• 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 Venere Azzurra.


    Join us and feed your soul.


    Watch our documentary of Suoni dal Golfo 2018

    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 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.


    24.01.19 Apollo e Dioniso

    Alberto Bologni & Giuseppe Bruni - violin/piano duo


    14.02.19 Sax @ the Opera

    ExclusIVe Quartet - saxophones


    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

    10.08.19 Opening Concert - Music of award-winning film Capharnaum with composer Khaled Mouzanar on piano, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi on bandoneon and Q&A with film director Nadine Labaki and Orchestra Excellence Strings conducted by Gianluca Marcianò


    11.08.19 Evening of Haydn, Schubert and Mozart quartets with Donata Piazza, violin; Simone Paradiso, viola; Elena Sciamarelli, cello and Marco Campo, oboe at Oratorio Selaa, Tellaro


    12.08.19 Momento Immobile - an evening of belcanto with Venera Gimadieva, Gianluca Marcianò and Orchestra Excellence


    13.08.19 Chamber concert conducted by Giuseppe Bruno with Darko Briek, clarinet and Maxim Novikov, viola and Orchestra Excellence Strings at San Terenzo Church


    14.08.19 "L'invitation au voyage" - mixed media performance with Italian award-winning actor Marco Gambino; acclaimed international concert pianist Marcelo Bratke with videography by Brazilian artist Mariannita Luzzati


    15.08.19 Feragosto extravaganza Gala concert with surprise superstars and Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, bandoneon; Alissa Margulis, violin; Alexander Buzlov, cello; Maxim Novikov, viola; Teona Dvali, soprano


    16.08.19 Private event - sponsors, patrons and friends of festival


    17.08.19 "Un Viaggio con Rossini e Paganini" with 'Musicattore' Luigi Maio, Orchestra Carlo Felice conducted by Gianluca Marcianò


    18.08.19 "La Grande Bellezza" with Maxim Novikov, viola and Herta Hansena, piano - music of Rota, Schubert, Pärt, Karmanov, Reinecke and Di Marino


    19.08.19 Mozart Requiem in memory of the Genova bridge victims. Concert in Church of San Francesco, Lerici with international soloists and the Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Carlo Felice together with Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò


    20.08.19 "All'Italia" Young Concert Artists Trust prize-winner Guiseppe Guarrera, pianist, plays Scarlatti, Bach/Busoni and Liszt


    21.08.19 "A Journey with Byron" - his words set to music with soprano Betty Makharinsky and Giuseppe Bruno, piano


    22.08.19 World premiere symphony "Lerici" by David Winkler and Elgar Cello Concerto with Queen Elizabeth Competition prize-winning cellist Victor Julien Laferrière, cello and Liszt Piano Concerto with Vitaly Pisarenko, piano and Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò


    23.08.19 Chamber recital including Schubert 'Die Forelle' and David Winkler's Piano Quintet with Sergey Krylov, violin; Maxim Novikov, viola; Victor Julien Laferrière, cello: Enrico Fagone, double bass and Vitaly Pisarenko, piano


    24.08.19 Final concert Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's S.5 with Sergey Krylov and Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò

  • 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.

  • We'd love to hear from you

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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, 9, 19032 Lerici SP
    +44 7515 889 030