a husband and wife team
Jazz and Classical Pianist, Sommelier, Sensorial Expert
Born in Termoli on the Adriatic coast of Italy, Antonio began studying piano when he was 6 years old. He went on to earn his first diploma at the Conservatory "Santa Cecilia" in Rome, proceeding all the way to the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2000.
He became a certified sommelier AIS in 2006 passing the exam after attending courses for three years in Siena, Italy. Antonio has over 10 years of experience in education abroad, has organized several music festivals in Italy, and is the current Artistic Director of Florentia Consort - an international program for young chamber musicians.
Materials Scientist, Writer, Lighting Designer, Wine Enthusiast
Samantha is originally from Hopewell, New Jersey, and has played recreational and competitive sports since she was 6 years old. Spending summers working at the local Children's Theatre instilled in her a passion for technical theatre, especially lighting and scenic design. She continued to pursue these two at Cornell University's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, while working on her Bachelors degree in Materials Science and Engineering.
Samantha proceeded to earn her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego while researching scientific methodologies applied to the diagnostic analysis of cultural heritage artifacts. She came to Florence in 2011 and has remained in Italy ever since. Samantha is passionate about interdisciplinary collaborations and community engagement in culture through museums and cultural events.