Born in L’Aquila, Italy, Stefano began studying music at the age of 5. He was given piano and violin lessons, leading to the completion his magister degree (violin) and subsequent teaching at the University of Music L’Aquila.
His international experience has seen study in Spain (Conservatorio Superior de Música, Cordoba) and Austria (Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Graz) with Dominika Falger. In 2010 he won a European scholarship in order to work as a musician in Madrid, following which he moved to Vienna for further study. In 2012 he applied to the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium Eisenstadt where he studied with Anna Kandinskaya.
He has played in many International theatres including Teatro alla Scala, Berliner Philarmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Wien, Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, Teatro Teresa Carreño Caracas, Sala Nervi, Romanian Athenaeum Bucarest and under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Riccardo Muti, Lior Shambadal, Luis Bacalov, Zoltán Kocsis, Marco Angius, Luigi Piovano, Alexander Lonquich, Johannes Prinz, Daniele Giorgi, Andreas Weiss, Dorian Keilhack, Matthieu Mantanus and Timothy Brock.
Outside of music, Stefano’s interests include physics and artificial intelligence, having studied at the University of L’Aquila and in partnership with Stanford University.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
I would be a man of science. My father was a chemistry professor and he taught me a lot about science. I studied physics at university myself and I still follow some courses on the internet from time to time.
If you could play another instrument, what would it be and why?
Definitely the piano. I actually used to play it when I was younger and I really love it. I think the reason why I enjoy playing it so much is that you can play harmonies very easily and the repertoire is so wide and varied. My hands fit the piano keys very well too.
Stefano’s place in Southbank Sinfonia is generously supported by an anonymous donor.