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From the Romantic Repertoire to the Music of Italian Cinema

From the Romantic Repertoire to the Music of Italian Cinema


Elena Mattuecci, Piano 

Sebastian Zagame, Violin

Live concert

Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm CT

Gantz Hall, Roosevelt University

430 S. Michigan Ave, AUD 745, Chicago IL



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The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, in collaboration with Roosevelt University, presents a  Piano and Violin concert featuring Elena Mattuecci and Sebastian Zagame.


Elena and Sebastian performed together for the first time in 2020 at the Rome Chamber Festival in the magnificent Palazzo Barberini, where every year young talents are invited to play together with professional musicians. From that delightful encounter, the idea of playing together. During their performance a special chemistry between them is created, with a fascinating combination of vivid freshness and solid liberty of Piano.


The program starts with a romantic repertoire (Brahms Sonata op.108 in D minor), followed by excerpts of film scores. The concert ends with “Italian Movie Music”, a selection of Italian cinema soundtracks, arranged for the occasion by Italian composer and pianist Alessandro Bonanno.


Free admission. No registrations required.



 J.Brahms: Sonata Op.108  

Schumann/ Liszt: Widmung (Dedica) per pf. solo dal film “Canto d’amore” 1947

 Trovajoli: Serenata per Giuditta dal film “Nell’anno del Signore” 1969

Williams: Schindler list  dall’omonimo film 1993

Paganini: Capriccio n.24 per vl. solo dal film “Il violinista del diavolo” 2013

 Gardel/Williams: Por una cabeza dal film “Profumo di donna” 1992

A. Bonanno: Italian Movie Music (Rota, Morricone, Piovani)


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matteucci headshotElena Matteucci graduated with special honors in piano from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory with Fausto Di Cesare, and in chamber music from the Academy of Santa Cecilia with Riccardo Brengola. She studied with Vincenzo Vitale in Naples. From the Chigiana Academy in Siena she was awarded an honorary degree and the prestigious Peterlongo Prize. Ms. Matteucci is a member of the Michelangelo Quartet, winner of the International Competition of Ilzach in France and of the prestigious Michelangelo Prize. The Quartet has recorded for Nuova Era and an album dedicated to Robert Schumann with the fortepiano for the Chandos label. Ms. Matteucci has performed in all the major cities and festivals in Italy, and has toured throughout Europe, South America, and the Republic of China. She recently collaborated with Amanda Sandrelli in the theatrical performance Voce e note di donne (Voices and Notes of Women). She has held master classes in Brazil and Argentina and recently started a series of master classes and concerts in Maynooth, National University of Ireland, as well as in Lithuania. She holds the chair in piano, experimental biennial piano, and experimental biennial chamber music at the A. Casella Conservatory in L’Aquila, Italy.


zagame headshotBorn in Rome on November 30, 2000 Sebastian Zagame began studying the violin at the age of 3. Admitted to the Conservatory at the age of 7, he graduated with honors at the Santa Cecilia at 16. He perfected himself with Maestro Pavel Berman. Actual member of Euyo. He has been invited to prestigious international festivals, such as the Rome Chamber, Civita, Al Bustan etc. Winner of international competitions such as D. Lipatti, Crescendo etc. He collaborates with renowned artists such as E. Matteucci, R. McDuffie, D. Giuranna, T. Keller, P. Kuusisto etc.


  • Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
  • In collaboration with: Roosevelt University