Their first collaboration started with the teachers’ concert at the conservatory of Ferney-Voltaire, following which they founded the “Duo Salvagnin & D’Urso” (2014). Since then, they have performed in prestigious concerts and festivals in Switzerland and France. The aim of this duo is to accompany the audience on a journey, a journey that goes from a classical repertoire, such as Guy Ropartz’s masterpiece Pièce en Mi bémol mineur, to an original repertoire with compositions written especially for the duo, such as Ricardo Silva’s “Expressões Brasileiras”. Fabulous musical experiences and exchanges of an immense richness of sound contribute to making their concerts a unique opportunity for musical discovery. The repertoire is vast and includes original compositions and transcriptions.
Humberto Salvagnin was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He started his musical education in 1980, studying piano at Diva Gnecco’s class and later at Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo at Rosa Corvino’s piano class. In 1993, he received his Bachelor’s degree in music (piano) at UNESP (State University of São Paulo), where he studied with Homero de Magalhães. Since 1984, he has participated and has been distinguished in several piano competitions in Brazil. Humberto Salvagnin started organ classes in 1983 with Orlando Retroz and later he studied with Ary Aguiar Jr. In 1996 he started his organ studies at the Haute École de Musique de Genève with the organist François Delor. He obtained his Organ Diploma and Teaching Diploma in 1998 and in 2001 the Premier Prix de Virtuosité for the organ. He has been a finalist in several international organ competitions and participated in master classes with renowned organists: Jennifer Bate, Marie-Claire Alain, Lionel Rogg, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Ludger Lohmann, etc. Humberto Salvagnin has developed his international career in concerts and festivals in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Holland, Slovakia, Brazil, etc. He accompagnies chamber orchestras and other music ensembles such as the duo with Francesco D’Urso, Geneva Brass Quintet, La Psallette de Genève, l’Orchestre d’Harmonie de l’État de Genève and more. He is the chief organist of Saint Therese’s Catholic Church in Geneva, organ teacher of the Conservatory of Ferney-Voltaire, in France, and teaches at the « Aida-Léman » International Academy, Switzerland. He has recorded albums with the Doron label.
A graduate of several conservatories in Switzerland, Germany and Italy, Francesco won second prize at the Aosta International Trombone Competition in 2008 and was awarded the István Kertész Scholarship in 2015. Francesco D’Urso teaches trombone at the Geneva Conservatory of Music for the MusicEnsemble project (coordinated by maestro Domingo Hindoyan and sponsored by maestro Gustavo Dudamel) and at the Multisite School of Music (Canton of Vaud, Switzerland). Since 2006, he has been collaborating with the Orchestre Sinfonietta de Lausanne and from 2011 has regularly played as first and second trombone with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He currently holds the role of principal trombone with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra under the artistic direction of maestro Raphaël Merlin. In collaboration with Difem Music Publisher he produced two albums, Stella in 2015 and Paradise Bone in 2021. He is also the founder of the ensemble Moya Trombones. Francesco D’Urso is a Vincent Bach artist and ambassador for the René Hagmann® systems, dedicated to trombone cylinders and developed by Servette-Music in Geneva.