Christopher Axworthy Dip.RAM ,ARAM

CHRISTOPHER AXWORTHY Dip.RAM,ARAM
Christopher Axworthy was born in London,but since 1980 has built and run the Ghione Theatre in the centre of Rome together with his wife the distinguished actress Ileana Ghione .

It was Stockhausen’s favourite theatre.He loved to direct the lighting
It has become one of the most important theatres in the city having created its own theatre company principally for young actors.
At the same time Euromusica of International standing was created with over 40 concerts each season.Not only famous musicians strangely neglected by Rome but also for young talented musicians seeking an important platform.
For this activity his wife was awarded one of the highest honours from the President of Italy –Grande Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana and he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in London.

Letter from the President on hearing of Ileana’s death
Some of the artists who played and often gave masterclasses for young musicians too include:
Vlado Perlemuter,Guido Agosti,Shura Cherkassky,Annie Fischer,Dame Moura Lympany,Fou Ts’ong,Peter Frankl,Rosalyn Tureck,Gyorgy Sandor,Alicia De Larrocha,Peter Katin,Ruggiero Ricci,Idil Biret,Dominique Merlet,Bruno Canino,Pina Carmirelli,Jeno Jando,Vadim Repin,Mikhail Pletnev,Tatiana Nikolaeva,Andor Foldes,Paul Tortelier,Janina Fialkowska,Angela Hewitt,Ivo Pogorelich,Friedrich Gulda,Jerome Rose,Dmitri Alexeev,Oxana Yablonskaya ,Boris Berman,Gervase De Peyer,Bary Tuckwell,Paul Badura-Skoda,Franco Mannino,Fausto Zadra,Martha Noguera,Aquiles Delle Vigne,Lya De Barberiis,Alberto Portugheis,Alexander Romanovsky,Bruno Canino,Karlheinz Stockhausen,Luciano Berio,Marilyn Horne,Lucia Valentini Terrani,Carlo Bergonzi,Jose Cura,Mariella Devia,Margaret Price,Dame Gweneth Jones,Olga Borodina,Dmitri Hvorosovsky,Nicolai Gedda,Giuseppe di Stefano,Goffredo Petrassi,Eliot Carter, Dame Eva Turner,Roberto Prosedda,Jayson Gillham,Alexander Ullman,Vitaly Pisarenko,Pablo Rossi,Leslie Howard,Carlo Grante etc.

                             one of the many Master Concert Series
Christopher Axworthy has also been invited on the jury of many International Competitions in Italy including Enna,Monza and Sulmona.
He was for many years also and examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Christopher Axworthy studied in London from an early age with Sidney Harrison and continued his studies with him for three years at the Royal Academy of Music.
He also studied for a further two years with Gordon Green and Frederick Jackson receiving chamber music guidance together with Graham Johnson from John Streets.
He won all the major prizes which included:Liszt Open Scholarship,The Tobias Matthay Fellowship,RAM Student Fellowship and the Recital Diploma where he was awarded the MacFarren Gold Medal,the highest award of the RAM.

Agosti op 110 and 111. Op 110 was issued as a CD op 111 was lost and only a video remains
Leaving the Academy to study with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris and Guido Agosti in Rome and Siena on scholarships from the Italian Government,Leverhulme Trust (via Youth and Music),Countess of Munster Trust.
He also received guidance from Andre Tchaikowsky,Geza Anda,Ilona Kabos,Nadia Boulanger and Stephen Bishop Kovacevich.
He has played extensively throughout Italy and amongst many performances he gave the first performance in Italy, directing from the keyboard ,of Trouble in Tahiti by Bernstein.
He also gave a series of recitals of Benjamin Britten to mark his 60th birthday sponsored by the British Council and played at the British Embassy on the occasion of the visit to Rome of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Rosalyn Tureck with “her” Goldberg after an absence from the platform for 20 years
He was a trustee of the Tureck Bach Institute in Oxford and is actually a trustee and co- artistic director of the Keyboard Charitable Trust.
His main activity has been running a major concert hall in Rome and for the past 40 years helping young musicians to find a platform.
He dedicates himself still to helping young musicians mainly via the Keyboard Charitable Trust based in London

Newspaper article that was published on the news of Ileana’s sudden death on stage

After Agosti and Perlemuter the only possible one was Annie Fischer

I took this foto of Paola Borboni ,famous actress ,the first to de robe for serious theatrical purpose for Pirandello.She loved the foto and asked me to have 100 copies made to give to her many admirers

Just some of the critics over the years .

A production that Ileana was proud of.We took it to Argentina too and it sold out in Milan and Rome

ArrigoTassinari first flute of Toscanini and next door neighbour to  the theatre
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Canan Maxton A remarkable man, an inspirational visionary! I stand in awe of you, Chris!

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Denise Betts Lovely photo xx

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Christopher Axworthy It is for my passport
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Christopher Axworthy Lasts ten years so will not have the bother again

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Canan Maxton It is a seriously good photo. Lucky passport!

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Christopher Axworthy It was taken in my house in Italy with an I phone.Elisabeta took two or three following the on line instructions.Some could not be used because my white hair blended in with the neutral background and it was not clear how big my head is…….no comments please

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Canan Maxton Hahaha about the size of your head! It must have been the background that blended into your head and not the other way around!

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Eleanor Wong Lovely to know you, and very impressed for what you have done and the things you are doing now.I only knew the Chris 50 years ago!

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Clare Pakenham I am left speechless with awe! Wow! Amazing! I wish I’d heard you play. Great photo of you, too. And lovely tributes re your wife who must have been a very exceptional person. I so hope one day I’ll bet able to visit her & your theatre with you.
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Heather Turnham I am in awe of all that you have achieved. I have enjoyed reading this very much. You are an inspiration.
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Oxana Yablonskaya The best to You

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Christopher Axworthy I feel a bit like Friedrich Gulda who faked his death so he could read what people thought of him in his obituaries………when he actually died no one took much notice.His last concert was in our theatre.He wore a wig and declared he was Mozart!….and also got through a bottle or so of gin.
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Christopher Axworthy Long way to go yet ….no more birthdays but plenty of name days to celebrate ….so speak up freely there is plenty of time to get my own back……..

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