The Narnia Arts Academy is the brainchild of Cristiana Pegoraro whose goal is to mix music, art, education and tourism, by uniting culture and geography in an innovative interdisciplinary initiative aimed at the dissemination and comprehension of the arts and understanding of the cultural, architectural and historical heritage of the Umbrian region.

Narnia Arts Academy runs a very intense activity in the schools, embracing from the elementary to the high schools.

The various outreach programs take place directly in the schools and include an active student participation at the different projects, aimed to increase their comprehension and appreciation of classical music.

Narnia Arts Academy school projects take place during the winter and spring months, generally from February to May.


In July, in collaboration with the City of Narni, Narnia Arts Academy presents the Narnia Festival, a big celebration of arts, music and culture offering performances by world-renowned artists and the best of educational programs on an international level.


The programs include:

Narnia Arts Academy’s programs are under the patronage of Comune di Terni, Comune di Narni, Comune di Amelia, Provincia di Terni and are partially sponsored by Fondazione CARIT and Regione Umbria.


Cristiana Pegoraro Italy

  • President of Narnia Arts Academy, Artistic Director of Narnia Festival

Cristiana Pegoraro

Acclaimed as one of the most gifted musicians of her generation, Italian-born pianist Cristiana Pegoraro has consistently entertained and enlightened audiences with her inspired performances and original programming. Her skills display great technical and interpretative abilities. She began her career in music as a piano prodigy receiving countless national and international awards, including the 1989 Prague Best of the Year for Classical Music Award “for her great personality, strong musical temperament, mastery of phrasing and expressive artistry.” The New York Times called her “an artist of the highest caliber” following her stunning 1996 debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Ms. Pegoraro has performed in some of the major venues in Europe, United States, South America, Asia and Australia, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Guggenheim Museum (New York); the Sydney Opera House; Festspielhaus (Salzburg); Musikverein (Vienna); Royal College of Music (London); Auditorium Parco della Musica, Casa del Jazz (Rome); Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala, Serate Musicali (Milan); Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon); Theatro Municipal (São Paulo); Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), the Opera House (Manaus), Budapest Spring Festival, Umbria Jazz Winter, Sorrento Jazz Festival, S. Petersburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr (Germany), Shabyt Festival Astana (Kazakhstan), 2005 Aichi World Expo (Japan) and 2008 Saragoza World Expo (Spain), among others.

In December 2006 and November 2007 she toured the Gulf Countries, becoming the first Italian female pianist to perform classical concerts in Bahrain, Yemen and Oman. Presently, Cristiana Pegoraro is also the first Italian female pianist to perform all 32 Sonatas for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Hailed by the critics as “among the best interpreters of Cuban and South American music”, Ms. Pegoraro has premiered to European audiences the works of Latin-American composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Joaquin Nin and Ernesto Lecuona. She also made her own piano transcriptions of some of their greatest works, including the most famous tangos of Astor Piazzolla, and composed a Fantasy on Cuban dances by Ernesto Lecuona.

Her piano artistry can be heard on 27 compact discs released by Decision Products, Dynamic, Nuova Era, Diva, Eden Editori and Da Vinci Classics. Gramophone Magazine heralded her second recording of Ernesto Lecuona’s piano music on Dynamic Records with glowing praise – “Cristiana Pegoraro plays not only with brilliance, but with a most engaging finesse.” Peter Burwasser of Fanfare Magazine has described her as “a multi-faceted artist who eagerly searches for passion and musical inspiration in her life and her performances.”
Her CD “Astor Piazzolla Tangos”, released in 2016, received the Gold Medal at the prestigious Global Music Awards in two categories: Album and Instrumental. Her latest release, “Gioacchino Rossini Overtures – Piano Transcriptions” featuring some of his most popular overtures transcribed for piano by Pegoraro herself, premiered worldwide in November 2017.

She has been a featured artist on radio and television, on WQXR New York (USA), RAI, Mediaset, Radio Vaticana, Discoteca di Stato (Italy), BBC (Scotland), ARD (Germany), RTP (Portugal), Nine Network (Australia) and CBC (Japan). She has been a guest on the Italian TV shows: “Porta a Porta” with Bruno Vespa (RAI 1), “Sottovoce” with Gigi Marzullo (RAI 1), and “Vivere Meglio” with Fabrizio Trecca (Rete 4).

Over the years Cristiana has appeared in front of the highest world dignitaries. In November 2003, she performed for the President of Italy, Mr. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Later that same month, on the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, she appeared in her 8th sold out concert at Lincoln Center in the presence of the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations. In 2006, at the United Nations Headquarters, she performed for Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. In 2008, she was the only European representative at the Spring Festival at the United Nations in New York, and performed in the hall of the General Assembly in front of ambassadors and dignitaries from 192 countries. In 2009, she played in Moscow in the presence of the Italian Minister of Economic Development. In 2010, in Rome, she performed for the President of the Austrian Senate.

