“Passionate” (Sole 24 Ore), “Convincing” (American Record Guide), “Rich in personality”(Diapason). Cellist SILVIA CHIESA has conquered public and critics thanks to a brilliant solo career that has made her one of the best loved performers of her kind, touring regularly Europe, and also China, United States, Australia, Africa and Russia.
Her artistic journey is defined by the originality and the wide range of its repertoire, which includes lesser known or unjustly forgotten music and composers. A case in point is the felicitous rediscovery of two obscure masterpieces by Nino Rota: the Concerti per violoncello, which she recorded with the Orchestra Nazionale della Rai di Torino, conducted by Corrado Rovaris. Published in 2011 by Sony Classical, the CD Rota: Cello Concertos was reviewed enthusiastically in the Italian and international press.
The Milanese cellist should be also credited with an important contribution to the contemporary repertoire for her instrument. It is not a coincidence that the Concerto per violoncello e orchestra by Matteo D’Amico is dedicated to her, and she also gave the Italian premiere of works by Gil Shohat, Nicola Campogrande, Aldo Clementi, Michele Dall’Ongaro, Peter Maxwell Davies and Giovanni Sollima. In 2015 she will give the international premiere of two works dedicated to her by Azio Corghi and Nicola Campogrande.
In 2005 she founded a Duo with pianist Maurizio Baglini, which has been applauded on international stages, such as the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, the Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro and the Victoria Hall in Geneva, not to mention Lebanon, Russia, Brazil, Belgium, Iceland, Israel and Australia. The Suite per violoncello e pianoforte by Azio Corghi (recorded, together with music by Chopin and Debussy, for the label Concerto) and a Sonata by Gianluca Cascioli are both dedicated to the duo. Their discography also includes the whole cello and piano works by Saint-Saëns, in a CD issued with the magazine “Amadeus”, and Cello Sonatas for Decca (2011), with the cello sonatas by Brahms and the “Arpeggione” by Schubert. Even the recent début of the special Trio she formed together with violinist Francesca Dego and pianist Mariangela Vacatello (Amiata Piano Festival 2013, Fazioli Concert Hall 2014) was a success.
As a soloist she has worked with conductors such as Luciano Acocella, Paolo Arrivabeni, Gürer Aykal, Giampaolo Bisanti, Massimiliano Caldi, Tito Ceccherini, Daniele Gatti, Cristian Orosanu, Corrado Rovaris, Howard Shelley and Brian Wright. She has also recorded live for television and radio, on Rai Radio3, Rai Sat, France Musique and France 3. In 2013 she had her solo debut with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and, in duo with Maurizio Baglini, in Australia and Poland. In 2014 she held many concerts in cities such as Torino, Cremona, Genève, Jerusalem, Lima, New York.
Her commitments for autumn 2014 include a new CD of Italian music from the early 20th century for Sony Classical – which includes the first recording of the Concert for cello in C minor by Ildebrando Pizzetti – and a concert for the twentieth season of the Orchestra Nazionale Rai di Torino.
She is artist in residence for the international chamber music “Amiata Piano Festival” and she teaches at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Monteverdi” in Cremona.
She plays a cello by Giovanni Grancino from 1697.