Emanuele Silvestri


Emanuele Silvestri currently serves as Principal Cellist at the IPO, establishing himself internationally as a soloist and chamber musician of the highest calibre. He moved from Italy to Israel in 2011. Emanuele received his master’s degree with the maximum votes (10 cum laude) in Italy at the “Conservatorio di Musica G.Verdi” in Milan, where he was a student of G.Laffranchini, Principal cellist at the “Teatro alla Scala Orchestra”. Trained at the most famous Italian music schools, such as the “Romanini Foundation” in Brescia with Mario Brunello, the “Accademia W. Stauffer” in Cremona with Rocco Filippini and the “Accademia Chigiana” in Siena with Alain Meunier, where he got the Diploma “ad Honorem” in 1996, Emanuele Silvestri was awarded Solisten Diplom at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel in 1997, completing his studies with cello teacher Ivan Monighetti. At the Akademie in Basel during the same years he was also a student in the chamber music class of W.Levine, H.Bayerle – La Salle and Alban Berg Quartet – and the pianist Gerard Wiss.


An extremely active chamber musician, Emanuele Silvestri has performed with numerous ensembles in Europe, Japan and South America, such as the “Sestetto Leonardo” and the “Serenata Trio,” with whom he toured in 2005 throughout Italy, Albania, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brasil. At the “Orpheus Konzerte” in Zurich he won prizes in 1998/1999 as a member of the best chamber music ensemble. In Basel he won the BOG Basel Orchester Gesellschaft prize for Chamber Music in 1997, recording for the Swiss Radio.

Emanuele is cellist and co-founder of the 'Quartetto d'archi del Teatro La Fenice di venezia", which is regularly invited to be part of the famous contemporary music festival "La Biennale di Venezia". Since moving to Israel, he also joined the "Israel String Quartet", forming an intense musical relationship with the historical Israeli ensemble.Emanuele Silvestri has appeared as soloist with many orchestras in Europe, including the "Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice di Venezia", "Teatro alla Scala di Milano" (cello solo concertante), The "Radio Symphony Orchestra" in Basel, the “Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano” and “Milano Classica”, under the direction, among others, of Riccardo Chailly, Christopher Hogwood, and Diego Matheuz. He was awarded many first prizes in Italy and abroad in cello competitions, and a second prize at the Domnik Preis International Cello Competition in Stuttgard in 1996.

His orchestral career started with the ECYO, now EUYO, where he was a member from 1992 to 1995 playing under the direction of Giulini, Sanderling, Slatkin, Kuhn, Askenazy, Prêtre and prepared by David Strange (Royal Academy of London). From 1993, Emanuele Silvestri was Principal cellist at the “Orchestra Verdi di Milano” under V.Delman; he was frequently Guest Principal Cellist at the “Teatro Lirico di Cagliari” and the “Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI di Torino”, and from 1998 he joined as Guest Cellist of the “Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala” in Milano. In 2000 he was chosen by conductor Myung Wung Chung to serve as Second Cello of the “Orchestra Sinfonica di Santa Cecilia” in Rome. After an audition in 2005, he has been frequently invited as Guest Principal Cello of the “Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Alla Scala di Milano”. Before moving to Israel, Emanuele was for 8 years Principal Cellist at the 
"Teatro La Fenice di Venezia".

Emanuele Silvestri plays on a cello made by Domenico Busan in Venice in 1760 ca, alternatively on the Giovanni Grancino (Milano 1712) of the IPO Foundation.

Contact: emacello@post.tau.ac.il

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