Matthieu Mantanus - music director

Matthieu Mantanus is a Swiss-Belgian pianist, conductor, popularizer and composer chosen in 2011 by Lorin Maazel to be associate conductor for the Castelon Festival. He is since a long time very committed on innovation and making music available to everyone. Leading his Jeans Symphony Orchestra, he presented during 2014-2015 season five short Prime Time talking concerts on Italian TV RAI 3. The year after, he presented the classical season of Italian cultural public channel RAI 5. As an author, he wrote “Una giornata eroica” (Feltrinelli 2009), “Beethoven e la ragazza con I capelli blu” (Mondadori 2016) and "Rossini!" (Feltrinelli 2018). In 2013 he founds the JeansMusic lab production to realize his innovative music shows: Revolution! (2014), Intimacy (2015-2016 season) and BachBox (2018), elaborating a brand new, surprising and very personal musical language to express himself.


Vanessa was born in Switzerland where she studied the violin, languages and tourism before moving to Florence in 2005 following her passion for Italy. Putting together her various skills, she launched Musicando Italy in 2009, a professional activity aiming to organise all kinds of projects that combine tourism and music in Italy: tours for orchestras, bands and choirs, cultural trips combining major musical events to off-the-beaten-track visits all over Italy, orchestral workshops for amateur musicians, private concerts, etc.
Before and during the Musicando Academy workshops, Vanessa is the reference person to assist participants in all non-artistic issues (registration, travel arrangements, accommodation, logistics, payments, etc).

Laura riccardi - STRING coach

A violin and viola player, Laura Riccardi started to study music with her father, viola player Tito Riccardi, going on at the Milan Music Conservatoire. She further studied violin with C. Romano and Dejan Bogdanovich, viola with P.H Xuereb and chamber music with R. Brengola at Siena's Accademia Chigiana and with the Trieste Trio at Duino's International Academy.
From 1993 to 2007 she was solo violin at the Milan Symphonic Orchestra "G. Verdi". She is part of the Mantova Chamber Orchestra and of the Stresa Music Weeks Orchestra (conducted by G. Noseda) and regularly plays with Milan's Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Turin's Regio Theatre Orchestra, Lucerne's Festival Strings, Naples' San Carlo Theatre, Lugano's Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra.
Laura Riccardi also teaches violin and, since 2007, is working with M.Mantanus and G. Dehò to teach orchestral practice to amateur musicians because the three of them are convinced that music training is beneficial at all levels and they aim to give everyone the possibility to play the great symphonic repertoire.

gianantonio deho' - WIND coach

Gianantonio Dehò obtained an oboe diploma with the highest grade at Milan's "G.Verdi" Music Conservatory and attended specialization courses with Omar Zoboli, Pietro Borgonovo, Maurice Bourgue and Hansjoerg Shoellenberger. He also attended an orchestra specialization course at Fiesole Music School.
In addition to a vast experience of chamber music, particularly in Wind Quintets and Wind Octets - as first oboe of the Ianus Octet he also recorded the first ever performance of Carlo Boccadoro's Wind Octet for the "RAI" Italian Radio Channel - Gianantonio also collaborates with important orchestras such as Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai di Torino, Orchestra Cantelli di Milano, Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai di Milano, Mediterranean Symphony Orchestra (as English Horn), Orchestra sinfonica di Savona and other Milan orchestras with conductors such as R. Chailly, D. Renzetti, R. Gatti, R. Barschai, E. Krivin, G. Bertini, V. Delman.
An excellent teacher, Gianantonio has been collaborating for years with Maestro Matthieu Mantanus as wind tutor.