PAOLO GHIDONI, born in Mantova in 1964, graduated at the age of 17 with honors from the Conservatory of Music in Mantova, under the guidance of the Maestro Ferruccio Sangiorgi.
He attended three years professional orchestral qualifications courses at the Music School in Fiesole, he improved his studies with Franco Gulli at the “Accademia Chigiana” where he obtained several times the certificate of merit in chamber music with the “Trio di Trieste” both in Fiesole and at the “Accademia Chigiana” in Siena.
He also studied with Franco Claudio Ferrari in Mantova, with Salvatore Accardo in Cremona also with Corrado Romano at the Conservatory in Ginevre and with Ivry Gitlis at the Academiy on Sion. He won a large number of awards, including “Vittorio Gui” inFirenze in 1983 with the “Trio Matisse”, with which he has palyed for more than twentyfive years all over the world.
In 1983 he also won the award for violin and chamber music in Stresa and in Cesena, the second prize “Casella” in Rome and the second prize at the competition “Brahms” in Postfäch. In 1998, thanks to the great composer Georgi
Kurtag’s suggestion, he began playing as the first violin with the “Quartetto Orlando” of Amsterdam. He has been the first solo and concertatore violin of the “Virtuosi Italiani” for fifteen years, he collaborated as sparring partner, as solo and in chamber groups with great artists like Dino Sciolla, Mario Brunello, Enrico Dindo, Giuliano Carmignola, Franco
Maggio Ormezowky, Bruno Canino, Franco Petracchi, Hermann Baumann, Ifor James, Danilo Rossi. He played in Zagabria with Enrico Dindo the Double concerto of Brahms with the Zagabria Symphony Orchestra and he was recorded for the local radio.
He is the leader and the first violin of the “Quartetto dell’Accademia Virgiliana” of Mantova
and co-founder with the cellist Piero Bosna and the pianist Cristian Burato of the “Trio di Mantova”; he collaborates as first and solo violin with a lot of important musical groups, like the “Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto”.
He played in more than 1500 concerts and toured the world (Europe, America, Australia, Asia). He recorded for Bongiovanni,Hermitage and for the magazine “Amadeus”. Recently he has set the record of all A. Rolla’s concerts for Dyamic. He also recorded for Brilliant Classic. In the late years he has been rediscovering not so well know Italian composers, recording unedited compositions. He plays a violin made by Corrado Cavalieri, a violin made by Giuseppe Arrè and aprecious “Santa Giuliana” violin and a “Sartori” fiddlestick, owned by the great violinist Franco Claudio Ferrari, kindly granted by the Conservatory L. Campani in Mantova.
He also owns a “Pedrazzini” violin (1936). He now teaches chamber music at the Conservatory of Mantova.
MARCO TEZZA , born in Vicenza/Italy in 1964, attended the Conservatory of Music in Vicenza, studying piano with Milde Molinari, Carlo Mazzoli and violin with Giovanni Guglielmo and Giuliana Padrin. He earned his diploma with distinction and honourable mention in piano in 1984. He further refined his knowledge in Italy (Imola Accademy) with Jorg Demus, Gyorgy Sandor and Bruno Canino, and in France with Aquiles Delle Vigne, attending the Ecole Normale "A. Cortot" in Paris , where he obtained the "Diplome Superieur d'Exècution”.
In addition, he has won several international competitions in piano: Citta di Treviso (First Prize); La Spezia (First Prize); RAI (First Prize); Moncalieri (European Prize for Chamber Music); Busoni Viotti and Pretoria (Graduate).
To these important prizes he adds a rich concert activity in prestigious concert-halls in Europe, North and South America, Africa and the Middle-East: La Fenice Theatre of Venezia , Auditorium RAI in Turin, Milan, Rome, Palermo, Cagliari, Tonhalle in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano, Salle Cortot in Paris, Bruxelles, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Kiel, Lubeck, Cologne, Culture Hall in Sofia, Plovdiv, Old Mutual Auditorium in Pretoria (South Africa), Tawes Theatre of Washington, New York, Dom Silvero Theatre in Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Nova Lima, San Paolo (Brazil), Assembly Hall of Beirut, Tripoli and La Habana, Forbidden City Concerthall in Beijing, Manasterly Palace -Il Cairo, Gumi Music Festival (Korea), Australia and New Zealand, to mention the more important ones.
Nevertheless, his concert commitments did not prevent him from concluding his studies in violin, which have proved to be extremely important for his subsequent career as a conductor.
His creative personality has lead him to collaborate with important partners for chamber-music, such as Ughi, Brunello, Carmignola, Ashkenazy, Klein and Nordio. With the bandoneonist Massimiliano Pitocco and the double bass player Daniele Roccato, M.T. has started the TrisTango, which plays Piazzolla's repertoire in a new version, influenced by various musical genres. He has collaborated with important conductors such as Rizzi, Pidò, Hogwood, Hacker, etc.
He has often been invited to take part in the jury of prestigious international competitions of piano and chamber music, in quality of "Honorary member" of the "Accademia Veneta di Arti e Scienze".
He was invited to the "Universitè de S. Esprit" of Beirut (where he obtained a chair as "Professeur invitè"), the Conservatory and NBU in Sofia, the "Victorian College of the Arts" of Melbourne and Hamilton Waikato University in Australia and NewZealand, the University of South Florida, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kentucky, Emporia State University, Southern Oregon University, the UNEAC in La Habana, Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy in Riga and the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallin where he has given Master Classes and a series of televised concerts.
He attended Lyudmill Descev's orchestra directing courses and graduated as a conductor (with honourable mention) in 1993 at the "Benvenuti" Academy of Conegliano Veneto.
He has assisted M.° De Bernardt and M.° Kovatchev; his dèbut as a conductor which were received with enthusiastic reviews.
In the course of his career, Marco Tezza has collaborated both as soloist and conductor with several chamber and symphonic orchestras such as: "Pedrollo Chamber Orchestra", the "Florence Symphonietta", the "I Fiati della Scala", the "Accademia Bizantina", the "Philarmonic Orchestra of Udine", the "Philarmonic Orchestra of S. Remo", the "Toscanini Symphony Orchestra", the "Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto", the "Filarmonia Veneta", the "Sofia Chamber Orchestra", the "Viotti Chamber Orchestra", the "State Symphony Orchestra of Plovdiv", the "Soloist of Bologna", the "Jeunesse Musicale Symphony Orchestra", the "Praga Symphony Orchestra", the "Jugend-Symphonie-orchester des Saarlandes", the "Sofia FM Young Radio Orchestra", the “Burgas State Opera Orchestra”, the “Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra” from Alaska, the “Seoul Prime Philarmonic” and several more ones.
In 1994, he founded the "Stravinskij Chamber Orchestra", which he still conducts, and which has been invited to some important festivals and international tournèes ("Vivaldi Festival" in Venice, "Gardaland Festival", Lebanon, Brazil and TonArt in Germany).
As regards Opera, he has collaborated with the "ATERFORUM" presenting Donizetti's "Don Pasquale", Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" and Piazzolla’s “Maria de Buenos Aires” in the Theatres of Ferrara, Modena, Parma, Rovigo, Bologna and Vicenza.
He has recorded LP s and CDs for Balkanton, Klingsor, Velut Luna, On-Classical and AS disc.
He is Permanent Professor of piano at the Conservatory "PEDROLLO" in Vicenza