Anna Schivazappa fell in love very young with the gentle, but at the same time brilliant, tone of the mandolin, which she studied at masterclasses on early music in Urbino and at the Conservatory of Music in Padua (Italy), where she obtained her diploma with distinction. She has received several prizes at many musical competitions, and she is regularly invited to major festivals and concert seasons all over Europe and abroad (Italy, France, Germany, Australia and Central America). Together with harpsichordist Fabio Antonio Falcone, she is co-founder of the ensemble Pizzicar Galante, one of the most dynamic period ensembles specializing in gallant music for mandolin and basso continuo. Pizzicar Galante’s first CD has been nominated for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) 2017 and broadcast by international radio stations such as RAI Radio 3, the Spanish National Radio and the BBC. Besides her concert activity, Anna Schivazappa is also interested in musicological research, and is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at the Sorbonne University in Paris. In 2017-2018, she will be associate musician-researcher at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.
Tenacious and passionate performer, Michela Chiara Borghese has performed in many festivals and concert halls in Europe, Russia, United States and Mozambico (Carnegie Hall, Villa Rufolo, Musei Vaticani, Steinway&sons Society, Sala Grande in Moscow), as a soloist and as chamber musician. She graduated in piano and chamber music at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome, and completed her studies at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the International Academy of Portogruaro and the Liszt Institute in Wroglaw. Awarded in various national and international competitions, she is a cofounder of DuoKeira-piano duo, together with pianist Sabrina de Carlo. In 2009, the duo recorded its first CD entitled “Giochi di Piano a quattro mani” (RES 1, 2009). Michela Chiara Borghese holds a PhD in “Social Psychology, Development and Educational Research” from the Sapienza University of Rome, with a research on the development of “El Sistema” by J. A. Abreu in Italy.