Govone Smart Music 2023

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Govone Smart Music 2023

May at the Royal Castle of Govone will be dedicated to the blooming of roses and the new music season with the events of GOVONE SMART MUSIC, now in its 7th edition.

Highly professional performers, both national and international, will offer the audience unforgettable moments of listening and sharing of rare beauty, in a unique setting, the Salone delle Feste of the Royal Castle.

Here are the scheduled events:

Sunday, May 7, 2023




Born in Amiens (France), Christophe Giovaninetti studied at the Conservatoire de Marseille (class of D. Erlih) and at the Conservatoire National de Bucarest (Romania). After his studies in France, Romania, and Germany (with members of the Amadeus Quartet), H. Beyerle (Quatuor A. Berg), and W. Levine (Quatuor Lassale), Christophe Giovaninetti founded the Ysaÿe Quartet in 1984, of which he is the first violin. With this ensemble, he has toured extensively in all European countries, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and more. He has performed on prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Opera House (Sydney), Musikverein (Vienna), Philharmonie Berlin, Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), etc. With the quartet, he has recorded 9 CDs, including the complete works of Mendelssohn, Ravel, Debussy, Chausson, and 6 Mozart quartets dedicated to Haydn for Decca. After 11 years of success, he left the group in 1995 and embarked on a new challenge by creating the Elysée Quartet. He has recorded for Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Zig-Zag Territoires, and Naxos. He has performed chamber music with Augustin Dumay, Shlomo Mintz, Maria Joao Pires, Jean Philippe Collard, Frank Braley, Michel Portal, and others. In addition to his concert activity, he is dedicated to teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. The great Sir Yehudi Menuhin said of him, “I am indebted to this angelic musician for one of the moments of purest musical emotion in my life.”



A student of Alessandro Specchi at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, trained in the school of the Trio di Trieste and the Quartetto Italiano, Tiziano Mealli has made chamber music the focus of his concert and teaching activities, passionately dedicated to transmitting and exporting “with renewed strength” the values and inspiring principles of the Italian chamber music school. He has been awarded prizes at important national and international competitions and has embarked on a concert career as a soloist, conductor, and member of various chamber formations. He has performed with artists such as Dino Asciolla, Ifor James, Mario Brunello, Giuliano Carmignola, Piero and Antonello Farulli, Riccardo Brengola, Felice Cusano, Christophe Giovaninetti, Alain Meunier, Milan Rericha, Andrea Lucchesini, Hatto Bayerle, Andrea Nannoni, Mario Caroli, Pavel Vernikov, Laura Marzadori, and ensembles such as the Nuovo Quartetto Italiano, Quartetto Fonè, Quartetto di Milano, Quartetto di Venezia, Quartetto di Torino, Quartetto Adorno, and the Navarra String Quartet, giving concerts in the most important Italian and foreign cities, as a guest of prestigious societies and festivals.

He has made numerous radio and television recordings and has recorded for labels such as Tactus, Frame, Emarecords, and Primrose Records.

He is regularly invited to serve on competition juries and was a member of the Artistic Committee of the prestigious Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition in Florence. He is the artistic director of the Pentecost Festival held in the beautiful setting of Badia a Passignano. For several years, he has passionately dedicated himself to orchestral conducting. He was a professor at the “Girolamo Frescobaldi” Conservatory in Ferrara for many years and currently holds the position of Chamber Music Chair at the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory in Florence. He holds numerous masterclasses and has had a fruitful teaching collaboration with the School of Music in Fiesole, where he teaches piano masterclasses and has been teaching Chamber Music for the O.G.I. (Italian Youth Orchestra) courses since 1997, a role previously held by Dario De Rosa, the renowned pianist of the Trio di Trieste.


Sunday, May 14, 2023



Mack McCray was trained at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Irwin Freundlich. He won the silver medal at the International George Enesco Competition, first prize at the Charleston Symphony and San Francisco Young Artists competitions, the Edward Steuermann Memorial Prize from Juilliard, and a scholarship from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation all in one season (1969-1970). He has been invited as a guest artist to the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Ciclo dei Grandi Interpreti in Seville, the Festival of International Artists of UNESCO in Monte Carlo, the Bach/Beethoven/Brahms Festival of the Bucharest Philharmonic, and the Hong Kong City Hall Series. He has performed with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Josef Krips, Leon Fleisher, and Arthur Fiedler. In 1991, he performed in the United States before Eros Piano by John Adams. Recently, he has performed with the Japan Philharmonic at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Shanghai International Beethoven Festival, and the Trinity Church Concert Series in Manhattan. Mack McCray is the artistic director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival, held annually in Courmayeur, Italy, and from 1971 to 2015, he was a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Sunday, May 21, 2023





