He has also performed for the first time in Italy the concert for cello and orchestra by H.K. Gruber under the guidance of the composer himself, and for the first time in the history of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia he performed the concert by F. Gulda under the guidance of K. Jarvi.
In 1997, in Paris, in the occasion of the international competition “M. Rostropovich”, he won the special prize for the best performance of the piece “Spins and Spells” by Saariaho. In 1998 he won the cello competition and became first cellist at O.R.T. in Florence and in 1999 he won another competition in the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome, where he still holds the place of Principal Cello.
He worked with famous conductors like Chung, Sinopoli, Sawallisch, Temirkanov, Maazel, Abbado, Muti, Pretre, Rostropovich, Gatti, Dudamel, Gergiev, Masur, Gardiner and in chamber music performances he worked with Chung, Lonquich, Prosseda, Carbonare, Shoji, Christ, Kavakos, Brunello, Argerich, Braunstein and Waskiewicz.
He played as principal cello with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and with Symphonica d’Italia ; he regularly works with Orchestra Mozart, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at the invitation of Claudio Abbado. He made records for La Bottega Discantica and for Decca.
He plays a “Carlo Giuseppe Oddone” cello crafted in 1903.