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Make Music Day is an international free celebration of music that began in 1982 in France and today is held on the same day in 1000 cities in 120 countries around the world. This year the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles will again participate in the festivities with a double concert featuring the Carlo Aonzo & Lorenzo Bernardi Duo, and Antonio Lysy together with his gifted students from the SOL-LA Music Academy in Santa Monica: Rubani Chugh, Aria Shapouri, Layla Shapouri, and Rufus Bordal.

Lorenzo Bernardi specialized at the Manuel Castillo Conservatory in Seville with Francisco Bernier after graduating with the highest grades from the Conservatory L. Canepa of Sassari. Between 2016 and 2019 he performed in prestigious events in Spain, Argentina, Bahrain, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. He was also invited as a jury member of international competitions such as Calcutta International Guitar Festival in India, Alma Hanoi Guitar Competition and Saigon Guitar Fest in Vietnam.

Carlo Aonzo learned the mandolin art from his father, and furthered his studies at the Conservatory. His interest focuses on the origins and history of his instrument; he collaborated with numerous musical institutions including the Philharmonic of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Orchestra Symphonique PACA (France), the Nashville Chamber Orchestra (USA), and the McGill Chamber Orchestra of Montréal (Canada). In 1999 he launched the Carlo Aonzo Mandolin Workshop, an annual specialization course that takes place both in New York and from 2017 in Milwaukee.

Carlo Aonzo & Lorenzo Bernardi Duo’s program focuses on an imaginary journey through Italian regions, centuries and music styles.

Antonio Lysy is an Italian cello player awarded with a Latin Grammy. He is the founder of the Incontri inTerra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy. He has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. He co-produced and directed the famous show “Te Amo, Argentina”, a personal journey through the heart and soul of Argentina’s fascinating culture, featuring solo cello, dance, and film. He is currently Professor of Cello at the University of California, Los Angeles.