Manara -Voghera Duet, violin and piano
Francesco Manara, violin
In 1990, the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Turin awarded Francesco Manara his diploma with top honors cum laude and Menzione d’honore, under the tutelage of M. Marin. Thanks to a scholarship awarded him by the “De Sono Associazione per la Musica” he was able to further his training, studying with G. Prencipe, F. Gulli, R. Ricci, S. Gheorghiu and in Amsterdam with H. Krebbers. As part of a formation made up of two violins and piano, he studied at the Scuola Superiore di Musica da Camera del Trio di Trieste with F. Gulli-E. Cavallo and with P. Amoyal-A. Weissenberg, graduating with a diploma in trio formation.
In 1992 he was selected by Riccardo Muti as Principal Solo Violin of the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, winning first prize in a competition for a scholarship sponsored by the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala.
He has worked with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, with the Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestre of Munich and with the Royal Concertgebauw Orchestra of Amsterdam as Principal Solo Violin playing for the best directors.
He has won prizes in many international competitions, among them: “J. Joachim” in Hanover, the “A. Stradivari” in Cremona, the “L. Spohr” in Freiburg, the “Dong-A” in Seoul, the “ARD” in Munich, the “Cajkovskij” in Moscow (Special Prize), the “N. Paganini” in Genoa (Special Prize), the CIEM in Geneva (First Prize). Given his success in these competitions, he was quickly launched in a brilliant career as soloist and he has performed with hundreds of orchestras, among them the Orchestra della Suisse Romande, Bayrische Runfunk, Radio di Stoccarda, Radio di Hannover, Wiener Kammerorchester, Tokyo Symphony, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI.
On several occasions he has performed with the Filarmonica della Scala, directed by Riccardo Muti. In 1998 he made his debut at Lincoln Center in New York performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto op. 61.
His repertory runs from Bach to contemporary composers, and includes Paganini’s 24 Capricci, which he has performed in their entirety several times and all of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas.
He recorded B. Compagnoli’s Concerto with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto (Dynamic) and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Filarmonica della Scala directed by Muti (Sony) together the violist, Danilo Rossi.
Francesco Manara is a founding member of the “Trio Johannes” with whom he recorded all of Brahms’ Trios for Piano (for the magazine Amadeus) and the Trio “Arciduca” by Beethoven. This chamber music group formation has won prizes at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera del Trio di Trieste as well as a chamber music competition in Osaka; they also won the “Concert Artists Guild Competition” in New York. In 2002 the Trio premiered at New York’s prestigious “Carnegie Hall”.
Moreover since 2001, Francesco Manara is the First Violin of the “Quartetto d’Archi della Scala”, with whom he has performed throughout Italy and on tours in South America, Japan, the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Professor of violin at the Accademia della Scala and the Scuola Musicale di Milano, he has been invited to hold masterclasses in the United States, in Japan, Colombia and Venezuela. The famous magazine, “The Strad”, which has reviewed his performances many times called him: “an artist of significant honesty and profundity, ready for the most important stages in the world”.
He plays a Giovanbattista Guadagnini violin made in 1773.
Claudio Voghera, piano
Italian from Turin, he studied piano with Luciano Giarbella at “Giuseppe Verdi” National Conservatory in Turin, graduating with highest marks plus distinction, thus attending Gilberto Bosco’s composition course. Thanks to a scholarship from “De Sono Associazione per la Musica”, he was able to attend several master courses by Paul Badura Skoda, following at the same time chamber music courses under Franco Gulli-Enrica Cavallo Duo, Pierre Amoyal, Alexis Weissemberg and Pavel Gililov. His most important studies were under Aldo Ciccolini Trio di Trieste, with whom he was able to get in touch with both soloist and chambers repertoire, studying at Biella & Rome Academies, Trieste Trio’s International Chamber Music School, always gaining distinction diploma.
Though still student at conservatory, he cultivated his passion for chamber music, become his main activity after meeting violinist Francesco Manara, with whom he founded a duo that let them performing at major music societies, in Italy and abroad (Frankfurt, Tokyo, Madrid), and with whom he was able to achieve the “Grand Prix de Sonates Violon et Piano” at Lausanne Academy.
Having had such high guides like “Trio di Trieste”, Claudio Voghera took the chance to get into the splendid chamber repertoire for Trio with piano, thus starting Trio Johannes, together with the same Manara and the cellist Massimo Polidori, achieving 2nd prizes at “III International Chamber Music Competition-Trio di Trieste Prize” and at the prestigious “3rd International Chamber Music Competition” in Osaka, Japan.
Those awards let Claudio Voghera establishing a brilliant international career. During May 2000 he took part to a tournée in South America, performing in the most important concert halls of Argentina, Brasil and Uruguay.
Most of his energies are engaged by his didactic activity, being principal piano teacher at Turin Conservatory, the same one that saw him brilliant student.