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


Italian cellist Alberto Casadei recently started as new Principal Cello at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in the Netherlands. Apart from his orchestral work, he also performs as a soloist, as part of various chamber music projects and is a composer. Alberto graduated after three years from the Royal Academy of Music 2015 under full scholarship with a Master of Arts (Distinction), Dip.RAM and Advanced Diploma.

Last season, as a soloist, Alberto performed Khachaturian’s Rhapsody Concerto with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Umberto Giordano in Foggia and Teatro Nuovo in Treviglio,  Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto n°1 at the Dante Alighieri Theatre in Ravenna with the orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana for Ravenna Musica, and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet ‘Oleg Danovski’ in Costanta, Romania and in France with the Orchestre Syphonique d’Orléans. In recital, he played in quartet with soprano at the Teatro Puccini in Merano and in duo with pianist Roberto Paruzzo in Sassello, Italy.

Previously, he has also performed as a soloist at the Sala Maffeiana of the Filarmonico Theatre of Verona with I Virtuosi Italiani, at the Basilica Santa Maria in Aracoeli of Rome with the Orchestra Uto Ughi per Roma, at the Politeama Theatre of Palermo with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow Youth Orchestra, with the National Philharmonic of Ukraine in their Concert Hall in Kiev, at the Perm Theatre with the Perm Orchestra, at the Muse Theatre of Ancona with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana and at the Basilica S.Pietro of Perugia with the Camerata Strumentale of Prato.

He has previously performed in recital at the following prominent venues; Cortot Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro C. Melisso of Spoleto, Auditorium dell’Annunziata of Sulmona, Teatro G. Verdi of Pisa, the Teatro Savoia of Campobasso, the Teatro Massimo of Pescara, Auditorium “Fondazione Cariplo” (Milan), Teatro Gentile of Fabriano, Teatro D.Alighieri of Ravenna, Teatro A.Ponchielli of Cremona, Teatro Manzoni of Milano and Teatro D.Fabbri of Forli.

He has collaborated with conductors Valery Gergiev, David Crescenzi, Marius Stieghorst, Radu Ciorei, Marco Zuccarini, Michele Mariotti, Nicola Paszkowski, Edward Higginbottom and Yury Tkachenko. He has performed in recitals with musicians Salvatore Accardo, Daniel Jobim, Vanessa Da Mata, Bruno Giuranna, Rocco Filippini, Michael Guttman, Lyda Chen-Argerich, Martynov, Filippo Faes, Hector Ulises Passerella and Vladimir Zubitsky.

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).

Previous to his post at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Alberto was the principal cello with the Arena di Verona Orchestra (2014), the Uto Ughi per Roma Orchestra (2012), the Filarmonici di Roma Orchestra (2011-2012) and the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna under Claudio Abbado (2004-2006).

In 2009 he recorded a CD of Beethoven, Brahms and Debussy with pianist Federico Colli under the “Azzurra Music” label. The CD was distributed by the Italian classical music magazine “Suonare News”.

As a composer, Alberto is focused on finding new forms of expression for the cello, like in his piece for cello solo, “In memory of Piazzolla”, and more recently, a “Vocalise” for voice and cello. “In memory of Piazzolla” has already been professionally recorded with sheet music available. The final movement was also made into a video directed by Davide Legni, and has been released on DVD.

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.

Alberto is married to the soprano Cathy-Di Zhang. They often perform together in chamber music recitals and compose for cello and voice.