Symphonies in the Citadel
Byron 200


Symphonies in the Citadel Byron 200

July 30, 9:15 p.m.
Firmafede Fortress, Sarzana


Theodor Doré (1993 – )
The Roman Suite

Max Bruch (1838 – 1920)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, op.26

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)
Manfred Overture in E-flat major, op. 115

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) / Luciano Berio (1925 – 2003)
Sonata for Clarinet and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1

Andrea Cicalese, violin – Alexander Bedenko, clarinet
Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini
Jaume Santonja, director

A quickly rising presence, violinist Andrea Cicalese, was born in Naples, Italy, in 2005. Despite his young age, Andrea has already performed as soloist on some of the most important stages in Europe. Andrea is currently performing on a violin built by Guarneri ‘Del Gesú’ (Cremona, 1731), whose loan was made possible thanks to the cultural and philanthropic initiative “Adopt a Musician,” promoted and sponsored by MusicMasterpieces SA – Lugano (CH). The upcoming season includes recitals in Europe with pianists Alexander Malofeev, Eric Lu, Filippo Gorini, Massimo Spada and many others, as well as his debuts at Ravello Festival, Dvořák Festival, Lerici Music Festival, Festival della Tuscia and Associazione Opera Prima in Italy, as well as his debuts at Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival and Mosel Musik Festival in Germany. Followed by his debuts at the festivals, Andera will be performing Bruch’s violin concerto with Munich Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Joseph Bastian. Andrea will give his recital debut at Tonhalle Zürich, followed by concerts across Europe and he will be returning to the United States of America as a soloist with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and their multiple GRAMMY-winning music director JoAnn Falletta performing Glazunov’s Violin Concerto.
Alexander Bedenko, clarinet

Gramophone Magazine – “Timbrally, the performances are ravishing. Bedenko’s tone is the most luxurious velvet.” The multi award-winning, Ukrainian-born American clarinetist Alexander Bedenko has appeared in recitals at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Steinway Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C and UNESCO in Paris. Graduated from the prestigious The Curtis Institute of Music, Alexander Bedenko collaborated with artists such as Vladimir Spivakov, Christoph Eschenbach, Nikolai Lugansky, Kirill Gernstein, Daniel Hope, Nabuko Imai, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Gautier Capucon and with the Borodin, Jerusalem, Alma, Ariel, Endellion, Zemlinsky and Orion string quartets. Solo appearances include the Romanian National Radio orchestra, Uzbekistan and Ukraine National Symphony orchestras, the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra and chamber music recitals at the Colmar, Verbier, Spoleto, Lerici, Malta, Miami, Mozaic and Schubertiade festivals. In 2019, Alexander Bedenko released his acclaimed debut album on Orchid classics with Kyril Zlotnikov and Itamar Golan as well as “Finding Home” album on Sony classics in March 2022. In 2021, Muzyka Edition has published worldwide Alexander Bedenko’s transcriptions of Tchaikovsky album of pieces for clarinet and piano. A former Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra principal clarinetist, Alexander Bedenko was invited by Riccardo Muti as guest principal clarinetist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra European tour and has performed as guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst. Alexander Bedenko is a Selmer Paris and D’Addario woodwinds Artist.


The concert is scheduled to begin at 9:15 pm. The kind audience is advised to arrive early to proceed to take their seats.