Artists of the 11th Epidaurus festival 2017.






Eloisa Cascio (Italy)

While completing her classical studies, Eloisa Cascioalso finished, with first class honours and special mention, both her Master and Specialistic Degrees in Piano in the Conservatorium of Benevento as a pupil of M° Tina Babuscio. She also studied the philological aspects of execution in the Barock and Classical repertoire for keyboard with M° Andreina Di Girolamo, under whom tutelage she completed the Harpsichord Master Degree in the Conservatorium of Campobasso, and with Emilia Fadini; at the same time Eloisa has attended the Composition course with M° Giacomo Vitale obtaining the Master Degree in Choral Music and Choir Direction in the Conservatorium of Avellino. In June 2014 she obtained the Piano Interpretation Diploma in the School of Music in Fiesole, where she was a student of Pietro de Maria and in March 2015 she completed the Chamber Music Specialistic Degree in Naples Conservatory “San Pietro a Majella” obtaining a Magna cum Laude Degree. She also took part in interpretation curse and master of piano and harpsichord with Laura De Fusco, Bruno Canino, Massimo Bertucci, Giorgio Carnini, Gustav Leonhardt, Gottlieb Jracek von Armin and Peter Lang, Johannes Kropfitsch, Pasquale Iannone, Oleg Marshev, Oliver Gardon, Prisca Benoit and Dominique Merlet. Since when she was very young, Eloisa obtained first and special prizes in several national and international contests: Piano Contests “Ottavio Caiazzo” and “S.Cecilia in Naples year 2000, Piano Contests “Città di Cercola” and “Poggioli” of Torre Annunziata, year 2003, Press Prize at the “ANMI” competition in Salerno 2007, Piano Competition “Luigi Denza” in Castellammare di Stabia 2008 and 2010, Piano Contest “Guido da Venosa” in Sannicandro di Bari and Piano Competition “Città di Airola”, in 2010, where she won also the prize for the best interpretation of a Schumann masterpiece. In 2012, she attended a master in piano with Gottlieb Jracek von Armin in the Wiener Musik Seminar and obtained the III prize in the Dichler Competition. On December 2010 she was the receptionist of the first edition of the prize” Culture in art”, reserved to former pupils of the School Pietro Giannone in Caserta who where distinguished in artistic field and in Aprile 2016 the “recipient of the University of South Florida Steinway Piano Series special award. The award is given annually to help an exceptional pianist at the beginning of their professional career”. When she was very young, Eloisa made her debut with the Orchestra of Conservatorium of Benevento playing the Piano Concerto in D major by F.J. Haydn; she took part in several performing activities in the same institute as the Ensemble Hortus Conclusus and, subject selection, "I Concerti dell’Ateneo”. With the Orchestra of Conservatorio of Campobasso she played J.S.Bach Concerto in f minor and the De Falla Concert for Harpsichord and five instruments: she took part in various festival in Italy, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Greece, Macedonia, Romania and USA, Salzburg Klassik, Interfest Bitola, Holland Music Session, Synthermia festival, XXIII Międzynarodowy Festiwal Muzyki Odnalezionej in Tarnow (Polonia), La Grance aux Piano (Francia,) Eppstein Klavierfest, Filarmonicc of Timisoara, Karditsa festival and Cohilia festival in Greek, Stenway Piano Series in Florida (USA). Portofino Classica, Carni Armonie, Piano City Napoli, Festival delle Ville Vesuvian, Concerts of Natale in Villa, Convivio Armonico, Musica nel Tempo Presente, Tastiere in Tour, Fate Festival, Piano City Naples, Portofino Classic Festival, Festival delle Ville Vesuviane, Brianza Classica, Una Notte al Museo, Piceno Classic , Gressoney Summer Music Festival and others concert season in Italy – Roma, Bologna, Torino, Livorno, Trieste, Catania, – Salzburg Klassik, Interfest Bitola Festival in Macedonia, Holland Music Session, In next she will concert in Macedonia, Greece, Croazia, Slovenia, USA, Germany, France and Italy. At the present Eloisa teaching in Conservatory Francesco Cilea in Reggio Calabria.


