Through her expressivity and care for details Michela makes her music breathe on the harp. Performing on both baroque triple harp and pedal harp, her repertoire combines renaissance and baroque works with new compositions. She loves to explore spatial and theatrical aspects in her performances and her inspiration often lies in architecture and scenography.

Founder and artistic leader of the contemporary music harp-sextet "Harp Sirens", Michela collaborates regularly with composers and sound designers,  and performs with her harp, percussion and double bass trio. Her latest project explores a new idiomatic voice on the baroque harp that merges historical as well as contemporary soundscapes. Her recent performances include international festivals such as the Dutch Harp Festival, Gaudeamus, November Music, Grachten Festival, Dag in de Branding, Nieuwe Noten Amsterdam, Klangspuren Schwaz, Opera Forward Festival, and the dutch radio NPO4. In 2021 Michela recorded for Festival for Compassion the piece “Thin Air” by Calliope Tsoupaki. Composers who wrote for her ensembles include Karmit Fadal, Eva Beunk, Amarante Nat, Esther Wu, Julian Maple-Oliveira, Martín Mayo and Rob Jones.

Michela received her harp Diploma in 2013 and harp Master in 2015 cum laude at the Conservatory G. Rossini of Pesaro in Italy, and completed in 2018 a Master Specialisation in "new audiences and innovative practices" at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she studied harp with Ernestine Stoop and focused on contemporary music performance practice. She also performs on the Italian three-rows baroque harp and specialised in historically informed performance practice with Christina Pluhar at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

In addition to her music studies, Michela also completed in 2014 a Master in Architecture cum laude at the University of Bologna in Italy, with a dissertation on architectural preservation, and has worked in 2018 and 2019 as assistant designer for the dutch firm Braaksma & Roos Architecten .

Michela is also active as harp teacher and enjoys leading group workshops for primary school children in harp, singing and creative music making, inspired by Kodály’s educational concept.

 

Michela plays on a Cellini baroque harp built by Rainer M. Thurau Studio for Applied Arts, made possible with the kind support of Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument, and plays on a Lyon&Healy style 100 pedal harp.