HAPPENED TODAY - On December 7, 1887, the pianist and composer Ernst Toch was born in Leopoldstadt

On The Bridge

I have a CD in my hands. I read “On The Bridge. Cello Ensemble“, in the cover photo I see eight smiling cellists. But soon I find out that there are actually nine. Their paths crossed and they decided to start a good adventure together. Let’s get to know them together.
When did you begin studying cello and why did you choose this instrument?
Stefano Cerrato I began studying the cello at the age of 4. In my family everybody played an instrument and, when the time to start playing came for me too, I told my mother: “I want to play the cello so that I could sit”.
Alessandro Brutti I started to play the cello very late, at the age of 15. I was fascinated by its sound and by the art of lutherie.
Simone Ceppetelli Following the steps of my brother I began playing the cello at the age of 4. However the choice of this instrument was dictated by the fact that the violin class was already full. The discovery of a great passion for the cello, grown year by year, made me realize how lucky I was that day.
Benedetta Giolo I approached the cello at the age of 6: having been born in a family of musicians, my parents took me to a concert and I immediately noticed the cello, its sinuous forms, and its sound. From that moment on I had no doubt about the instrument that I wanted.
Sara Merlini I began playing the cello when I was 11, impressed by its sound, so close to the human voice, encouraged by my father, who would have liked to be a musician but did not have the chance to. From the very first times, I have had the cello in my hands I have been fascinated by the surrounding warmth of its sound.
Lucia Molinari I remember, since I was very little, having attended the rehearsals of my parents’music school orchestra. When finally, at the age of 6, the time to choose an instrument came, the attraction for the “dark side” of the orchestra and the team spirit one could feel in the cello section were determinant.
Emanuele Rigamonti At the age of 3 I enjoyed strumming toy instruments. I approached the cello when I was 6. My sisters already played the piano and the violin: I wanted a more beautiful instrument!
Matteo Vercelloni I began studying cello at the age of 9. Since I was very young I did not show a particular interest in music. The turning point came thanks to an old musical cartoon: “Peter and the Wolf”, in which the silhouette of a cello appeared. It was love at first sight. And that love never weakened.
Vittorio Zelocchi My parents, both former musicians, have always told me the importance of music. At the age of 10, encouraged also by my sister, who a year before had started studying the flute, I began playing the cello. I don’t know the exact reason for this choice, I just remember that for me it was the most fascinating instrument.

What have been your most significant ensemble music experiences?
Stefano Cerrato The most significant ensemble music experiences are surely the ones I lived both during the first years of study, when I entered the Turin Suzuki Orchestra, and –once graduated- through the study of chamber music as a member of the Trio Caravaggio, together with my brother, with whom, in addition, during the last years I undertook a stylistic research path about the late baroque music with the employment of original instruments establishing the Armoniosa ensemble.
Alessandro Brutti I consider significant all the experiences that can teach you something: there is nothing better than working with someone you can learn and “steal” something from, or that can offer you new and original perspectives about things you thought you already knew. During the last years I have had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest conductors and soloists, and I have learnt that their greatness relies in the message they are able to convey through their art. For these precious experiences I must thank, among others, institutions such as Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Orchestra L.Cherubini and Orchestra Filarmonica V.Calamani.

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