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The Swiss-Austrian cellist Alessandra Doninelli earned international recognition with her debut at the Berlin Philharmonie giving the premiere of Daniel Pacitti cello concerto and playing in some of the most prestigious venues such as the Tokyo Opera City, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Minato-Mirei hall in Yokohama, the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona and the Swiss Federal Palace in Bern.

Alessandra is first prize winner of the “Antonio Salieri” Competition, first prize winner of the Swiss National Competition for Young Musicians, and first prize winner with the addition of three special prizes at the Austrian National Competition “Prima la Musica”.

As a soloist Alessandra has performed among others with the “Basel Sinfonieorchester”, the "Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana",  the "Stuttgarter Kammerorchester",  the  “United Soloists Orchestra”, the “Camerata dei Castelli”, the “Eurasian Soloists Chamber Orchestra” and the “Orchester der Musikhochschule Basel” under the baton of Andrey Boreyko, Kevin Griffiths and François Benda.

Alessandra was invited to the “Pablo Casals Festival”, “Monighetti&Friends, “Musik Miteinander” at the Kronberg Academy, "Herbst in der Helferei", “Musique à Flaine”, “Ceresio Estate” and collaborated with chamber music partners such as Vilde Frang, Yura Lee and Calogero Palermo.

As a result of her collaboration with the film-director Alberto Nacci, the short-movie “CELLO” was released, eleventh episode of the serie “Body&Sound”. The short-movie, shot at the AJP Studios, is winner of six film awards.
In the summer of 2014,  a team of the Swiss Radio accomanied her and the Quartet Lugano4Tunes during a Tournée in Japan. The documentary film "Archi nel Sol levante" came into being.

Born in 1995 in Bellinzona Switzerland, Alessandra started to play the cello at the age of five. She studied with Taisuke Yamashita at the Conservatorio della Svizzeara Italiana and with Ivan Monighetti and Sol Gabetta at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. Alessandra is currently studying at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid and at the Pavia Cello Academy in Italy.

Additional studies have included masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Jens Peter Maintz, Wen-Sinn Yang, Natalia Gutmann, Enrico Dindo, Johannes Goritzki, Thomas Grossenbacher, Rudolf Leopold and chamber music lessons with Heinz Holliger, Rainer Schmidt, Anton Kernjak und Yovan Markovitch.

Alessandra plays a 1840 cello by Bernard Simon Fendt II.