"...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 where he studied under Felix Schmidt, Moray Welsh, Sung-Won Yang, Colin Carr and Mario Brunello.
2018 started with a successful solo Europe Tour with the Signum Saxophone Quartet where he performed at the A. Ponchielli Theatre in Cremona, Salone Estense in Varese, Schloss Elmau, the Kaiser Friedrich Halle in Mönchengladbach, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht and at the Philharmonie in Haarlem.
Last season, Alberto performed Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto no.1 at the Maison de la Culture de Nevers, the Popov Septet under Valery Gergiev at De Doelen in Rotterdam, in Trio and in Quartet for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana Festival in Rimini, in Trio at the Umberto Giordano Theatre in Foggia and in Quartet for the Festival “Le Printemps du Violon” in Paris.
Alberto has also performed with orchestras including the Virtuosi Italiani in Verona, the Filarmonica Marchigiana, the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans, the Uto Ughi per Roma Orchestra in Rome and the National Philharmonic of Ukraine in Kiev.
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 of Bologna, Teatro G. Verdi of 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 with musicians Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Daniel Jobim, Vanessa Da Mata, Lyda Chen-Argerich, Guo Gan, 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 held the positions of Principal Cello for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, 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”.
He plays a Domenico Rogieri cello made in 1698, which once belonged to Pablo Casals.