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ITALIAN COLOR – Duo Emy Bernecoli, violin + Elia Andrea Corazza, piano

Italian Color is a musical journey across time, presenting rare and refined compositions that defined the history of Italian classical music for piano and violin, from the Baroque to present day.

The program performed by Emy Bernecoli (violin) and Elia Andrea Corazza (piano) will include the Sonata in Re maggiore RV10 by Antonio Vivaldi as transcribed by Ottorino Respighi; Antonio Vitali’s Ciaccona, a famous masterpiece for violin which has been played by the most important violinist through the ages; an unpublished Sarabanda (1897) by Ottorino Respighi and Un diavolo sentimentale (A sentimental devil, 1969), an eccentric and sparkling piece based on octatonic scales and augmented fourths by Nino Rota, a well-known Italian composer of music for the cinema.


This event is presented in collaboration with 

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Embassy of Italy 
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Washington, DC 20008



Please Note



Due to new safety regulations, we are not allowed to add extra seats to the auditorium or let anyone stand. A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time. Ticket availability date subject to change.



PREVIEW (via Youtube)







Antonio Vivaldi/Ottorino Respighi

Sonata in Re maggiore RV10


Allegro moderato



Antonio Vitali


Ottorino Respighi


Alfredo Casella

Cavatina and Gavotta from Serenata per cinque strumenti

Elia Andrea Corazza

Autumn Suite

Out of Sadness



Nino Rota

Un diavolo sentimentale





Emy Bernecoli is an Italian violinist who, in recent years, has become well known in the musical world for her dedication to the Italian musical heritage of the last century.

She made her recording debut with the international label Naxos in 2013 and to date she has made three CDs entirely devoted to three Italian composers of the 20th century: Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli and Ottorino Respighi. She recorded the complete works for violin and piano of these composers and in particular those of Ghedini and Pick-Mangiagalli were their world premiere recording. Her CDs were highly acclaimed by the music press at a national (MusicaAmadeus) and international (GramophoneThe StradRitmoAmerican Record GuideBBC Music Magazine) level and led to her nomination for the International Classical Music Awards in 2014 and 2016.

Emy Bernecoli is an expert and admirer of the music of Respighi to the extent that in 2014 she revised and edited some of his unpublished works for the Italian publisher Suvini Zerboni in Milan, which also appear on her CDs (Giga e Allegretto vivace for violin and piano) and a Fugafor string quartet published by Ut Orpheus in Bologna in 2015. Her dedication to Italian music also brought to light a masterpiece by Fiorenzo Carpi (Concertino for violin and piano) which she revised and edited for its first printed edition in 2014 (ESZ edition) and this year she revised the unpublished Concertino for harp, violin and orchestraby Antonio Puccetti and the complete edition of 12 Fantasias for solo violin by George Philipp Telemann published by Armelin in Padova. In 2017 she is going to publish some other unpublished works by Respighi: Minuetto for strings, Sarabanda for violin and piano and Scherzofor string quartet.

Her dedication to chamber music has allowed her to build up a vast repertoire over the years that includes all the most significant works for violin and piano. She has also had wide experience with other chamber groups such as the string quartet and quintet in the role of both first and second violin, and has played in piano trios with such renowned artists as Luca Simoncini and Rocco Filippini.

She has been guest of various radio programmes and has broadcast live concerts for the series ‘La stanza della musica’ on RaiRadio3, for the RSI (Radio Svizzera Italiana), Radio Diva, Delta Radio,  IMD music and web, and Radio Vaticana. 

She gained an Academic Diploma in music studies obtaining maximum marks with distinction for her thesis on Paganini’s ‘Le Streghe’. She specialized in early music with Alfonso Fedi in Florence, and for several years performed as a soloist and leader with various Italian Baroque ensembles. 

She studied with Pavel Vernikov and Mariana Sirbu, and then in 2006 she gained a diploma at the Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale ‘R. Romanini’ in Brescia with Domenico Nordio, focusing on the soloist repertoire.

She consolidated her experience in chamber music by studying with members of the Quartetto di Venezia and of the Nuovo Quartetto Italiano, as well as with Istvan Parkanyi,  first violin of the celebrated Orlando Quartet, and with Gunter Pichler,  first violin of the Alban Berg Quartett.

In 2010 she gained a diploma in chamber music with maximum marks at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Rocco Filippini and at the Accademia Musicale in Florence with Alessandro Specchi.

Her unique style of interpretation stems from her well rounded personality: an artist able to offer a finely balanced blend of tradition and interpretative freshness, romanticism and rhythmic rigor, cantabile and technical energy, Emy Bernecoli remains a performer with her feet set firmly in the past but with her gaze always turned to the future.

She plays a violin of Italian manufacture, a 1966 Giovanni Pallaver, defined by The Stradas splendid. Online at


Dr Elia Andrea Corazza is a conductor, composer, pianist and musicologist. He holds a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Bologna (Italy), and master’s degrees in pianoforte, conducting and composition. He studied conducting in Fiesole and Pescara (Italy), and at the Tanglewood Music Center (Lenox, MA, USA)

He has conducted orchestras which includes Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, Orchestra Giovanile Santa Cecilia, L’viv Virtuosos, Coro e Orchestra I Musici Veneziani.

His repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary symphonic, operatic and balletic music. His compositions include a variety of genres, from Neoclassical to Electronic.

As a pianist Elia is specialized in Italian operatic repertoire and 20th chamber Century music.

His musicological research includes Neoclassical Music, Serial Music, 18th and 19th Century Opera, Ballet Music, Performing Practice, Music and Fascism. Elia has held scholarships at the Fondazione Cini, at Harvard University, at the Paul Sacher Stiftung, at Yale University, and, recently, a post-doctoral fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center of The Library of Congress. Elia has discovered and edited the orchestration that Respighi made for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes of La Serva Padrona by Paisiello (Schott Music, 2014); he conducted the world premiere in Bologna, Respighi’s hometown, during the summer of 2014. 

Sometimes under his pseudonym Elijax, Elia composed music for film, documentaries, short movies, advertising and dance halls. The short movie Moto perpetuo (directed by Camillo Valle) resulted prize winner in several competitions: Premio Montano (Verona, 2015), Blackbird Film Festival (New York City, NY, U.S.A., 2015), Clorofilla Film Festival (Grosseto, 2015), and nominated at the David di Donatello short movies (2014).

Elia currently teaches Score reading, Orchestral music and chamber music at the Conservatory “Fausto Torrefranca” in Vibo Valentia, Italy.

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