Alessia Balia

Born in Torino in 1978, Alessia started her saxophone studies at the age of twelve with Luciano Alunno at the Giuseppe Verdi Music School in Prato. She continued her studies at the Conservatory of Music in Bologna and later obtained her degree at the Conservatory of Music in Milan, under the direction of Daniele Comoglio.
Alessia has participated in several national and international Master classes with famous soloists such as Jean Marie Londeix, Eugène Rousseau, Claude Delangle, and Federico Mondelci. She has also participated in a jazz master class for wind instruments held by trumpet player Marco Tamburini as well as a concert with pianist Stefano Bollani and saxophonist Eugenio Colombo. During her studies, she received various awards at music competitions including second prize at the “Concorso Primavera per Giovani Musicisti Città’ di Castello” (1991) and fourth prize at the prestigious Concorso Internatzionale “Rovere d’Oro” (1997).
With her saxophone quartet at the conservatory in Milan, Alessia expanded her cinematographic repertoire. There, she was also involved in a special musical review, “I Concerti del Chiostro”.
From 1998 to 2000, Alessia contributed to to the performance of two unpublished pieces by composer, Salvatore Sciarrino. Since 2006, she has regularly performed with the Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet on soprano saxophone. With the group, she was awarded second prize at the Giulio Rospigliosi competition in Lamporecchio. In 2008, she earned an additional degree at the University of Florence in “Planning and Management of Art Events and Show Business”.