Even though the chamber ensemble “I Bricconcello” has been recently formed, they have already achieved international reputation. The ensemble was created by tenor Leonardo De Lisi and cellist Pierluigi Ruggiero with an ambitious goal: studying and performing the European chamber music repertoire not only for voice and piano but for many different ensemble types: therefore, when they started their stimulating research in order to discover less known repertoires and composers or when their programs with the major masterpieces of the concert repertoire needed so, the ensemble has formed different types of combinations, including other voices (soprano, mezzo, baritone, bass) or other instruments (piano, guitar, clarinet, violin, and so on).
Their name (bricconcello = naughty, witty boy) stems from a word joke in which the English word “cello” is sounded inside this old fashioned Italian word that brings up the memories of poetry and music (this word can be find, for example, in Da Ponte-Mozart’s libretto of “Le Nozze di Figaro”): thus, the ensemble is willing to render a less serious yet more amusing side of “classical music”: in fact, the ensemble has performed programs with some of the major composers (Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti, Martucci, Piatti, Fauré, Saint-Saens, Tosti, Denza, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Respighi, Debussy, Bartok, Dvorak, Barber, Bernstein among others), but also some refined “contaminations” with popular or folk music. The most successful project in this new style was indeed “Paesaggi musicali italiani” (Italian music landscapes) by Giuliano Di Giuseppe: the young Italian composer was commissioned by I Bricconcello to create a group of “suites” for tenor voice, cello, clarinet and guitar in a classic chamber music style but with a deep inspiration from the most beautiful themes and tunes of the Italian popular tradition (in particular Venetian and Neapolitan heritage, such as “La biondina in gondoleta” or “O’ sole mio”) and also from some of the classic Italian songs form the movies of the Thirties.
They constantly play some of the most important venues and festivals worldwide during european, south american and asian tours.
In 2010 Bricconcello recorded an accomplished CD with songs by Italian cello virtuoso Alfredo Piatti (1822-1901), edited by Hungaroton (Budapest)
Recently they have been invited to the prestigious Budapest Spring Festival 2014.