THE SOLOISTS OF LA SCALA
( Octet Project )
The Ensemble “Soloists of La Scala”, founded by Riccardo Muti and the Artistic Direction of La Scala Opera
House, started its activity in 1990. It has been scheduled since the very beginning in the official season of La
Scala Opera House, and interpreted many masterworks from the classical and romantic to modern and
contemporary repertoire. Formed by the principals of La Scala Orchestras, the Ensemble has been
performing for many of the leading international institutions all around the world (Carnegie Hall in New
York, Wien Musikverein, Tonhalle Zurich, Tokyo Suntory Hall and many others). The Ensemble “Soloists of
La Scala” has established a sustained collaboration with some of the most renowned soloists and
conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Daniel Barenboim and Riccardo Muti himself as a pianist.
The members of the Ensemble “Soloists of La Scala” who performed in this cd are:
Andrea Manco: flute; Fabrizio Meloni: clarinet; Gabriele Screpis and Nicola Meneghetti: bassoons;
Francesco Tamiati and Marco Toro: trumpets; Daniele Morandini: tenor trombone; Giuseppe Grandi: bass
Andrea Manco: Chosen by Riccardo Muti as principal flute of the “Luigi Cherubini” Youth Orchestra in 2002,
he becomes principal flute of the Orchestra of Turin Opera House in 2003, having just turned 20. He’s
currently principal flute of La Scala Opera House, and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fabrizio Meloni: Principal Clarinet of La Scala Opera House and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, he
collaborates with leading artists such as Alexander Lonquich, Michele Campanella, Heinrich Schiff,
Friederich Gulda, Editha Gruberova, Hagen Quartet, Myung-Whun Chung and Riccardo Muti as a pianist.
Gabriele Screpis: Principal Bassoon of La Scala Opera House and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, he
performed for some of the most renowned musical institutions all around the world. He’s also realized
several recordings, both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles.
Nicola Meneghetti: After having won the audition for principal bassoon in the Orchestra of Tuscany, he
debuts very young in La Scala Orchestra performing the “Rite of Spring” under the baton of Leonard
Bernstein, and becoming from that moment a full member of the group. He regularly collaborates as solo
bassoon with the ensemble of “Solisti Veneti”.
Francesco Tamiati: Principal trumpet of La Scala Opera House and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra from
2002, he has also established a sustained solo activity, having performed under the baton of, among the
others, Riccardo Muti (Bach B minor Mass) and Daniel Baremboim (Straviskij’s Histoire du Soldat).
Marco Toro: Principal trumpet of La Scala Opera House and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra from 2015, he
collaborated with, among the others, the Orchestra of Italian Switzerland, Rome Opera House, “San Carlo”
Theatre in Napoli and “La Fenice” Theatre in Venice. He is a member of “Spira mirabilis” Orchestra.
Daniele Morandini: Principal Trombone of La Scala Opera House and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, he
has been filling the same role in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and he’s also been appointed Associate
Principal of New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed as a soloist under the baton of Zubin Metha.
Giuseppe Grandi: Bass trombone of La Scala Opera House and La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, he has
previously been filling the same role in Florence Opera House “Maggio Musicale Fioretino”, and in the
Orchestra of “S. Cecilia” in Rome.
“His performances stand out for the refined balances and original ideas about both tempos and
phrasings. I consider Andrea Vitello one of the most interesting young conductors of his
Andrea Vitello performed in some of the most important halls around the world, such as Carnegie
Hall in New York, Seul Art Center, Petruzzelli Theater in Bari, Sala Verdi in Milan and many more.
He is regularly invited to conduct in the USA, Hungary, South Korea, Russia, Bulgaria and Greece.
His discographic debut on the podium of the Ensemble BIOS, with Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot
Lunaire, featuring Anna Clementi as a soloist, has raised international critics enthusiastic attention (American Record Guide, Das Orchester, Limelight, Musica, Amadeus etc.) and is now considered as a “One must have”.
He collaborates with several institutions such as Festival “Musica Viva” in Belem (Portugal), the Venice Biennale, “Pomeriggi Musicali” Orchestra in Milano, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV,
Tessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, Korea Soloist Orchestra, Argento Ensemble and the Soloists of
La Scala Opera House.
A sensitive interpreter of the contemporary repertoire; he conducted the New York premiére of “The Bronze Age” by Tristan Murail and many world premiéres by authors such as Oliver Schneller, Andrea Portera and many more young composers.
He conducted the first recording of Peter Eötvös Octet, on the podium of the “Soloists of La Scala” ensemble.