Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò was born in Naples , 1964 .
At the age of nine , he was awarded the silver medal at a National Competition where he presented his own piano compositions .At the age of ten , he began his concert career that has kept him busy so far both in recitals and in concerts around the world .
When he was only fifteen, he obtained his Qualifying Diploma as a Banda Maestro Conductor and Orchestrator and , at the same time, he attained the lower level of Composition at the Conservatory of Parma.
He studied Choral Practice with Maestro Romano Gandolfi , and directed, both in Italy and abroad , many polyphonic choirs.
Also studied piano at the Conservatory of Parma with Aida Fino, Roberto Stefanoni , Roberto Cappello, Angela Morrone and Giuseppe Massaglia and graduated with honors at the Conservatory of Benevento , after only six years of study and attended Piano Master Classes in Italy and France with Maestro Giuseppe Massaglia and Maestro Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
Maestro Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò is a Piano Accompanist and Maestro for opera
singers and repeatedly engaged in chamber ensembles aned regularly collaborates with artists of the Chorus of the Teatro dell’Opera and the National Academy of S. Cecilia of Rome.
Maestro Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò is the Founder of the Multiethnic Polyphonic Choir of Rome with whom he performed to the presence of the President of the Republic , of His
Holiness Pope Benedict the 16th and of the dignitaries of State . Moreover he is the Founder , the President , as well as the Artistic Director of the National Academy of Neapolitan Songs and Operetta, which is sponsored by M.I.U.R ( Ministry of Education , University and Research ) and has its headquarters in Rome.
Maestro Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò was awarded the gold medal as a Conductor, winning the ” Foyer des Artistes ” in 1993 .He is the Artistic Director of several international Music festivals and of the International Piano Competition ” Città di Anzio “, the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Opera Competition ” Città di Sermoneta ” , and a Professor at the Ministerial Courses of Didactic Differentiation for Montessori and Froebel’s methods.
Considered by many the most Italian expert in the Strauss family repertoire , Maestro Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò is the Founder , President and Artistic Director of the New Italian Straussian Philharmonic , the Strauss Operetta Ensemble, the Smile Quartet and the Little Italy Quartet ( the only one instrumental and vocal ensemble in Italy which has that aims to spread Italian music in the world. The repertoire includes Italian opera arias , the most famous folk songs and classical Neapolitan songs, revisited in jazz and ” tribal ” ) .
Maestro Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò has recorded for PRODIT Discography .
In his most recent performances he conducted both the Symphony Orchestra of Rome and
Lazio in the execution of Mendelssohn’s Symphony Nr. 4 and Beethoven’s Symphony Nr. 1 , and the Concert for the Night of Museums in Rome ( May , 2009 ) , and he was on tour in the USA , Germany , Spain , France and Norway as a Concert Pianist and Maestro Accompanist of the three Italian Tenors.
Recently the Song Ching Ling Foundation of Shanghai entrusted him with the artistic coordination of the center and southern Italy . Moreover , he has participated in the major national and international events with the National Rhythmical-symphonic Youth Choir and Orchestra and Multiethnic Polyphonic Choir of Rome ; at the International Festival of Arts in Tjianjin (China, July 2009) they were invited as the only Italian delegation and afterwards they were invited to participate , both in 2010 and 2011 (Piazza del Popolo , Rome) , in the Chinese New Year .He conducted also : The Los Gatos Youth Orchestra ( USA ) , The Concordia Wind Symphony Orchestra ( USA ) on 2 Italian Concerts .
Even more recently, Maestro Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò conducted the Opening Concert of the New Italian Straussian Philharmonic in Rome to the presence of the formerly Undersecretary to the Prime Minister, of the Ambassador of Austria and several other authorities ( Honorary
Members of the same Institution ) .
To his credit, there are more than 1000 concerts , recordings , artistical , musical and theatrical directions and compositions for choir , orchestra and piano. Moreover , his past experiences see him as a theater director , playwright , songwriter , organizer and artistic director of events ,
national and international competitions , Music festivals and cultural exchanges with foreign countries ( USA and China) , as well as in operations management and personnel management .
Recently Maestro Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò took part in a conference at the Theater Tor Bella Monaca in Rome, about the relation between Dante Alighieri and Music.
Recently one of his concert in Madrid where it is proven to be one of the greatest pianists improvisers and performers of American music of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.
He had experience as theater director, computer consultant and personal manager.
Among his Radio and TV appearances : RAI, SKY, RADIOVATICANA, RADIO PARANA’ ( AR ) and several notworks. Last Concert in Cariati ( Italy ) for the Italia-Russia Cultural Association “ Cultura e Lingua Senza Frontiere )
Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò is:
– Artistic Coordinator of the center-south of Italy for the Song Ching Ling Foundation of Shanghaj.
– Artistic Director of the New Italian Straussian Philharmonic
– President and Artistic Director of the”National Academy of Neapolitan Songs and Operetta”.
– Artistic Coordinator of the Music Sector for the F.I.D. ( Federazione Italiana Danza )
Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò was:
– Founder and Director of the National Rhythmical-symphonic Youth Choir and Orchestra, after became ” the National
Rhythmical-symphonic Youth Choir and Orchestra “.
– Founder and Director of the Multiethnic Polyphonic Choir “Daniele Manin”, after became the Multiethnic Polyphonic Choir of Rome.
– Creator and Artistic Director, for 2 editions of the “Festival of Young Music” and for 13 editions of the National Youth Event “We … Actors!!”
– Creator and Artistic Director of the Multiethnic Festival of Rome.
– Creator and Artistic Director del Concorso Internazionale Pianistico “Città di Anzio” the International Piano Competition ” Città di Anzio “.
– Artistic Director of the International Opera Competition ” Città di Sermoneta “.
As Pianist :
Classic Music and Improvisations on Classic Music :
Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, De Falla, Liszt,
J. Strauss, Verdi
All Disney Soundtracks, Cacciapaglia, Chaplin
Musical and Operetta :
Lehar, Kalman, J. Strauss ,Webber
World Music from :
Argentina, Brasil, France, Hungary, Japan , Israel
Arlen, Armstrong, Brodzsky, Desmond, Gershwin,Shearing, Rogers
Neapolitan Songs :
All Neapolitan Songs from 1800 to 1950
As Conductor :
( Symphonic )
L.V. Beethoven : Symphonies
J. Brahms : Symphonies
J. Haydn : Symphonies
Mendelssohn : Symphonies
Mozart : Symphonies
Schubert : Symphonies
J. Strauss Family : Omnia Opera
Other Composers :
R. Korsakov, P.J. Tchaykovsky
G. Verdi : Traviata, Aida, Trovatore
G. Puccini : Bohème, Turandot, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Trittico, La Fanciulla del West
G. Rossini : Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Semiramide, La scala di seta, La gazza ladra
As Composer :
80 pieces for Piano, 9 pieces for Camera Orchestra, 1 Soanata for Violin, Cello and Piano
Mozart, Paganini, Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Rossini, Scarlatti,Desplat, Hupfeld, Lai, Mancini, Morricone, Rota, Sakamoto, Williams