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Born in Florence in 1999, Viola Innocenti is a creative and curious international artist.
She is currently replacement in Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Philharmonie zuidnederland and Metropole Orkest.
She is also active in different ensembles, such as DoelenEnsemble, Ciconia Consort, and she has recently formed Noies String Quartet in The Netherlands, performing in a pre-concert in String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam.
At the age of 19, she obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in violin with full marks and honours in “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” (IT) under the guidance of Lyubov Kuzma and Volodymyr Kuzma.
After her graduation, she decided to go abroad to further develop herself and her artistry. In 2020, she moved to Rotterdam (NL) where she continued her studies with a Master of Music Degree in Classical Music Performance at Codarts University of the Arts under the guidance of Igor Gruppman and Vesna Gruppman.During her time in the Netherlands, she discovered she could freely express herself with the viola, an instrument closer to her soul and her inner world with which she created a very strong connection in a very short time.
It is for this reason that she chose to pursue her studies with the viola in the class of M° Roman Spitzer, Principal Viola of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Due to her fast development, this change brought to her great satisfaction since the very beginning. Only two months after the switch, she joined the “Festival Musica sull’Acqua” (IT) playing with MACH orchestra and chamber music withrenowned international artists such as Raphael Christ, Ian Bostridge and Diego Matheuz.
She has been invited to different festivals such as Schiermonnikoog Festival, Moritzburg Festival Academy, Berlin Opera Academy, Entroterre Festival in Bertinoro (IT), IMOC Festival in Chianciano (IT).
In 2022-23 she became part of Nederlands Jeugdorkest (NJO) and passed the auditions for Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO) and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. In 2024 she passed also the audition for EUYO as reserve list. She attended masterclasses with renowned artists such as Gart Knox, Lawrence Power, Pavel Vernikov, Igor Volochine, Jana Ozolina, Ilya Grubert, Eliot Lawson and Klaidi Sahatci.
Also active in competitions, she won the 2016’s edition of the world festival organized by the Wiener Philarmoniker at the Musikverein with Fiesole’s “Orchestra dei ragazzi”. In the same year, she was awarded with a scholarship for the Bertinoro Summer Masterclass after which she performed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as a soloist. In 2018 she won a chamber music scholarship in Fiesole, later holding a concert for the association “Amici della Musica di Firenze” in Ancona (IT).In Fiesole, she wrote her thesis on music under the Third Reich, with a particular focus on concentration camps and exile. Her creative-artistic nature led her to experiment and thus during her masters she further deepened her research by combining Gideon Klein’s String trio (1944) with drawings and poems created in the Terezin camp through a multidisciplinary performative approach. For her work she was awarded and therefore selected to participate in Codarts Research Festival 2022. For the season 2022-23 she became academist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra, playing in both chamber music and orchestra.
Viola is also author of “Sogno d’arte, a publication with her own reflections in poetic form and drawings of her grandfather Luca, a multifaceted artist.
Since October 2022, she is member of the Batavierhuis.