In collaboration with Italian Embassies and Cultural Institutes, she is regularly invited by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to represent Italy and promote Italian music in the world.

She supports various international organizations such as UNICEF, Amnesty International, World Food Programme and Emergency in their humanitarian efforts. In 2005 at her 10th sold out concert at Lincoln Center, she received the World Peace Award from the Circolo Culturale Italiano of the United Nations “for her effort in advancing peace in the world”. In 2007, in Naples, Italy, along with other important artists including Maestro Claudio Abbado, she received the Sebetia Ter President of Italy Award “for her activity as a performer and composer”. That same year, at her concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, she was honored with the title of Ambassador of the Right to Music, a program under the tutelage of the Commission of Culture of Rome and the Commission for Youth Policies whose goal is to promote musical culture in all its aspects. In 2010, she was anointed as 2010 ILICA Woman of the Year by the Italian Language Intercultural Alliance in New York. In 2011, she was honored with the Rotary Umbria Prize “for her professionalism, social commitment and her constant promotion of Umbria throughout the world”. She also received the Messenger of the Territory Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Terni, and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award “for dedicated humanitarian services” from the Lions Clubs International Foundation. In 2013, she received from the hands of the Mayor of Rome the prestigious Premio Simpatia, awarded to performing artists, authors, ambassadors and sports figures who exemplify a commitment to Italy, and conceived in recognition “of individuals who enrich and exalt the essential values of life through their work”. Past recipients include directors Federico Fellini and Franco Zeffirelli, actress Sophia Loren and Mother Theresa. In 2016, Ms. Pegoraro received an inaugural “Premio Umbria in Rosa” award given to women “operating in the fields of knowledge and who are models for exemplary professional skills and positivity” by her home Italian region of Umbria, and the “Donne ad alta quota” Award with the suport of Regione Umbria and Fondazione Marisa Bellisario, dedicated to “women-testimonial that with their commitment promote the image of Umbria and Italy”.

Most recently, Cristiana has taken up the challenge of composition, releasing five highly acclaimed albums “A Musical Journey”, “Ithaka”, “La mia Umbria”, “Volo di note” and “Piano di volo”. Her compositions have been used for films and documentaries. She composed the soundtrack to the video “For Whom The Sirens Toll” produced by the United Nations Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and presented at the United Nations on September 11th, 2004, in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack. She also composed the soundtrack of the short movie “La casa dell’orologio” by Italian director Gianni Torres. She is the author of a book of poems called “Ithaka” and a series of children’s books based on Italian operas.

Cristiana regularly presents master classes at The Juilliard School in New York and across the U.S., Canada, Europe, The Middle East, Asia and Australia.

She is a testimonial of Umbria’s tourism campaign throughout the world. Since 2011, she is the Artistic Director of Narnia Arts Academy ( and Narnia Festival ( The Academy and Festival received the President of Italy gold medal.

Ms. Pegoraro graduated with highest honors from the Conservatory of Terni, Italy, at the age of sixteen. She continued her studies with Jörg Demus in Vienna and Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She later studied with Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

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Lorenzo Porzio Italy

  • Music Director and Coordinator Junior Masterclass

Lorenzo Porzio

At the age of seven he began studying the piano and at eleven he began studying the organ under the organist and composer Lorenzo Ronci. He concluded his studies at Santa Cecilia with Maestro Federico del Sorto. Since 1996 he has been the principal organist at the Basilica del Sacro Cuore Immacolato di Maria ai Parioli (Rome).

From 1997 – 2011 he continued to perfect his piano studies under Biagio Andriulli, Andrea Sammartino, Giovanni Scaramuzza and Gino Nappo at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He has performed as soloist and has accompanied polyphonic choirs in some of the most prestigious cathedrals and venues in Italy. He has worked with many important singers from the Santa Cecilia Academy and Teatro dell’Opera, the Coro Accademico Romano and the Coro Polifonico S. Martino, among others. In 2003 he held concerts in the Vatican (Sala Raffaello), in the Chiesa del Governatorato and in the Vatican Gardens for the re-opening of the Casina di Pio IV.

He studied composition with Marco Persichetti, graduating with the highest grades from the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Francesco Telli.

He began his career as Orchestra Conductor studying with Francesco Carotenuto and Marco Boemi, and participating in Piero Bellugi’s Masterclasses. Since 2004 he has written and performed music on the piano and organ for shows, documentaries and short TV movies on RAI 1, RAI 3, RAI International, Sky Sport, Roma Uno, and others. In November 2005, Radio Uno Rai broadcasted his “Rapsodia Orientale (Pensando a Pechino)” composed and played by him. In May 2006 he debuted as composer at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome (Sala Petrassi) during an event hosted by Pippo Baudo “Com’è Straordinaria la Vita”, and held a chamber music concert in the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano for the 400th anniversary of the opening of the Vatican Museums. During the Christmas festivities in 2006, he played the organ during the Mass in St. Peter’s Cathedral. In September 2009 and in December 2011, he was again organist at St. Peter’s for the celebration of Masses by Cardinal Comastri.

