• About the festival

    Set on the famous coastline of the Golfo dei Poeti, the seaside town of Lerici and the neighbouring Cinque Terre have been a magnet for poets and composers alike, from Shelley, Byron and D. H. Lawrence to Wagner.


    Conductor Gianluca Marcianò launched Suoni dal Golfo festival in 2017 in his home town of Lerici, synthesising the beauty of this historic and authentic town by the sea with wonderful music.


    Together with violist Maxim Novikov, Gianluca Marcianò established the concept of Orchestra Excellence - a training opportunity for emerging musicians. The festival provides a summer residency for carefully selected young musicians as well as showcasing celebrated artists. Together they learn and grow.


    With 15 concerts in stunning locations in Lerici, San Terenzo and Tellaro, Suoni dal Golfo pays tribute to all those artists who over centuries drew inspiration from the wonderful surroundings of the Gulf of Poets.


    Join us and feed your soul.


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    Gianluca Marcianò conducting Orchestra Excellence

  • Founders

    Gianluca Marcianò and Maxim Novikov

    Gianluca Marcianò


    Gianluca Marcianò is a conductor of great agility and astuteness with a particular interest in bringing the Italian operatic repertoire to the most varied corners of the world. He is the Chief Conductor of the Armenian State Opera in Yerevan, Artistic Director of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut and was recently appointed as Music Director of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad. He is increasingly in demand as an opera conductor and has strong ties with the opera houses in Zagreb, Minsk, Sassari, Prague and, in the UK, English National Opera, Longborough Opera and Grange Park Opera where he inaugurated the new theatre in Horsley with a production of Tosca.


    A piano prodigy himself he graduated in politics before being trained as a conductor. Gianluca is committed to nurturing young talent and created the Orchestra Excellence together with violist Maxim Novikov. As Lerici is his home town, Gianluca is delighted to give his Orchestra Excellence a residency at Suoni dal Golfo.

    Maxim Novikov


    Maxim Novikov is a keen advocate and performer of new works for his instrument, the viola. The former pupil of Yuri Bashmet currently works as a producer at the State Opera of Armenia, is a freelance sound engineer and he forms a duo with harpist Valentina Borisova. As a soloist Maxim has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and many other orchestras in his native Russia. He is deeply committed to developing Orchestra Excellence and giving the musicians the best professional experience possible, in the wonderful environment of Lerici.

  • NEWS

    As it happens...

    News February 2019 n°2

    Main Festival concert programme falls into place around which other events can be built. Exciting international stars set to come to Lerici!

    News February 2019 n° 1

    Concert series audience grows and recital with ExclusIVe Saxophone Quartet a huge hit. Performance preceded by short film highlighting our need to take care of the environment, in which the Quartet performed an arrangement of the Flower Duet from Lakmé by Delibes.

    News January 2019 n° 4

    Concert series launches with Apollo e Dioniso - Alberto Bologni and Giuseppe Bruno playing violin and piano sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven to a warm response from Lerici residents.

    News January 2019 n°3

    First 'un caffé con l'artista', hosted by Hotel Shelley e delle Palma and supported by Covim, attracts an appreciative audience, enjoying the intimate atmosphere during the afternoon of the concert.

    News January 2018 n°2

    Press launch of the new concert series at Teatro Astoria to enthusiastic press and public alike

    News January 2019 n°1

    The search for an appropriate tent to house the larger concerts begins.

    News December 2018 n°1

    Decision made to establish a concert series as a prequel to the Festival at Teatro Astoria, Lerici with one concert per month, always on a Thursday.

    News November 2018 n°1

    Executive Director appointed. Jill Segal joins Suoni dal Golfo to fulfil the vision of the Artistic Directors and establish the festival as an annual event in the European Festival diary.


    Spring pre-Festival Concert Series


    Monthly recitals January to June, Teatro Astoria, Lerici.






