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Stefano Mhanna (Violin, Piano, Organ)

Born: July 11, 1995 - Rome, Italy

Stefano Mhanna is an Italian violinist, violist, pianist, organist, composer and conductor. He started attending the Saint Cecilia Conservatory in Rome when he was 7 years old, and he graduated in violin on July 10, 2007 with full marks and special mentions. There are no other cases in the long history of the celebrated Roman Conservatories that a student so young managed to complete his studies in such a short time with such. In 2012, he graduated with highest marks in viola, piano and organ and organ composition, performing in concert also with these instruments. He holds a post-diploma tirocionio didattico biennale also at Saint Cecilia Conservatory in Rome; it numbers amongst the various prizes and the prize of the Via Vittoria of Rome, and the Rotary prize for the strings section. He is winner of 5 national competitions and two international competitions.

At only 10 years old Stefano Mhanna had great success for the performance of Tchaikovsky's Concerto in D Major Op. 35, with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome, Directed by Maestro Ernesto Gordini; for this he gained important recognition from the SIAE. He appears and plays in various TV shows and news programs on the RAI network (Uno Mattina / In Famiglia / Ieri, Oggi e Domani / Telegiornali di Rai 1, 2 e 3, ecc.), Mediaset (Maurizio Costanzo), and other private TV networks. He has been spoken about in various dailies and also in specialist newspapers such as Viva Verdi and Suonare news. He collaborates as a soloist with several orchestras in Italy and also abroad, such as the Philharmonic Orchestras of Turin, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau conducted by Ovidiu Balan, Great Orchestra “Rachmaninov” conducted by Nicolai Rogotnev, rchestra Filarmonia Veneta, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, etc.

Stefano Mhanna plays in the Academy of Tirana in Albania and in the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome. He plays in various theatres such as il Teatro Argentina di Roma, il Gran Teatro di Tor di Quinto in Roma, il Teatro Regio di Torino, il Teatro della Filarmonica di Trento, Il Teatro Piccinni di Bari etc.. Worth mentioning amongst his various concerts is that at Casa Barezzi, Museo Giuseppe Verdi (Busseto).

Stefano Mhanna has a repertoire of around 40 concerts with an orchestra, over 50 Sonatas and pieces for the piano and numerous compositions for the solo violin but to speak of his repertoire is superfluous for him given the capacity and speed with which he approaches any type of score. They say that the naturalness with which he expresses his musical essence reveals a personality that releases a continual flow of multiple emotions in those who listen to him, and that he seems to fuse himself with the music he plays without ever becoming isolated from the world around him but rather transmitting to the listeners the deep pleasure he finds in playing the various interpretations of the pieces in the programme.

Renowned also as perstigious organist in settlements and globally recognized and appreciated by many great masters and organ concert players, Stefano Mhanna’s concerts often run strictly from memory and with a mastery of technique and interpretation of high level, most of the time on organs particularly prestigious, as Olgiati, Callido, Rieger, Tamburini, Mascioni, Zanin and others. In his training it is important to remember Domenico Morgante and Jiri Lecian. His organ repertoire ranges from old music to the one of the late romantic era with special attention to Baroque and J.S. Bach.

Source: The Artist (February 2013)
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