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REVIEWS of WHERE SONG WAS BORN CD - Metier
Sara is honoured to have received excellent reviews and recognition for her involvement in her latest CD, Where Song Was Born by Edward Cowie with pianist Roderick Chadwick.
"...Sara Minelli is a virtuoso player with real mastery of avant-guarde technique..." British Music Society (Alan Cooper)
"...Sara Minelli.. as a specialist in contemporary music, with all the technical issues that entails, there can be few flautists who are her equal. Her mastery of the material is ...exemplary.. Minelli must now be carving out a reputation among world leaders in the interpretation of contemporary music" The Flute Journal (Peter Westbrook)
"..Sara Minelli is an excellent flautist who plays each piece with vigor and an appropriately bird-like sound.." Art Music Lounge (Lynn Bayley)
GAMO Ensemble , Florence
Sara's collaboration with GAMO ensemble will continue in 2022 too, for the seventh consecutive year.
There will be several concerts of the ensemble, collaborating with different composers:
July: music by De Angelis
September: Oratorio Pasolini by Andrea Mannucci
November: Il Diario di Eva , opera by Mauro Cardi
December: Galgenlieder by Gubaidulina
December: music by Sannicandro , Comitini
WHO - World Harmony Orchestra - Solo concerts - London
Sara is delighted to be involved in the Cuppa concerts series organised by Romain Malain and his World Harmony Orchestra. The project is featured in the BBC news and Sara performs solo concerts with music by C.Debussy, D.Loeb, G.F.Telemann, K.Renqhvist in various London locations.
WHERE SONG WAS BORN .. CD release in London in March!
Sara is very excited to announce that her new CD, Where Song Was Born : 24 Australian Bird Portraits by Edward Cowie for flute and piano, recorded with pianist Roderick Chadwick, will be officially released on the Metier, Divine Arts label , on 11th March 2022. Early copies are available from February so... GET ONE SOON!
NEW CD by DAVID LOEB with Sara's recording, New York
Sara is honoured that her performance / recording of " Dreams of a Spring Evening " by David Loeb has been included by the composer in his latest CD "World Winds II"
GAMO Ensemble and ERNST VON SIEMENS Prize
GAMO Ensemble joined forces with Suono Giallo Ensemble and have received a prize from Ernst Von Siemens foundation for a project called Nuova Musica Insieme (New Music Together). The project consists of the commission of new works by Jose' Luis Tora', Gianluca Ulivelli, Jan Kopp for the two ensembles together. Concert in December at Le Murate Art District, Florence.
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS TRUST grant
Sara is delighted to receive a grant from Ralph Vaughan William Trust for the commission of a new piece by Richard Causton written for her and sax player Mario Marzi.
Concerts with GAMO Ensemble : Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio
First live concerts with the audience of Sara and GAMO ensemble since the beginning of the pandemic. At Le Murate Art District in Florence she plays two concert in October, both introduced by Alessandro Solbiati.
The first concert involves music by Pierre Boulez. The second concert includes "Folk Songs " by Luciano Berio with the magnificent Alda Caiello, one of Berio's favourite interpreters of the work.
Where Song Was Born: new CD with Metier label, composer Edward Cowie and pianist Roderick Chadwick, London.
Sara is delighted to be involved in When Song Was Born, a wonderful recording project with composer Edward Cowie. Edward has written for Sara and pianist Roderick Chadwick a cycle of 24 pieces/birdsongs for flute and piano: 24 Australian Bird Portraits.
Sara and Roderick will record the entire work in 2021 in London.
41th GAMO International Festival. Online concerts with GAMO ensemble, Florence.
Unfortunately, because of the current pandemic, live concerts aren't allowed in most countries, including Sara's countries (the UK and Italy).
Therefore, it is fantastic for Sara to have the opportunity of playing with GAMO ensemble, conducted by Francesco Gesualdi, for two online concerts at Le Murate Arts District, Florence, in December.
-the first concert is IL DIARIO DI EVA, a mini opera by Mauro Cardi inspired by "Eve's Diary" by Mark Twain for actress, soprano and 5 instruments.
-the second concert includes Sara's performance of a piece for flute and piano by Fabrizio De Rossi Re with pianist Antonino Siringo. Sara is also playing ensemble works by F.Gardella, M.Montalbetti. The concert also includes the participation of Maestro Roberto Fabbriciani.
