CELLO, Fernando Caida Greco

The winner of prestigious prizes in international competitions (second prize at the Davidov Competition in Riga and the Penderecki Competition in Krakow, third prize at the Brahms Competition of Poertschach and special prize in the Lutoslawski Competition in Warsaw with a jury headed by Rostropovich, the Calpurnia Prize in Città di Castello), cellist Fernando Caida Greco unanimously was awarded the first prize in the V. Bucchi Competition in Rome 2001, a recognition that led him to perform in the most important concert seasons (the Concert Society of Milan – Sala Verdi, the Catholic University of Rome, the B. Barattelli Society of L’Aquila, the Ponchielli Theatre in Cremona, the Olympic Theatre and Auditorium of Vicenza, the Stadt-Casino Basel, the Festival of Nations in Città di Castello, the Coccia Theatre of Novara, the Lauro Rossi Theatre of Macerata, the Maffeiana Room in Verona, Auditorium “Parco della Musica” in Rome…), meeting with enthusiastic agreement everywhere from both audiences and critics (“…a refined interpretation of the Stabat Mater by K. Nystedt: cellist Fernando Caida Greco fascinated with his expressive underlining of the choral part, and in the solo passages he made Maria’s suffering at the foot of the Cross truly visible with his impassioned and sorrowful sound. His intonation was clear and sharp as a knife blade: a joy for the ears!” – Basler Zeitung, 29 January 2002, “…with such vitality and energy, young virtuoso Fernando Caida Greco converted the influence of dance in this festive atmosphere into his musical imagination. Fullness and quality of sound, pure spiritual beauty…” – Matthias Entress, Berliner Morgenpost, 26 January 2000, “…Fernando Caida Greco played a cello Sonata in which composer Alfred Knuesel, in an extremely capable way, wove his music with that of the three Sarabandes of J.S. Bach. The cellist interpreted the piece intensely and precisely” – Basler Zeitung, 2 April 2012, “…A piece, composed by Alfred Knuesel, was performed by internationally renowned cellist Fernando Caida Greco. He received a long ovation. This was an event of supreme art.” – Xavier Pfister, Kirche Heute, no. 16, 2012). Born in Buenos Aires, Fernando Caida Greco graduated at sixteen with top grades and honours at the Saint Cecilia Conservatory of Rome as a student of Jorge Schultis. Afterwards, with a scholarship at the Mozarteum Argentino, he continued his artistic development with Amedeo Baldovino and then at the Musik-Akademie in Basel, Switzerland, where he received both the “Leher Diplom” and the “Solisten Diplom”, again with top grades and honours. Taking his early education from Ivan Monighetti and Rocco Filippini and obtaining his degree under their guidance, with honours, from the National Academy of Saint Cecilia. Fernando Caida Greco was described by the latter as “…an exceptionally authoritative soloist and a perfect, complete musician…”.

He made his debut at sixteen years of age with the Concert in D Major by Haydn and, as a soloist again, he performed with the Sinfonie-Orchestre of Basel, the “Alla Corda” Ensemble of Zurich, the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra, I Solisti Aquilani, the Valle D’Aosta Symphony Orchestra, the “Accademia i Filarmonici” Orchestra of Verona, the Pescara Symphony Orchestra, the “Gli Archi del Cherubino” Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra, the “Tito Schipa” Orchestra of Lecce, I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra of Milan (with this orchestra he performed at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan in the Second Concerto by Nino Rota and the Concerto in D Major by Haydn – both later broadcast by RAI Radio 3- conducted by Andrea Battistoni). He has given concerts in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, France, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Turkey, China, the United States and Canada.

By personal invitation of Maestro Salvatore Accardo, he was part of the Accardo Quartet in a series of concerts held during the MITO Festival (G. Verdi Conservatory of Turin) and the “Transfigured Nights” Festival (Olympic Theatre and Auditorium of Vicenza).

A passionate student of the cello literature, he performs music from all eras on period instruments, using cellos in original condition and strung with plain gut for the repertoire of the 1900s and contemporary music, rigorously adhering to the classical italian cello school. He regularly holds seminars and master classes on the subject. Also on this topic, the Musicology Publishing Company (Società Editrice di Musicologia) will publish a review he wrote of the Cello Method of Guglielmo Quarenghi, the most important Italian treatise on the cello in the 1800s, containing one of the most in-depth chapters on accompanying opera recitatives with cello continuo. This practice was recently taken up again in the theatre (for the first time in Italy in almost a hundred years) by Fernando Caida Greco during Gioacchino Rossini’s “Il viaggio a Reims” (“The Journey to Reims”), a production of the Coccia Theatre of Novara (2015). Fernando Caida Greco has made many radio and television recordings, notably including a concert broadcast live by the Berlin Radio in January of 2000, playing a duo with Frangiz Ali-Zade, a performance in which he substituted for his teacher Ivan Monighetti. In 2002, Monighetti again asked him to step in for him, and so he played the swiss premiere in Basel of the “Stabat Mater” by K. Nystedt for cello and chorus. These achievements caused a number of composers to take interest in him: Sergio Calligaris dedicated to him a transcription for cello of his Double Concerto for violin, piano and strings, and Swiss composer Alfred Knuesel wrote a Concerto for cello and orchestra expressly for him.

His love of chamber music leads him to collaborate with artists like Salvatore Accardo, Sergio Azzolini, Laura De Fusco, Edoardo Torbianelli, Francesco Manara, Pierre-André Taillard, Enrico Onofri, Oscar Ghiglia, Bruno Giuranna, Franco Petracchi, Rocco Filippini, Paolo Bordoni and Andrea Bacchetti. Recently, he performed the world premiere of the Cello Concerto by Alfred Knüsel for the swiss IGNM (Zug, Lucerne, Basel) with the “Ensemble Montaigne”, the world premiere of “Abstract Extension” for cello and orchestra by Andrea Manzoli (with the ISA orchestra in L’Aquila) and two concerts in the next “Biennale Musica” of Venice with a piece by Betsy Jolas (“Wanderlied”, for cello and 15 instruments with the “Geometrie Variabili” ensemble) and cello solo premieres by Andrea Manzoli, Alessandra Bellino, Umberto Pedraglio, Alessandra Ravera and Sonia Bo. Moreover, from 2017 he is part of the “Programme claviers” in Royaumont (France), an international project of masterclass, research in musicology and concerts.Fernando Caida Greco is a teacher for chamber music at Piacenza’s Conservatory. He plays a cello by Claude Augustin Miremont (1880).