Maria Grazia Bellocchio graduated with highest honors from the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan where she studied under Antonio Beltrami and Chiaralberta...
By Marta Ceron
Martina Rudic was born in Zagabria, Croatia, and began studying cello at the Music School of Belgrade. After moving to Italy, she continued her studies under Christian Bellisario, and in June 2001 earned her diploma with highest honors from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Como. She continued her studies at the Stauffer Academy of Cremona, and at the Saint Cecilia Academy of Rome, where she specialized in chamber music under Rocco Filippini. In 2006 she earned her master’s in baroque cello performance from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan.
She’s participated in master classes with M. Kliegel, A. Kniazev, E. Schoenfield, E. Dindo, K. Georgian, A. Liebermann, and C. Richter. Rudic won first place at the Stresa International Competition for soloists in 1995, and again for chamber musicians in 1995 and 1996. She’s participated in numerous concerts and won competitions in the former Yugoslavia.
In 2005 she was one of the finalists in the Fiorindo International Chamber Music Competition in Turin. Rudic has performed with the Verdi Symphonic Orchestra in Milan, the Stabile Orchestra of Como, the UECO Orchestra of Milan, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Conservatory of Milan, for which she served as principal cellist in 2003 and 2004. In 2004 she joined the Mahler Youth Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Claudio Abbado. She collaborated numerous times with the Italian Lyric and Concert Association on their “Opera Tomorrow” project.
In 2003 and 2004 she was part of the Karmelos String Orchestra European Tour. In 2006 she began working with the Divertimento Ensemble, playing in numerous concerts in Italy and elsewhere, and participating in music festivals.