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.


    Watch our documentary of Suoni dal Golfo 2018

    Gianluca Marcianò conducting Orchestra Excellence

  • Founders

    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.



    10 - 24 August 2019



    Grand Gala Opening


    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | Music of award-winning film Capernaum with composer Khaled Mouzanar on piano, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi on bandoneon and Q&A with special guest, film director Nadine Labaki. Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò





    Venue to be advised

    18:30 | ExclusIVe Saxophone Quartet


    21:00 | Katya Tsukanova, violin; Gianluca Marcianò, piano

    Music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski


    Oratorio en Salaa, Tellaro

    21:00 | Donata Piazza, violin; Simone Paradiso, viola; Elena Sciamarelli, cello and Marco Campo, oboe

    Evening of Haydn, Schubert and Mozart quartets




    Momento Immobile


    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | An evening of belcanto with Venera Gimadieva, Gianluca Marcianò and Orchestra Excellence





    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | A Bach programme performed by Andrea Bacchetti, piano


    "L'invitation au voyage"


    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | Mixed media performance with Italian award-winning actor Marco Gambino:

    international concert pianist Marcelo Bratke; videoscenography by Brazilian artist Mariannita Luzzati




    Ferragosto extravaganza


    Rotonda Vassallo

    20:30 | featuring Miriam Prandi, cello and piano; Maxim Novikov, viola and Darko Briek, clarinet performing Mozart, Haydn and Di Marino with Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò





    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | Dolore e grandezza dell'Abate Liszt

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




    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | Young Concert Artists Trust prize-winner Guiseppe Guarrera, pianist, plays Scarlatti, Berio, Bach/Busoni and Liszt




    An evening of chamber music


    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | Schubert 'Die Forelle' and more

    with Sergei Krylov, violin; Maxim Novikov, viola; Miriam Prandi, cello: Enrico Fagone, double bass and Vitaly Pisarenko, piano and Lone Madsen, clarinet





    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | Tchaikovsky Concerto op. 35 and Tchaikovsky Symphony 5

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





    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | Vincenzo Costanzo, tenor and Gianluca Marcianò, piano



    Special event for sponsors and donors at the Castle




    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | World premiere symphony "Lerici" by David Winkler

    Liszt Piano Concerto 2 with Vitaly Pisarenko and Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò




    "La Grande Bellezza"


    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | Maxim Novikov, viola; Herta Hansena, piano - music of Rota, Schubert, Pärt, Karmanov, Reinecke and Di Marino




    "In Viaggio con Rossini e Paganini"


    Rotonda Vassallo

    21:00 | 'Musicattore' Luigi Maio and Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marcianò




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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