Johann Sebastian Bach
Concert in D minor BWV 1060 for violin and oboe
Allegro, Adagio Allegro

Yulia Zharkova - violinist

Born in Vologda (Russia), In 2003, she entered a children's music school at the age of 6, began to learn violin from a well-deserved culture worker Shchukina ON. , in 2007 she entered the Central Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky, in 2015 she graduated from the Central Music School and entered the Moscow State Conservatory. P.I. Tchaikovsky, and currently studying in the class of Professor Girshenko S.G. Julia is a laureate of international competitions.

Participation in the first international competition took place at the age of 10 years.
The Governor's International Youth Competition named after V.A. Gavrilin (III prize), Vologda, 2007.
International Music Competition-Festival "Night in Madrid" (1st prize), Madrid (Spain), 2014.

Julia is a fellow of the International Charitable Foundation Vladimir Spivakov.

She toured in the cities of Italy and Russia, performed in various halls, such as: Rachmaninovsky, Maly Halls of the Moscow Conservatory

Stepan Starikov - violinist

Stepan Starikov was born in 1992 to musician parents. He started studying violin at the age of five under the prominent teacher Galina Turchaninova. Since 2007 Stepan has been studying under maestro Sergey Girshenko. Stepan graduated from the Moscow State conservatory high school of music with high honors in 2011. He graduated from Moscow State Conservatory in 2016 and is now a graduate student there. He gave his first public solo performance at the age of 6 and performed with a symphony orchestra at the age of 10.

Stepan Starikov is a laureate of the following international competitions:

  • First Prize - VI International Young Musicians competition - 2009 Moscow
  • First Prize - First International Mario Filioley violinist competition - 2011 Italy
  • Student Grant - Andrea Postaccini competition - 2012 Italy
  • Third Prize III - Auer International Violin competition - 2014 St.Petersburg, Russia
  • Semifinalist at Tchaikovsky Musical Competition - 2015 Moscow
  • V International Jascha Heifetz competition - Diploma
  • VI Henri Marteau International Violinist competition - III prize - 2017
He is also a laureate of multiple international festivals
  • Second Prize - Moscow Forum of Gifted Children 2001 Moscow
  • "Children and Music" open festival. Moscow 2003 and 2006
  • IX and X International festivals of young soloists 2003, 2005 (Moscow)
  • Participated in the cultural program for the Russian - Italian summit
  • "Tchaikovsky's birthplace" festival 2010, Izhevsk, Russia
  • VII International festival Moscow is greeting friends 2010, Moscow
  • Copenhagen Summer Festival, 2010., Denmark
  • International Tchaikovsky festival - Klin, 2015
  • Fourth International Festival "The Green Noise" 2016 Surgut
  • Prokofiev Gala festival, Ryazan 2016

Stepan is actively collaborating with the St.Petersburg House of Music since 2017. As part of that collaboration he has performed in Hungary, Slovakia as well as in St.Petersburg Capella. Stepan was awarded stipends from several charitable foundations such as "Russian performing arts foundation", "New Names" and "The V.Spivakov Foundation". In 2010 he won a gifted young performer award from Russian Ministry of Science and Education. Stepan is performing as part of the Russian "Stars of the XXI century" program throughout the country. He has also toured and played music in Japan, Italy, Germany, USA and Cyprus. He performed in all major concert venues in Moscow including the Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, the Moscow House of Music etc. Mr.Starikov collaborated with such orchestras as Grand and Chamber Orchestras of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Udmurt Regional Symphony Orchestra, Yaroslavl Academic Symphony, Russian Chamber Orchestra of Kursk, "Musica Viva". He played with such conductors as A.Hirshfeld (USA), S.Ostapenko, S.Orlov, N.Rogotnev, S.Oselkov, S.Proskurin, V.Valeev, V.Urupin, D.Kirpanev, M.Leontiev and A.Shurov, E.Grandi (Germany), M.Petrenas (Lithuania) and A.Titov

Dmitry Sidorov - violinist

Dmitry Sidorov was born in 1991. He started studying violin at the age of five under the direction of well-known teacher Valentina Novikova.
Dmitriy graduated from the Moscow State Academic Music College in 2010 ( teacher Alvia Vandisheva) During studying at the college he participated in international competitions and festivals ( Italy, England, Russia ). In 2010 Dmitry became a student of maestro Sergey Girshenko.
Studying in conservatory Dmitry played a lot of masterpieces of violin art such as Beethoven, Paganini,Tchaikovskiy,Sibelius, Elgar violin concertos. Since 2013 Dmitriy began to work in orchestra. First he worked in Moscow chamber orchestra, then he became an artist of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra - one of the most famous Russian musical collective. Working in Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry visited many countries, played concerts in the best music halls( Musicverein, Concertgebouw, Tonhalle, Suntory Hall).

In 2015 Dmitry graduated Moscow Conservatory and continued his education in graduate school of Moscow Conservatory ( under the guidance of maestro Sergey Girshenko). Studying in graduate school Dmitry started to work as assistant of maestro Girshenko.

Carlo Cesaraccio - oboe

began oboe studies at the age of 9, in April 2015, under the mentorship of his father Alberto, and debuted in a duo concert together with him, by the end of the same year (December 28), at the Guiso Museum in Orosei (Sardinia, Italy).

