DAVIDE BARTELUCCI alto saxophone
Davide Bartelucci started studying when he was 7 years old, then he specialized at the Gioacchini Rossini Academy of Music in Pesaro where he got his degree with merit, guided by the teacher Federico Mondelci, so he achieved the scholarship as the best wind instrument player.
12 national and international contents’ winner, he kept concerts in the most glamourous Italian and international theatres, showing himself off in Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Russia and U.S.A.
He collaborated, as soloist, with important Italian and foreign orchestras, like the Filarmonica of Saint Pietroburgo, the Filarmonica of the Theatre La Fenice of Venice, The Orchestra of Padova and Veneto, The Orchestra Toscanini of Parma, The Filarmonica Marchigiana, The Orchestra Città Aperta.
He effected recordings for Brilhart, Parco della Musica Records, Rai, Sky and Warner Bross.
Several collaborations in the jazz and pop music too, with artists like Javier Girotto, Fabrizio Bosso, Raphael Gualazzi, Peppino di Capri and Ivana Spagna.
In the same time to the work in the concerts, he carries on specialization courses and he is saxophone teacher at the Scuola Media Donatello in Ancona.
Interviewing DAVIDE BARTELUCCI, member (alto saxophone) of Federico Mondelci Italian Saxophone Quartet
June 27, 2015 – Senigallia, Marche-Italy
INTERVIEWER: I’m curious about the history of the Federico Mondelci I Sax Quartet. How did it come about, and what was the idea behind it?
DAVIDE BARTELUCCI : It came together informally. Federico Mondelci was my teacher , I had performed with him many times in the past.(In his Italian Saxophone Orchestra, founded and directed by him)….step by step..and spontaneously….Maestro Mondelci brought all of us together …initially just for some concerts and then for more different series and festivals….
I: Maestro Mondelci called just you? Or he called the other too?
DB: No. Actually, the first time I did it, it was few years ago.. It was a different group..I was replacing another musician on a tour..
Initially there was no idea of forming a new sax quartet; we were just playing and feeling happy to play!. And then, We all liked it so much!!!…We decided we ‘d like to play for the quartet !! It just spontaneously, happily and successfully happened!
Basically, the Quartet was something that took on a life of its own.We didn’t sit down and say, “Let’s form a sax quartet.”
I: And who is in the quartet at this time?
DB: First, I did it, then Michele Paolino, then Pasquale, the youngest and the last one to join the group.
I: Is this traditional instrumentation for a saxophone quartet?
DB: Yes, there is a very interesting repertoire of original composition for this kind of ensemble formed by soprano, alto, tenor and baritone.
I: But you went on to release the first concert as a new established quartet, and you did some tours. What was the response from audiences?
DB: The reaction has always been “joyous.” I think the music comes through well straight from our heart.., but I think it really comes through well when you’re hearing it live and in person, because it’s so physical. There’s this sort of meeting between traditional, melodic, very rhythmic repertoire and more adventurous, avant garde —that’s the music we love to play…
I: How were you immersed yourself at an early age?
DB: I started studying at Conservatorio Rossini in Pesaro where I graduated in 2003 cum laude. I then went on studying with Maestro Mondelci and won 12 national competions..I started playng as soloist and as a member of chamber orchestras in the most important italian theatres ..and abroad in France, Spain, Portugal, Russia and United States..I have been cooperating with some of the most world leading orchestras like the “filarmonica del teatro Toascanini, Parma, La Fenice di Venezia, Filarmonica Marchigiana, l’Orchestra città aperta and St Petersburg Philharmonia. I have recorded for Warner Bros, Brilliant Classics, Parco della Musica Records and Sky. Beside this activity I’m professor at Liceo Musicale “C. Rinaldini” in Ancona, Italy.
I: Were you guys students of Maestro Mondelci ?
DB: We were his students but in different periods of school.So, we went on, and we played for him in different occasions….. and then he involved us in this wonderful and spontaneous adventure..Maestro Mondelci’s philosophy is…music should not be just a display of techinique.. not just making sounds..but creating a connection with the audience through energy and feelings..
I: But, at this time, you all really got into Maestro’s Mondelci music concept! Great. Davide, thank you for this interview! Wishing all of you the best joy and success! Say hallo to all your fantastic audience and invite them to stay tuned with the new established Federico Mondelci I Sax Quartet!”