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"I’m glad I had classical music in my life to guide me when I was away from home all these years."
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“One night, while I was preparing for an exam at school, I heard on the radio Beethoven’s concert for violin in D major. I got so touched, I decided that violin should be part of my life.

I left my home town, Salerno, in the south of Italy when I was 25, with my violin case and luggage to finish my studies in physics in Genova, in northern Italy. Soon afterwards I started working there as a researcher.

I then moved to France and after a short while, to Switzerland, to work in CERN as an applied physicist. I took a break from CERN and settled in Spain - always with my violin - to work on a nuclear fusion project for almost six years. I came back to Geneva in 2013, and found out about the UN Orchestra.

I’m glad I had classical music in my life to guide me when I was away from home all these years. Even though I was new in a country, playing music opened new perspectives, helped me meet new people. I realized that it helps me and others to share a common language with the rest of humankind. I feel that music makes the world better.

The UN Orchestra is the right fit for me: we are committed, we are dedicated, we get inspired by all these virtuosos playing with us every year. We are multicultural.This is extremely enriching.”

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