Maria Caruso Benecchi: a brief bio

Maria Caruso Benecchi is a musician and writer. Born in Pozzuoli, Italy, she spent nine years in the U.S.A. living in Portland, Maine, and holds a Bachelor in Music Performance Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern Maine. While in the States, she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, an Honor Student, and winner of the prestigious Presidential Scholarship and many other awards and recognitions of academic excellence.

She lives in Parma, Italy at the moment. She’s President of Silentia Lunae, a concert association and quartet:

http://www.silentialunae.com and http://www.youtube.com/user/SilentiaLunae

Her lyrics have been included and published in “Custure Me”, Non Plus Ultra Editions, a CD by contemporary composer Vincenzo Caruso.

She worked as assistant manager, orchestra librarian and violinist for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston and in Italy. She was a winner of the AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) auditions and participated to the festival in Graz, Austria. She worked with directors Spiros Argiris, David Flummerfelt, Emanuelle Verdomme, MAssimiliano Stefanelli, Edoardo Muller and others.

She sang in opra productions of the Fondazione Toscanini in Italy, working with Franco Zeffirelli and Placido Domingo, among others.

As a soloist, she took part in many concerts troughout New England, in Portland and Boston, in Austria. In Italy, she sang with Solisti Farnesiani under the direction of Maestro Marco Faelli, choral conductor for the Festival of Verona.

Co-founder of the Silentia Lunae quartet, she organized among other things the International Early Music Festival at Istituzione Casa della Musica in Parma, where she performed in concert with Rolf Lislevand and Pedro Estevan.

She’s working on a few scripts for documentaries which will be filmed in 2011, on a novel, “Storia di Randagia”, and on a script for a movie documentary on the Early Music scene in contemporary society.

You may contact Maria at:

info@silentialunae.com

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