Cremona Musica Special Edition inauguration concert

25/09/2020 at 21:00 in Auditorium G. Arvedi - Museo del Violino

On invitation only, with preregistration



Michael Guttman, violin

Jing Zhao, cello 

Alessandra Ammara, piano

Roberto Prosseda, piano



Beethoven: Sonata n. 5 op. 24 in F major for violin and piano

Boccherini: Sonata in D major for violin and cello 

Beethoven: Sonata n. 3 op. 69 in A major for cello and piano



Jing Zhao 

With her deep musicality and virtuosity, Jing ZHAO is considered one of the most promising artists now establishing an international career. Jing Zhao, the leading Chinese cellist of her generation, won the 1rst prize of the prestigious ARD international competition in 2005 and went on to receive the 2009 Exxon Mobil Music award in Japan. The Great Seiji Ozawa chose her as soloist, together with the vio-linist Vadim Repin, the pianist Lang Lang and the Singer Kathleen Battle, for the opening new-year concert of the China National Center for the Performing Arts. He had already been instrumental in help-ing her move to Berlin where she studied at the Karajan Academy, as well as studying privately with Yo-Yo Ma and Maestro Rostropovich.

M. Rostropovich recognizing her exceptional talent, made it possible for her to enter the Class of the renowned Prof David Geringas in the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler.
She has performed with noted conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Mazel, Ricardo Muti, Andris Nel-sons, Myung-whun Chung, Muhai Chang, Mikhael Pletnev, Yuri Bashmet, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Jean Fournet and Eliahu Inbal among others.
Orchestras that have invited her include the NHK Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Beijing Symphony, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Symphony Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, the KBS Philharmonic in Seoul, the NDR Symphony orches-tra, the Philharmonica della Scala, the Sydney Symphony and the Singapore Symphony.

While in Berlin, Jing Zhao became a very sought after chamber music partner, collaborating with artists such Emmanuel Pahud, Guy Braustein, Daishin Kashimoto, Paul Meyer, Boris Berezovsky, Eric Le Sage, Antoine Tamestit, Konstantin Lifschitz and Trevor Pinnock. She toured in Asia with Myung-whun Chung, where they were invited to perform together with H I H Crown Prince Nahurito of Japan. She was recently invited to play with Vadim Repin in the Transiberian Festival in Lille and Novosibirsk. In December 2019 she played again with the Shanghai Philharmonic, conducted by Jaap Van Zweden, who immediately asked her to appear with his two orchestras, the New York Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

The pianist Martha Argerich has chosen to perform and record the Tchaikowsky trio with Jing ZHAO and Dora Schwartzberg during her festival in Lugano, where she was a regular guest. Other festivals where she performs include the celebrated Jerusalem festival, Zagreb international festival, Odessa Classics, Roland’s Ecke in Bonn WH, Bad Kissingen, Pietrasanta in Concerto, Argerich’s Beppu festi-val, Folles Journées, etc.

She is also Guest Professor in Beijing conservatory and Tokyo College of Music. Jing Zhao has rec-orded 5 cd’s for Victor entertainment in japan. Her upcoming CDs, a Russian album, featuring the Shostakovich cello concerto and a Chinese album of the two Tan Dun's Cello Concertos, with Maestro Tan Dun conducting, both recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, will be released in 2020.

Jing Zhao plays on the ex-Natalia Gutman 1711 Goffriller cello.


Michael Guttman

Michael Guttman is a violinist, conductor and music director of prominent festivals around the world, including Pietrasanta in Concerto, Crans Montana Classics in Switzerland, Le Printemps du Violon in Paris, and Made in Polin in Warsaw. He is also the music director of the Napa Valley Symphony and the Belgian Chamber Orchestra. Guttman received the prestigious Scopus Prize (2014) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his achievements in music, and was also nominated for a Grammy award for his Hindemith Album with the Philarmonia Orchestra. He was the youngest violinist ever admitted to the Brussels Royal Conservatory at age 10. His debut at age 14, with Jean-Pierre Rampal, led to the meeting with his mentor Isaac Stern who recommended him for further studies at the Juilliard School in New York City where he studied with Dorothy Delay and The Juilliard Quartet. He studied with the legendary Russian violinist Boris Goldstein, in tribute to whom he organized a violin competition together with Professor Zakhar Bron in Bern, Switzerland in 2014. As Belgium’s leading violinist, he was chosen to represent his country in 1992, during the Sevilla Universal Exhibition. Concerts at the Lincoln Center, Barbican Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and in Asia were followed by invitations to prestigious festivals such as, Progetto Martha Argerich, Flanders Festival, Bashmet’s Elba Festival, Folles Journées of Nantes and Tokyo, and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. He premiered the Philip Glass Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the USA and the Hong Kong Philhamonic for Asia, which were both conducted by Jaap Van Zweden. He has toured with Martha Argerich, Nestor Marconi, Nigel Kennedy, Boris Berezovsky and Vadim Repin among others. After collaborating with composers and conductors such as Lukas Foss and Noam Sheriff, he developed his conducting career and in 2017, toured the most prestigious halls in Spain appearing with the legendary pianist Ivo Pogorelich. His encounter with Astor Piazzolla encouraged him to discover different styles of tango music, and in 2017 he created the first double concerto for violin and bandoneon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and J.P. Jofre, the famous Argentinian bandoneon player. Michael Guttman plays on a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin once owned by the great Italian violinist and composer Giovanni Battista Viotti.


