ROBERTO METRO - Born in Messina (Italy), he obtained his
diploma in piano at the Conservatory of his native town with top marks,
distinction and a special honourable mention, studying under the
guidance of Sonja Pahor. He perfected his studies with Maria Tipo and
Eliodoro Sollima, which whom he also studied composition.
From a very early age he was a prize-winner in several national and
international piano competitions and thus started on a brilliant career
which has seen him give some 800 concerts in major cities all over the
world: New York, Washington, London, Paris, Vienna, Sydney, Tokyo,
Montreal, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Seoul,
Singapore, Bangkok, Istanbul, Athens, Brussels, Rome, Milan, Madrid,
Barcelona, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Stockholm, Helsinki, St
Petersburg, Bucharest, Munich, Ljubljana, Bratislava, Zurich, etc.
He has performed in prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall
in New York, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein and the
Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Smetana Hall in Prague, the
Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Gasteig in Munich and for the
Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw.
He has performed as a soloist with important orchestras (including the
String Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Vienna
Mozart Orchestra, the Slovenian Radiotelevision Symphony
Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the London
Musical Arts String Orchestra, the Budapest Camerata
Transsylvanica, the Slovak Sinfonietta, the Orquesta
Sinfónica de San Luis Potosí - Mexico...), under the baton of
conductors of international standing.
He has recorded several CDs and made recordings for numerous radio and
television corporations all over the world: RAI-TV (Italy), ORF
(Austria), Magyar Rádió (Hungary), Telewizja Polska (Poland), RTV
Slovenija (Slovenia), Český rozhlas (The Czech Republic), RTL (Luxembourg),
RSI (Switzerland), Radio Vaticana (Vatican City), Canal 13 (Mexico),
TV Cidade - Canal 20 (Brazil), SBS (Australia).
A teacher in Italian Music Conservatories, he has been invited to hold
masterclasses at important institutions like the prestigious Yong
Siew Toh Conservatory of Music of Singapore..
ELVIRA FOTI - Born in Milazzo (Italy), she began to study the piano at a
very early age, displaying such musical talent that she performed in public
when she was only seven years old. She continued to study music and obtained
her diploma in piano with top marks, distinction and a special honourable mention
at the "A. Corelli" Conservatory in Messina, under the guidance of Roberto Bianco.
She perfected her technique at the Pescara Music Academy studying with Michele
Marvulli and attended a course of performance and musical analysis of concertos
for soloist and orchestra given by Eliodoro Sollima.
She has won prizes at several national piano competitions and has had a busy
concert programme for several years, invited by important music associations.
She has given over 400 concerts all over Italy and abroad, playing in the United
States (including a performance at the Carnegie Hall in New York), in
Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil,
Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Austria, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden,
Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Poland, Turkey, Rumania, Bulgaria, the Czech
Republic, Slovakia, Cyprus...
Her performances, as a soloist, in piano duets and with the orchestra, have
always reaped flattering acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
She teaches musical education and is also an active music scholar and critic.
She has made recordings for MMS Digital of Munich, REC Digital and Vermeer Digital.