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Graduate Degree: Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Master Degree: Conservatorio 'Antonio Buzzolla' Adria, Bachelor Degree: Fine Arts Academy 'Pietro Vannucci' Perugia, Professional Certificate: Conservatorio 'Gesualdo da Venosa' Potenza
2017 - Boston Conservatory at Berklee Merit Scholarship
2004 - 2012 - Conservatorio 'Gesualdo da Venosa' Merit Scholarship
2004 - First Prize category solo harp performance competition in Taranto, Italy
I am a classical harpist currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. I am passionate about collaborative projects of contemporary classical music and recording compositions written for the harp. As classical harpist I love the orchestra environment and had the opportunity to join different ensembles both in Italy and in Boston. During these years I became very passionate about teaching and bringing the harp closer and accessible to the students who might be interested in learning how to play it. I started playing the piano as child and the harp at the age of 14; as teacher I am happy to teach piano lessons from beginning to intermediate level and harp from beginner to advanced. My education includes a Diploma in harp performance from the Conservatory ‘Gesualdo da Venosa’ in Potenza, a Bachelor degree in Visual and Performing Arts from the Fine Arts Academy 'Pietro Vannucci' in Perugia, the Master degree in harp interpretation and composition from the Conservatory ‘Antonio Buzzolla’ in Adria, Italy, and the Graduate performance diploma from Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Boston, Ma.
I started teaching as assistant of my professor in 2010 and eventually I received a year of professional pedagogy tutoring during my Master studies. I am now continuing my education as a Suzuki teacher because I truly admire this method and I am committed to guiding children in reaching technical ease and feeling a natural state of effortlessness when approaching the instrument, practicing alone, receiving lessons and performing on stage. What I love the most about teaching is having the opportunity to guide other musicians into the discovery of their musical worlds and to explore their innate talents and passions. It's a gift for me to inspire in them the desire to work towards an endless improvement of technical ease and into feeling a natural state of effortlessness when approaching the instrument, practicing alone, receiving lessons and performing on stage.
As harpist I believe in the solidity of the Salzedo conditioning exercises, following the Renié method, and exploring together with each harpist what their particular preferences of the repertory might be and where they would lead us. During my years at the Boston Conservatory I had the opportunity to be close to the teaching of the Effortless Mastery institute by Kenny Werner, and I am committed in guiding the students I have the privilege to work with in becoming familiar with his teaching and liberating contact to the instrument.
The most rewarding part for me is to witness how students become more curious, brave and energized in all the aspects of their life when learning how to play an instrument. I like to ask if there is already any particular area or topic they would like to work on more deeply, or sometimes there is a specific goal in mind, such as a recital, concert, competition, set of repertoire, or figuring out how to overcome any challenge that may appear during the studies. In that case I like to go backwards from the solution to all the different steps we could consider from the beginning and work together on the process.
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