Ticino Musica Festival Orchestra 2022

Orchestral Academy

18 – 30 July 2022, Lugano (Switzerland)



Alexander Shelley


In the wake of the Festival's 25th anniversary celebrations, Ticino Musica launches the first edition of the Ticino Musica Festival Orchestra, directed by Alexander Shelley.

In the spirit of Ticino Musica, the project focuses on collaboration and mutual exchange between great international artists and talented musicians at the beginning of their careers, in order to offer an opportunity for an experience both professionally formative and artistically of the highest level.

In a setting that offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, the orchestra performs and interprets two programmes of classical and contemporary masterpieces during the two weeks of the Festival.


'Ticino Musica was a formative place for me. Whether it was working alongside my great teacher Johannes Goritzki, attending composition classes with George Crumb, playing in various chamber ensembles with brilliantly talented colleagues, or listening to the many fine teaching artists in performance, I owe a debt of gratitude to the atmosphere of adventure and musical joy that this festival represents. As such I am thrilled to be leading the first Ticino Musica Festival Orchestra (Orchestral Academy) in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the institution. In our work together we will explore the techniques and mindset involved in becoming a leading orchestral musician and apply them to repertoire that extends from the classics to the present day. I look forward to creating an ensemble that works hard to develop the precision and focus required for the structured spontaneity that all musicians aspire to in performance. We are looking for applications from advanced instrumentalists who are passionate about a career in orchestral music and eager to rehearse and perform at a top professional level. Together we will prepare classic symphonies as well as virtuosic contemporary orchestral works and will also accompany some of the fine faculty of Ticino Musica in concertos for multiple instruments. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the inner workings of an ensemble as we build a new orchestra together in an idyllic setting. I look forward greatly to welcoming you and to working alongside you!'


Alexander Shelley

Music Director, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra

                     Principal Associate Conductor, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Adrian Oetiker

Swiss pianist Adrian Oetiker is pursuing an international career that has been underway for many years. A successful soloist and chamber musician, he is also in great demand as a teacher.

Adrian Oetiker
Marco Rizzi

"... a first-class violinist, with a rich palette of sounds, beautiful technique and a charming legato cantabile, a musician of surprising honesty and maturity..." (STRAD)

Marco Rizzi
Giovanni Gnocchi

Giovanni Gnocchi made his debut as a soloist at a very young age with Yo-Yo Ma, who said: 'a wonderfully talented young man, he will make a great contribution to music wherever he goes'.

Giovanni Gnocchi
Andrea Oliva

"Andrea Oliva is one of the best flutists of his generation, a shining star in the flute world", is how Sir James Galway describes Andrea Oliva.

Andrea Oliva
Igor Podyomov

Born in Arkhangelsk, Russia, Ivan Podyomov undertook his musical studies at the Gnessin Music School in Moscow under the guidance of Ivan Pushetchnikov.

Igor Podyomov
Calogero Palermo

Calogero Palermo is first clarinet at the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Calogero Palermo
Gabor Meszaros

Born into a family with a great musical tradition, he studied at the Winterthur University of Music with his father Janos Meszaros.

Gabor Meszaros
Jacques Deleplancque

After a brilliant course of studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, he was unanimously awarded first prize in horn and chamber music with Georges Barboteu and Christian Larde.

Jacques Deleplancque
Fritz Damrow

Frits Damrow began his musical career at the age of 21 when, while still studying at the Maastricht Conservatory, he was appointed trumpet soloist of the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Fritz Damrow
Vincent Lepape

He won first prize for trombone and two first prizes for chamber music in Jean Douay's class. He furthered his studies with Yves Demarles at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris, obtaining a prix d'excellence.

Vincent Lepape
Dieter Ammann

He has received numerous national and international awards for his chamber and orchestral music works, which have been conducted by P. Boulez, V. Gergiev, J. Nott, P. Rundel, among others.

Dieter Ammann


First concert

  • Dieter Ammann, Grooves - fitting one for Chamber Orchestra
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56
  • Ludwig van Beethoven,  Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Second concert

  • Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25
  • Frank Martin, Concerto for seven wind instruments, timpani, percussion, and string orchestra
  • Richard Wagner, Siegfried Idyll, WWV 103
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385



Mary Alvarado, Viola (Venezuela)

Gustaw Bafeltowski, Cello (Poland)

May Bardsley, Viola (Australia)

Damiano Barreto, Violin (Italy)

Margherita Brodski, Flute (Italy)

Theresa Burggaller, Viola (Germany)

Rahel Castelberg, Violin (Switzerland)

Thu-An Duong, Violin (Germany)

Saniya Durkeyeva, Cello (Kazakhstan)

Anastasiia Gerasina, Viola (Ukraine)

Johannes Gerl, Horn (Austria)

Benas Gocentas, Violin (Lithuania)

Anna Gottschlich, Violin (Germany)

Alexandra Grohmann, Violin (Germany)

Amelia Harding, Violin (United Kingdom)

Jonas Hintermaier, Bassoon (Germany)

Yuki Kataoka, Clarinet (Japan)

Jian Kim, Oboe (South Korea)

Shifu Kosaka, Horn (Japan)

Rosette Kruisinga, Doublebass (Netherlands)

Nicolas Lang, Doublebass (Austria)

Nunzio Maria Laviero, Doublebass (Italy)

Marie-Helene Leonhardi, Violin (Germany)

Pietro Locati, Trumpet (Italy)

Elena Lombardo, Cello (Italy)

valeria lupi, Clarinet (Italy)

Rima Mirzoyan, Violin (Armenia)

Barbara Misiewicz, Cello (Poland)

Siun Park, Violin (South Korea)

Laura Peres, Violin (Portugal)

Agnieszka Polak, Viola (Poland)

Clémence Prudhomme, Violin (France)

Anna Ratti, Flute (Italy)

Gaspare Renna, Percussion (Italy)

Nadia Saladukhina, Violin (Belarus)

Nicola Scialdone, Oboe (Italy)

Kiki Shibayama, Violin (Japan)

Leonardo Tirindelli, Percussion (Italy)

Alice Tomada, Violin (Italy)

Zorioscar Urbina, Bassoon (Venezuela)

Linh Uyen Nguyen, Violin (Vietnam)

Aya Watanabe, Violin (Japan)

Michael Wehrmeyer, Cello (Germany)

Anna Zaubzer, Violin (Germany)

Francesco Zecchi, Viola (Italy)

Gregor Zeyer, Trumpet (Germany)