Playing Concertos

The following is a list of concerto movements that participants can choose from, if they wish to perform with chamber orchestra(first movements only):

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052

Franz Joseph Haydn

Concerto in D Major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto in A major, K414

Concerto in C Major, K467

Concerto in A Major, K488

Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto N.2 in B flat Major, Op. 19

Concerto N.3 in C minor, Op.37

Triple Concerto, Op. 56 (for piano, violin, cello & orchestra)

Frederic Chopin

Concerto in F minor, Op.21

Felix Mendelssohn

Concerto N.1 in G minor, Op.25

Robert Schumann

Concerto in A minor, Op.54

Dmitri Shostakovich

Concerto N.1, Op. 35 for piano, strings and trumpet

The artistic director reserves the right to cancel a solo or concerto performance in case the applicant doesn’t have the repertoire memorized or is otherwise not ready to perform. We understand that every participant performs at their own level, and will not prevent anyone from playing based on their general level of accomplishment. We will however expect the student to be able to play the chosen piece from memory, and with an acceptable degree of polish.

Our Orchestra

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The Napolinova Youth Orchestra was founded in Napoli by Alfredo de Pascale, President and Artistic Director of the Napolinova Association, and by Conductor Mariano Patti. At the core of this initiative are two important goals: quality of music-making, and opportunities for the best young musicians, from Campania and beyond, to hone and showcase their skills. National auditions were held to select the members of the orchestra, with hundreds of participants evaluated by the greatest Italian musicians. Among the chosen members, many are winners of prestigious national and international competitions, and have collaborated with famous orchestras in Italy and abroad.

Francesco D’Ovidio (Conductor in 2017)

Born in Naples in 1967, he holds numerous degrees from the prestigious Napoli Conservatory, in piano, composition, choral music, choral conducting, and orchestra conducting. His conducting teacher was Maestro Mariano Patti. Among his piano teachers, Aldo Tramma, Bruno Canino, and Piernarciso Masi. He was also a student and an assistant conductor to Piero Bellugi, and took masterclasses with Gustav Kuhn. In 1995, Maestro D’Ovidio won the national competition for a professorship in piano. He taught in Pesaro, Bolzano, Palermo, Cosenza, Campobasso and Vicenza. Currently, he teaches at the “Nicola Sala” Conservatory in Benevento, where he is also the head of International Relationships and Coordinator or Erasmus, as well as head of the keyboard department.

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His concert activity began as a pianist, both solo and chamber music, performing for important institutions in France, England, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania, Greece, United States and Canada. As a conductor, he is a frequent guest of Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti in Napoli, Fondazione Teatro Umberto Giordano of Foggia, and various orchestras in Bari, Napoli, Romania (Oradea, Arad, Cluj), and Ukraine (Kharkov). Maestro D’Ovidio is also active as a composer and arranger, both in the Classical domain, as well as the Musical. Recently, he started a project with the Fundación Batuda of Bogotá and the Red de Escuelas de Musica in Medellin, Colombia, for a collaboration with the Colombian government in creating youth orchestras and music education programs. He toured Poland with the Benevento Conservatory Orchestra in 2016. In December of this year, he is scheduled to conduct Il Barbiere di Siviglia in a partnership between the Benevento Conservatory and the Turkish Conservatory of Izmir.

Mariano Patti(Conductor in 2015 and 2016)

Pianist and Conductor Mariano Patti studied with two Italian musical giants: Aldo Tramma for the piano, and Donato Renzetti for conducting. He graduated from the Napoli Conservatory, and from the Fiesole academy, as well as the Accademia Pescarese.

In addition to teaching conducting at the Napoli Conservatory, he is Music Director of the Napolinova and Oniva Orchestras. His vast repertoire includes symphonic, operatic, and contemporary works. He has collaborated with internationally renown soloists, and has toured Europe and South America.


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