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“An  intense and vibrant Trio”, “The excellent musical agreement and the deepness of  Trio Caravaggio”, “The Trio that charms”: these are the words that some important reviewers use to speak about Trio Caravaggio.
The Trio Caravaggio was founded in 2004, as the result of the meeting of three italian musicians, all prize-winners, either individually or as members of ensembles, in some important international competitions, such as International Violin Competition “A. Postacchini” in Fermo (Italy), Concurso Internacional de violoncelo “Lluis Claret” in Moguer (Spain), “Enrico Mainardi”-Mozarteum Competition in Salzburg (Austria), “International Chamber Music Competition” in Caltanissetta (Italy).
They took part in many master classes with well-known concertists like Alexander Lonquich, Konstantin Bogino, Pavel Vernikov,  David Geringas, Enrico Bronzi and then the Trio Caravaggio won prestigious prizes in international competitions like  “C. Soliva” in Casale Monferrato and “Vittorio Gui” in Florence (member of World Federation of International Music Competitions in Génève).
They played in many towns like Paris, Basel, Helsinki, Klagenfurt, Salzburg, Neubrandenburg (Germany), Saint Petersburg, Bucarest, Sao Paulo (Brasil), Tokyo and New York.
In Italy the Trio has performed on many prestigious music stages and festivals like “Sala Verdi” in Milan, “Parco della Musica” in Rome, “Unione Musicale” in Turin, Auditorium “San Barnaba” in Brescia, “Teatro la Fenice-SVC” in Venice, Bologna Festival,  “Amici della Musica” in Padua, in Cagliari and in Lucca, International Chamber Music Festival in Ascoli Piceno, “Walton Foundation” in Ischia (Naples).
In 2007 they have been invited to play the Triple Concert by Beethoven in Germany with the Neubrandenburger Philarmonie conducted by Stefan Malzew and in Rome with the Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio conducted by Lior Shambadal.
Besides they have collaborated with artists such as Gregorio Nardi, Natalia Lomeiko, Lovro Pogorelich,  Andrea Lucchesini, Mario Brunello, Danilo Rossi, Giuliano Carmignola, Carla Fracci, Lina Sastri, Azio Corghi, Fabio Vacchi, Arturo Sacchetti, Kristof Penderecki.
They have recorded as soloist for “Bongiovanni” and for the RAI (Italian Radio-TV). In May 2009 Trio Caravaggio made their debut in The Netherlands by playing live on Dutch national radio from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Francesco Cerrato plays a violin of 1740, Nicola Gagliano.
Stefano Cerrato plays a cello of the end of 1700, Pietro Quattrinelli.
Paolo Gilardi is teacher of piano and chamber music at the International Music Academy in Milan.

And if you are wondering about our name, Trio Caravaggio….

When comes the moment to decide which name give to the Trio, we felt that the Artist by which we could more inspired and who best rapresented our way of feeling was quite Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: despite the temporal gap and the different artistic field, Great Artists cross every space-time limit; far and yet so near to us, so “modern” and topical.
It’s enough to think of two Masterpieces such as “Saint Matthew’s Vocation” or “The Martyrdom of  Saint Matthew” to feel how much Music resonates in the works of  the Master: rhythm, mouvement, dynamic, changes of time, contrasts, consonant and dissonant harmonies.
We are absolutely convinced of the importance of comunication between the artist and his public and of the possibility of passing on the most conflicting emotions and feelings, blending them together and giving them structure and intelligibility; like in a speech, deep, intense, passionate and logical at the same time. Strength and delicacy, poetry and drama, male and female, light and dark: to be able to communicate all this is our great aim, the reason for which we decided to play together.




Trio Caravaggio shines with Ravel     …The understanding and the high competency of the three musicians has emerged since the work by Juon…The impressionist trend of the three interpreters has fully revealed in Ravel Masterpiece, very clever to interweave and melt the harmonies born from melodic interlacements such as veils…the three musicians outlined characters, rhythms and especially “colours”, with efficacy and very good unity.

F. Conter – “Il Giornale di Brescia”

The Trio that charms…sound harmony of the three young players… Applause and appreciation for Trio Caravaggio.

L. Fertonani – “BresciaOggi”

…Applause which has repeated yet to recognize the great values of  Trio Caravaggio, who has presented himself such as a trio of sound and strong experience playing the Trio op.67 by Shostakovich….Features which Trio Caravaggio has fully learned and shown with a great unity of purposes and with technical wealth.

M. Patrucco – “Il Monferrato”

Trio intense and vibrant  ….Soaring and vibrant their interpretation of  Schubert‘s masterpiece, to which they have given dramatic connotations…The excellent musical understanding and the depth of Caravaggio’s research could be admired in Beethoven’s masterpiece too….Technically seasoned and flowing the three musicians, warmly clapped, have given two encores by Piazzolla, performed very well.

F. Conter – “Il Giornale di Brescia”

…The three young musicians have given to the piece a clear and communicative musicality, well managing the structural balances and the long and refined musical speech…A structural variation well managed from Trio Caravaggio who has charged the most dynamic passages with bright sonorities. Always excellently expressed also the soft timbric balances and the emotional nuances in the second movement…A concert which has obtained a warmy success from the public who has called back to the stage the three musicians many times….

N.S. – “BresciaOggi”

…Stefano Cerrato proposes the Cello Sonata by Kodaly: at once the sensation is remarkable. Beautiful sound, full and deep, especially in low notes, sure the touch, with perfectly controlled nuances and agilities, a natural cantabile, a plasticity of phrasing that makes understand the courses of structure with clarity. The sound of his cello filled easily the hall, even more when he received the support of Francesco’s violin for the execution of the Duo by Gideon Klein ….The two Cerrato have played it with intensity and feeling. Conclusion with the Trio op.8 by Shostakovich: the pianist Paolo Gilardi has perfectly completed  the ensemble, with a brightness of interpretation proper to highlight the strange lyricism postromantic of this early work. Intense applause.

P. Gallarati – “La Stampa”

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