Gjorgji Cuckovski was born in Skopje in 1982.He graduated from the Faculty of Music in Skopje with 10 Cum Laude in the class of the prof. BiljanaJovanovska.In 2006 he was awarded with scholarship by CEE Music Theatre in Vienna, Austria where he specialized in opera singing with the prof. OliveraMiljakovikj.Currently he is completing his master studies in opera singing with Maestro Boris Trajanov at the GoceDelchev University in Shtip, Macedonia.Cuckovski is the first soloist at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet and a professor at the Faculty of Audio-Visual Art – ESRA.In the period between 2010 and 2014 he was a chairman of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet’s Management Board.At the moment he is an Art Director at MOB and Artistic Director of the Ohrid Summer Festival. Music critics in Macedonia particularly welcomes his engaged stage effort and “movements that represent the emotional changes followed by the characters”. His first international appearance was in 2006 in TeatroComunalle Cosenza – Italy playing the role of Monostatos in Mozart's “Magic Flute”.In 2006, he participated in concerts in Hamburg and Berlin on the occasion of Days of Macedonian Culture in Germany, as well as in Switzerland, Austria (Vienna Philharmonic – Musikverein, in 2007, participating on a humanitarian concert for the children in Ethiopia, and in 2009 participating on jubilee concert of KMC OliveraMiljakovikj), Albania, Serbia, Bosnia, Russia, Portugal, Germany (concert tour in Frankfurt), Italy (Concert in Medea for the “World Peace” – 2009). Aspendos – Turkey (playing the role of the Duke of Mantua in "Rigoletto" by Verdi in June 2010). In December, 2010, he played the role of Alfred (Verdy - La Traviata) at the Osaka Opera, Japan.He also played the Swan in CarminaBurana in Beziers, France.In 2012, Cuckovski performed at a concert with the Sliven Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria.In 2013 he performed the role of the Duke of Mantua in "Rigoletto" by Verdi at the National Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia and in Aspendos, Turkey.In 2013, MOB performed gala opera concert in Jakarta, Indonesia in which Cuckovski also appeared.In April, 2014, Cuckovski performed in Bulgaria with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, he sang Mozart's "Requiem", while in July, 2014, he was part of two gala concerts with the Dubrovnik Philharmonic Orchestra in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and in November he appeared in Tokyo, Japan performing the “9th Symphony" by L. V. Beethoven. In 2015 he performed in ”TeatroPoliteama Greco” – Lecce, Italy and “Teatro Verdi” - Brindisi, Italy playing in 8 plays as Ismail in Nabucco and Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly.In September, 2015, he performed on a large Gala Concert of “Belini Festival” in the Taormina Antique Theatre, Sicily.In the same month he participated in the large Gala Concert “Corean National Art Center” in Seoul, Korea.This 2015, he plays the character Maurizio from Adriana Lecouvreur at the National Opera House in Sofia and the National Opera House in Varna. December 2016 he held a solo recital in New York, New York performing Rachmanjinov and Tschaykovski lied. 19.02.2017 he held a Opera Gala Recital with Shanghai Philharmonics in Shanghai, China performing 6 opera arias. Cuckovski also performed in: Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Russia, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Albania, Indonesia, Japan, Croatia, Korea…His repertoire in the Macedonian Opera and Ballet contains the roles:Maurizzio- “Adriana Lecouvreour”, Duke of Mantua – “Rigoletto”, Ricardo – “Masked Ball”, Alfred – “La Traviata”, Foresto – “Attila”, Gabriele Adorno – “Simon Boccanegra”, Rodolfo – “La Bohème”, Pinkerton- “Madama Baterfly”, Khalaf – “Turandot”, Luigi – “The Cloak”, Don Jose – “Carmen”, Edgardo – “Lucia di Lammermoor”, Nemorino – “ The Love Potion”, Tamino – “The Magic Flute”, Peter Quint – “The Turn of the Screw”, Dwarf in the Der Zverg- Zemlinsky opera, Eisenstein –“The Bat”, Camille de Rossi –“The Merry Widow”, Edwin –“The Riviera Girl”, Swan –“CarminaBurana”, Uriel–“Oratorio”, Timothy in the opera by R. Avramovski–“Lydia from Macedonia”. Cuckovski performed with eminent foreign conductors such as GianlucaMartinenghi, Valerio Galli…and the great names with whom he shared the stage Daniela Dessi, Giovanna Casolla and Tsvetelina Vassileva.


