Paola Delucchi - Biography
Paola is a talented violinist with solid and elegant interpretation skills, working mostly in London as freelance performer and violin teacher.
She has performed and organised many concerts across Europe and abroad (UK, Italy, China, France, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Germany) as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader.
Her prime interest lies in chamber music. She has played in many ensembles, performing from baroque to more contemporary repertoires, winning several renowned competitions, such as Harold Craxton Prize (London 2012) and Castiglione delle Stiviere and Città di Castello (Italy 2008).
In 2012, she founded alongside pianist Albert Lau the Apeiron Piano Trio, a lively young ensemble determined to pursue an international career. The group garnered enthusiastic review from La Repubblica, Italy’s national newspaper, which praised the “commendable lyrical elegance” and “interpretative intelligence” of the ensemble. Beside their activity as a trio, Paola and Albert also perform as a violin and piano duo and they have just returned from an important tour in China, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong. During this tour, the duo held a conference at Società Dante Alighieri in Hong Kong, sharing their experiences with a broad audience. From now on, Paola and Albert will concentrate on many other performances planned across the globe in 2017 and 2018.
In her career, Paola has also expanded her collaborations by joining diverse musicians to propose different sonorities and styles. She performed baroque music as a soloist at Umbria summer Festival in Italy in summer 2015 and is currently performing in different orchestras across the UK, such as the New London Orchestra. Prior to that, she was the leader of the Young Italian Orchestra in 2008 and she joined professional orchestras, such as the Genoa-based Teatro Carlo Felice symphony orchestra in 2009.
Trained as a qualified teacher since January 2017, Paola is violin and viola lead tutor at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy FSE and since 2015, she has been working for two organizations in London, both specialised on string teaching, the London Music Masters and a primary school in the London borough of Hackney. Inspired by the Kodály and Suzuki methods, both projects aim to teach kids from a very young age at group and individual lessons. Prior to that, she has worked in Italian primary, secondary and high schools, collaborating to various projects teaching music to younger generations.
Furthermore, Paola is currently engaged with private events, performing at radio broadcasts, TV shows, cruises and charities. In 2009, she took part in an experiment conducted by the University of Belfast about how emotions affect the musicians while playing and, subsequently, how they reach the audience.
With regard to her education, Paola completed a Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2012, under the tutelage of Joshua Fisher. Prior to that, she got a Violin Italian Diploma at the Conservatorio N. Paganini of Genoa at the age of 22, brilliantly completed.
In June 2014, Paola, as part of the Apeiron trio, had the privilege to be coached by Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Ralf Gothoni, and Jérôme Pernoo during the session of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. Besides, Paola had many solo and chamber music workshops and masterclasses with well-known international musicians, including Mitsuko Uchida, Krzysztof Smietana, Eduard Schmieder, Yuri Zhislin, David Takeno, Hu Kun, Andrew West, Ian Brown, and chamber groups such as Quartetto di Cremona and Florestan Trio. She played under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Leif Segerstam, Daniel Oren, Asher Fisch and Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Beside her music literacy, Paola gained a Master’s Degree in philosophy at the University of Genoa with summa cum laude in July 2008, specializing in philosophy of music.
Paola plays a violin by Romeo Antoniazzi (Cremona, 1902) with a bow by Nicolas Maline and is a member of the European String Teacher’s Association (ESTA), since September 2015.