Hailed for his ‘especially stylish’ playing (The Guardian), acclaimed American clarinetist Berginald Rash is quickly establishing himself as an exciting international artist having performed at the Boyne Music Festival, Tara Summer Music Festival, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and having won the Great Music in Irish Houses 2015 Support Act Residency with the Mondrian Trio. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, Berginald has been awarded the Recital Artist Diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he was an 1848 Scholar and Teaching Fellow. A versatile and skilled pedagogue and clinician, he has served on the PRIZM Music Camp & International Chamber Music Festival faculty and has given a masterclass at Truman State University. Mr. Rash has been heard with such orchestras as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, and is a member of London-based Chineke! Orchestra with whom he performed on BBC 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty and made his BBC Proms, Snape Maltings Proms, Gent Festival Van Vlaanderen, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall debuts. Comfortable as both a chamber musician and soloist, Mr. Rash has collaborated with members of such orchestras as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt hr-Sinfonieorchester, Atlanta Symphony and with the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet. He has been a featured soloist at the National Concert Hall and Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. His teachers include John Finucane, Matthew Billing, Vicente Alberola, Todd Levy, Steve Barta, Frank Kowalsky, Deborah Bish, and F. Edward Knakal.
Italian-Argentinian pianist and répétiteur, Annalisa Monticelli is a highly sought after international musician having performed and recorded in Europe, Asia, North and South-America; as a soloist, with chamber ensembles and with various orchestras.
Ms Monticelli studied Piano, Music Education and Chamber Music in Italy, Argentina and the USA with renown pianists such as Bruno Canino, Daniel Rivera, Eugenia Rozental and Dr Douglas Weeks among others. She began her coaching career accompanying Violin, Flute, Clarinet and Brass masterclasses and performances around Sicily, working for the Montalto Opera program in Montalto Ligure (Italia) and accompanying masterclasses by American Soprano Rebecca Turner in Dublin as well as regularly.
Since arriving in Ireland, she has performed in multiple occasions at the NCH, Castletown House and all Irish major venues, released various compact discs (the latest “A Bluebird Singing” with Soprano Louise Martyn), accompanied vocal masterclasses for the Institut StimmKünst in Zurich (Switzerland), given piano masterclasses and solo recitals in Johor Baru (Malaysia) and began “Azulejos,” a new concert series that focuses on Latin American music with Clarinettist Berginald Rash. To further her education and follow her passion for Latin-American Music she is undertaking her third year as a Ph.D. candidate where her research focuses on Latin American pianists from the 20th century.
Ms Monticelli is currently Programme Director/ Répétiteur at DkIT Dundalk; Executive Director, Chief Accompanist and Italian Coach for the Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium held annually in Robbiate, Italy; rèpètiteur and Italian Coach for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Ms. Monticelli has also been a visiting Italian coach at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was recently Italian coach for Irish National Opera in their productions of Griselda and La Cenerentola.