Italian violist Andrea Cagnin combines the extensive study of famous works by great composers with the discovery of forgotten, or little-known musical gems.

Originally from Padua, he successfully completed his studies with Luca Volpato at the Conservatory “A. Steffani” of Castelfranco Veneto (TV) in 2012. He continued his studies with Patrick Jüdt at the Bern University of the Arts, from which he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and a Master’s in Music Pedagogy. He also attended master classes with Antonello Farulli, Thomas Riebl, Frederic Kirch, Jürgen Kussmaul, Jörg Winkler, Danusha Waskiewicz and others.

From 2010 to 2012 he was a member of the Italian Youth Orchestra, playing under the baton of renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, John Axelrod, Andrey Boreyko, Mario Brunello, and many more.

He plays with numerous Italian and Swiss orchestras (Basel Sinfonietta, Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Bern Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, among others).

Andrea has always had a great passion for chamber music and has performed with several groups in various formations. From 2013 to 2015, he was a member of the “Quartetto Agata” and gave concerts at Palazzo Chiericati in Vicenza, at Castelvecchio in Verona, at Villa Monte Pasolini dall’Onda in Imola, and in Florence and Ancona. From 2015 to 2016, he was a member of the “Schiele Piano Quartet”, with whom he performed regularly in Switzerland and Italy.

Since 2020 Andrea has been playing with the pianist Patricia Pagny across Switzerland, France and Germany. This duo offers concert programs combining the best-known repertoire with musical gems that have unjustly fallen into oblivion or are rarely performed in public. In 2022, the well-received duo released the album “Visages” with the recording label Stradivarius, and with the support of the association Tasti’Era-Projects, of Yamaha and Les amis de Georges Migot.

Andrea is viola teacher at the Biel Music School and Oberemmental Musich School and, additionally, he teaches a flourishing class of private violin and viola pupils in Bern.

Member of the European String Teachers’ Association (ESTA) – Switzerland, he has been on the steering committee since 2022.

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