Principal clarinet at the Teatro alla Scala
Since 1984, is the first solo clarinet chair of the Orchestra and the Philharmonic of the
Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He has finished his clarinet studies at Milan’s Conservatorio
“G. Verdi”with summa cum laude and the special mention for his artistic achievement.
Winner dozens of national and international prizes (ARD Munchen-1987- Prague –1987-,
among all), he has been partner of soloists of international reputation: Bruno Canino,
Alexander Lonquich, Michele Campanella, Heinrich Schiff, Friederich Gulda, Nazzareno
Carusi, Editha Gruberova, the Hagen Quartet, Myung-Whun Chung, Philip Moll and the
Fine Arts Quartet. He has toured the United States and Israel with the “Quintetto a Fiati
Italiano”, performing works specially dedicated to this ensemble by Luciano Berio (with
whom he has collaborated along the years 1989-1994) and Salvatore Sciarrino. With
Nuovo Quintetto Italiano he has already toured South America and Far East, receiving
enthousiastic consents of public and critic. The same success he has had in various
series of concerts in Japan with Phillip Moll and I Solisti della Scala (Tokyo and Osaka),
performing a program of Italian Opera’s collections recorded in the CD “I Fiati
all’Opera”(DAD Records). With the ensemble I Solisti della Scala Trio he has performed
all over the world. The Washington Post has written about their recital in Washington, DC:
“An evening of breathtaking artistry”. In 2007 he has toured Italy, Germany, the United
States, Australia and Japan playing duo with the pianist Nazzareno Carusi, celebrating
the anniversaries of Johannes Brahms and Domenico Scarlatti. After their performance
for the Hamburg’s Brahms-Gesellschaft, Cord Garben (the artistic producer of Arturo
Benedetti Michelangeli’s Deutsche Grammophone recordings) has written: “The listening
to their recital has been an unforgettable adventure”. He has realised various recordings:
the Sinfonia Concertante and the Concert K 622 for clarinet and orchestra with the
Philharmonic Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti; Pulcherrima
Ignota with the Bairav Ensemble: tribute to the tzigane music in the world; Duo Obliquo
with Carl Boccadoro; the Quintetti for clarinet and strings by Mozart and Brahms; the
Histoire du Soldat by Stavinskij in the double version for trio and settimino with
Domenico Nordio, Giorgia Tomassi and I Solisti della Scala; the Quatuor pour la fin des
temps by Messiaen with the Trio Johannes. For the most prestigious Italian musical
magazine, AMADEUS, he has published the Concertos for clarinetto and orchestra by
Rossini, Donizetti and Mercadante with the Accademia Filarmonica of Verona; and the
two Sonatas op. 120 for piano and clarinet by Brahms with Nazzareno Carusi: this
recording has been defined “skillful”by the same review. In 2009 will be released several
recordings: the DVD “Duets”(Warner), the Francaix/Nielsen/Copland’s Clarinet Concertos
(Amadeus), and “Ol ari Nyiro Diary” (by Fabrizio Meloni & Roberto Prosseda, from novels
by Kuki Gallman. He has given masterclass for the Paris’ Conservatory of Music, the
Advanced Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano, the Tokyo University, the New
York’s Manhattan School, the Chicago’s NorthEastern Illinois University, the Academy Ca’
Zenobio in Treviso and for the summer courses of Monterubbiano (AP). He also teaches
for the Teatro alla Scala’s Academy, the Conservatorio di Udine (Italy) and the
Conservatorio de Musica in Zaragoza (Spain). He is author of the book “The Clarinet”,
published by Zecchini Editore, and prefaced by Riccardo Muti. The tv channel
Sky-Classica has devoted a documentary to his artistic life. In May 2012, he performed
the ‘Mass in C Min KV417’ as Director with the ‘Orch. Sinfonica Abruzzese’ and the
singers of the ‘Academia del Teatro all Scala’. In November 2012, the Catalan radio
program ‘Impression’ dedicated to Fabrizio an entire week of programming. In Summer
2015, the Meloni-Yoshikawa duo went on tour in Japan and performed at the prestigious
Suntory Hall – Tokyo, an event that has produced a documentary published by NHK
(Japanese National Television Channel) in the ‘Classic Club’ series and subsequently
broadcasted by NHK-FM radio ‘Best of Classic’ program In 2015, DEUTSCHE
GRAMMOPHON released the cd ‘VIEF ET RYTHMIQUE’ entirely devoted to the French
repertoire for Clarinet and Piano ( with T.Yoshikawa) In 2016, DEUTSCHE
GRAMMOPHON released a new CD entirely dedicated to Mozart performed with the
Solo Bassoon of the Teatro alla Scala Milano Orchestra and its Philharmonic.
Gabriele Screpis was born in Genoa, Italy. He completed his musical studies at the
Conservatory &Niccolò Paganini&in his town, graduating with magna cum laudae.
Since when he was young, he used to win several international auditions. He has
cooperated, as Solo Bassoon, with the most important international conductors such
as: Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo
Muti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Metha, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Riccardo Chailly, Antonio
Pappano, Valery Gergiev and many others.
In addition to the Orchestra&s activity, he also holds his solo carreer, which includes
Chamber Music too.
He took part in many Chamber Music Seasons among these: Aix en Provence Festival,
International Music Weeks in Naples, the Chamber Music Season of La Scala Theatre
and The National Academy of S. Cecila in Rome.
