Theresia Youth Orchestra
is an international orchestra composed of musicians under 30 years of age coming from the major European schools of early music. The orchestra was founded in 2012 as Theresia Youth Baroque Orchestra (TYBO) by the publisher Mario Martinoli as part of the high musical specialization
initiatives promoted by the Theresia Project
. The orchestra offers its young musicians the opportunity to regularly participate in orchestral training internships and master classes under the guidance of internationally renowned artists. The orchestra’s activity focuses mainly on study, in-depth analysis and performance of music written by composers of the classic period
(1750-1800), Mozart, Haydn and Kraus in particular. In recent years the orchestra has performed in several Italian cities – Rome, Milan, Bolzano, L’Aquila, Lodi, Padua, Rimini, Rovereto, Dobbiaco – and at important musical Festivals and institutions including the Quirinale Concerts
in Rome, the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana
in Rimini, the Musiké
exhibition in Padua. Since 2013 the orchestra has been a permanent guest of the Bolzano Festival Bozen
. Claudio Astronio
, Chiara Banchini
and Alfredo Bernardini
are the permanent conductors of the orchestra for the triennium 2016-2019.
The Art of Patronage
The training activities and artistic residencies of the Theresia Youth Orchestra are financed by Theresia Project - The Art of Patronage
, an international private cultural patronage platform created to support high level youth artistic training. The Theresia Project is sponsored and supported by the iCons Foundation
and also supports the activities of the Blog
of Theresia, the publisher Nuovo Suono
, the editorial activities of Edizioni Pian e Forte
and the musical productions of Theresia Tage
, an itinerant classical music festival. The Theresia Project is a meeting place open to all those who wish to commit themselves personally to create a new and sustainable model of culture development, authentically based on cultural innovation and investment in young people.
For more information on the Theresia Project and opportunities for donors and artists, please contact Ms. Noemi Ancona
: Joanna Aksnowicz, Andrè Bothelo Costa, Antonio De Sarlo, Amaya Figuerendo Garcia, Noemy Gagnon-Lafrenais, Katarzyna Kmieciak, Gemma Longoni, Annarita Lorusso, Yan Ma, Vadym Makarenko, Klaudia Matlak, Victoria Melik, Agniezska Papierska, Alessia Pazzaglia, Simone Pirri, Giulia Sardi, Flavia Succhiarelli, Satryo Yudomartono
: Anna Luiza Aleksandrow, Maria Bocelli, Alaia Ferran, Katarzyna Litwiniuk, Manuela Masenello, Yoko Tanaka, Edda Stix
: Bartolomeo Dandolo Marchesi, Giulia Gillio Gianetta, Maria Misiarz, Clara Rada Gomez, Fernando Santiago Garcia, Cristina Vidoni, Anne Linde Visser
: Adrien Alix, Chloè Lucas, Zaynab Martin
: Samuel Casale, Laura Lovisa
: Nicolò Dotti, Hanna Lindeijer, Neven Lesage
: Edoardo Bellini, Fabio Forgiarini, Alessandro Orlando, Taylor Townsend, Kathryn Zevenbergen
: Vicente Beltran, Alejandro Perez Marin, Stefano Sopranzi, Kim Stockx
: Juan José Molero Ramos, Maryse Legault, Arthur Bolorinos
: Davide Giacuzzo, Emanuele Goggio, Matteo Macchia
: Francisco Olmedo Molina
: Julien Moussiegt
Claudio Astronio is a versatile musician who accompanies his soloist organ and harpsichord recitals with the role of orchestra conductor. He conducts the Harmonices Mundi
ensemble, performing at the most important early music festivals around the world.
In 2007 he made his debut as opera conductor for Mozart’s Don Giovanni
and Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice
directed by Graham Vick.
He has recorded for the Stradivarius label and currently records for Brilliant Classics: his CDs have been honored with many awards from the most important Italian and foreign specialized magazines including Alte Musik Aktuell, Amadeus, Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique. Goldberg, Grammophone, Repertoire.
His interests also encompass jazz and fusions between different musical worlds.
He has been permanent conductor of the Theresia Youth Orchestra
since 2012 and artistic director of the Antiqua Festival of Bolzano. He supplements his concert activities with educational activities at the Trapani Conservatoire where he teaches harpsichord and historical keyboards.
Born in Rome in 1961, Alfredo Bernardini moved to The Netherlands in 1981 to specialize in baroque oboe and early music with, among others, Bruce Haynes and Ku Ebbinge. In 1987 he received his soloist diploma from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He has performed all over Europe, in Russia, U.S.A., Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Egypt, Israel, South America and Australia as a member of prestigious baroque ensembles such as Hesperion XX, Le Concert des Nations, La Petite Bande, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Das Freiburger Barockorchester, The English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and others. He has played in more than 100 recordings. In 1989 he founded the ensemble ZEFIRO together with the brothers Paolo and Alberto Grazzi. His recordings with Zefiro have won important prizes such as the Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2009. As a director, he has worked with orchestras in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Poland, the UK, Sweden, Canada, Cuba, Australia, Israel and with the European Union Baroque Orchestra. In January 2013 he was counsellor and director of the first baroque orchestra project of “El Sistema de Musica” of Venezuela. His research on the history of woodwind musical instruments has resulted in several articles published by important international magazines. From 1992 to 2015 he taught baroque oboe at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and since 2014 he is professor at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. He also taught from 2002 to 2009 at the Escola Superior de Musica de Cataluña in Barcelona. Ha has also been guest teacher in music academies and summer courses in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Israel and the U.S.A. He is permanent conductor of the Theresia Youth Orchestra since 2016.
Born in Lugano, she is one of the major interpreters of seventeenth and eighteenth century violin music. After completing her studies, earning the Virtuoso award from the Geneva Conservatoire, she specialized under Sandor Vegh and for several years dedicated herself to the creation of contemporary works as a member of the Contrechamps Ensemble
. Her acquaintance with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sigiswald Kuijken led to her enthusiasm for performing music from the 17th
centuries using the original instruments. She has cooperated with important orchestras including La Petite Bande
, Hesperion XX
, La Chapelle Royale
, initiating her international career as a soloist.
In 1981 she founded Ensemble 415, considered one of the reference and most prestigious European groups for the 17th-18th century repertoire.
Chiara Banchini taught Baroque violin at the Early Music Centre in Geneva before becoming Professor at the Schola Cantorum in Basel from 1992 to 2011. She regularly conducts orchestras that want to become familiar with the 17th-18th century repertoire in several European countries, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa. She has to its credit a large discography, over 50 award-winning recordings by international critics. Chiara Banchini is permanent conductor of the Theresia Youth Orchestra since 2014.