, he attended specialization piano courses with Antonio Ballista, Paolo Bordoni, Bruno Canino, and Piero Rattalino. In 2004 he studied at the Faculty of Musicology at Cremona University of Pavia.

He specialized later in Milan, where he studied Composition at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory and where he graduated in 2008 at the Academy of the Teatro alla Scala, whose artistic direction was entrusted to Leyla Gencer. During these academic years he had already shown his inclination for the study of vocalism and was noted by Mirella Freni, who invited him personally to attend the school she had founded. However, he owes his vocal operatic training to the famous Italian soprano and pianist Paola Molinari, with whom he studied at the “Centro Universale del Belcanto” of Modena, where he later worked as accompanying pianist.

In recent years he has studied some aspects of the vocal technique of the ancient Italian school with Lina Vasta, former student of Giannina Arangi Lombardi, and of the practice of vocal accompaniment in Chamber music with Leone Magiera. He is currently specializing in Musicology at the Department of Greek-Latin, Italian and Scenic-Music Studies at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

He has performed in concerts both as a soloist and in several vocal and instrumental ensembles. He has held concerts as a pianist at prestigious festivals and theatres including recently the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Teatro Regio in Parma, the John Palmer Theater in Lugano, the Festival dei 2Mondi di Spoleto, the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, Chamber Music Festival in Tallinn, the Teatro Lauro Rossi  in Macerata, the Festival Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi, the Amici del Loggione of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the Teatro Marrucino in Chieti, the Festival delle Muse of Cremona, the Teatro Verdi in Busseto and many others. Since the beginning of his career he has worked both as a pianist and as a master trainer with singers of international prominence and world stars of Opera such as Sumi Jo, Daniela Dessì, Vittorio Grigolo, Luca Canonici, Atalla Ayan, Carmela Remigio, Adriana Maliponte and dancers of the Corps de Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In 2012 was the personal pianist of Daniela Dessì until the premature death of the soprano. In chamber music he collaborates with the violinist Yury Revich, ‘artist of the year’ in 2015 and ECHO Klassik winner and with the German clarinetist Nicolai Pfeffer.

From 2007 to 2009 he was the creator and artistic manager of the MITOFringe project, at the MITO SettembreMusica International Festival of Milan-Turin, curating a program of over 60 concerts, festival where he was also the director of production in 2013. From 2009 to 2011 he was assistant to the artistic director, in charge of the artistic secretary, master trainer and vocal coach for the Italian Opera School at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, during the supervision of Marco Tutino. He was the author and musical director of the project “Let’s learn the Opera! – Madama Butterfly Pocket” realized with the Pergolesi Spontini Foundation of Jesi. From 2011 to 2012 he was assistant to the artistic director Alberto Triola at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca and music director for the “Rodolfo Celletti” Academy of Belcanto of the Paolo Grassi Foundation. In 2012 he was musical manager and vocal coach for a new production of Tosca by Puccini at the Stadttheater in Klagenfurt, directed by Stefano Poda. From 2011 to 2016 he was artistic director and organizational manager for a series of concerts held at the Teatro dal Verme in Milan by the Rossini Orchestra from Pesaro, from the Orchestra of the Italian Opera in Parma and from the Italian Cinema Orchestra. He held the position of artistic coordinator of the “Ottavio Ziino” international lyric competition in Rome and in 2009 he was artistic director of the “Salvadei” Opera Prize awarded to Pier Luigi Pizzi. Since he was very young, he has dedicated himself to teaching, both in methodological and strictly technical-musical fields, as a singing and piano teacher.

Heir of the highest Italian Belcanto tradition, he has been engaged for more than ten years in research and experimentation in the field of music, with particular attention to the procedure of the performance of the historical Belcanto, both in the operatic repertoire and chamber music. His interests touch different areas: the relationship between piano and vocal techniques from Classicism to Early Romanticism, with studies on Muzio Clementi, Gaspare Spontini and Gioachino Rossini; the evolution of vocal techniques from the Baroque to the twentieth century, with comparative studies between historical treatises and recordings; the aesthetics of Belcanto and its implications in executive practice. He is the author of essays and articles published in specialized magazines and periodicals and has been the curator of theatre notes and listening guides in collaboration with the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, the Teatro Rossini of Pesaro, the Pergolesi Spontini Foundation of Jesi, the Teatro della Fortuna in Fano, the Teatro dal Verme in Milan and the Teatro Lauro Rossi in Macerata. He is currently working on a research project conducted on the personal archive of the music critic Rodolfo Celletti, held at the Paolo Grassi Foundation of Martina Franca.

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