Fabio Di Càsola
‚…His brilliant…unforgettable performance…can think of no higher praise..’ – wrote the ‚Sunday Times’ about his recording by SONY of the Mozart clarinet concerto. And the professional journal for music in Switzerland ‚Musik&Theater’ stated: ‘Undisputed the number one clarinettist in Switzerland…’. So brilliant he takes the flows and fioriturs…’.
In 1990 at the age of 23, Fabio Di Càsola wins the first price of the famous CIEM (Concours international d’exécution musicale) in Geneva – 18 years after the last time a clarinettist has won the first price. Soon after that he was invited to leading international festivals, including the Berlin Festival under Claudio Abbado, the Evian Festival under Mstislav Rostropovich, and Lockenhaus with Gidon Kremer. In the years that followed he also won the Grand Prix Patek Philippe, the Prix Suisse for Contemporary Music, and the International Contemporary Music Competition in Stresa. In 1998 the jury and audience in Geneva voted him the “Swiss Musician of the Year.”
After a performance of Mozart’s clarinet concert at Tonhalle Zurich, SONY decided to publish his recordings. First there were two chamber music CD’s that were followed in 2009 by an orchestral CD with clarinet works of C.M.v.Weber. This CD received the ‚Editor’s Choice’ of the well-respected Gramophone Magazine. Also the next CD with Mozart’s clarinet concert received many good critics. Fabio Di Càsola is performing as soloist with orchestras as the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Russian National Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Lucerne Festival Strings, Camerata Zürich and others. He also appears regularly in a very wide range of chamber music ensembles.
He is professor for clarinet and chamber music at the Zurich University of Arts and the artistic director of the chamber music festival „klang“ (www.klang.ch), established 2006.
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