The only bassoonist dedicated to solo works by Oscar-winning composers Ennio Morricone and Luis Bacalov. For many years, Paolo Carlini has played a central role in contemporary music, collaborating with the most representative composers from different generations and musical languages who have written solo works specifically for him, thus significantly expanding the bassoon repertoire. Some notable composers include Azio Corghi, Ivan Fedele, Luis De Pablo, Giorgio Gaslini, Ludovico Einaudi, Marco Tutino, Marcello Panni, Marco Betta, Enrico Pieranunzi, Maurizio Fabrizio, Carlo Boccadoro, Pasquale Corrado, Alessandro Solbiati, Carlo Galante, Nicola Sani, Claudio Ambrosini, Giorgio Colombo Taccani, Giancarlo Cardini, Paolo Vivaldi, and important collaborations with Luciano Berio, Sofia Gubaidulina, Sylvano Bussotti, and Jean Francaix. Since 1987, Paolo Carlini has been the Principal Solo Bassoonist of the Orchestra della Toscana and has collaborated in the same role with orchestras such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Teatro Comunale in Bologna, performing under the baton of the most important conductors of our time, including Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Myung-whun Chung, and Daniel Harding. His activities have taken him to the most prestigious music centers around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, KKL in Lucerne, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and Concert Hall in Tokyo and Hong Kong. In chamber music, Paolo Carlini has collaborated with international musicians such as Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Massimo Quarta, Pavel Vernikov, Alain Meunier, Bruno Canino, Alessandro Specchi, Pietro De Maria, Hansjorg Schellenberger, Francois Leleux, and Antony Pay, participating in major festivals. He has made numerous solo recordings for labels such as Sony Classical, CPO, Chandos, Naxos, Brilliant, EMA Records, and Tactus, which are regularly broadcasted by Radio France, BBC Radio 3, New York Public Radio, ORF, Bayerisches Rundfunk, Radio Classical California, ORF, WDR, SWF, NDR, CBC Radio Canada, Radio New Zealand, Australia National Network, Birmingham Public Radio, Rai Radio Tre, Radio Swiss Classic, RTSI Rete 2, and Radio Toscana Classica. He has been invited to give masterclasses and advanced courses at conservatories in Lyon, Geneva, Lausanne, Seville, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg. He is a bassoon teacher at the P. Mascagni Conservatory in Livorno.




Fabrizio Datteri is a pianist and harpsichordist from Lucca. He graduated with top honors from the ISSM Boccherini in Lucca, where he later obtained a second-level Academic Diploma with the highest honors and distinction. He has perfected his skills with renowned musicians such as Konstantin Bogino, Bruno Canino, Pier Narciso Masi, Boris Bloch at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and Aquiles Delle Vigne at the Accademia Chigiana. He has also earned a three-year Master’s degree in Chamber Music from the Accademia di Imola, graduating with a special mention. His interest in Baroque music led him to graduate in harpsichord from the Conservatorio di Firenze and perform as a harpsichordist in numerous ensembles. He has performed various solo concerts and chamber music performances with distinguished collaborators such as Cristiano Rossi, Mario Ancillotti, Boris Bloch, Michele Marasco, principal players of La Scala, Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Berliner Philharmoniker, and Opéra de Paris. He has also won several awards in national and international music competitions. Notably, he has had a longstanding collaboration with internationally renowned soloist Paolo Carlini, with whom he has performed the entire repertoire and premiered various works. He also has a well-established piano duo with his wife, Nadia Lencioni. He has performed for prestigious concert associations, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, California and San Francisco State University, Weiner Saal in Salzburg, Teatro San Benito Abad and Sala Villanueva in Mexico City, Milli Auditorium Istanbul, Victoria International Festival in Malta, Amici della Musica in Pistoia, Camerino Festival, Festival Anima Mundi Pisa, Saal am Palais and Hochschule “F. Liszt” in Weimar, Italian Cultural Institutes in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hamburg, and London. He has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras such as the Romanian National Orchestra of Oradea, I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, State Orchestra of Mexico, and Istanbul Philharmonic. He has recorded for numerous record labels including Brilliant, Tactus, Da Vinci, and CPO. He is a permanent professor at the Conservatorio di Perugia.

The concerts will take place in the Salone delle Feste of the Royal Castle of Govone (CN) starting at 5:30 PM.

Single ticket – 5 euros | Subscription – 10 euros.

Limited seating. Reservation is recommended via email at, indicating the number of participants.

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