Elena Buttiero graduated in piano from the Turin Conservatoire ‘G. Verdi’ and has performed in various cities across Italy, as well as in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, France, Romania, the Czech Republic, Serbia, the United States, Canada, Tanzania, Argentina, and Uruguay. As a harpist with Birkin Tree, she has released two CDs: ‘Continental Reel’ and ‘A Cheap Presen.’ Collaborating with Carlo Aonzo, they published ‘Il Mandolino Italiano nel Settecento’ and ‘Fantasia Poetica.’ In 2009, the Duo was honored with the Ligurian Region Prize in the Cultural section. Elena recorded the CDs ‘Arethusa Consortium’ in 2012, ‘Saluti dall’Italia’ in 2013, and ‘Lontano nel Mondo’ in 2015, dedicated to Luigi Tenco’s songs. In 2021, she released ‘The Baroque Hurdy-Gurdy at the French Royal Court’ with Francesco Giusta. In the field of education, she authored the solfege method ‘Il Centone,’ the piano method ‘Primo Piano,’ the ‘Piano Antologia,’ and the ‘Antologia Pianistica a 4 Mani’ for Carisch/Hal Leonard. Elena serves as the artistic director of the Mozart Savona Association and the Allegro con Moto Association.
Anita Frumento graduated from the Conservatory of Cuneo, earning a Level II Academic Diploma in Piano and Chamber Music with top marks and honors. She studied under Sergio Lattes and Massimiliano Damerini at the Conservatory of Genoa and under Massimo Cottica at the Conservatory of Piacenza. Furthering her education, she completed a Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, guided by Sandro D’Onofrio and Andrea Conenna. Anita also attended seminars in Elementary Music Education led by Silvia Klemm. Her exploration of chamber and contemporary repertoire includes mentorship from L. Bartelloni, M. Caroli, L. Castellani, the Debussy Trio at the Academy of Music in Pinerolo, R. Gubler, and F. Thouand. She delved into the ancient repertoire with D. Fratelli, S. Molardi, B. Petrucci, M. Valli, B. Zanichelli, and Zoboli. Anita has been actively involved in prestigious festivals both in Italy and abroad, collaborating with notable ensembles such as the Ensemble Nuove Musiche of Savona, the Savona Symphony Orchestra, the ‘900presente Ensemble, and the Research and Development Division of the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland. She premiered works by emerging contemporary composers. From 2015 to 2023, she served as a teacher at the MAT Artistic Center in Lugano (Switzerland) and as the Teaching Director of the Classical Music Section. A winner of the 2016 MIUR national competition, Anita has been a tenured piano teacher at the Liceo Musicale “P. Bausch” in Busto Arsizio (Va) since September 2017. Since September 2023, she has been teaching piano at the Liceo Musicale “Giordano Bruno” in Albenga (Sv). Anita regularly performs in Italy and abroad as part of various chamber ensembles, and she is a managing member of the APS Nuovi Contesti Sonori in Clusone (Bg)
WOMEN’S MUSIC TALKS ABOUT WOMEN – Piano Four Hands Concert
The Italian Cultural Society of Washington DC and Le D.I.V.E. were delighted to present another inspiring performance by Elena Buttiero and Anita Frumento, this time at Westmoreland Congregational United Church on October 13th.
The piano four hands concert, ‘WOMEN’S MUSIC TALKS ABOUT WOMEN,’ celebrated the legacies of musical trailblazers Teresa Carreño, Amy Beach, Mel Bonis, Cécile Chaminade, Marie Jaëll, and Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn—remarkable women who paved the way for gender equality in music.
The duet of Elena Buttiero and Anita Frumento skillfully transported the audience through time, bringing to life compositions that underscored the resilience and creativity of these musical pioneers.
Special thanks to Le D.I.V.E. for their partnership and to Westmoreland Congregational United Church for providing a welcoming space for this celebration of women’s contributions to the arts.