A native of Kansas, Janetta began her musical studies at an early age, later studying both voice and viola at Wichita State University. Now living in Europe for the last 10 years, she has accumulated a wealth of education and experience, including a Masters degree from Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK. Known for her taste of the eclectic and love of new combinations, her performances range from Opera to Jazz, Musical Theater and Art Song, with a special place in her heart for music of the early 20th century in all its various forms. She has performed in concerts across Europe-- in Italy, Spain, Austria, and England-- as well as in the US, and has been the recipient of various scholarships and awards, including being the winner of the Presser Scholarship (Wichita), Bayreuth Stipendium (Venice), and a two-time finalist in the International Competition G. Seghizzi in the categories Gershwin Songs and Jazz. The warm seductive color of her voice will swoon you, and her presence on stage is bound to leave you wanting more.
Francesco Ricci is a musician with very expansive repertoire (classical, opera, musical, jazz) and a special gift for mixing styles and genres in new and interesting ways. At present he frequently performs as pianist or piano accompanist in a wide variety of contexts, including opera, musical, and classical performances.
Francesco started his piano studies at the young age of 10 with M°Paolo Dirani, graduating from the Conservatory «G.B. Martini» of Bologna in 1997. Contemporarily studying both at the University of Bologna and the Conservatory of Bologna, he graduated suma cum laude with honors in Astronomy in 2002 while graduating from the course for ‘Maestro Sostituto e Collaboratore’ (i.e. Répétiteur) at the Conservatory in 2003, later graduating in 2011 with a Music Perfomance degree in piano (suma cum laude with honors) under the teaching of M°Bruna Bruno at Conservatory of Bologna.
Francesco has played for ‘Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano’ and for the ‘Bologna Festival’, and in 2010 he performed as soloist during the “Concerto del 2 Agosto” with the ‘Orchestra del Comunale di Bologna’. He has since collaborated with internationally recognized organizations including: Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia, Fondazione Arena di Verona, Conservatorio di Bologna, Bernstein School of Musical Theatre (BSMT), and many others.