Andrej Naunov, singer, pianist, conductor & arranger was born in Kochani (Macedonia). He finished the elementary musical school in his hometown, while secondary in Shtip. He received his degree in music from the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Skopje, at Music Academy in the class of professor Simon Trpcheski, in whose class today, he is attending postgraduate studies. Has won several state awards in chamber music and piano. Andrea has accomplished more than 100 recitals in Macedonia and in the other countries. As a soloist he has performed with the Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet., and at the same time he took part of the Simon Trpchevski’s national tour. Has taken part of many humanitarian manifestations, concerts and shows. Andrea has realized concerts as a solo singer, as well as a member of many vocal ensembles. With the ensemble Vocals he has performed at the Ohrid Summer Festival, Skopje Summer Festival, DMM, and has been involved in movie soundtracks recordings. As a member of the vocal ensemble Heraclea has performed at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Ohrid Summer Festival, Skopje Summer Festival, Wine Festival in Novi Sad and many others. Andrea has remarkable possibilities to emphasize his performing skills on piano, working as an accompianist, with many eminent soloists and ensembles (AKUD Mirche Acev , France Presern, EZRM Mois Hanson (professional chamber choir) , Tango Acoustic ) showing them at many shows in Republic Of Macedonia, such as Ohrid Summer Festival, Days of the Macedonian Music, Skopje Summer Festival, Bit Fest, and shows in Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia as well. Some of the soloists he has worked with are the prominent artists of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet; Vesna Ginovska, Slavica Galich, Ana and Igor Durlovski and instrumentalists: Mihajlo Kufojanakis, Bozhidar Peich, Kliment Todorovski. He has worked with many prominent conductors: Urosh Lajovich, Janush Psibilski, Paul Vaigold, Norman Vidzaja, and has started to work as a conductor of his own with the choir of the Church Presveta Bogorodica from Skopje. In 2012 and 2014 he performed amazing concerts with this choir in Vienna, and in 2015 in Italian concert tour. In 2013 he is jury member on International music competition for Slavic music in Moscow, where he had some concerts including at the competition opening. In 2016 1st of April he debuted with full orchestra and opera soloist from Macedonian Opera and Ballet. With some soloist form Macedonian Opera and Ballet he held a concert in New York (USA) and Sofia (Bulgaria). Today, Andrej Naunov is working as an accompianist and conductor with the Macedonian Opera and Ballet and as an exterior assistant at the Music Academy in Skopje.


Alessandro Crosta, polyflutist, composer and conductor, is a young Italian versatile and innovative musician. His repertoire goes from the traditional literature for flute to the contemporary music as well as the electronic one. In his performances he exhibits in a vast range of roles: he has played as a soloist flute with a lot of European Orchestras (Orchestra dei Professori del Teatro S. Carlo – Napoli, Orchestra Arcenciel - Zurich, Minsk Orchestra - Belarus, Plovdiv Orchestra – Bulgaria, Orchestra Craiova – Romania), he has toured with the Italian pianist Nadia Testa as well as with the Belgian “Le Vraie Note Trio”, and he has worked with several composers like Roland Moser (Switzerland), Wolfgang Rhim (Germany) and Arnoldo Antunas (Brazil). He has been on concert tours to Italy, the USA, Israel, Spain, France, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, Malta, Tunisia, Bahamas, Greece, Turkey, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Grenada, Ucraine, the UK, Argentina, Croatia, Uruguay, British Virgin Islands, Reunion, Denmark, Switzerland, Senegal, Cyprus, Libya, Tenerife, Funchal, Antigua and Barbados. Several CD recordings show his inclusive musical interests. As a flute-collector, he usually makes exhibition-concerts showing and playing his instruments (about 40 ca. ancient and modern flutes from the XVIIth, to the XXth century). Playing ancient flutes he succeeds in reproducing sound now forgotten, while playing modern flutes he is able to create new sounds and unexpected atmospheres. Nowadays he is composing a new kind of music with electroacoustic techniques applied to Flutes. He took the first degree with full marks at the "D. Cimarosa" Conservatory of Avellino (Italy) with Nicola Caiazza and the master summa cum laude at IMP “G. Braga” of Teramo (Italy). After perfecting his technique with Conrad Klemm, he moved to Switzerland where in 2005 he took the "Konzert Diplom" at the Musikhochschule of Winterthur-Zurich with Matthias Ziegler. As a concert flutist Alessandro Crosta has won about 21 musical competitions and scholarships and has made many recordings for the Italian television broadcast RAI. Since 2000 he has been the Artistic Director of "Gli Anniversari della Musica International Festival” of Avellino (Italy). He has published several books such as “Bellini, Verdi e Cimarosa”, “Muzio Clementi”, “Sergej Prokofiev”, “Antonin Dvorak”, “Luigi Boccherini”, “Mozart e Schumann”, “Grieg, Leoncavallo, Pleyel e Sibelius”, “Puccini e Casella“ and the first volume of the “Quaderni musicali del flauto traverso” dedicated to the piéce of Albert Roussel “Joueur de flutes”. Now he teaches at Benevento’s Conservatory. From 1997 he plays for MSC cruises as special guest in Grand Voyage.

