Floraleda Sacchi, harpist
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.
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.
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
Toronto Concerto Competition, performing at Glenn Gould Studio
(CBC) with Sinfonia Toronto (Canada).
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.
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.).
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.
recorded CDs for Stradivarius, Aulia, Adnarim, Multimedia, CNI.
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.
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.