New release: The City of Melania by Rouzbeh Rafie for solo alto flute.
During the Covid-!9 lockdown, Sara has been working on a socially distanced project with composer Rouzbeh Rafie. Rouzbeh has dedicated to Sara a beautiful new piece for solo alto flute, inspired by "Invisible Cities", a book by Italo Calvino. Sara has performed and recorded the piece at home. The recording is now available on YouTube, Spotify and Itunes.
Medea by Cheryl Frances -Hoad on Champs Hill label.
Sara's performance / recording of Medea by Cheryl Frances-Hoad on the composer's latest CD The Whole Earth Dances has just been released on the Champs Hill label. The whole CD of chamber works has received great reviews including 5 stars for performance and recording from the BBC Magazine which cites Sara's performance as an elegant navigation of Cheryl's flute solo.
Lecture at Conservatoire "G.Verdi", Milan, Italy
Sara is delighted to be invited to give a lecture in February to the Composition Faculty at one of the most prestigious Conservatoires in Italy.
Concert with Duo Alterno at Rive Gauche , Genoa, Italy*
Sara is excited about her new collaboration with the amazing Duo Alterno (Riccardo Piacentini - piano and Tiziana Scaldaletti - soprano) and they will perfrom at Musiche in Mostra, Rive Gauche in October at the beautiful Castello de Albertis in Genoa.
Solos, duos, trios by Bruno Maderna, Alessandro Magini, Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Riccardo Piacentini, Carla Magnan, Marcello Panni and the world premiere of a new piece dedicated to Sara and Duo Alterno by Dimitri Scarlato
* because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the concert has been postponed to 2021
Solo recital at VOX Feminae Festival 2019, Tel Aviv (Israel) and "Aspects of Sara" by composer Alona Epshtein
This is super exciting! After her successful tour in Israel in 2016, Sara is honoured to be invited again to give a solo recital in the VOX Feminae Festival at Tel Aviv in December! The programme consists of a selection of works by women composers from many countries: Hana Ajiashvili, Noriko Nakamura, Jinhee Han, Karin Rehnqvist, Todahya Schnendowic and the world premiere of "ASPECTS OF SARA", a brand new piece for Sara by the amazing Alona Epshtein.
Collective 31 and Leon Haxby: Snow White Reimagined, London
Sara is delighted to be involved in a super cool project with Collective 31. Snow White Reimagined is a new show for sextet and dancers with a brand new score by the amazing Leon Haxby and conducted by the brilliant Thomas Payne!
There will be several performances in November at the Compass Theatre, London.
Interview and Radio Broadcast at Women's Radio Station, London
Sara is looking forward to her radio broadcast and interview with Stefania Passamonte at WRS where tracks from her solo album will be played.
GAMO Ensemble: Il Diario di Eva, chamber opera by Mauro Cardi, Florence
Sara is looking forward to performing in the new GAMO productions in October. They will give the world premiere of a new chamber opera commissioned by GAMO to Mauro Cardi.
GAMO Ensemble :solo flute piece by Fabio Massimo Campogrosso and Daniela Fantechi, Florence
Sara will be involved in another new exciting GAMO production:
In October she will perform works by those two composers including a brand new solo piece. Both composers were born in 1984.
Improvisation sessions at Royal College of Music, London
Sara is interested in improvisation and she has joined the improv sessions at RCM, led by composer Jonathan Cole.
New album with D'Juil, Derby (UK)
Sara's interest in improvisation culminates in the recording of a second album. She's delighted to have been invited to collaborate as a guest artist with D'Juil : Julian Broadhurst (percussion) and David Conrad Dhonau (cello). In March, together they will record an album of improvised music.
GAMO Ensemble and Résonance Contemporaine - Bourg-en-Bresse Teatre, France
After the successful concert in Florence, Sara with GAMO Ensemble and the vocal group Résonance Contemporaine, conducted by Alain Goudard will work together for an exciting project in France in April. Music by William Blank, Lucien Guérinel etc.
CD presentation in Florence, Biblioteca Marucelliana - Solo recital
Sara will head up to Florence again where she will present her new album to the Italian market and music critics at the historical Marucelliana.