He has performed all over the world in some of the most prestigious halls such as
Carnegie Hall in New York, Tonhalle in Zurich, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and San
Petersbourg Philarmonic Hall. It also has to be underlined his precious cooperation with
&I Virtuosi della Scala&, with who he has performed in important theatres as La Scala
and Musikverein in Wien. It must be said that he is a chairman for the Teatro alla Scala
Academy too and he frequently holds masterclasses.
Among his most relevant recording, there are those with
&I Cameristi di Roma&with &L&Ottetto Italiano&and with
‘I Solisti della Scala’.
Principal flute at the Teatro alla Scala
He studied the flute with Bruno Cavallo and Mauro Scappini, graduating
from the Conservatory of Brescia. He then studied with Glauco
Cambursano, Adreas Blau, Peter Lukas Graf and Maxence Larrieux at the
Conservatory of Music in Geneva getting “Le Premier Prix de Virtuositè
de Flute”. From 1991 to 1998 is the first flute solo in the orchestra of
“I Pomeriggi Musicali” in Milan; since 1998 he is first solo flute of
the orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and homonymous
Philharmonic, working with the best conductors. He is professor of flute
at the School of Music of Brescia
Principal horn at the Teatro alla Scala
Born in Oviedo (Spain), he begins his studies in the Conservatorio Profesional
de Música of the same city. In 2008 he enters the National Youth Orchestra
of Spain (JONDE) and in 2011 the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). In 2008
he is also awarded his degree in music (Grado Superior), with high honors, at
“Musikene” (Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco), under the guidance
of Prof. Rodolfo Epelde. From 2008 to 2010 he studied at the Escuela
Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, where his professor Radovan
Vlatkovic chose him to be awarded with a full scholarship as the “Most
Outstanding Student of the Horn Studio ”. He received also artistic
encouragement from such renowned musicians as Hermann Baumann, Radek
Baborak, or Richard Watkings among others. During 2011-2012 he was a scholar
of the Berliner Staatskapelle under Daniel Barenboim. He has collaborated as
Solo-Horn with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Berliner Staatskapelle, Münchner
Philharmoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin,
Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin, playing under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Daniel
Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding, Simon Rattle, Valery
Gergiev, Daniele Gatti o Ricardo Chailly among others. He has performed as
soloist the concerto for two horns and orchestra by A. Vivaldi, concerto no.4 by
W.A.Mozart, Concerto no.1 by R. Strauss and the Schumann´s Konzerstück. Since
the year 2012 he is Solo-Horn of the Teatro alla Scala Milano, and from 2010
of the West Eastern Divan, both conducted by Maestro Daniel Barenboim.
Principal oboe at the Teatro alla Scala
In 1996 Fabien Thouand was awarded first prize of the Conservatoire National de Region
de Paris, where he studied in the class Jean-Claude Jaboulay. He then pursued his
studies at the CNSM de Paris, initially under the guidance of Jacques Tys and
Jean-Louis Capezzali, winning first prize unanimously in 2000, and then partaking in the
master course of Maurice Bourgue there the following year.
In 2001 Thouand won the 2nd prize in the “Prague Spring International Music
Competition” and the 3rd prize in the “Giuseppe Tomassini” international competition in
Petritoli. He was awarded the 3rd prize at the “Toulon Wind Instruments International
Competition” in May 2002.
Since then he has pursued a career in France and abroad, specializing in the field of
orchestral and chamber repertoire. As a soloist, he has been invited to perform with
orchestras including the ones of La Monnaie (Bruxelles),Bayerischer Rundfunk
Symphonie Orchester, London Symphonie Orchestra, Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich),
Opera de Lyon, Bamberger Symphoniker the Camerata Salzburg as well as the Toulouse
National Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Ochestra of Europe. Furthermore, he has
played under the baton of renowned conductors such as Ricardo Muti, Loreen Maazel,
Zubin Metha, Yuri Termikanov, Kurt Mazur, Charles Dutoit, Claudio Abbado, Valery
Gergiev and Daniel Barenboim
Since 2004 he is principal oboe at the orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Beyond his career as a performing musician, he is also active as a teacher, being
nominated principal oboe teacher at the Lugano School of Music in 2011 and assistant
teacher at the CNSM of Lyon in 2010.
Recently nominated oboe teacher at tHe Royal Collage of Music of London.
Fausto Di Benedetto studied piano with M° Michele Campanella in Accademia Chigiana, then with Dalton Baldwin and Norman Shetler in Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Like accompanist for opera he played for many important Italian theaters (such as Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Fondazione Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Luglio Musicale Trapanese, Festival del teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto, Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, Teatro Comunale di Bolzano, Teatro Sociale di Rovigo, Teatro Pavarotti di Modena, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, and Teatro Municipale di Reggio Emilia).
In Europe he worked for the following theatres and institutions: Opernhaus di Zurigo, Musikverein in Wien, Staatsoper in Hamburg, Opera de Tenerife, Circolo del Liceu Barcellona, Zurcher Festspiele, Opernhaus Graz, Festival Rossini in Wildbad.
In 2015 he made his debut in Musikverein in Wien for an operatic galà with famous tenor Jaume Aragall.
Fausto played with renowned artists such as Antonino Fogliani, Daniela Dessì, Jaume Aragall, Renato Bruson, Raina Kabaivanska, Dolora Zaijic, Jose’ Cura, Antonello Allemandi, Fiorenza Cedolins, Ileana Cotrubas, Alberto Zedda, Francisco Araiza and many others.
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): Sinfonia dall’ Italiana in Algeri
Gioachino Rossini: Ouverture dal Barbiere di Siviglia
Guiseppe Verdi: Sinfonia dal Nabucco
Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): Trois pièces brèves
3. Assez lent – Allegro scherzando
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Sestetto per fiati e pianoforte