Nadia Testa, pianist. Born in Avellino, Nadia studied piano with Carlo Alessandro Lapegna and graduated with full marks and praise at the "D. Cimarosa" Conservatory of Avellino in 1983. At the age of 18 she made her international debut with orchestra in Switzerland, where she played Mozart Concertos with the Symphonic Orchestra of Sannio. Then she specialized in piano with Vincenzo Vitale, Franco Medori e Carlo Bruno. Later Nadia won a scholarship to study as a soloist with Aldo Ciccolini at the Biella Music Academy, where she took the degree in 1987. At the same time she has been a finalist in several national and international Competitions. After studying as a lyric singer as well as Psychology at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, in 2005 Nadia received her degree in the discipline of Art, Music and Show Performance at the “Braga” IMP of Teramo (Italy) summa cum laude. As a soloist pianist she has msade many concerts in Italy (Bologna, Torino, Bergamo, Milano, Messina, Firenze, Pisa, La Spezia, Udine, Salerno, Sorrento, Napoli, Aosta, Siracusa, and Caltanissetta) and abroad (Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, Egypt, Brasil, South Africa, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Malta, Greace, Argentina and Uruguay). She has been a founder member and the President of the “Associazione Igor Stravinsky of Avellino since 1997. As an accompanist pianist Nadia has partnered a wide range of soloists, both instrumentalists and singers. Since 1998 she has been playing in duo with the Italian flutist Alessandro Crosta, making performances in various international festival. Their international debut was at the A. Scarlatti Auditorium during the “Festival for Bach Celebrations” of Naples in 2000; since then the duo has been regularly invited to play in many countries of Europe, North Africa and the USA, and has performed throughout the UK to critical acclaim. Their repertoire goes from the music of the XVIIth to the XXth century music, including the contemporary music. From 1998 to 2003 she accompanied the flutist Conrad Klemm during his Italian master classes and made several recordings for the Italian television broadcast RAI. In 2000 Nadia founded the flexible chamber group Stravinsky Ensemble (piano, flute, strings and singers), one of the most appreciated ensemble in Southern Italy, with which she has made a lot of recordings. She has written several books such as “Antonin Dvorak”, “Luigi Boccherini”, “Bellini, Verdi e Cimarosa”, “Muzio Clementi”, “Mozart e Schumann” and “Sergej Prokofiev” and has published the five books of the collection “L’Irpinia e il suo teatro” (Avellino e le Nozze di Figaro, La vedova allegra, Maria de Buenos Aires, Corpo celeste, Romeo e Giulietta). As an Artistic Director she has conducted the Festival of “Circolo del nuoto “ of Avellino (from 1985 to 1994), the International Master Class “Incontri internazionali di musica” of San Martino Valle Caudina (from 1999 to 2004) and the International Festival “Gli Anniversari della Musica” of Avellino (from 2001 to 2006). Nadia Testa teaches piano and chamber music at the “D. Cimarosa” Conservatory of music of Avellino. From 1997 she plays for MSC cruises as special guest in Grand Voyage.