She will perform new works written for her and the album by Alessandro Solbiati, Alessandro Magini, Jonathan Cole, Matteo Giuliani. The composers will attend the event.
Solo recital in Bologna, Italy
Sara is excited to perform a solo concert in Bologna in April at Accademia dei notturni.
Programme includes music for solo flutes by David Loeb, Alessandro Solbiati, Cheryl Frances- Hoad.
Flute and Voice at Colourscape (UK) Waddesdon Manor
It will be a magical experience for Sara to perform at Colourscape festival with soprano Sarah Dacey in June.Duo and solo pieces by Jinhee Han, Andrea Benedetto, Ji Heng Lee etc
GAMO Ensemble - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence - Ivan Fedele
Sara and GAMO Ensemble have been invited to perform again at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Opera House) and will collaborate with composer Ivan Fedele. Music by Ivan Fedele and Franco Donatoni.
CD Launch Event at Estorick Collection - London
Very exciting! Sara's first solo album is about to be released and she' s organising a CD launch event at Estorick Collection. The launch will consist of Sara's performance in which she will give the world premiere of the new works contained in the CD. The composers who wrote the new pieces include Alessandro Solbiati, Jonathan Cole, Matteo Giuliani, Alessandro Magini. They will attend the launch and introduce their works :-)
Concert with Sarah Dacey (Soprano) in London
Sara is excited to work with the amazing Sarah Dacey on her flute and voice duo.
Their first concert will be in Aprile at Walbrook Music Lunchtime Concerts in London.
The programme includes music by Saariaho, Furrer, Giuliani, Schoenberg, De Roussel and solo pieces.
Session and performance at Royal College of Music (London)
Sara is delighted to be invited to visit RCM in May for a session with composers William Mival and Jonathan Cole in which she will talk about contemporary flute and repertoire. At the end of the session, Sara will perform a selection of works for solo flute written for her by RCM composers.
GAMO Ensemble, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Sara is very happy to keep working with GAMO Ensemble. In 2018 they will also perform at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Opera House, Florence.
Flute and voice with Sarah Dacey in Sicily !
In October Sara will be involved in an exciting project with "Diaphonia editions" and "Vincenzo Bellini" concert society, Messina. They are organising a call for scores for flute and voice. Sara will perform the selected works and other pieces with soprano Sarah Dacey in concerts in
Progetto Tricolore in London.
Sara is very pleased to be involved in a project with the Tricolore Theatre Company and actress Nadia Ostacchini, in London.
Sara will perform and record the music written by composer Andrea Basevi for a new children' s play produced by Tricolore.
GAMO Ensemble: Progetto Solbiati and Résonance Contemporaine, Florence
In December Sara will be busy with two GAMO projects. The first concert involves composer Alessandro Solbiati and selected young compers from Solbiati's annual master class. Venue: Le Murate Contemporary Arts
In the second concert GAMO ensemble joins forces with the outstanding French vocal group Résonance Contemporaine conducted by Alain Goudard.
The programme consists of all world premieres of pieces by French and Italian composers including Denis Bosse, Lucien Guérinel, Alessandro Solbiati, Alessandro Magini etc.
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GAMO Ensemble - Salvatore Sciarrino
The concert in March will be entirely dedicated to Sciarrino's music and it will be at La Pergola Theatre, Amici della Musica, Florence. Sara will perform ensemble pieces and Come vengono prodotti gli incantesimi? for solo flute.
Solo recital at National Portrait Gallery, London
Very happy to perfom a solo recital at National Portrait Gallery in October! :) The programme is a selection of UK premieres of contemporary works for flute and alto flute inspired by folk music from Sicily and Asia. It also includes a work by Salvatore Sciarrino and the first performance on a Western flute
of a shinobue piece by David Loeb.
Recording at Champs Hill with composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Honoured to be included in Cheryl's new CD project with Champs Hill, In May Sara will record Medea, the composer's piece for solo flute.
GAMO Ensemble at SIAE annual event, Florence
Sara 's Ensemble has been chosen to perform at the SIAE annual event in May featuring Contemporary Classical Music in Italy. Sara is excited to be part of it and will perform Omaggio a Burri by Sciarrino with Marco Ortolani (clarinet ) Marco Facchini (violin) and the solo piece Lu Venerdi di Marzo for alto flute by Francesco Lipari.
