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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v13n24 (06/12/2014) » Section: Classical Music Notes

Violin Pyrotechnics: Italian Virtuoso Violinist Matteo Fedeli Returns to Town

Last June, the Italian virtuoso Matteo Fedeli made his Buffalo debut with the Camerata di Sant’Antonio at its home in St. Anthony of Padua’s. Fedeli, joined by his touring partner Milanese pianist Andrea Carcano, offered a rare performance of the Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings, written at the age of 13 by the precocious Felix Mendelssohn. It brought the packed house down as they delivered a performance that will remain an aural memory treasured for decades. Fedeli also offered some virtuosic encores, including one that found him playing while wandering up and down the aisles of the church, much to the delight of the audience.

Guitar Hero: Marko Topchii Wins in Style

Ukrainian guitarist Marko Topchii arrived in town last Tuesday, and stuck around just long enough to sweep all the awards in the 6th JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Besides winning First Prize overall, he was the top vote getter in both the Audience Award and the BPO Musicians Award competitions, becoming the only competitor to win all three prizes since Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla in the inaugural 2004 competition.

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