Stradivarius Chamber Music Concert

Join us on Sat., Oct. 13, at 7:30 pm for an extraordinary Chamber Music Concert featuring world famous Stradivarius violins.


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Sergio Lamberto

A teacher at the Turin Conservatory, Sergio Lamberto has served as principal violinist in the Bolzano-Trento Haydn Orchestra as well as the Turin Chamber Orchestra and Turin Philharmonic. He performs on the Stradivarius once played by Italian violinist Teresina Tua—whose playing inspired Edvard Grieg to compose his third violin sonata, featured in this program. Pianist Giacomo Fuga, senior professor of piano at the Verdi Conservatory in Turin, has given solo and chamber performances in Paris, Graz, Geneva, Tokyo, Turin, Milan, and Rome, and is a member of the award-winning Trio di Torino.

Lamberto studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin, continuing with Corrado Romano in Geneva and with Franco Gulli at the Siena Accademia Chigiana. He won first prize at the Vittorio Veneto National Violin Competition. He served as principal violinist in the Bolzano and Trento Haydn Orchestra and from 1982 to 1991 with the Turin Chamber Orchestra, followed by engagement in the same position with the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra and as soloist with the strings of the Turin Philharmonic. He has appeared as soloist, first violin and concertmaster with the Abruzzo and Sanremo symphony orchestras, the German ensemble Musiké, the Lisbon Festival Orchestra and the Milan Cantelli Orchestra. From 1987 he has served as violinist with the prizewinning Turin Trio, which has appeared widely in countries throughout the world. He has made several recordings. He teaches at the Turin Conservatory and plays a violin by Pierre Dalphin (Geneva 1991).

Henry Criz

Henry Criz has made successful concert tours in the U.S., Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Engagements have included appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, and the Washington National Orchestra at Wolf Trap. He has also performed at The White House, was Concertmaster of the orchestra at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has served as concertmaster and soloist with a number of other local orchestras.

Henry completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honors from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, and studied there under Morris Gomberg. Henry began teaching informally while still in high school, taught at the Chicago Musical College through the 1970s, and has regularly taught privately ever since. He teaches violin and viola through his Moraine Music Academy in Highland Park, Illinois, as well as academic improvement and test preparation. He is also a registered financial advisor with Patrick Mauro Investment Advisor Inc.

Giacomo Fuga

Born in 1962, Giacomo Fuga was awarded his diploma in piano, summa cum laude, at the Conservatorio Verdi in Turin when he was seventeen, followed by studies in composition and orchestral conducting. Prizes in international piano competitions include the Monza Rina Salagallo (1980), the Viotti-Valsesia and the Viotti of Vercelli (1981). His subsequent career as a soloist has brought performances at the Salle Cortot, Paris; the Stefaniensaal, Graz; the Conservatoire, Geneva; the Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall, Tokyo; the RAI Auditorium, Turin; the Sala Verdi, Milan; the auditorium of the Foro Italico of Rome and elsewhere. From 1987 he was a member of the Trio di Torino, winner of first prize in the Vercelli G.B. Viotti International Competition (1990) and second prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in April 1993. In 1995 he was awarded second prize in the quintet category at the Trapani International Chamber Music Competition. His recordings include works by Fauré, Dukas, Bizet and Sandro Fuga and, with the Trio di Torino, works including music by Chopin, Brahms, Dvořák, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. For some years he has performed piano music for four hands with his sister Carlotta. Giacomo Fuga is a senior professor of piano at the Alessandria Vivaldi Conservatorio.

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