Karmen Antunovic (Pula, 1993) started her musical education with accordion in 2002, in GS I.M. Ronjgova, in the class of prof. Marija Murk, after which she continued in the class of mr. art Volodimir Balyk. After graduating from the musical high school ( accordion and musical theory), she enrolled into Muzicka akademija in Pula, to study Classical accordion in the class with prof. Borut Zagoranski. She graduated in 2017. Amongst her many awards and achievements, some of the especially noteworthy to mention include: absolute victor in her category (national competition in Varazdin, 2010), ‘Oskar Znanja’ (MZOS 2010.), first reward in the international competition in Erbezzo (Italy), participation in the World accordion Trophy (Portugal), solo concert in the hall of Matica Hrvatska (2010.), second award on the national competition in Daruvar (2013.) and international in Erbezzo (2015.), and the first award in the international accordionist meeting (Pula, 2016.). She is also participating in several chamber ensambles with whom she also won many awards, held conserts and classical music manifestations, and during her education and studies she perfected her skills and knowledge with many proffessory (Semionov, Moser, Bijeletić, Rojac, Lips, Anzellotti...).


Diego Vitasović was born on 12th ofJuly in 1994. in Pula. He finished his primary and secondary musical education as a student of mr. art. Volodimir Balyk. Except music school he also finished his high school education in Gimnazija Pula. He is a student of fourth year of accordion bachelor studies on the Music academy of Pula and his mentor is professor Amadej Herzog. During his school and studies he got awarded on few competititions: 1st prize and 1st place as a soloist on International accordion competition in Erbezzo, Italy. 2nd prize on 47th croatian competition of pupils and students in the category of chamber music. 2nd prize as a soloist on croatian national competition of young musicians in Varaždin. 1st prize and 1st place on International accordion competition in Pula in the category of chamber music. 2nd prize as a soloist on International accordion competition in Pula. He also performed on various concerts in Croatia (Pula, Rijeka, Poreč, Labin, Zagreb, Požega...) and abroad (Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Turkey...). He also participated on various international masterclasses where he had an opportunity to work with most famous accordion pedagogs and players (M.Vayrynen, T.Anzellotti, I.Šverko, A.Skliarov, G.Draugsvoll, C.Jacomucci, F. Lips, E. Moser...).


NINA KOBLER – guitar, sopran
MATIJA ŠTAJCAR – violoncelle

NINA KOBLER – graduated guitar at the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of professor Istvan Romer. She studied solo singing in the class of professor Dunja Vejzović and graduated in the class of Lidija Horvat Dunjko. She has performed in numerous concerts as soloist and in chamber ensembles at home and in abroad (Chech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, BiH, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Israel, Canada, Egypt, Argentina, Uruguay,..). She won several awards on different music competitions. In 1998 she won a special award on Fernando Sor International Competition of Guitar Players. In 2002 she won a main prize on the state competition as a singer soloist. She has been teaching the guitar at the Blagoje Bersa Music School in Zagreb.

KREŠIMIR MARMILIĆ – graduated at the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of professors K. Petrović and T. Smirnov. He refined his violin playing at the Indiana University in the class of professor Henryk Kowalsky. He has performed in numerous concerts as soloist and in chamber ensembles at home and in abroad (Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Albania, BiH, Belgium, Holland,..). He is the leader and founder of the String Quartet Cadenza Zagreb, Chamber trio Crisostomo and ensemble Croazzolla Concertante. He is a member of the Chordes Trio. He works with many renowned musicians and composers. He's a free-lancer since 1999.

MATIJA ŠTAJCAR – studied cello under prof. Csiffary, prof. Baert, prof. Van Doorn and prof. Gendron. He's been a member of the BRT Symphony Orchestra, the Belgian Chamber Orchestra Soloists, the Opera Royal de la Monay -Brussels, the Kononlijke Opera in Gent and the WDR Symphony Orchestra. He's also been a memeber of many chamber ensembles: the Trio Musical Consort, te Cadenza String Quartet, C.P. Musica Sacra and the MAK Piano Trio. He performs as a soloist and a meember of the Crisostomo Chamber Trio and Duo.