Michela Pirola, clarinet
She started playing the clarinet at the age of 13 with Anacleto Giandomenico. She was admitted to Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Como under Carlo Dell’Acqua, graduating cum laude in 2008. On that same year she resulted eligible for Orchestra Giovanile Italiana and was awarded the “Franz Terraneo” prize, reserved for the best student of the conservatory. Moreover, she won the “Città di Chieri” international competition. Besides many masterclass she attended, she continued her studies with Alessandro Ruggeri (Orchestra Sinfonica G. Verdi di Milano), attended specialization courses with Thomas Friedli (Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne) at Accademia Perosi of Biella, Enrico Maria Baroni (Orchestra nazionale della RAI di Torino), Fabrizio Meloni (Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala) and Calogero Palermo (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam).
She performs chamber and orchestral music in Northern Italy (Orchestra Sinfonica di Lecco, Orchestra Jupiter di Meda, Orchestra Filarmonica di Milano, Accademia Europea di Musica…); she was invited to take part with a recital in the 2009-2010 season “Incontri Musicali” by Società dei Concerti di Milano.
She has been teaching for several years at schools in Como, Lecco and Monza e Brianza. In 2010, she obtained a master degree enabling her to teach clarinet in musical middle schools. She taught clarinet in the following schools: “don U. Marmori” in Cernobbio, “F. Anzani” in Cantù, “U. Foscolo” in Como; she is currently the titular teacher at musical the “G. Puecher” middle school in Erba.
Keen on health and medical environment she decides to attend the Nursing Faculty at Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, where she graduates with full marks with a degree thesis in music therapy applied to Alzheimer. As a member of the Artemisia clarinet quartet she founds the “Pillole in Musica” project, in collaboration with Lecco Hospital, aiming to bring small concerts in recovery units.
Fin dalla sua fondazione è membro stabile dell’Appassionato Ensemble, con il quale affronta un repertorio focalizzato sulla musica del ‘900 e contemporanea.