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There is no shortage of young musical talent today. But seldom do these talents give glory to their Creator for the gifts received. Seldom does God get a return on his investment. Fifteen year old Stefano Mhanna is a wonderful exception.
A violinist and organist of growing international fame, Stefano Mhanna was born in Rome on the 11th of July 1995. Winner of 5 national competitions and two international competitions, he began his musical training at the Saint Cecilia Conservatory in Rome where he graduated at the tender age of 7 with acclaim. This was new ground for the celebrated Conservatory.
At the age of 10, Stephano performed Tchaikovsky's Concerto in D Major opus 35, with the orchestra of the conservatory of Saint Cecilia of Rome, directed by Maestro Ernesto Gordini. This performance openned up new venues to the young musician. He appeared various TV programs throughout Italy and played with the distinguished philharmonic orchestras of Turin and Bacau conducted by Ovidiu Balan, the Kiev chamber orchestra.
Performing over 40 orchestral concerts and a repetoir of over 50 sonatas and pieces for the piano and solo violin, Stephano becomes transparent to his music, becoming one with the beauty of its measure and tone. In recent years he has been perfecting his expression on the organ, playing entire scores of toccate, fantasie, fugues, and choral pieces from memory. He has become esteemed by such organ masters as Rieger, Callido, and Tamburini.
Visit his YT web site: http://www.youtube.com/user/stefanomhanna
A recent article about Stephano: http://www.venetoinforma.it/2009/12/02/filarmonica-veneta-concerto-3-dicembre/