Paolo Tagliamento, Violin
Alessandra Doninelli, Violoncello
Riccardo Gagliardi, Piano
The Trio Michelangeli was founded in Munich by the violinist Paolo Tagliamento, the cellist Alessandra Doninelli and the pianist Riccardo Gagliardi united not only by friendship but for a deep love for the chamber music repertoire.
The trio is named after the extraordinary pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, in whom the three musicians find great inspiration: an eclectic and refined character, meditative and universal, capable of blending cantabile and rigour, strength and delicacy, who profoundly marked the musical taste of his era and future generations. Italian by birth but a citizen of the world, his life and artistic bond with Switzerland represents the union between the two countries, places of origin of the three musicians.
Through their education and solo career, the trio boasts members capable of demonstrating not only technique, but also refinement and musicality. Paolo Tagliamento is the only Italian to have won the Rodolfo Lipizer Prize, Riccardo Gagliardi has been awarded prizes in more than 20 international competitions and Alessandra Doninelli has made her debut as a soloist at the Berliner Philharmonie and on some of the world's most renowned stages.
Paolo Tagliamento, Violin
Born in Conegliano, Italy in March 1997, Paolo Tagliamento completed his violin studies and graduated from the Conservatory G. Verdi of Milan at the age of 15 with full marks, laude, and Honors. In September 2015, he won the prestigious 34th International Violin Competition "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer" in Gorizia, becoming the only Italian winner in the history of the competition since 1982.
In 2014/2015 he studied with M. Salvatore Accardo at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, Italy.In 2013, he met the world renowned pedagogue, Ana Chumachenco, who brought him to Madrid to study at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, with a scholarship kindly offered by Mr. John Elkann (FIAT). He received the 2015/2016 award for the most outstanding string quartet of Prof. Heime Müller's class and the 2016/2017 award for the most outstanding student of Prof. Ana Chumachenco's class. He was presented with both awards by Her Royal Highness Queen Sofía.
He has given concerts as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles in Europe, Asia and Australia, and he has been invited as guest to play at the Italian embassies of Bruxelles and Colombo. He regularly plays as a soloist in prestigious halls in the city of Munich, where he resides. He has participated in prestigious international music festival and collaborated with many orchestras, including Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra of Milan, Chamber Music Society of Colombo, Bad Reichenhaller Philarmonie, Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, Art of sound orchestra of Melbourne and Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra under the baton of M. Yuri Bashmet.
He has been a guest on Italian Television (RAI 1, RAI 3) and has been broadcast on many local televisions
and radios. He is a founding member of the "I Solisti di Radio Veneto" chamber orchestra, which aims to value and promote the tradition of Venetian Classical Music.
He has formed since 2019 a stable duo with the renowned Italian guitarist Massimo Scattolin, with whom he has performed in Italy, Germany and Australia, where in 2020 they launched their first CD to an overseas audience. Their latest project "Tribute to Morricone" got acclaimed in several Italian cities.
In July 2021 he made his debut as Baroque soloist with the world renowned Venice Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Andrea Marcon.
In the past years he had the privilege and honour to be deeply appreciated and counselled by the great Italian violinist Uto Ughi.
He plays on the Pietro Rogeri 1701, known as the "Milanollo", kindly offered by the ProCanale foundation of Milan, and he uses Dogal strings, a prestigious brand of Italian strings, handmade for generations by the same Venetian family.
Alessandra Doninelli, Violoncello
The Swiss-Austrian cellist Alessandra Doninelli earned international recognition with her debut at the Berlin Philharmonie giving the premiere of Daniel Pacitti cello concerto. Her radiant personality and expressive musicianship, brought Alessandra on the stages of the world’s leading venues, including the Tokyo Opera City, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Minato-Mirei hall in Yokohama, the Swiss federal Palace, the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona and the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.
Alessandra recently appeared as a soloist with the "Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana", the “ Basel Sinfonieorchester”, the "Stuttgarter Kammerorchester", the “Camerata dei Castelli” and the “Eurasian Soloists Chamber Orchestra” under the baton of Andrey Boreyko, Kevin Griffiths, Paul Gulda, Andreas Laake and François Benda.
