2nd prize

donated by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

Cecilia ZIANO, Violin
Cecilia Ziano was born in 1991 in Ciriè, Italy, and received her first violin lessons from Fabrizio Pavone in Turin at the age of four. She studied u. a. with Dora Schwarzberg and Adrian Pinzaru and completed her education at the Turin Conservatory with Christine Anderson. Ziano is currently studying with Salvatore Accardo at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she was awarded the Diploma d'Onore for her musical achievements. She also received lessons from Guy Braunstein at the Hulencourt Academy in Brussels. In 2014 Ziano graduated from Kolja Blacher at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin. Ziano is u. a. Scholarship holder of the Fondazione CRT "Masters of Talent" of the Associazione DeSono. In 2012 she was invited to participate in a chamber music project of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Since October 2013 she is a substitute for the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Francesca PICCIONI, Viola
Francesca Piccioni was born in 1984 in Siena, Italy. She completed her violin studies with Antonello Raulli at the Bologna Conservatory with honors. She continued her studies u. a. at Hatto Bayerle, Wilfried Strehle and Tabea Zimmermann. Since 2009 she studies with Pauline Sachse at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin. She was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the European Union Youth Orchestra. Piccioni is currently a member of the Mozart Orchestra and plays the first viola in the "Orchestra Cherubini".

Giorgio CASATI, Violoncello
Giorgio Casati was born in 1984 in Milan, Italy, and studied violoncello with Marco Bernarding at the Milan Conservatory. He graduated in 2002 with honors. In 2010 he continued his studies with Mario Brunello at the Fondazione Romanini di Brescia and received additional lessons from Enrico Dindo, Enrico Bronzi and Frans Helmerson. Casati is the founder of the "mdi ensemble", a sextet dedicated to contemporary music. In 2009, he was awarded the "Premio Internazionale Amici di Milano per i Giovani" by the President of the Lombard Region.

Clara Franziska SCHOETENSACK, Violin
Clara Franziska Schoetensack was born in 1987 in Assisi, Italy. She studied violin with Daniele Gay at the Milan Conservatory and graduated in 2007 with honors. She has participated in various master classes, u. a. with Salvatore Accardo, Shlomo Mintz, Altenberg Trio, Debussy Trio (Accademia di Musica di Pinerolo) and Giuliano Carmignola (Accademia Chigiana di Siena). Schoetensack is concertmaster of the "Orchestra Cherubini", which is conducted by Riccardo Muti.

The Quartetto Lyskamm was founded in 2008 at the "Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan by four young Italian students. It is a member of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy), and has collaborated with such musicians as Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Heime Mueller, Ferenc Rados, Antonello Farulli, Dirk Mommertz, Christoph Richter, Claus Christian Schuster, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Christophe Giovaninetti and Andrea Nannoni.
In 2008, the quartet participated in the Fine Arts Quartet master class of the Fondazione Stradivari in Cremona, as well as in numerous national and international competitions, such as: a. at the International "Luigi Nono" Chamber Music Festival in Venaria Reale 2008 and the International Chamber Music Competition 2009 in Guido Papini, Città di Camaiore. The quartet won the 3rd prize as well as the prize for the best performance of "Schumann's Quartet op. 41 No. 2" at the International Chamber Music Festival 2009 in the Città di Pinerolo. In 2010, the quartet was in the final of the International Chamber Music Competition in Vittorio Gui and in 2014 it won the "Premio Rimbotti" Competition. The Quartetto Lyskamm was u. a. from the Società Filarmonica di Trento, the Amici della Musica di Padova, the Amici della Musica di Trapani, the Associazione Etnea di Catania, the Filarmonica Laudamo di Messina, the Associazione Amici di Campolofeno on the island of Elba, the Società Umanitaria di Milano and the CIDIM's Nuove Carriere Festival. In addition to a busy concert, the quartet has u. a. recorded for RAI Radio 3 and selected by the Italian National Music Committe (CIDIM) in 2014 to undertake a concert tour of the major Italian chamber music cities.