MICHELE GALVAGNO begins practicing the cello at 4, performing widely across Italy, France, United Kingdom, and ex-Jugoslavia during the years preceding the university. Since 2007 he attends several masterclasses across Europe, among which the ones with profs. Marcio Carneiro, Umberto Clerici, and Asier Polo contribute to profoundly shape his artistic development.
In 2009 he obtains the Bachelor of Arts in Music at the Conservatorio Superiore “G. F. Ghedini” di Cuneo, with a thesis titled “F. A. Kummer: unbeatable virtuoso or extraordinary pedagogue?”.
He continues his studies with prof. Marcio Carneiro at the HEMU of Lausanne, Switzerland, Sion site, where, in 2011, he completes the Bachelor of Arts in Music path, with the thesis “The Cellist’s Posture”, thus receiving the prize for best graduation thesis of the year.
During his stay in Switzerland, he attends the classes in composition and contemporary musical analysis of prof. William Blank in Lausanne, receiving numerous first prizes for the results achieved in the theory and analysis exams. He also makes his radio debut at the Lausanne Radio during the program “Des Masters sur les Ondes”
Back in Italy he attends the cello course held by prof. Umberto Clerici at the Accademia di Musica of Pinerolo (2011/12), resuming and completing the triennial path started at the Accademia “L. Perosi” of Biella in 2006.
In 2015 he enrols for the Master of Music path at the Cuneo Conservatory, under the guidance of prof. Andrea Scacchi. Thanks to the bureaucratic whims of the Italian state, he has the chance to study, besides prof. Scacchi, also with profs. Massimo Repellini and Francesca Gosio. In 2017 he attends the Corso di Perfezionamento with prof. Nicola Fiorino in Monopoli.
He finally completes his studies in 2017, obtaining the MM diploma cum laude and presenting a thesis called “The Theatrical Gesture of Benjamin Britten”, collaborating with worldwide renown artists and composers such as Colin Matthews and George Caird.
Between 2010 and 2015 he directs an ambitious revaluation project dedicated to Gioffredo Cappa, XVII century luthier from his home town, Saluzzo, organizing concerts and events which have seen world-famous artists such as Raphael Pidoux, Jane Salmon and Jae-won Lee bring “home” their instruments and make them play together after more than 200 years.
His interest for the compositional and analytical aspect of music brings him on two important professional paths: pedagogy and music notation.
Since Fall 2011 he teaches cello and music theory in several schools in north-west Italy and he is especially sought-after by young talents.
At the same time he launches his activity as a professional music engraver, regularly collaborating with composers such as William Blank, Colin Matthews, and Alberto Mariani and with publishing houses such as Paladino Media, Boosey & Hawkes and Ovation Press.
In 2012 he receives the Sibelius Copyist and Certified Teacher at the IITM in Rome under prof. Silvio Relandini and, since 2018, he regularly publishes musical scores of the highest quality under the label “Artistic Score Engraving”, unearthing forgotten gems by great cellists of the past such as Alfredo Piatti and J. J. F. Dotzauer.
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