    21.03.19 Ostinato Amore

    Baschenis Ensemble, Roberto Balconi & Camilla Rinaldi - ensemble, tenor, narrator and dance


    18.04.19 El Tan(g)o

    Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi & Luca Lucini - bandoneon and guitar


    30.05.19 Dall'Oscurità alla Luce

    Marcelo Bratke, piano


    27.06.19 Belcanto Soirée

    Teona Dvali & Gianluca Marcianò - soprano and piano

    Festival Programme

    Subject to change


    10 - 24 August 2019

    10.08 Grand Gala Opening in Festival Tent 21:00 Music of award-winning film Capernaum with composer Khaled Mouzanar on piano, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi on bandoneon and Q&A with film director Nadine Labaki. Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò


    11.08 Pugliola Church

    18:30 ExclusIVe Saxophone Quartet


    21:00 Katya Tsukanova, violin

    Gianluca Marcianò, piano

    Music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski


    21:00 Oratorio en Salaa, Tellaro

    Donata Piazza, violin; Simone Paradiso, viola; Elena Sciamarelli, cello and Marco Campo, oboe

    Evening of Haydn, Schubert and Mozart quartets


    12.08 Momento Immobile in Festival Tent 21:00

    An evening of belcanto with Venera Gimadieva, Gianluca Marcianò and Orchestra Excellence


    13.08 San Terenzo Church 21:00

    Chamber concert with Darko Briek, clarinet and Maxim Novikov, viola. Orchestra Excellence Strings conducted by Giuseppe Bruno


    14.08 Mixed media performance in Festival Tent 21:00 "L'invitation au voyage" with Italian award-winning actor Marco Gambino: international concert pianist Marcelo Bratke; videoscenography by Brazilian artist Mariannita Luzzati


    15.08 Ferragosto extravaganza - Festival Tent 21:00 with international guest stars and Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, bandoneon and Miriam Prandi, cello and piano


    16.08 in Festival Tent

    19:00 A Journey in Byron's Poetry with Betty Makharinsky - soprano, Pavel Timofeyevsky - piano


    21:00 Dolore e grandezza dell'Abate Liszt  

    Gregorio Moppi - actor; Alberto Bologni, violin; Giuseppe Bruno, piano




    17.08 "All'Italia" in Festival Tent 21:00

    Young Concert Artists Trust prize-winner Guiseppe Guarrera, pianist, plays Scarlatti, Berio, Bach/Busoni and Liszt


    18.08 Chamber recital Festival Tent 21:00

    Schubert 'Die Forelle' and David Winkler's Piano Quintet with Sergei Krylov, violin; Maxim Novikov, viola; Miriam Prandi, cello: Enrico Fagone, double bass and Vitaly Pisarenko, piano


    19.08 in Festival Tent 21:00

    Tchaikovsky Concerto op. 35 and Tchaikovsky Symphony 5

    Sergei Krylov, violin with Orchestra Excellence and Gianluca Marcianò, conductor


    20.08 "In Viaggio con Rossini e Paganini" in Festival Tent 21:00

    'Musicattore' Luigi Maio and Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò


    21.08 Special dinner for sponsors and donors at the Castle

    Victor Julien Laferrière, cello


    22.08.19 World premiere symphony "Lerici" by David Winkler in Festival Tent 21:00

    Liszt Piano Concerto 2 with Vitaly Pisarenko and Orchestra Excellence conducted by Pablo Urbina


    23.08.19 "La Grande Bellezza" in Festival Tent  21:00

    Maxim Novikov, viola; Herta Hansena, piano - music of Rota, Schubert, Pärt, Karmanov, Reinecke and Di Marino


    24.08.19 Final concert in San Francesco Church, Lerici 21:00

    Sibelius Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Anna Tifu, violin

    Mozart Requiem, soloists TBA, Teatro Carlo Felice Chorus, Gianluca Marcianò, conductor

  • We need your help!

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    We hope to see you at our concerts in the pre-festival series and to welcome you in August.

    You are a vital part of the rich experience of the festival.


    Suoni dal Golfo festivals are an unforgettable experience.

    Sumptious sounds of music in an exquisite setting. A meeting of minds, souls and spirit.

    Summer 2019 has treats in store and some surprises!


    We cannot do this without support. And there are many ways to interact with us and help: corporate sponsorship; donations; benefit-in-kind and becoming a patron or a friend. Below are a list of some of the categories - all of which will be acknowledged in our festival brochure programme and bring other festival benefits.

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    Associazione culturale Suoni dal Golfo

    CF (Fiscal code) 91093760113

    P.IVA (VAT registration number) 01476940117


    Artistic Directors: Gianluca Marcianò and Maxim Novikov

    Executive Director: Jill Segal






    Piazza Bacigalupi, 2, 19032 Lerici SP
    +44 7515 889 030