FICARA (ITA), Flute and
Monteleone di Fermo, September 16, 2017, Madonna della Misericordia Church 9:00pm
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Wendy Quinlan studied flute at the Canberra School of Music in Australia with Professor Vernon Hill, and received the Bachelor of Arts Degree, as well as being awarded the prize for “Student of the Year”. She was awarded a Swiss Government Scholarship to study with Professor Peter-Lukas Graf at the Musikakademie Basel, and was awarded
the Solistendiplom. She also studied baroque flute for 3 years at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
For four years she was principal flute with the Australian Youth Orchestra, including for their European tour, playing at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London Proms and Edinburgh Festival. She was the first Australian woodwind player ever chosen for the World Youth Orchestra, and played principal flute with them with concerts in Japan, Canada and Korea.
Wendy has held many posts as principal flute including Basel Sinfonietta, Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Associate Principal flute), Orquestra do Porto and Het Symfonieorkest van Vlaanderen.
She has played as soloist with many ensembles including the Zürcherkammermusiker, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Basel Radio Orchestra, Nieuw Vlaams Symfonieorkest, National Capital Orchestra and Basel Sinfonietta in a repertoire as varied as Bach, Khachaturian, Nielsen and Peter Benôit.
Wendy is constantly in demand as a teacher, soloist, and as a partner in chamber music ensembles.
Giuseppe Maria Ficara, son of the painter Franz Ficara, hails from the school of Andrés Segovia. He graduated from the National Conservatory of Bari (directed by Nino Rota), and obtained the Premier Prix at the Brussels Royal Conservatory. First-prize-winner in the Fernando Sor International Contest in Rome, he has been Guitar Professor at the National Conservatories of Bari, Pesaro, Perugia and Bologna.
He has performed and given masterclasses and lectures at various institutions and universities in Europe, U.S.A., South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India.
French composer Pierre Jansen dedicated his Concerto
pour guitare et
cordes to Ficara,
who premièred it in
Perugia in 2005. Throughout his career, Ficara has
focused on a vast
repertoire and, since 1980, has
rediscovered, premièred and recorded many works by Mario
While in the US as a visiting scholar at Brown University in 2011, he
introduce the Brown community to Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s music, which
led to the realization of an international
conference in September 2012.
Since 2014 he formed the Duo Diabelli with the Italian pianist Letizia Innocenti, rediscovering together a brilliant and original repertoire of the Risorgimento period.
Francesco Molino (1768-1847) Notturno op.37: Introduzione: largo non troppo, Romanza: Andante sostenuto, Rondò pastorale: Allegretto
Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) Gran duo concertante op. 85: Allegro Maestoso, Andante molto sostenuto, Scherzo-Trio, Allegretto espressivo
Claude Ach. Debussy (1862-1918) Syrinx (flauto solo)
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) da Histoire du Tango: Café 1930, Night Club 1960
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968): Tarantella (chitarra sola)
Sonatina op. 205 (1965): Allegretto grazioso, Tempo di siciliana, Scherzo-rondò