violonchelo, Erica Piccotti
Born in Rome in 1999, Erica Piccotti graduated in cello when she was only 14 at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome with Francesco Storino. She continued her studies with Antonio Meneses at Höchschule der Künste in Bern and at Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona. Since September 2017 she has been attending the Master of Music at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. She participated in Masterclasses with Antonio Meneses, Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Mario Brunello, Julius Berger, Thomas Demenga, Alfredo Persichilli, Christophe Coin. She won first prizes in national and international competitions including "Premio Nazionale delle Arti" run by Italy's Ministry of University and Scientific Research, earning herself the title of "Best Cellist of the Italian Conservatories”, "Premio Città di Padova", "Yugend Musiziert" Nuremberg, "NYIAA Competition" whose victory allowed her to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York, "10th International Competition Antonio Janigro" for young cellists and at "Premio Crescendo" in Florence. On September 2017 she won the 2nd prize at the “International Johannes Brahms Competition” in Pörtschach, Austria. In 2012 she was awarded the "Premio Giannuzzi" as the best cellist in the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, in 2014 the “Rotary Club Rome” prize, the "Banca Monti dei Paschi di Siena" prize for the young talents of the “Accademia Chigiana di Siena”, in 2015 the "Inner Wheel" prize, in 2016 the “Memorial Tullio Besa" prize and “Rotary Club Cremona” prize. She was awarded the Scholarship of “De Sono Associazione per la Musica”, “Foundation Boubo-Music”, and “Filarmonica della Scala”, and since 2017 she has been supported by the “Associazione culturale Musica con le Ali". In April 2018 she had her first cd recording published with Warner Classic playing with pianist Itamar Golan. On 8th March 2013, the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano awarded her the Certificate of Honor "Alfiere della Repubblica" for outstanding achievements in music obtained at a very young age. She plays a Francesco Ruggeri cello (Cremona, 1692) kindly lent by Milan's “Fondazione Micheli”.