Maria Clara Mandolesi
Italy, Turin Piedmont Cello
Maria Clara Mandolesi was born in Turin on September 16th 2003. She started playing the cello at the age of 5 at Suzuki Academy and she continued her studies with Luca Simoncini and at the Pavia Cello Academy of Enrico Dindo. Currently she studies with Massimo Macrì, 1st Principal Cello OSN Rai, and she attends the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona with Antonio Meneses.
At the age of 10 she made her first debut as a soloist with the Orchestra Leopold Mozart Sinfonietta at the Vittoria Theatre in Turin as part of the Atelier Giovani project promoted by the Unione Musicale of Turin.
In February 2020, at just 16 years old, she was a finalist at the "Anton Rubinstein Competition" in Dusseldorf, as the youngest competitor among more than 60 candidates from all over the world.
Also in February 2020 she won the First Prize at the International Music Competition Paris and at the award ceremony, in August 2020, she made her debut at the Wiener Saal of the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
In 2019 she won the First Prize at the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Brussels (on the occasion of the winners' concert she performed Tchaikovsky's Rococò Variations at the Bozar, Center for Fine Arts) and the Second Prize at the Antonio Vivaldi International Competition in Vienna, debuting in WDR's Haydn Hall.
Other awards include: first prize in the "Young interpreters" competition in Turin (only 6 years old), first prize at the International Competition for Young Musicians in Treviso and first prize at the 12th International Competition "City of Padua Prize" (at 10 years old), first prize at the XX "Città di Giussano" Instrumental Competition (at 11 years old), first prize at the XXV Riviera della Versilia D. Ridolfi Competition (at 12 years old), first prize at the 18th Valsesia Musica Juniores International Competition (at 13 years old).
Maria Clara has held many concerts as a soloist, soloist with orchestra and in chamber music ensembles in various Italian and European cities, such as Salzburg, Vienna, Brussels, Rome, Turin, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Padua, Tarquinia, Elba Island, Bassano del Grappa, Atri, Sacile, Cittadella, Forlì, Verona, San Vito di Cadore.
She has attended numerous masterclasses of renowned cello and chamber music teachers: Antonio Meneses, Asier Polo, Mario Brunello, Jérome Pernoo, Leszek Brodowski, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Massimo Macrì, Luca Simoncini, Paolo Andriotti, Fernando Caida Greco. During the Masterclass of M ° Leszek Brodowski he had the opportunity to play with the Heritage Klavierquartett of the Universitat der Kunste Berlin.
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