He participated in numerous national and international award competitions, obtaining always the first prize: 9th National Music Competition "City of Campagnano" (100/100); "20th International Competition for Young Instrumentalists", 2016 edition, held at Povoletto (UD - Italy) (98,10/100); XXIX International Competition of Instrumental Execution "Young Talents", held at San Bartolomeo al Mare (IM, Italy) (96/100); National Award "Premio Crescendo 2017" at Firenze, Italy (100/100) and Special Prize Award AGIMUS Livorno (receiving also a special invitation to perform during the Gala evening, held at the Hall of the Five Hundred (Salone dei Cinquecento) at "Palazzo degli Uffizi"); International Competition for oboe "Luca Figaroli", Adrara San Martino (BG, Italy); X National Competition "Prime Note" 2018 held at Alghero: Winner of Wind Category (100/100) and 1st Absolute Prize of the Competition.

As the winner of the "Selection of Young Concertists at the Praeneste Music Academy" (Rome, January 27, 2016), he was invited to perform a solo recital as "enfant prodige".

He attended as active student the masterclasses under the professors: Paolo Grazia, Roy Carter, Rossana Calvi, Jurij Likin, and Thomas Indermuhle. He also was selected to participate to the annual masterclass held in Sachrang, Germany (24-30 July 2017), by M °Hansjorg Schellenberger, which was for a long time 1st Oboe of the Berliner Philarmoniker, and, to the annual masterclass at Salsomaggiore Terme in 2018, held by M° Christoph Hartmann, currently oboe soloist of the same prestigious orchestra.

He has already performed as soloist with orchestras and in duo with piano, in several locations of Italy: concerts for oboe and orchestra in Sardinia, Puglia, and Emilia Romagna (Concert for oboe and orchestra of V.Bellini, with the famous ensemble "I Musici di Parma"), and Lombardia (concerts of A. Vivaldi and T. Albinoni, with the Ellipsis Orchestra and with the prestigious orchestra Le Cameriste Ambrosiane), recitals for oboe and piano in Liguria and Tuscany (Savona, Pisa and Livorno), chamber music concerts in Sardinia and Molise. In July 2017, he made his debut abroad, in Montenegro, during the prestigious "Dani Muzike Festival", at Herceg Novi and Kotor cities. Concerts scheduled for 2018 will see him performing as soloist: in Sardinia; in Sicily the Double Concert of J.S. Bach with the "Camerata Polifonica Siciliana".

Since 2016, he has been studying piano at the Sassari Conservatory of Music under the guidance of M° Francesco Mirabella.

Arsen Ivlev - violinist

Arsen Ivlev was born in 2000 in Moscow. He started playing violin when he was 6 years old. He finished musical school named after F. Chopin under S. A. Akhnazaryan's control. Nowadays Arsen is a student of Music Academic Colledge by Moscow Conservatory and he is being taught by Maestro S. Girshenko.

Arsen is participant of different competitions: "The Magic Bow" (Moscow, 2012, I prize), "Musical spring in Yakobi's house" (Moscow, 2013, II prize), musical festival "Merzlyakovka invites friends" (Moscow, 2012, IV prize)

Manfred Croci - conductor

Manfred Croci was born in Rome in 1972 into a family of musicians. He graduated in violin studies from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, where he studied with Alfredo Fiorentini. He earned a master’s degree in chamber music from the Santa Cecilia National Music Academy studied with Felix Ayo and a degree in concert performance under Sören Uhdeö from the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, Germany. Over a period of 15 years he attended advanced courses with internationally renowned violinists Sergej Ghirshenko, Alexander Vinnitsky, Viktor Tretiakov and Mariana Sirbu.

He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras, including the Roma3orchestra, the RomÆnsemble, the Würzburg Camerata and the Salerno Philharmonic. He also plays in several chamber ensembles, including the Quartetto Rimskij, the Sestetto di Roma and the Polimnia Ensemble, which perform in Italy, Russia, France, Germany and Spain. He often plays with the famed St. Petersburg pianist Pavel Egorov. He has given recitals at festivals in Italy and elsewhere. When Krzysztof Penderecki received an honorary doctoral degree at the 7th International Conservatory Week Festival in St. Petersburg, Manfred Croci played at the award ceremony, performing Penderecki’s Violin Sonata No. 1 (1953) in the composer’s presence.

He has played first and second violin in various orchestras, including the Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra, the Rome Opera Theater orchestra, the Abruzzi Symphony Institution, the Rome Symphony Orchestra, the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, the Roma3orchestra, the RomÆnsemble, Roma Sinfonietta and the Würzburg Camerata.

He devotes much time to teaching. He is an assistant professor at Sergey Ghirishenko’s "International Encounters with the Russian School" in Rome, has held workshops in violin and ensemble music at Roma Tre University, and teaches violin in music schools in Rome, with particular attention to the best methods for teaching music to children. He has given violin and chamber music courses at the Arti e Saperi Campus in San Gemini (Umbria) and at the International Art and Music Campus in Zagarolo.

He started studying orchestra conducting with his father, Cesare Croci, who had been taught by Igor Markevitch, then continued with Lior Shambadal. At present he is attending Ennio Nicotra’s advanced courses at the Ilya Musin International Academy of Advanced Conducting. He has conducted the Rome Symphony Orchestra, the Italian Symphony Orchestra and the RomÆnsemble.

He has edited Giovanni Sgambati’s compositions for violin and piano, published by "Boccaccini & Spada Edizioni" and recorded them for "Fonoteca".
He speaks Italian, Russian, English and German.