Ensemble GAMO - Museo del Novecento, Florence
Heading to Florence again in November for a concert with GAMO Ensemble, the fantastic Mario Marzi (sax) and composer Alessandro Solbiati, performing Solbiati s music as well as works by Federico Gardella , a new solo flute piece written for Sara by Andrea Benedetto and works by composition students.
Korean music at Global Arts, London - Solo performances
Sara is passionate about discovering music from all countries and is interested in Asian culture. In July and September, she will take part in a project at Kingston Museum and will perform music for solo flutes from Korea and inspired by Korean and Asian folk tradition. The music will include pieces by composers Jinhee Han , Hyunjoo Kim and David Loeb.
Young Persons Concert Foundation
Sara enjoys to perform a variety of music as well as classical repertoire and is thrilled about the experience of playing
Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with the full orchestra in concerts for children at the Cockpit Theatre, London in February.
Flautata Voce XXY at GAMO, Florence
Flautata voce XXY (Flute-like voice XXY) is a project which investigates the fascinating connection between the human voice and the flute and aims to support the work of composers exploring this unique synergy. Sara is joined by Serbian soprano Ana Spasic and they present a rare selection of solo and duo pieces by 11 composers from all over the world including Beat Furrer, Kaija Saariaho, Arnold Schőnberg, Daniele Lombardi, Ljubica Marić, Brian Ferneyhough, Maria Vatenina etc
The programme also includes the world premiere of a new piece by Matteo Giuliani commissioned by GAMO.
We look forward to the concert in Florence (Italy) at GAMO (Gruppo Aperto Musica Oggi) in January!
Concert at Kings College
Sara's new exciting project is a flute and percussion duo with Chris Brannick.
They are working on contemporary repertoire and brand new works written especially for them. First concert at Kings College, London in February. The programme includes the world premiere of works for the duo by Rob Keeley, Paul Burnell, Alexander Scott, a work by Giacinto Scelsi, Sara's solo by Salvatore Sciarrino.
"Narcissus" at Instigate Arts in Manchester !
Sara is delighted that her idea for "Narcissus" has been selected for the Ambition & Identity Festival organised by Instigate Arts in Manchester
Narcissus is a brand new piece for the solo flute, electronics and film montage written in collaboration with composer Matteo Giuliani and Kevin Burke at Instigate Arts. The work explores the themes of Ambition and Narcissism and is inspired by the myth of Narcissus.
Sara will give the world premiere of the work at Ambition event in July.
Baroque concerts in Italy
Summer concerts in the south of Italy with harpsichord player Marco Vincenzi and cellist Luca Fiorentini.
Bach Flute Sonata in E minor and works by Mozart, Handel.
Associazione Bova Life, Bova - Reggio Calabria
Visit to Israel: "Vox Feminae 3" Festival" and Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv
Sara is honoured to have received an invitation from the Israeli Women Composers & Performers Forum to perform at their Festival "VOX FEMINAE 3" at Striker Conservatoire in Tel Aviv, Israel!
Sara will play a concert with Soprano Ana Spasic in their duo Flute - like Voice XX (Flautata Voce) featuring music by Women Composers.
The programme includes works by composers from many countries and the world premiere of brand new pieces written by Israeli composers Hagar Kadima and Hana Ajiashvili.
During her time in Israel Sara will also collaborate with the Composition faculty at Tel Aviv University and composer Ruben Seroussi. She will give a lecture on flute extended techniques and contemporary repertoire.
Visit to Israel: Haifa University
Sara is thrilled about heading to Haifa where she will perform the "Flautata Voce XX" programme at the University of Haifa in a concert supported by the Italian Cultural Institute.
Arts Council of England - Artists International Development Fund Award
Sara is extremely happy as the Arts Council of England offered her a grant - the Artists International Development Fund Award - for her project in Israel!
CD album (solo) with EMA records!!
Delighted to get signed by the EMA records, Sara will work on her first solo album which features her much loved works for the solo flute by Alessandro Solbiati, Brian Ferneyhough, Salvatore Sciarrino and brand new pieces written especially for her by wonderful composers such as
Alessandro Solbiati, Jonathan Cole, Matteo Giuliani and Alessandro Magini !
