Biografia Lydia Cevidalli

Milan, Italy, she graduated in violin at the Conservatory of her hometown and studied later with A. Casabona, a pupil of Sevcik and Capet. She has attended various masterclasses, including contemporary performance praxis with E. Porta and historical praxis with S. Kuijken and C. Banchini; with the latter she got her degree in baroque violin at the Centre de Musique Ançienne in Geneva (Switzerland).
She performs in various chamber groups. She collaborated for many years with J. Savall’s orchestra Le Concert des Nations“, with which she toured throughout Europe, North and South America and Korea and took part to numerous CDs for Astreé ( “Requiem” by W. Mozart, “The Fairy Queen” by H. Purcell, “The Seven Last Words” by J. Haydn, L. van Beethoven’s Third Symphony, “La cosa rara” by Vicente Martin y Soler, “Alcyone” by Marais, Symphonies by J.Arriaga, soundtracks for the films “Tous les matins du Monde” and “La marquise”, “Farnace” by A. Vivaldi and the Dvd “Orfeo” by Claudio Monteverdi.

She also played with M. Hugget and G. Leonhardt, with Chiara Banchini (with whom she recorded the “Concerti Grossi” op.6 by Corelli, for Harmonia Mundi) with Cappella Musicale di S. Petronio directed by S. Vartolo (cd of the “Salmi da Vespro” by G.P. Colonna for Tactus), with Wiener Akademie directed by M. Haselboeck, with Ensemble Vocale of Palermo, with Polifonica Ambrosiana on tour in England, with live broadcast of the concerts on the BBC.

She did concert tournées in Europe, Israel and North and South America with different groups.
She has recorded for Italian RAI-TV, for Radio Nacional Argentina, for Spanish National Radio and for the BBC.

In 1990 she founded and still directs the Ensemble Salomone Rossi, with which she has played concerts in important theaters and concert halls in Italy, Belgium and Spain. In 2008 she was invited, with the Ensemble, for concerts, lectures and workshops at Montclair State University in the United States.
The Ensemble has recorded the CD “Jewish Baroque Music” for the label Concerto Classics, presented in various radio programs such as Italian Radio3, Vatican Radio and Radio Classica and got excellent reviews in the national press.
In 2012 the cd was again printed, being sold out due to the great success in Korea, Germany, France and the United States.
In 2012 the Ensemble has recorded the music for the BBC documentary, “The Story of the Jews”.
In 2014 it began a collaboration with the musicologist Mario Marcarini for the recording of Benedetto Marcello Psalms, from “L’Estro Poetico-Armonico”. First CD release is scheduled for 2017.
In January 2016, the Ensemble has performed in Rome for the National Radio3 Concerts, at Italian President Palace Quirinale, with live broadcast on Radio3; in April it performed in Bergamo in the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore for Effettobibbia, with performances of arias and choruses from the Oratorios “Ester” by Handel and Lidarti, the latter a masterpiece that was thought lost; in Parma at the Biblioteca Palatina.
Incoming concerts, among others: Ascona (Switzerland), Istanbul and Bergamo for new projects with Effettobibbia, as well as the celebrations of the 30th year of activity of the Coro Antiche Armonie.

Her activity also extends to the klezmer music with Klezsfardit and Stellerranti groups; moreover to the repertoire for violin and piano by Italian composers of the twentieth century. Musical activity includes concerts in the Italian Embassy in Madrid, at the Museum of Cremona Musical Instruments, at Teatro Politeama in Udine for the Associazione Amici della Musica, at Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, at the Italian Culture Institute in Copenhagen, for the Interfaith Harmony Week, organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Portugal and the Institute of Italian Culture in Lisbon, at Arogno and Lugano in Switzerland. In December 2016 she performed in Merano in a double event dedicated to the history of the Jews of Merano.
In 2016 took place the release of the CD “Cabaret Chagall” with Stellerranti group.

She collaborates in theater shows, oganizes concerts and musical events.
She has published several articles about music production within Jewish communities in Italy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 2014 appeared an article on the Italian composer L. Sinigaglia in the magazine Amadeus.

She teaches violin at the Conservatory of Milan, supporting the teaching with the concert activity.
In 2003 she conceived and since then organizes annual events for the Memorial Day: an evening open to all citizens and two or three mornings reserved for schools; on some occasions the events were presented at Piazzaverdi, National Radio3 program, with interviews and live broadcast musical performances. In 2010, the entire event was live broadcasted from the Sala Verdi of the Conservatorio on National Radio3.
Alongside these events, she organized klezmer seminars in the years 2014 and 2015, with G.Coen and L.Colbert as teachers.
In 2015 and 2016 she organized the musical part of the show “The Places of Memory”, organized by the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, on a project by Stefania Consenti.

In 2008 she collaborated with the World Music section, following a group of musicians who played in various concerts and recorded a CD of songs on texts by contemporary Israeli poets.
She presented some of her students in a program at Radio Classica, dedicated to young performers, broadcasted throughout the national territory.
In 2005, as part of the Socrates-Erasmus exchanges between teachers, she was invited at the Conservatory of Madrid, in 2006 at the University of Arts in Berlin and in the spring of 2011 she held a masterclass at the Music Academy in Riga.

In 2014 and 2015 she held masterclasses of chamber music at the Madesimo Music Festival (Italy).