A laureate of the F. J. Haydn Competition, Giovanni made his debut as soloist in concert with Yo-Yo Ma. He has performed, among others, with the Camerata Salzburg and as principal cellist with the Royal Philharmonic. Giovanni has already deeply invested in Brazil's young talents as Professor of Cello at Salzburg’s Unversität Mozarteum, after attending the first edition of Ilumina. Born in Cremona in 1977, he studied with Rocco Filippini, Mario Brunello and Enrico Bronz, and completed his training with Clemens Hagen. Before joining the faculty at the Mozarteum, Giovanni taught at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Accademia di Portogruaro, and founded the cello class at the Accademia “Incontri col Maestro” of Imola.