Andrea Carlesi was born in Florence and now lives in Pistoia.
He graduated in Foreign Commerce and also in the French Horn. He now plays in several symphony orchestras, chamber groups and also many operatic orchestras. He plays in concerts and operas all over Tuscany and lately played in a concert at Musikverein “Golden Hall” in Vienna, arguably the most famous concert hall in the world.
Together with his sister Claudia and other members of the Carlesi and Zucconi families, he runs the farm and winery, Fattoria Il Piano. He also runs his own private estate, producing extra virgin olive oil.
In recent years he has been dedicating a lot of his time to his other passion: historical research into Italy during the Second World War.
He is now a published author on this subject and his first book, about protecting
Italian art from war damage during 1943-
John Wregg is one of Australia’s most experienced and versatile directors. A graduate in law at Melbourne University, he worked as an actor, theatre designer and director in Australia before spending two years in Italy in the film industry.
His areas of interest are wide, and his list of notable engagements extensive. He has directed many operas, both in Australia and elsewhere, and was involved in the development of a new opera in Beijing, China. He has staged works ranging from Schoenberg to the musical, Chess, and written and directed the musical mystery Who Killed Mario Lanza. He was artistic director of Sydney Metropolitan Opera from 1989 to 1997 and has, in addition, written for film, television and theatre. He is also interested in art, especially contemporary and Australian Aboriginal art, and professionally involved with theatre design.
John is enthusiastic about nurturing new musical talent and has adjudicated many singing competitions. He now divides his time between his two homes, in Australia and here in Tuscany.
David Hughes, following his involvement in setting up the facilities at Fattoria Il Piano, he been running the Wine Tastings for the last four years. His wine experience comes from years in the restaurant and delicatessen business. This experience has also been invaluable when sourcing local, artisan foods for the Tastings and Concerts, giving his partner, Siobhan, the best of products when she prepares dinner for the concert guests.
His interest in wine and olive oil started in the late the 80’s in Cyprus when, together with contacts from France, he became involved in helping friends improve their vineyards and wine. His interest has continued ever since.
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