On Friday 27th January, at 9 pm, in the Complesso San Micheletto in Lucca, there’s a concert titled “The Girls in the Magnesium Dress” and Jacob Bettinelli organized by the Associazione Animando and included in the series “Eighteenth century music in Lucca”.
Valentina Ciardelli (double bass), Anna Quiroga (harp) and Jacob Bentinelli (baritone) will perform a varied program including music by Bottesini, Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Granados, Leoncavallo, Cesti, J. S. Bach, Tosti and Refice. The three “global”, young musicians, currently training in London, met at the Royal College of Music in 2015 and decided to play together in 2016. Their aims are to discover a recherché sound with faithfulness to the original scores, to research little-known musical instruments and to uncover an unfamiliar repertoire. The evening’s program includes a repertoire which is mainly dedicated to Italian and Mittel-European opera (with a tribute to the great Enrique Granados), in a chamber music key, from eighteenth-century masterpieces, such as “The Marriage of Figaro”, to virtuoso double-bass pieces by Giovanni Bottesini.
Valentina Scheldhofen Ciardelli began playing the double bass with Gabriele Ragghianti from June 2009. She graduated in 2014 with highest honours at the ISSM L. Boccherini of Lucca before specializing at London’s Royal College of Music in where she graduated with honours. She also holds an honours degree in Jazz Composition at La Spezia’s G. Puccini Conservatory.
Anna Quiroga: born in Barcelona she graduated with honours in her city’s Conservatories Municipal de Música and later at London’s Royal College of Music in. Anna works with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hulencourt and other European orchestras.
Jacob Bettinelli was born in Hong Kong and was selected as a promising young artist in the Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2016. He is currently attending his final Baccalaureate year under David Rendal at London’s Royal College of Music.