Aloma Bardi is a music historian, musicologist and translator. She is an American music specialist, and taught “History of Music in the United States” at the University of Florence from 2007 to 2011. She is the founding director of ICAMus. She is also a scholar of opera theaters, and has co-authored the Directory of Events of the Florence Opera Theater (Teatro Comunale di Firenze - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Catalogo 1928-2007; 3 vols. and CD-Rom). As a translator, she has worked on books, articles, opera and musical comedy librettos, and plays. In March 2014 she published a book on musical adaptations of S. An-Ski’s play Der Dybuk (1914), mainly focusing on American music. Since 2013, she has been a constituent member of the National Artistic Council of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
Barbara Boganini graduated in musicology at the University of Bologna, Italy, with a thesis on Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, where she devoted special attention to the composer’s American sources and influence, a subject matter she has further investigated over the years in ICAMus publications, as well as in conferences and radio programs. Trained as a violinist, she worked 10 years with the Italian chamber orchestra Camerata Strumentale "Città di Prato" as Assistant Art Director/Personnel Manager, responsible for the artistic development (Responsabile dei servizi musicali). She was appointed General Manager (Sovrintendente) for the Camerata Strumentale in January 2011.
Dorothea Gail studied at the Hochschule für Musik and at the University of Frankfurt a.M., Germany, where she completed her Doctorate in Musicology in 2007, with a dissertation on Charles E. Ives’ Fourth Symphony (published in 2009). In 2008-2009, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA. In 2010-2012 she was Executive Editor of the music edition series MUSA (Music of the United States of America) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At the University of Michigan she also taught American music culture. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Transnational American Studies, University of Mainz, Germany.
Marta Poggesi is a pianist (she studied with Giorgio Morozzi, and graduated in 2001 from the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory of Music in Florence) and musicologist (University of Florence: M.A. Music History, 2003; Ph.D. History of the Performing Arts, 2009, with a dissertation on Cowell’s music for modern dance). At the Florence Conservatory of Music she is currently specializing as opera répétiteur. She teaches piano in music schools of the Prato and Florence area, and holds music workshops in primary and junior high schools. She also performs with various ensembles; her repertoire includes contemporary and rare pieces. As a specialist of modern American music, she serves as Secretary for ICAMus.
Roberta Prada, contralto, studied in Buenos Aires at Teatro Colon’s Instituto Superior de Arte and began her career there. She graduated from Wellesley College. She is also trained in Neurolinguistic Programming, and in the work of Dr. Tomatis, Audio Psycho Phonology (APP). Prada lives in New York and is president of Vocal Images Inc., a 501C(3) corporation, and Vox Mentor LLC, a company devoted to projects aimed at the furtherance of excellence in the performing arts. She is co-author of the English adaptation of works by Tomatis and J. Faure. She co-authored the volume Opera and its characters (2008).
Evan Rothstein is Deputy Head of Strings at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and Chairman of the ECMTA, European Chamber Music Teachers' Association. Doctor of Music in violin performance at Indiana University in Bloomington with a dissertation on Ives written under the direction of J. Peter Burkholder, he also received a Maîtrise and Diplôme d'études approfondies from the University of Paris 8 - Saint Denis. Dr. Rothstein teaches chamber music at the Summer String Academy of Indiana University. He is an American music expert and has authored numerous publications in this field.
Link to Dr. Rothstein's more detailed Biography in the Web site of the London Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Chiara Sintoni is a research fellow in the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna, Italy. She holds a Ph.D. in musicology. A piano graduate, she frequently performs in a piano duo. In 2004 she founded the Non-Profit Organization “I Fiori musicali”, of which she has served as President ever since. Among her major publications: Impariamo ad ascoltare la musica classica. Percorsi interdisciplinari nella storia della musica d’arte [How to listen to classical music: Interdisciplinary studies in the history of art music]. Her new book, I trattati pianistici prima e dopo l’Ottocento: tra didattica, sociologia e organologia [Piano treatises before and after the nineteenth century: Teaching, sociology, and organology], was published in September 2013. She has served as Vice-President of ICAMus since 2007.
Paolo Somigli is Associate Professor of Musicology and Music History at the Faculty of Education of the Free University of Bozen, Italy, where he teaches Musicology, music and didactics. He is a pianist (graduated in 1994 from the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory in Florence) and musicologist (University of Florence: M.A. Music History, 1997; Rome, La Sapienza: Ph.D. in History and Analysis of Musical Cultures, with a dissertation on Ligeti). He specializes in contemporary European and American music, and in popular music. His publications include: La canzone in Italia (Rome 2010), La Schola fiorentina (Florence 2011), Didattica della musica: un’introduzione (Rome 2013), Sociology of music and its cultural implications: Interdisciplinary insights from theoretical debate and field work (ed., with I. Riccioni; Milan 2015), articles and reviews.
Link to Dr. Somigli’s more detailed biography and select list of publications on the website of the Free University of Bozen – Bolzano.