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Bassist Alberto Bocini Joins Faculty at Cremona's Stauffer Academy

Bocini has been appointed to lead Foundation's the new three-year Performance Diploma in Double Bass


Cremona's Stauffer Academy has elected to introduce a new qualification, the Stauffer Performance Diploma in Double Bass. The Academy has appointed Italian double bassist Alberto Bocini to its faculty to lead the program.

The diploma is a three-year specialized course and will be structured in ten monthly sessions per year, with lessons, workshops, artistic projects and numerous performance opportunities. A number of high-caliber bassists with join Bocini as Guest Professors for masterclasses and specific projects.

Bocini is presently a Professor of Double Bass at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva. Until 2012, orchestral playing was the focus of his career: he spent five years as Principal Double Bass at the Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra in Rome and prior to that, fifteen years in the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

For the last decade, Bocini has focused intensively on solo and chamber playing, as well as on pedagogy.

"This appointment fills me with great joy and gratitude," Bocini said. "It is an honor to receive such a huge musical legacy, and I am ready to work hard and commit myself passionately to the success and achievement of our students, following the path of excellence traced by Maestro Franco Petracchi in forty years of teaching."

"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Stauffer Foundation and its President, Dr. Alessandro Tantardini, and to M° Petracchi for his endless support and guidance. His dedication to music, to the double bass and to creative research have always been an inspiration to me as well as to several generations of double bass players and musicians around the world."

"I just want to add that finding 'home' in a place as steeped in history and musical tradition as Cremona, is a living dream: I can’t wait to get started!"

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