Francesca Apeddu, flutist, and Maria Luciani, guitarist, are a chamber music duo from Italy. They made their debut as Cordas et Bentu Duo in 2013, choosing a Sardinian name, “strings and wind” as an homage to their native land. Since then, they played in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Croatia.
They both got their Diploma with the highest marks at Conservatorio di Musica di Sassari, with Carmelita Scano and Roberto Masala.
After that, Francesca has studied with Andrea Oliva and Michele Marasco, earning a Master’s degree in Modena, Italy. She also studied at Accademia Pianistica di Imola with Maurizio Valentini. Maria got her Master of Arts in Music Performance at Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, with Lorenzo Micheli. She also dedicated herself to studying in depth the subject of education, graduating in Psychology at Università di Cagliari, and earning a Master in Music Pedagogy in Switzerland.
As a Duo, they received Diploma of merit reserved to the best students from Oscar Ghiglia, in the chamber music class of Accademia Chigiana di Siena. They have recently got a Master in Chamber Music at Conservatorio di Parma, where they studied with Trio di Parma (Enrico Bronzi, Ivan Rabaglia and Alberto Miodini), together with Pierpaolo Maurizzi and Danusha Waskiewicz. Cordas et Bentu Duo own their musical growth to lots of Maestro they have met during their formation: Michele Nurchis (their first chamber music teacher), Giampaolo Bandini, Massimo Felici, Frédéric Zigante, Arturo Tallini, Lucia Pizzutel.
They have won several international competition, such as the 1st Prize at the International Bale-Valle Competition (Croazia) in 2017 the 2nd Prize at Concorso Internazionale Paganini of Parma in 2019 and others.
Cordas et Bentu’s Duo principal aim is to explore the original repertoire for flute and guitar, with particular attention on contemporary music, of which they are both passionate about. However, their interests are varied, and have dedicated theirself to different musical genres.