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
He studied piano at the Conservatory of Parma with Aida Fino, Roberto Stefanoni , Roberto Cappello,
Angela Morrone and Giuseppe Massaglia and he graduated with honors at the Conservatory of Benevento ,
after only six years of study .He attended Piano Master Classes in Italy and France with Maestro Giuseppe
Massaglia and Maestro Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. He is a Piano Accompanist and Maestro for opera
singers and repeatedly engaged in chamber ensembles.He regularly collaborates with artists of the Chorus of
the Teatro dell’Opera and the National Academy of S. Cecilia of Rome.He 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
He 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 , he is the Founder , President
and Artistic Director of the New Italian Straussian Philharmonic , the StraussOperettEnsemble, the
SmileQuartet and the LittleItaly 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 ” ) . He has recorded for PRODIT
Discography .In his most recent performances he conducted both the Simphony 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 Shanghaj entrusted him with the artistic coordination of the centre 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, he 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 he took part in a
conference at the Theatre 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 theatre 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

Soundtracks :
All Disney Soundtracks, Cacciapaglia, Chaplin

Musical and Operetta :
Lehar, Kalman, J. Strauss ,Webber

World Music from :
Argentina, Brasil, France, Hungary, Japan , Israel

Jazz :
Arlen, Armstrong, Brodzsky, Desmond, Gershwin,Shearing, Rogers

Neapolitan Songs :
All Neapolitan Songs from 1800 to 1950

Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò
Carlo Monticelli Cuggiò

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

Italian Opera
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

Improviser
Mozart, Paganini, Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Rossini, Scarlatti,Desplat, Hupfeld, Lai, Mancini, Morricone, Rota, Sakamoto, Williams

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