WILLEM STAM, CELLO (CANADA/NETHERLANDS)
I find it enormously difficult to find the necessary poetry to describe Giorgia Ghizzoni. A truly unbelievable combination of sensitivity, intelligence, enthusiasm, creativity, energy, generosity, and so much more packed into an incredibly professional package that works at lightning speed with brilliant results of the likes I have never encountered anywhere. Giorgia is capable of getting the best out of anyone she works with. With her incredible ability to understand, support and encourage those around her, she creates an environment in which anything is possible and boundaries become possibilities. Years of traveling and collaborating with all manner of musicians, artists, businesspeople and politicians leave me with no doubt that Giorgia is a uniquely gifted young woman. With almost superhuman energy, she spreads positive energy around her wherever she goes and is able to creatively influence everyone and everything around her. I can only hope she travels far and meets many, she has a gift that the world cannot afford to live without.
MIA COJBASIC, ACCORDIONIST (CROATIA)
With Giorgia’s help I discovered that I am a spontaneous person who can become completely self-confident on stage, who knows what she wants from music, art and life. Her training is a life changing experience. It made me understand who I am, how I should behave and even what should I wear to put my personality out.
In my career I will apply all the things that I learned, because I am now closest to my real self and inner me. I got many ideas about how and where my career should head to and the understanding that I have tools to get myself there. Before the program I was different — blocked — and now I am confident, unblocked, motivated to go further and further with this and develop until who knows where: there are no limits. This is the future of musicians and our careers.Giorgia is an amazing person and professionally she is an inspiration to me. All her channels are completely open and she has all the talent, skills and ability to be a leader and a coach. She is able to pull our essence out and to create art from any starting point; she always knows how everything can make sense and she sees the big picture. As a human being I am amazed and impressed how much patience Giorgia has; her creativity and intelligence are unbelievable.
JOHANNES YLIPÄÄ, MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (FINLAND)
During this program, I learned about my own predispositions, found my inner limitations, found happiness and confidence in playing and being on stage with fellow musicians. I also found my role and personality in a group situation — how I approach things, how I react and how I contribute most naturally. All of these things will have a major impact not only on my future career, but also on my personal life! I feel much freer to do, to try and to think of all that’s possibile, no matter how small or grandiose.
This program in general has broadened my self-confidence. Before I was very tense, carrying all the possible worries of the world within me. In the end, I feel satisfaction and I am finally content: I do not feel pressure about things that much anymore, I feel relieved, more open and I’ve gained trust in others and myself. I feel that the future is now possible!
The importance of this kind of program could not be overstated. It creates confidence for artists, appreciation towards diversity, interest in performance and carefully tailored experience for an audience, which should be one of the main reasons for taking part in performing arts! As working with the artists, Giorgia Ghizzoni has an excellent touch of appropriate sensitivity towards our possibly complicated minds, encouraging us and giving truthful insights and suggestions in a friendly way.
ALICIA BURNS, ALTO (U.S.A.)
At the end of the program, I was able to feel more comfortable on stage than I have ever felt in the past, and to overcome terrible stage fright. I was told by audience members afterward that they experienced my performance as ‘honest’, ‘convincing’, ‘moving’, ‘free, like singing in a field of flowers’, all of which point at something I have felt unable to fully convey in performance for the past years.
Before the course, I had difficulties with myself, and with my confidence, which represent years of stage fright. During the course, because I felt safe and completely accepted, I was able to be open about all of my doubts and difficult emotions, through which I transformed my 10 year struggle with severe stage fright, and turn it into something artistic. I gained confidence in myself, and was able to connect to a place of creativity and freedom which has been separated from my singing and performance for the past years. My way of thinking about myself and singing changed, which opened up possibilities for the future. I am excited to see where all of this will lead!
I think all musicians should have the opportunity to be guided through a process like this. I definitely felt that Giorgia truly believed in me. I am always impressed by the way in which she manages to create a working framework in which artists feel safe to be themselves and to share and work together in an honest way.
I feel I have formed meaningful friendships, and potentially working relationships in this course. Thank you!
PAULI KOPU, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT KLOK Creative Agency (FINLAND)
Giorgia is a very energetic and inspiring coach.
She was able to get my presentation skills to a new level even in a short time. I can truly recommend her.
Christa Renwall, Performing artist/Composer/Studio Coach/ Mentor for artists (Finland)
At the time I decided to attend the program, I was working on my solo project and I was stuck as an artist and performer. I had composed more than 15 songs in the last year, but I had no idea of how to perform them in the studio OR live for that matter.
I was searching for the artist in me, and I was really frustrated when I realized that I had lost the contact to the sacred space in me that was true and pure. Everything felt fake and I was losing the joy of creating my own art. My problem was also the relentless and agonizing need for control and over-analyzing that made it even harder to relax and get in touch with my emotions while performing in the studio.
For me the following were the most important realizations during the program that had a huge impact on me:
1. I’m more aware of my feelings now and I’m not as afraid to let them show.
2. I understood that confusion and not knowing will not kill me; on the contrary, they will help me recognize pure impulses and awake my creativity! My impulses became in fact pure and truthful.
Now I also find it easier to let someone else be in control, lead me and push me to limits that I wouldn’t be able to reach if I was the only one in charge. I learned to trust more; trust myself and my fellow musicians.
3. I experimented with my emotional and physical boundaries.
I feel like I have expanded the knowledge of my inner emotional life. I’m more aware of what I feel, why I feel and and also what to let out and what to let in. I realized that I have a right to express myself through movement and I´m sure it will help me to be physically more relaxed on stage.
4. I remembered how to play again and enjoy childlike excitement!
What a wonderful gift I received; to realize that I AM CREATIVE BY SIMPLY EXISTING and that it is as simple as that!
Thank you Giorgia and all my fellow attendants; from the bottom of my heart!!!