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“From Italy with Love” – Concert

FIWL 5-October 27

The Institute is pleased to host:
 “From Italy with Love”

a concert with
Michael Bulychev-Okser, Giovanni Calabrese, Giuseppe De Marco,
and Apulia Piano Brass Ensemble.

October 27, 2023 | 2PM

Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue

Mentioning: “From Italy”


Michael Bulychev-Okser is an internationally acclaimed American pianist, composer, and producer. A recipient of “Who’s Who in Music” and Decree of Merit Award from the New York Mayor’s Office 2023, Mr. Bulychev-Okser performed at the world’s most prestigious stages: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kennedy Center, La Salle Pleyel (France), Albert Hall (London), Rachmaninov Hall (Russia), Suur Saal (Estonia), and Centermex Theater (Mexico).  June to November 2023, Michael is on the schedule at the world’s most prestigious stages, including New York’s Times Square (International Day of Peace), Lincoln Center (Celebrating Italian Culture Month), Rome’s Cathedral, and as soloist with orchestras at Philharmonic Halls in Spain, Poland, and Estonia.  Michael constantly performs and produces events by Shlomo Mintz, Shakira, Bonney M, and other notable artists.  He is a guest performer at numerous music festivals, competitions, and concert series in England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Israel, Estonia, Georgia, Ukraine, Austria, Finland, South Korea, China, Serbia, Singapore, and the United States.

Michael Bulychev-Okser is a Professor of Piano and Chamber Ensembles at Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center and Long Island Conservatory.


Giovanni Calabrese graduated brilliantly in piano, and graduated in chamber music under the guidance of Professor Mariagrazia De Leo at the Conservatory “T. Schipa” in Lecce. Mr. Calabrese is president of the Association of High Musical Culture “W. A. Mozart” and artistic director of the International Artistic Centre of the Mediterranean, of the International Artistic Festival Artistic Harmonies and of the International Competition “Musicarte”. He was artistic director of the Salento stages of the ICMC Festival (Positano, Paris and Shanghai). He has more than one hundred concerts both as a soloist and in the formation of vocal and instrumental chamber music.

Giovanni Calabrese has performed in Italy, as well as in Belgium, Germany, and the United States among other countries. He specializes in performances of songs by Apulian authors and is appreciated for his interpretations of contemporary music.


Giuseppe De Marco, born in Tricase (LE) on 19.08.1972, began his studies at the “CRSEC” with Maestro Giuseppe De Giorgi and graduated in Trombone, with flying colors, in 1993 at the “Conservatory of State Music” Tito Schipa ” in Lecce “with Maestro Giuseppe Candido. He then continued his studies with Maestro Andrea Conti (1st Trombone at the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia “). He has attended numerous Masterclasses including those with Michael Mulcahy (2nd Trombone “CSO”), Charles Vernon (Bass Trombone “CSO”), Rex Martin (Northwestern University Chicago), Jay Friedman (1st Trombone “C .SO”) Andrea Conti (1st Trombone “Accademia Santa Cecilia”), Daniele Morandini (1st Trombone Teatro alla Scala”) and others.

In 2010 he attended the seminar Alessi, held by Joseph Alessi (1st trombone of the New York Philharmonic). Since 1996 he has been 1st Trombone of the “Orchestra of the ICO Foundation” Tito Schipa “of Lecce”. He has worked and collaborated with numerous institutional associations such as “Petruzzelli di Bari”, “Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia”, “Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia”. He has also worked with many conductors such as P. Bellugi, G. Kuhn, D. Renzetti, A. Ceccato, R. Bonynge, V. Delmann, A. Guingal, S. Ranzani, G. Györyvanyi Rath, E. Mazzola, H Schellenberger, F.Luisi, S. Accardo, M. Panni, A. Pappano, D. Gatti, Sir J. Conlon and many others.

He has recorded numerous Cds and participated in several television broadcasts on “Rai Uno”, “Canale 5” and “Telemontecarlo”. He is also a soloist and is part of several chamber music groups such as the Ensemble del Sud, directed by Maestro Marcello Panni. From 2002 to 2014 he was professor of Trumpet and Trombone at the “Conservatory of Music of Ceglie Messapica (Br)”, part of the “Conservatory of State Music” Tito Schipa “of Lecce”.  Currently he is professor of Trombone at the “Umberto Giordano” Conservatory in Foggia.

The Apulia Piano Brass Ensemble is a collaboration between the Association of High Musical Culture “W. A. Mozart” of Tricase (Le) and the Conservatory “U. Giordano” of Foggia with the intention of providing young musicians and graduates with opportunities for artistic growth and learning by doing. The Ensemble has a winter tour in Puglia from Gargano to Salento, it held a concert at the in Stuttgart Parliament (Germany) on behalf of the Italian Cultural Institute. The repertoire ranges from opera arias to soundtracks that have made the history of film music through the songs of the Neapolitan and Apulian tradition.

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  • Organized by: IIC-NY