Fabio De Rosa


Fabio De Rosa was born in Genoa in 1973. He early showed a marked talent for music and at the age of five began studying the flute. He later went on to graduate in flute from the 'Antonio Vivaldi' Conservatory in Novara under Mara Luzzatto in 1993. From 1989 to 1994, in Basel he furthered his studies under one of the greatest flautists of the late twentieth century, Aurle Nicolet. The maestro expressly invited De Rosa to study under him after recognizing his talent at a master class held in Genoa, and at a later class in Florence held by Michele Marasco, an eminent figure among the new generation of flautists. In 1997, he was admitted to the prestigious Hochschule fr Musik in Zurich and studied in the class of another outstanding flautist, Philippe Racine. Here, in 2000, he obtained his Konzertreife Diplom, and enjoyed the honour of being accompanied at the final concert by Giorgio Mandolesi, principal bassoon of the Orchestre de Paris and professor at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris. Following on from this experience, he was to have the opportunity to perform with Mandolesi on several other occasions both as a duo and in trios. During his period of study in Zurich, De Rosa was chosen by Philippe Racine to represent the Hochschule on a project coordinated by the oboist and internationally renowned composer Heinz Holliger, who expressed his high regard for the young flautist. In 1998, he won the competition organized by the European Community to set up a contemporary music ensemble ('Aulodia'), and it was with this group, under the direction of Pietro Borgonovo, that he inaugurated two seasons at Genoa's historic concert society GOG at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. That same year he was a finalist in two competitions to fill the role of principal flute in the orchestras of the Rome Opera and the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. In 1999, alongside the soprano Mariella Devia he took part in a charity concert held at the Politeama Genovese and presented by Fabio Fazio.

In 2001, the famous Russian violinist Boris Belkin, during a rehearsal for a performance of Concerto No. 1 in D major for violin and orchestra op. 19 by Sergei Prokofiev, publicly asked the conductor at the end of the flute cadence to meet De Rosa personally because he wanted to congratulate him. In 2002, he took part in a tour in Japan with the soprano Miwako Matsumoto, on which occasion he performed at the prestigious Kioi Hall in Tokyo and recorded a CD for JVC. In 2005, he went to New York to perfect his skills in the most advanced contemporary flute techniques with Robert Dick, one of the leading experts in the new sounds that can be obtained on the flute. In 2006, at the 'Casa Paganini' in Genoa he was the first to play Nodi, a piece for soprano, flute and piano composed by Massimo Pastorelli and based on texts specially written by Edoardo Sanguineti; he was also one of the dedicatees of the piece. In 2007, he was invited to play at the Cervara Abbey (Portofino) for the foreign correspondents of the 'New York Times'; during the evening he was the soloist in a performance of the Concertos for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 10 by Antonio Vivaldi and the Suite in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the summer of 2010, at the Villa Faraldi Festival, he performed Sequenza I for flute by Luciano Berio (a piece he perfected under the guidance of Michael Marasco), at an evening to commemorate Edoardo Sanguineti, a great friend and collaborator of Berio, presented by the journalist and visual artist Giuliano Galletta. In 2011, he started working in a duo with the pianist Stefania Neonato, and together they carried out an Italian tour which culminated in a CD that contains their recordings of the most important masterpieces of the nineteenth-century repertoire for flute and piano: Variations pour Piano et Flte, Op. 160 by Schubert, the Serenade, Op. 41 by Beethoven, the Sonatas Op. 10 no. 2 and no. 3 by Weber, and the Grande Sonate, Op. 64 by Hummel. Fabio De Rosa commands a repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary. The particular focus of his explorations has been on contemporary flute music ' thanks to the guidance of his teachers Nicolet, Racine, Dick and Marasco.

trad. Ian Harvey