Oct 7, 2015

Guest Director and Violin Soloist Elisa Citterio Makes Tafelmusik Debut November 5 to 8, 2015

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"Elisa Citterio ... tackled the endlessly unfolding, seemingly unstoppable invention of Uccellini's Bergamasca with infectious enthusiasm."  — The Scotsman

Toronto (Canada), October 6, 2015 … Italian violinist Elisa Citterio makes her Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra debut as guest director and soloist for Baroque Masters, November 5 to 8, 2015 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall.  A post-performance Talkback (Q&A) with Citterio and select musicians takes place on Thursday, November 5. As part of Tafelmusik’s Baroque Mentors series, on Saturday, November 7 from 11am to 1 PM, Elisa Citterio will give a public Guest Artist Masterclass. Admission to the Master Class is free for all, with a suggested donation of $10.
 
Baroque Masters is Citterio’s exploration of three major 18th century European musical styles — Italian, French, and German. The programme includes the Corelli’s Concerto grosso in F Major, Bach’s Concerto for violin in A Minor, Locatelli’s Concerto in E-flat Major "Il pianto d'Arianna," Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 oboes & 2 violins in D Major, Fasch’s Orchestral Suite in D Minor, and a work by Muffat that Tafelmusik is performing for the first time, Florilegium secundum: Fasciculus IV.
 
“I am very excited to make my debut with Tafelmusik,” said Citterio in an interview. “I am honoured to play with such an important, internationally known ensemble. You can imagine what wonderful opportunities there are for musical exchange for an Italian musician visiting a different culture!” 
 
Elisa Citterio completed her musical studies at the Conservatory L. Marenzio in Brescia and obtained her diploma in violin and viola with top marks and an honorable mention. Under the guidance of a number of international teachers, she furthered her studies in baroque violin.
 
Citterio’s artistic life is divided between orchestral activity and chamber music: Since 2004, Elisa Citterio has been a member of the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She was  concertmaster and soloist for the orchestra of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, and has performed in the most important theatres and concert halls in Northern Italy. Her chamber music activity includes appearances with such prestigious ensembles as Dolce & Tempesta, Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Accordone, Zefiro, La Venexiana, La Risonanza, and Ensemble 415. In addition to her role as first violin and director of the Ensemble Brixia Musicalis and chamber music performances with harpsichordist Stefano Demicheli, Citterio has taken part in many tours and recordings. 
 
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Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, 416 481‐1161 | e‐mail: ltrisi@sympatico.ca 
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