Alessia Berra

Born in Gallarate (Va) in 1978, Alessia started her musical studies at the age of ten. One year later, she became fascinated by the saxophone and soon enrolled at the Clara Schumann Accademy in Cassano Magnagno to study with Marco Augusti. From 1996 through 1998, she studied jazz at the CPM in Milan under the direction of saxophonist Tino Tracanna. In 1999, she continued her studies of classical saxophone at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan with Daniele Comoglio. In 2006, she received her degree in saxophone performance.
Alessia has also participated in several master classes with famous international soloists such as Jean Marie Londeix, Eugène Rousseau, Fabrice Moretti, and Henk van Twillert. She has also participated in conferences in Atri (2003) and Riva del Garda (2006) held by Claude Delangle, Stage Internazionali del Sassofono at the Conservatory in Fermo (2002 and 2004), Portogruaro held by Federico Mondelci and Marco Gerboni (2004), and in Riccione with Mario Marzi (2006).
As a teacher, Alessia specializes in music education for children, through which she has attended several training courses including “Io Cresco con La Musica” at the Accademia Musicale Marziali in Seveso (Mi), SIEM courses in Lerici (SP), “Musica in Culla” and “Metodologia del’Orff-Schlwerk” at the Donna Olimpia School in Rome, and the S.I.M.E.O.S. refresher course in Verona.
Alessia also performs with several chamber music ensembles, wind orchestras, jazz big bands, and also regularly with the Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet on baritone saxophone, with which she has been awarded second prize at the Giulio Rospigliosi competition in Lamporecchio. She also works with the Orchestra di Fiati della Svizzera Italiana.
As a saxophone, music, and theory teacher, Alessia works in both private and public schools. As a children’s music teacher, she was awarded first prize at the “Insieme per Suonare, Cantare e Danzare” competition in Omegna.