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Boardman Ferla Duo

Piano, Mezzo-Soprano

Giordano Ferla, Nicole Boardman
Wales

Bio

“Born in Rome, Italy, he began playing piano at an early age with Michele Massaro. He gained a place at the ‘S. Cecilia’ Conservatoire in Rome at the age of 11 and graduated with honours from the ‘A. Casella’ conservatoire in l’Aquila under Maria Mosca. He later graduated from the Royal College of Music in London studying with Ashley Wass and Sofya Gulyak, and completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music with Graham Caskie, generously supported by the ‘Mary Rees’ Scholarship. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Italy, the UK, Isle of Man and Romania and has performed L. v Beethoven’s concerto no. 3 in C minor for piano and Orchestra in St. Barnabas church, London and F. Chopin concerto no.1 in E minor with the RepCo Symphony Orchestra under Tianyi Lu. A prize-winner in National and International competitions. He has taken part in masterclasses with Internationally renowned artists such as Peter Donohoe, Ian Jones, Dorian Leljak, Freddy Kempf, Jeremy Denk, Katia and Marielle Labeque, Tamara Stefanovich. Giordano is currently working as a freelance musician in Cardiff, as a teacher of piano in Gillingham school, Dorset, Badminton girls school, Bristol and is the Musical Director of Cantorion Pontyclun ladies choir. Future engagements include recitals in Italy, France and the UK as a soloist and in duo with Mezzo-soprano Nicole Boardman. Nicole Boardman is a twenty-five-year-old Mezzo Soprano. Originally from Liverpool, she is currently in her first year of Masters in Vocal studies with Lorna Anderson, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. Nicole has received vocal coaching and masterclasses from Dame Ann Murray, Kathryn Harries, John Fisher, Anabelle Arden, Mary King, Jeffrey Howard, Caradog Williams, Nicola Rose, Sharon Richards, Catherine Roe-Williams, Suzanne Murphy, Kate Woolveridge, Donald Maxwell, Angela Livingstone and Valerie Masterson. Nicole’s previous performances include the Alto in Brahms’s Liebeslieder Quartet for the Cardiff Singer of the world Lunchtime event in the Dora Stoutzker Hall 2017, Soloist for Rachel Podger’s Brecon Baroque Festival 2017. She has also sung the Alto soloist for Mozart’s Requiem and Alto soloist for Vivaldi’s Gloria, both under the Conductor, Adrian Partington. Adult Soloist in the Welsh National Youth Opera’s Summer Showcase, ‘The Maid’, in St. John’s Passion, under Owain Arwel Hughes CBE, and has played, ‘Cecilia’, in a new opera, ‘An Involuntary Realisation,’ which premiered June 2017. She took part in the Royal Welsh College Chamber Choir for Carlos Acosta’s Summer tour. She has performed, ‘Lady Jane’, in the Gilbert and Sullivan’s International University Production of ‘Patience,’ and is currently an Alto Scholar for the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Nicole has won the South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians Adult Recital category 2017 and has also placed first in the Abergavenny Eisteddfod Under 25’s category 2017. Nicole will be touring for her third years with the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company from June to September this year as part of their ensemble and playing ‘Isobel’ in ‘The Pirates of Penzance,’and ‘Vittoria’ & ‘Inez’ in ‘The Gondoliers.’ Nicole’s upcoming engagements for 2019 include several Art Song and Opera concerts scheduled at St. Edwards Church, performing in the Welsh National Opera’s productions of ‘Dead Man Walking’ covering the role of ‘Mrs Charlton’ as well as singing in their Chorus and returning to the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company to tour with them for their 26th year. In May 2019 Nicole was accepted onto the prestigious Live Music Now scheme in Wales with pianist Giordano Ferla.”
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