Some of the new works will be published in the EMA Vinci editions
GAMO Ensemble, Florence - Alessandro Solbiati
Very happy to be invited to be part of the GAMO Ensemble specialising in Contemporary repertoire, Sara will play concerts in Florence with Francesco Gesualdi, Laura Catrani and other amazing Italian musicians! First concert with composer Alessandro Solbiati and young composers playing new works for solo flute, duo and ensemble.
Royal College of Music Masters Ensemble
Sara is delighted to be involved again in this great project led by Jonathan Cole with the composers at Royal College of Music. She will take part in a series of workshops and concerts in November 2015, February and March 2016 and will perform brand new works.
New solos - Carceri d'Invenzione II B by Ferneyhough
Sara learns constantly new works for the solo flute. She will perform some intriguing solos (including Carceri d'Invenzione IIB by Brian Ferneyhough ) at Swan Yard in September and other venues.
La Follia Trio
La Follia duo will collaborate with harpsichord player Marco Vincenzi in a project called "Bach versus Telemann".
The Trio (flute, harpsichord, cello) will play a concert in Italy in January ( Arte Musica Roana, Vicenza) and at Handel House, (London) in February.
The programme includes Sonatas for flute and continuo by J.S.Bach , G.P.Telemann and Sara's solo by Telemann.
Recital in France
In May Sara will go to Tours (France) with composer / pianist Jeremy Thurlow for a recital which includes Sara's performances of the works for flute and piano by Jeremy Thurlow, solo works by Jean - Pascal Chaigne, Alessandro Solbiati, Cheryl- Frances Hoad, Richard Causton and the piece for flute and piano by Olivier Messiaen. The concert is in Les Moments Musicaux de la Touraine Festival, Alumni Poulenc - Conservatoire et Université de Tours - Faculté de Musicologie.
World premiere at National Portrait Gallery
Sara is honoured to be the dedicatee of the new piece for flute and cello by the Korean composer Hyunjoo Kim ♥ The piece, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, will be there performed in December by Sara.
Royal College of Music Masters Ensemble
Sara will perfom in the workshops + concerts with composer Jonathan Cole and the composers on the Masters course at Royal College of Music ( London) in November 2014, February and March 2015.
Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Academy (Austria)
Sara has been selected to participate in the prestigious Klangspuren International Ensemble Modern Academy 2014, Austria. She will play in seven concerts in the Klangspuren Festival. The programmes include works for ensemble ( 3 to 14 players) by H. Abrahamsen, P. Boulez, S.Rohloff, V.Zuraj, W.Rihm and a solo piece for alto flute by K.Saariaho. Sara will be delighted to work with Ensemble Modern members, conductor Brad Lubman, composer in residence Hans Abrahamsen and all the IEMA musicians!
Solo recital at Fairfield Halls
The solo repertoire is one of Sara's main commitments and in December she will give a solo recital at Fairfield Halls (Concert Hall), performing works for the solo flute and alto flute by J.S.Bach, G.P.Telemann, C.Debussy, S.Sciarrino, B.Ferneyhough, K. Saariaho and the world premiere of a new piece written for Sara by Maria Vatenina
Sara's performances of solo works by A.Solbiati, B.Ferneyhough and S. Sciarrino will be broadcast between May and June on Israeli Broadcasting Authority, Jerusalem, in the show : A Window to the Previous Century.
La Follia , flute and cello duo
Sara is passionate about playing with the cello and formed a duo called La Follia. She is currently working with cellists/composers Colin Alexander and Gregor Riddell.
She will perform in UK venues including Kings Place (April), Arch 1 (June), University of Reading (October) etc.
The repertoire includes works by E. Carter, K.Saariaho, J.S.Bach and the world premiere of a work by the young composer Leon Haxby.
The concerts also include Sara's performances of solo works by B.Ferneyhough and A.Solbiati.
Chamber Opera project and piece for flute and voice by Maria Vatenina
Sara is working with Russian composer Maria Vatenina on her Chamber Opera project, Gentle Creature. The composer is writing a piece for Sara inspired by Camus (flute and voice) which Sara will premiere at Arch 1(London), in June.
More details and events soon...
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