“Music is capable of moving the mountains and when we share those fleeting episodes of sound with others, the entire planet finds itself in another galaxy” through those words Alessandra expresses the power that chamber music has for her. She worked with inspiring mentors including Günter Pichler (alban Berg quartet), Oliver Wille, Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quarett), Heime Müller (Artemis Quarett), Heinz Holliger and won the prize for the “best chamber music group with piano” of 2020-2021 academic year at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia awarded by the queen of Spain.
Alessandra performed at various festivals including "Herbst in der Helferei", “Pablo Casals Festival”, “Monighetti&Friends, “Musik Miteinander” at the Kronberg Academy, “Musique à Flaine”, “Eggenfelden Klassisch”, “Ceresio Estate” and collaborated with inspiring chamber music partners such as Vilde Frang, Yura Lee, Fabio di Casola, Mi-kyung Lee, Roland Glassl and Calogero Palermo.
The BBC Radio3 broadcasted multiple times the live-recording of her Saint Saens cello concerto with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. She created a long lasting relationship with the Swiss-Italian Radio-television (RSI) giving a live-concert recital with the pianist Dominic Chamot, appearing in the tv program “Paganini” and in the documentary film “Archi nel Sol Levante”. For the RSI Alessandra also recorded the piano trio of the Dutch composer Elisabeth Kuyper, showing her passion for the discovery of neglected composer and her aim to bring their music to light.
Alessandra studied under the guidance of Ivan Monighetti and Sol Gabetta at the Hochschule für Musik Basel and later at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. Furthermore she was part of the 2019 class at the Pavia cello academy with Enrico Dindo and is currently studying with Wen Sinn Yang at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.
Riccardo Gagliardi, Piano
Riccardo Gagliardi began studying piano privately with his father, a teacher at the Conservatory of Perugia, doing the pre-academic study at the Rinaldo Franci Institute of Higher Musical Studies in Siena, and with M. Piernarciso Masi. In 2016, he moved to Munich in order to study at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater by Professor Margarita Höhenrieder-Dornier, a teacher with whom he graduated in 2020 and completed his concert-oriented master's degree in 2022 with the best note (1.0). He is currently further perfecting himself by attending the master's degree in chamber music by Prof. Silke Avenhaus at the Hochschule in Munich and taking the three-year conducting course at the international academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola by Prof. Marco Boni. Since 2020 he has become principal assistant of M. Höhenrieder in Munich. He specialized with internationally renowned masters including: M. Andras Schiff; M. Riccardo Risaliti; M. Ingo Dannhorn; M. Johann Schmidt; M. Piernarciso Masi; etc. His piano skill has led him to perform in the European music scene for numerous festivals and seasons in Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Romania, etc…, either as a soloist, in chamber ensembles or with orchestras from the international scene, including: orchestra of Aachen, Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra "Mihail Jora", orchestra "Estrorchestra" of Livorno, chamber orchestra of Gubbio, etc.
Riccardo Gagliardi is the winner of numerous national and international awards, including: first prize at the international competition Lagny-Sur-Marne (Paris, category "Jeune"), four prizes in three editions (4th, 2nd, 1st prize and special prize for the best performance of a classical sonata) at the international competition "San Donà di Piave", third prize at the international competition "Harald Genzmer" in Munich, first prize and first prize overall at the national competition "Città di Piove di Sacco", second prize at the "Sergio Cafaro Prize" international competition in Rome, as well as 2nd prize at the "MozARTe International Piano Competition" in Aachen, third prize at the "Orbetello International Piano Competition," third prize at the "Delia Steinberg" international competition in Madrid, second prize at the "Maria Giubilei" international competition, first prize at the national competition "Città di Riccione," second prize at the international competition "Sergio Cafaro Prize" in Rome, special jury prize at the "Youth of Music International Competition" in Bucharest, first prize at the "Massarosa International Piano Competition," first prize at the "Amigdala International Piano Competition." first prize at the "Franz Liszt Center Competition" in Budapest, recently 3 prizes (first category, first overall of the whole competition, special prize for the best performance of classical piece) at the "Città di Minerbio" International Competition September 2022, first prize at the 31st Roma International Piano Competition - emerging pianists section, November 2022.