Alessandra Lattanzi was born in Rome, Italy, and studied
piano at the Conservatorio de St. Cecilia with Maestro A.
Spada where she received her first class degree in piano
in 1987. After her graduation, she attended courses with
specialities as a soloist and pianist with chamber groups,
including the Accademia Musicale Chigiana de Siena, Cividale
de Friuli, and St. Margherita Ligure. She was awarded several
scholarships to study with Maestros R. Brengola and K. Bogino.
Iacopini was born in Rome, Italy, in 1958. He graduated
with top honors from the Conservatory of Bari, Italy, where
he received his first-class degree in saxophone. Currently,
he teaches saxophone at the Conservatorio di Bari. His musical
performances include solo concerts and playing with chamber
ensembles. With the saxophone quartet, M. Mule, he won two
important competitions: Giovani promesse in 1988 at Taranto,
Italy, receiving the medal of honor awarded by the President
of the Italian Republic, and also the Friends of Music from
the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome.
Beginning in 1978, Mr. Iacopini has often performed with
the St. Cecilia Orchestra playing the symphonic repertoire
of Bizet, Ravel, Mussorgski, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Shostakovich,
Penderecki, Berio, Clementi, et al. with many prominent
His musical activities also include playing in the theater
where he plays his own compositions as well as those of
other composers. He has given seminars and conferences about
the saxophone, its nature and music, at the First University
La Sapienza and at the Institute of French Culture of Rome.
Both his solo and chamber music repertoire include 20th
century classical music, as well as jazz. Mr. Iacopini has
concertized throughout Europe.
Jeanine Rueff (who died in
1999) has penned a real minor masterpiece in her unaccompanied
sonata. It is a technical tour-de-force, a three-minute
suite that echoes Couperin and Rameau mixed with 20th Century
Gallic spirit and a love of lightness and grace. This (BR122)
is a gem....
(Iacopini) has phenomenal
technique, particularly in the middle and lower registers
and an unusual, red-wine tone that is quite unlike anything
I have heard before outside of the jazz world.
Steven Ritter, American Record Guide
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