The Duo Dubois was born in 2011 from the shared passion of two instrumentalists for contemporary music, Alberto Cavallaro (Saxophone) and Federico Tramontana (Percussion). Both from 1995, they attend Chamber Music courses at the Conservatory of Vibo Valentia where they have the opportunity to perform live for the first time and win the first competitions. The limited repertoire led the two musicians to reflect on the different perspectives that this kind of formation could take in the future and so, in 2018, thanks to the support of CIDIM, the Duo had the opportunity to collaborate for the first time with different composers with the goal of development of the repertoire. This project ended with Sùsu, the Duo’s first recording product dedicated to living Italian composers.
To this date, the Duo has performed about 14 new compositions written by composers such as: Maurizio Azzan, Maria Teresa Treccozzi, Maura Capuzzo, Andrea Nicoli etc.. For the next two-year period 20/22, the Duo has scheduled 12 new compositions and a monographic project on music written for saxophone and percussion by Stefano Gervasoni.
In the academic field, the Duo has been admitted to the Advanced Master in Contemporary Music at the KASK Conservatorium Gent, under the guidance of Tom Pawels and Tom De Cock, thanks to a research project that sees the use of easily transportable instrumentation as a topic for the next scheduled compositions.
The Duo is an active promoter of music written in the last decade.
Classically trained saxophonist, he began his studies in 2011 with Roberto Armocida, he graduated in 2016 from the Conservatory of Vibo Valentia in the class of Francesco Marini, with honors. The same year he was admitted to the CRR of Cergy-Pontoise in the class of Jean Yves-Fourmeau, where he obtained unanimously, in 2018, the DEM in saxophone and chamber music. He finished his studies at the Conservatory of Milan in the class of Mario Marzi with honors. He specialized over the years with important international teachers such as Jean Yves Fourmeau, Claude Delangle, Alexandre Doisy, Christian Wirth, Daniel Gauthier, Jean Denis Michat and Otis Murphy. Winner of numerous awards both as soloist, national and international, and in chamber ensembles, he is part of the Duo Dubois, with which he is dedicated to the development of the repertoire for saxophone and percussion, collaborating with composers such as: Maurizio Azzan, Stefano Gervasoni, Juan Manuel Lopez Lopez, Maria Teresa Treccozzi and many others. He has collaborated with various orchestras such as: the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi, the Orchestra Civica di Milano and various ensembles such as: the Syntax Ensemble and the Saxophone Ensemble “Saxovoce” in Paris. He was conducted in his orchestra experiences by Jakub Rhusa and Riccardo Muti. He collaborated with the Teatro Franco Parenti under the direction of Andree Ruth Shammah and with the Italian artist Giovanni Oberti for his works.
Performer and percussionist, he graduated with full marks, praise and honorable mention at the Conservatory “F. Torrefranca” in Vibo Valentia with Vittorino Naso, then brilliantly completing his studies “mit Auszeichnung” (with distinction) at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern under the guidance of Brian Archinal, Jochen Schorer and Christian Hartmann. Federico performs as a soloist and in various ensembles, performing several premieres and collaborating with numerous composers such as, among others, Simon Steen- Andersen, Alisir Sijaric, Josè Manuel Lopez Lopez, Thomas Demenga, Maurizio Azzan, Alessandro Milia, Maura Capuzzo, AndreaNicoli, Maria Teresa Treccozzi and many others. He has won scholarships from the following foundations: Lyra Stiftung (CH), Hirschmann Foundation (CH), Geert und Lore Blanken – Schlemper – Stiftung (CH). He held a seminar at the Adria Conservatory on Pierluigi Billone’s percussion music. He has performed in festivals and exhibitions of contemporary music such as Concert in Progr – Bern (CH), HKB GEHT AND LAND (CH), Burgdorf Kunstmuseum Bern (CH), Festival Rumore Bianco (IT), Milano Musica (IT), Soneumus Festival Sarajevo (BA), Festival Wege der Wahrnehmung (CH), Cluster Music Festival (IT), MACRO – Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma, Sala Verdi of the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan (IT), Forum Kammer Musik (CH) and many others.