Amedeo Cicchese

Amedeo Cicchese

Born in 1988 in Campobasso, he graduated at the age of 17 with honours, under the guidance of Michele Chiapperino. He then went on to obtain a Diploma of Advanced Study in both Chamber Music and Cello, at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, under the guidance of Rocco Filippini and Giovanni Sollima. He continued his studies with Antonio Meneses at the Hochschule der Kunste in Bern, and with Enrico Dindo at the Pavia Cello Academy. Winner of the prestigious ‘Premio Giuseppe Sinopoli’ awarded personally by the President of the Italian Republic in 2014, Amedeo has also won awards in more than 30 national and international competitions. His solo debut, at the age of 16, was followed by numerous concerts as a soloist in Italy, Holland, Germany, Turkey, Hungary, China and Japan. After being chosen by Riccardo Muti as first cello for the Cherubini Orchestra, he has performed, also as a soloist, in many Italian and foreign theatres and for prestigious Institutions, and has been conducted not only by R. Muti, but also by C. Abbado, F. Luisi, P. Jaarvi, D. Gatti, C. Eschenbach, L. Shambadal, Tan Dun. His association with the latter has led him to perform as a soloist with the National Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Shenzen Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Leipzig, in important venues in Asia and Europe, such as: the Grand Theater in Shanghai, the Sala Santa Cecilia of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the Leipzig Arena, the Beethoven Saal in Stuttgart (to name but a few). He made his debut at the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo accompanied by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, together with artists of the calibre of Yundi Li and Ryu Goto, on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the birth of the historic Japanese concert hall. In spite of his young age, he has won competitions for Principal Cello with the Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese. His latest and most important achievement is his victory with the Orchestra del Teatro Regio in Turin. Chosen by M. Gianandrea Noseda, since 2016 he has been Principal Cello of this Italian ensemble, one of the most esteemed in Italy and abroad.  He collaborates regularly with the Philharmonic orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Camerata Salzburg, the Orquestra de Cadaques, and the Orchestra Leonore, always as First Cello. Particularly active in chamber music, in 2009 he won the international competitions “Vittorio Gui” and “Premio Trio di Trieste”. He is currently a member and founder of the Trio CCD together with Daniela Cammarano (violin) and Alessandro Deljavan (piano), and of the Duo Janigro together with the cellist Paolo Bonomini.

During his studies at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, he was awarded the prestigious “Diploma of Honour” by the Alban Berg Quartet. He has also taken part in Masterclasses with teachers of the calibre of F. Helmerson, M. Kliegel, D. Geringas and N. Gutman. With the Quintetto Bottesini, he recorded, for the Brilliant Classics label, the complete quintets of Louise Farrenc. With the same label, in January 2020, he released a new CD, together with the pianist Barbara Panzarella, of the works for cello and piano by Castelnuovo-German and Pizzetti .