Alberto Casadei

Cellist and Composer

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"...the young cellist Alberto Casadei, impressed in Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with his perfect technique and musicality, doubled by a special human quality...his encore of his own composition (In memory of Piazzolla) was applauded vigorously by the audience..." Mirela Stînga - The Telegraph Romania

Alberto Casadei is one of the most exciting young Italian cellists of today. As well as performing as a soloist and chamber musician, he is also a composer and is passionate about writing and performing his own genre of music. He holds a Master of Arts and Advanced Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Most recently, Alberto performed the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto n°1 at the Maison de la Culture de Nevers, France. Last season as a chamber musician, he performed the Popov Septet under Valery Gergiev at De Doelen, Rotterdam, in trio and in quartet for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana Festival in Rimini, in trio at the Teatro Umberto Giordano in Foggia and for the Festival “Le Printemps du Violon” in Paris. Apart from the standard repertoire, Alberto is interested in discovering rarely performed pieces including Khatchaturian’s Rhapsody Concerto and Bernstein’s “Three meditations from Mass”.

Alberto has also performed with orchestras including the Virtuosi Italiani in Verona, the Filarmonica Marchigiana for Ravenna Musica, the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans, the Uto Ughi per Roma Orchestra in Rome and the National Philharmonic of Ukraine in Kiev. He has also toured Russia and the Balkan countries.

He has performed in various great halls including the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cortot Hall in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro G. Verdi di Pisa, Teatro Massimo of Pescara, the Fondazione Cariplo Auditorium and Teatro Manzoni in Milan,  Teatro A.Ponchielli in Cremona and Teatro G. Rossini di Pesaro.

He has collaborated with conductors Valery Gergiev, David Crescenzi, Marius Stieghorst, Marco Zuccarini, Michele Mariotti, Nicola Paszkowski, Edward Higginbottom and he has performed in recitals with musicians Daniel Jobim, Vanessa Da Mata, Lyda Chen-Argerich, Salvatore Accardo, Bruno Giuranna, Rocco Filippini, Hector Ulises Passerella.

Internationally, Alberto has won numerous competitions including the London Grand Prize Virtuoso in London, UK (2015), the London Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists in London, UK (2014), the Gaetano Zinetti Chamber Music Competition, Italy (2009), the Astor Piazzolla “Libertango” Competition, Russia (2008), the CIDIM “Nuove Carriere”, Italy (2008), the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Competition, Italy (2004) and the Antonio Janigro Cello Competition, Croatia (2002). At the Royal Academy of Music, he is the winner of the Wilfrid Parry Prize (2012) and the Cavatina Trust Competition (2013).

Alberto also has various orchestral experience including being Principal Cello for the Rotterdam Philharmonic, for the Arena di Verona Orchestra and the Orchestra Mozart under Claudio Abbado.

This year, Alberto will release his new composition “Insanity” for voice, cello and electronics as a follow up to his first composition, “In memory of Piazzolla” for solo cello.

 Alberto Casadei first started studying cello with his father Claudio Casadei and at the age of five he won his first competition. He graduated from the Conservatory “G.Rossini” in Pesaro with Distinction and also completed studies with David Geringas, Natalia Gutman and Gary Hoffman all at the Scuola di Musica of Fiesole, with Franco Maggio Ormezowski in Perugia, Boris Baraz at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Bergamo, Rocco Filippini at the "Stauffer" String Academy in Cremona and chamber music with Konstantin Bogino at the Imola Academy "Incontri col Maestro". At the Royal Academy and in London, he studied with professors Felix Schmidt, Moray Welsh, Sung-Won Yang, Mario Brunello and Colin Carr.

He plays a Domenico Rogieri cello made in 1698, which once belonged to Pablo Casals.