Floraleda Sacchi, harpist

Floraleda Sacchi is 28. Born in Como (Italy). She studied harp at Como Conservatory, where she obtained the concert diploma with honours in 1997, two years earlier than normal class schedule.

For her musical studies, she was awarded two scholarships, making it possible for her to attend masterclass with Alice Giles ( Frankfurt a/M). Later she studied in the USA with Alice Chalifoux ( Salzedo School ) and in Canada with Judy Loman (Toronto University ). She is laureate in chamber music at Milan Conservatory.

From 1996 up today, she won prizes at 16 international competitions as soloist as well as in chamber music ensemble (Concours UFAM, GMI, Premio Galbiati, TIM, Rovere d'oro, Premio Jupiter, Concorso Musicale Italiano, F. Schubert, etc.). In March 2003 she was the only European finalist selected to participate to Sinfonia Toronto Concerto Competition, performing at Glenn Gould Studio (CBC) with Sinfonia Toronto (Canada).

Interested in a soloist and chamber music career, she performed for the Amici del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, and appeared in major halls and festivals such as Klang-Bogen Wien, Perugia Classico, Lamspringer September, etc. She was invited to represent Italian harpists at 4th, 5th and 6th European Harp Symposium. She played the historical harps of Salvi Foundation's collection for the first time at Salle Varèse in Lyon with great acclaim.

She worked widely in chamber music groups: with Æolian Harp Duo, flutists Claudio Ferrarini, Peter Klaus Riemer, the Arion String Quartet. With the septet Allegro Ensemble she performed in concerts arranged by Sarah Ferguson for Children in Crisis Italy. With the same group she recorded a CD distributed by Amadeus journal in 2002.

Many of her performances have been broadcast on radio and television (RAI, RAI Educational, RSI, ORF, Mediaset, Dutch Radio, BBC, Radio France etc.).

Her repertoire includes music from the Baroque era to day, with a large number of contemporary composers and even jazz. Some composers who dedicated pieces to her are: Peter Machajdik, David Clarck Little, Dimitri Nicolau, Gianluca Cangemi, Jean Chatillon, Louis Berenguer.

She recorded CDs for Stradivarius, Aulia, Adnarim, Multimedia, CNI.

Floraleda Sacchi is Harp Professor at the Royal School of Music in Milan. Recently she gave masterclass at Accademia Europea di Musica and British Columbia University (Vancouver, Canada). In 2005-2006 she was appointed guest professor at Parma Conservatory of music (post-graduated classes).

Floraleda Sacchi created several music-shows: “Women notes” (dedicated to women composers and musicians), “Ah! Laissez moi!” (dedicated to musical theatre of 18th century) and the most recent “Memories of Qwfwq” for harp, speaker and videos, supported by Milan Planetarium and inspired by Italo Calvino texts. Wide range artist, she collaborate also with painters and photographers (among them: Maurizio Galimberti, Andrea Podenzana and Cristoforo Mantegazza) to realise artworks and installations.

Parallel to music she studied languages (English, French, German) and musicology. In 1999 she wrote a book on the English harpist Elias Parish Alvars (Odilia Publishing Ltd), which received outstanding reviews and brought the authoress the Harpa Award in recognition (Prague, 2000). Still in the literary field, she had some of her works published by editor PulcinoElefante. Her articles appeared in several harp newspapers. Floraleda Sacchi directs the harp music series "Harpae" by Mnemes - Alfieri & Ranieri Publishing.

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