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Monica Biacchi, Viola

Monica Biacchi, viola, studied under Karen Tuttle at the Juilliard School and with Vladimir Mendelssohn at the Hague and Rotterdam conservatories. She was awarded a diploma in 1990 from Fiesole School of Music in Florence, Italy, under Maestro Piero Farulli. She attended master classes with the Tokyo String Quartet and Guarneri String Quartet. Her earlier studies took place from 1977-1987 at the Parma Conservatory, Italy, under Luigi Mazza.

Biacchi's professional experience includes the Charleston Symphony, Spoleto Festival Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Festival. She has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1995.

Monica Biacchi is underwritten by Mrs. Lynne Haarlow.

Name: Monica Biacchi

Instrument: Viola

Hometown: Fidenza, Italy

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 10

Who has been your greatest musical influence? Quartetto Italiano.

Who are your favorite composers? All the great ones.

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I have no idea. I never considered anything else.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? A CD of classical music for kids.

Your hobbies and interests: My kids.

Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: There is actually a language that I speak well!

Daily practice rituals: When my kids finally go to bed.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument: "Which one is the viola?"

Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: Playing the music.

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