Piano music on authentic instrument Erard 1852
|Maria Luisa Macellaro La Franca|
Maria Luisa Macellaro La Franca (Palermo 1980), is a pianist, conductor and composer. She is considered as one of the most apreciated italian artist, she is an extravagant artist with a very different repertoire from old music with old fortepiano till modern music with modern piano. She began studying piano (under Maestro A. Sottile), composition (under Barbara Rettagliati and Stefano Canazza) and conducting (under maestro C. Caruso) at Conservatorio V. Bellini where she received her diploma with honours. She continued her studies at the University of Music of Zürich (Zürich Musikhochschule) under the guidance of K. Scherbakov (piano), U. Koella, N. Chastain (chamber music) A. Desponds (jazz ), Kees Boeke (ancient music) and M. Ziegler (Neue Musik) gaining the Konzertdiplom with highest honours.
She has played for several major theatres such as the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, the Amici dell’Opera of Piacenza, at the Sala San Giovanni in Cuneo (Italy), Konzert Saal of Musikhocschule Winterthur, Bleuer and Grosser Saal of Zürich, Musikkollegium of St Morizt, Sala Boccadoro in Lugano (Switzerland), the Grand Théâtre Opera Bordeaux and many others.
She is often invited as pianist and conductor in many international festivals such: Festival du Capferret( LEGE capferret), Rio de Janneiro International Festival ( Rio), Swiss Fest (Geneve), Balkan Fest ( Zurich), Festival d’Autunno (Cuneo), Como Lake Festival Pirandello and others.
In November 2012 has been played as Italian premiere at the Golden theatre in Palermo, attending the highest Italian State authorities and broadcasted live on Sky TV, Tele-Trinacria, TVM; the city of Villabate offered to her in that occasion the prize as “Ambassador of culture in the world 2012”.
One of her creation, Emes Symphony, commissioned by the French State for the anniversary of the European HOLOCAUST victims, has been performed at the Theatre Jean Vilar Eysines gaining a great success of audience and critics (more than 1200 people attended the 4 concerts) and will be carried out soon in several French cities at request of the French State. In February 2015 she made her debut as conductor in Berlin with Berliner Sinfonietta, as winner of IBM international conductor selection. Actually she is Principal conductor of Orchestre Symphonique Unisson ACME Bordeaux with whom she performs in many differents French theaters. As pianist and conductor she collaborate with most of famous musicians as Thibault Cauvin, Davide Alogna, Rudolf Koelman, Sarah O’brien.