*1999 in Italy
2017 – 2018 Kronberg Academy Master
Since 2018 Kronberg Academy Professional Studies
Studies with Frans Helmerson
funded by the Benno und Ursula Stork-Wersborg Scholarship
“Just stop thinking about classical music as being boring. It is so not true!”
For as long as she can remember, Erica Piccotti has had her cello in her hand – since she recognised, at the age of five, that the violin’s range was too high for her taste. The special connection with her instrument, however, is all about expressing her inner relationship with the music itself. For her, this is the simplest and most direct way of talking to people. Erica Piccotti firmly believes that anyone who allows classical music into their life early enough can never find it boring. And what inspires her? Above all, the excitement of life itself, with all its encounters, discoveries and experiences, the wonderful as well as the more difficult aspects of being a musician. Her family in Rome is her anchor and a safe haven – and pasta carbonara is a (further) great passion.
Born in 1999, cellist Erica Piccotti began her training in her hometown Rome with Francesco Storino at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. At the age of 14 she switched to Antonio Meneses who taught her both at Bern University of the Arts and the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona. Alongside her main studies she has also taken part in masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Mario Brunello, Julius Berger and Thomas Demenga.
A glimpse into my world: Erica Piccotti
In addition to winning numerous prizes in Italian instrumental competitions she won first prize in the 2014 Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Zagreb as well as second prize in the 2017 International Johannes Brahms Competition. She has been supported by the Musica con le Ali Cultural Association since 2017. In 2013, she received the special honour of the Alfiere della Repubblica for outstanding musical achievements by young artists, an order of merit bestowed by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. In 2020 she was awarded Young Artist of the Year by ICMA.
Erica Piccotti has given performances at many renowned Italian music festivals such as the Rome Chamber Music Festival, the Alfredo Piatti International Cello Festival and the Chigiana International Festival. As a soloist she has performed with the Zagreb Soloists, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México and the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese.
She plays a cello by Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona 1692) loaned to her by the Fondazione Micheli in Milan.
Erica Piccotti performed alongside Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Steven Isserlis and Sir András Schiff in Chamber Music Connects the World in 2018. In 2018 she was an active participant in the Cello Masterclasses, where she was awarded the Landgrave of Hesse Prize. In 2019 she performed at the Kronberg Academy Festival. Since October 2017, Erica Piccotti has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. Her studies are funded by the Benno and Ursula Stork-Wersborg Scholarship.
Erica Piccotti in concert
Last updated: July 2020