Alessandra Ammara

Alessandra Ammara has drawn the attention of the musical world from a young age, succeeding in major international piano competitions such as the "J. Iturbi" in Valencia, the "Casagrande" in Terni, "G. B. Viotti" in Vercelli, and the "Van Cliburn" in Fort Worth. In 2000 she was awarded “Laureate” by the "Esther Honens" international piano competition in Calgary, Canada.
Ms. Ammara’s concert highlights include performances at Grosses Philharmonie in Berlin, Salzburg Grosse Festspielhaus, Musikverein in Vienna, Salle Cortot in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Gasteig in Munich, Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Bass Hall in Fort Worth and Meridian Center in Washington. She has thrilled audiences as soloist with orchestras such as Wiener Symphoniker, Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai, Calgary Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic with conductors like Fabio Luisi, Georg Pehlivanian, Roberto Minczuk, Bernard Labadie, En Shao, Lior Shambadal.
An enthusiastic chamber music performer, Ms. Ammara gave concerts with Ingrid Attrot, Rocco Filippini, Alban Gerhardt, Anton Kuerti, Shauna Rolston, the Takacs Quartet and the Sine Nomine Quartet. With her husband Roberto Prosseda, she recorded Mendelssohn's complete woks for piano duet (Decca, 2015) and Mendelssohn's Concertos for two pianos and orchestra with the Residentie Orkest conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend (Decca, 2019).

Ms. Ammara’s discography for the German label Arts includes Chopin’s 4 Ballades, Giacinto Scelsi’s Preludes, Schumann's Carnaval, Davidsbündlertänze and Album for the Young, Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit and Miroirs.
Together with some of the greatest pianists in the world, she recorded the new complete Chopin edition produced by Brilliant Classics. For the same label, Ms. Ammara recorded a CD dedicated to the Italian composer Roffredo Caetani (1871 – 1961) in 2014.
Piano Classics released the first two CDs of Alessandra Ammara’s ongoing recording of Debussy's Complete Piano Works.

Alessandra Ammara graduated from the "L. Cherubini" Conservatory of Florence and the Accademia Pianistica of Imola. She honed her talents as a student of great musicians like Maria Tipo, Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitri Bashkirov, Franco Scala, Boris Petrushansky, Leon Fleischer, William Naboré and Fou Ts'ong at the International Piano Foundation at Lake Como and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.
Ms. Ammara is piano professor at Rovigo Conservatory and is often invited to sit in international piano competitions and to give master classes for American and European Universities and Conservatories.


Roberto Prosseda

Roberto Prosseda got an international fame thanks to his Decca CDs, such as Mendelssohn's complete piano works (10 CDs) and Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly.

Roberto Prosseda has performed regularly with some of the world’s most important orchestras, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Moscow State Philharmonic, Bruxelles Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Saatskapelle Weimar, Sinfonia Lahti, Berliner Symphoniker, Santa Cecilia, Filarmonica della Scala, Leipzig Gewandhaus. He played under the baton of David Afkham, Marc Albrecht, Christian Arming, Harry Bickett, Oleg Caetani, Riccardo Chailly, Pietari Inkinen, Yannik Nezeit-Seguin, George Pehlivanian, Dennis Russel-Davies, Tugan Sokhiev, Jurai Valcuha, Jan Willem de Vriend.

Other than Mendelssohn, of whose piano music he is considered to be one of today's leading interpreters, Prosseda’s performances of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Chopin have been particularly praised, and these composers have in fact featured in Prosseda’s recent Decca recordings, including the complete Mozart Sonatas (2015-18). An active proponent of Italian music, Prosseda also recorded the complete piano works of Petrassi and Dallapiccola.

In September 2011 Prosseda gave his debut on the pedal piano, performing the Concerto for Pedal Piano by Gounod in the world premiere in modern times. In 2012 he recorded Gounod's four pieces for pedal piano and orchestra with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducted by Howard Shelley for Hyperion.


Organization: CremonaFiere & Festival "Piersanta in concerto"