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Margherita Succio and Maria Semeraro in concert in Zurich
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Margherita Succio and Maria Semeraro in concert in Zurich

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Debussy, Dvořák and César Franck at the Zurich Conservatory.
Margherita Succio
Margherita Succio

On February 18, Margherita Succio, a Federal Excellence Scholar, and Maria Semeraro will perform a chamber concert (cello and piano) at the Konservatorium in Zurich. Together they will take us into the world of Debussy, Dvořák and César Franck.


  • Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918) – Sonata No. 1 in D minor for cello and piano, L144; Prologue – Lent: Sostenuto e molto risoluto; Sérénade – Modérément animé; Finale; Animé, Léger et nerveux
  • Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) – Waldesruhe for cello and piano, op. 68, B. 173
  • César Franck (1822 – 1890) – Sonata in A major for cello and piano; Allegretto ben moderato; Allegro; Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato. Largamente con fantasia; Allegretto poco mosso

Margherita Succio was born in Genoa in 2001. She began her studies with Claudio Merlo at the Conservatorio Vivaldi in Alessandria. From the age of 14 she studied and perfected her skills with Antonio Meneses as a pupil of the Garda Lake Music Master Masterclasses and later at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and, from the academic year 2020-2021, she has been attending the Klassik Master of Arts in Music Performance, at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. Margherita is intensely active both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles and is the winner of various national and international competitions. She is the holder of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars, Artists and PHDs, for the academic years 2020-2022, the Confederation’s Excellence Scholarship for foreign researchers and artists, which is awarded solely on the basis of the criterion of excellence. Since 2020 she has also supported by the BouBo Music Foundation based in Basel in Switzerland. In 2021 she won the Tibor Varga Music Festival & Academy Scholarship in Frans Helmerson’s class in Sion, and was selected for the Erben Music Festival in Munich with Steven Isserlis, where she won the Pirastro Young Artist Prize. Awards include the Vivaldi Prize in 2018, awarded based on merit to the best musicians at the Conservatorio Vivaldi, and the Diploma di Merito at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena in 2019 and 2020. In 2021, she was one of the three winners of the 18th edition of the prestigious Roscini – Padalino Prize from the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation, which is awarded to young, newly graduated musicians.

Maria Semeraro completed her musical training at the ‘Incontri col Maestro’’Piano Academy in Imola, where she obtained her multi-year diploma with Franco Scala, and at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan with Riccardo Risaliti. She graduated with top marks, praise and special mention from the Conservatorio G. Rossini in Pesaro, and subsequently attended the Fondazione ‘R. Romanini’’in Brescia with Sergio Marengoni and the Accademia Varesina with Roberto Plano. She has held recitals in Italy and abroad as a soloist and with various orchestras and is extremely passionate about chamber music. Since 2004 he has formed a stable duo with cellist Andrea Favalessa dedicated to the rediscovery and deepening of the most unusual repertoire. For Brilliant Classics the duo recorded the complete works for piano and cello by Alfredo Casella and a CD dedicated to the works of L. Thuille and R. Strauss, receiving unanimous critical acclaim. Maria also devotes herself with keen interest to the role of collaborating pianist in training and master classes: she has worked with Enrico Dindo, Davide Zaltron, Asier Polo and Antonio Meneses. In Milan, together with Andrea Favalessa, she founded the Maestro Raro Association which is devoted to teaching, with a particular interest in children starting from an early age, and to the organization of Primavera da Camera, a festival entirely dedicated to chamber music.

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