Sat 09/5


(Violin/Piano) – (Italy)

Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

The Italian duo Tortelli-Meluso mesmerized the audience with a show of virtuosity, matched with a display of musicality and passion. Starting with Paganini, the duo presented various Italian works of composers who followed the master’s compositional style.


The Duo Tortorelli-Meluso boasts a discography that includes word-premiere recordings of music by Gaetano Fusella, Camillo Sivori (Paganini’s only pupil) and Rosario Scalero (himself a pupil of Sivori) for Tactus Recording. These were broadcasted on Italy’s Rai Radio 3 and were enthusiastically received by audience and critics alike, and the CD releases were well reviewed in specialist music magazines such as Musica, Amadeus, Fanfare, Harmonia Mundi and Gramophone.

In 2011 the Duo was awarded one of the European Union’s highest accolades, the “Premio Mediterraneo”, in recognition of their research, rediscovery and promotion of Italy’s artistic and musical heritage. In 2012, the Duo gave a lecture-recital at the 40th International Conference of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) in Porec, Croatia. This was followed by a conference-recital in 2013 on the music of Camillo Sivori at the Emirates International Festival of Dubai and a masterclass-recital on Paganini and his musical contemporaries at the University of Aichi (Nagoya) in Japan. In 2014 the Duo debuted in Germany with unanimous applause at the Bechstein Centrum in Berlin, the Festsaal of the Coselpalais in Dresden, the Harmoniesaal in Bamberg, and the Gasteig in Munich.

Violinist Mauro Tortorelli studied with J.J. Kantorow, B. Belkin, F. Gulli and G. Monch. In 1990, while still very young, he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan playing a duo for two violins by Luigi Nono. A prize-winner of several important competitions, he has extensively performed as soloist with prestigious orchestras throughout Europe and recorded on various labels.

Pianist Angela Meluso studied with G. Fuga and L. Berman. A winner of several competitions, she has regularly appeared as a soloist. Specialising in Music, Science and Technology of Sound, she is the author of the didactic method “Solfeggianimando” published in 2008 by the Edizioni Zaccara.