From 2009 to 2010 he was First Assistant Conductor of the elite orchestra of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2010 he debuted as Conductor of the Orchestra Tiberina, conducting the orchestra again in 2011 for a concert at the Cathedral of the Santissimi Apostoli (Rome). Since 2010 he has been collaborating with the Accademia Santa Cecilia as pianist and conductor. Since 2011 he has been Principal Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra “L’Armonica Temperanza”, with which he tours on a regular basis. With “L’Armonica Temperanza” he was invited to perform in the most prestigious halls and churches of Rome (Sala della Protomoteca del Campidoglio, Sala del Coro della Cappella Sistina, Biblioteca del Senato, Biblioteca Nazionale, Basilica di Santa Francesca Romana, San Quirico e Giulitta ai Fori Imperiali, San Bartolomeo all’Isola Tiberina, S.Lucia al Gonfalone, Chiesa degli Spagnoli ai Banchi Vecchi, San Clemente, Sant’Eugenio alle Belle Arti, San Paolo entro le mura). In 2012 he founded the Orchestra and Choir of Convitto Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome.

In 2013, within the Narnia Festival, he conducts at the prestigious Orvieto Cathedral and San Domenico Auditorium in Narni, Italy. Both concerts were recorded by RAI 1 and presented by famous actress Barbara De Rossi.

In January 2014 he debuts with Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma at the Auditorium Seraphicum in Rome and Teatro Magnani in Fidenza (Parma) with two sold out concerts.

On the basis of his merits, the President of the Republic of Italy, C.A.Ciampi, awarded him the title of “Cavaliere della Repubblica”.

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Andrea DelGiudice United States

  • Director International Vocal Arts Program

Andrea DelGiudice

“A voice of astonishing power and beauty.” Newcastle Journal, England.

Andrea DelGiudice, has enjoyed a full career in Europe and the United States as a leading international soprano. Venues include the Scottish National Opera, Munich State Opera, Liege Opera, Opera Bonn, Edmonton Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, DiCapo Opera Theater and Arizona Opera. Her verismo roles include the Puccini and Verdi heroines alongside renowned artists such as Placido Domingo, Johan Botha, Sherill Milnes, Alexei Steblianko, and Nicola Martinucci.
Andrea has been featured as a concert soloist at Boston’s Jordan Hall with some of Boston’s foremost instrumental soloists, Brockton Symphony Orchestra and WGBH’s “Morning Classics” in Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs and original works including Shema by composer Simon Sargon.

Andrea’s diverse talents led to numerous international recording contracts in over 200 major films and animated features in Rome, Italy with Walt Disney/ Buena Vista, RAI television and Sundance Films.

Ms. DelGiudice currently serves as Resident Artist Artistic Development Director at Dicapo Opera Theater in New York City; Artistic Advisor and Voice Faculty at the Narnia Arts Academy in Narni, Italy, and Voice Faculty at the Neighborhood Playhouse of the Theater in New York City.

Private Studios are located in New York City and Boston.

Andrea was Artistic Advisor and Voice Faculty at the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy from 2009 – 2013.

As Founder and Artistic Director, of Operatunity Outreach in Boston, Andrea developed a community conservatory Opera training program for musically merited children in need. Operatunity served nearly 20 different cities producing operas in after-school programming integrating children and professional opera singers.

Ms. DelGiudice is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and an accomplished pianist. She is fluent in Italian. College Faculty and Resident Artist appointments include Dean College, Salem State College, Stonehill College and Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts.

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Patrick Jovell Sweden

  • Coordinator for Scandinavia

Patrick Jovell

Swedish pianist Patrick Jovell was born in Helsingborg in 1960. Trained by Professor Dagny Norling in Gothenburg, he made his debut at the age of 17 with Mozart’s C major concerto KV 467. He later continued his studies and took his Master’s degree at Malmö Academy of Music under Professor Hans Pålsson. With scholarships from the University of Lund, the Crafoord Foundation, the Ax:son Johnson Foundation and others, Jovell continued his post-graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and privately with American pianist Garrick Ohlsson in San Francisco and New York.

Jovell’s interest in the piano music of A. N. Scriabin led to degrees in musicology and performance, including doctoral studies at the University of Gothenburg and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – IRCAM in Paris with support from the French government, the Wallenberg Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. This not only resulted in CDs and video recordings but also offered access to rare autograph materials generously provided by the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and the Glinka Museum in Moscow. Patrick Jovell’s lectures, seminars and Master classes are enjoyed internationally.

Jovell has been heard in recitals, chamber music and with orchestras in more than 15 countries throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. Jovell’s piano videos and short films have been distributed to more than ten countries and have been heard at film festivals and music exhibitions worldwide such as MIDEM, POPKOMM and MUSICORA. During 2002-2003 Jovell was the top downloaded classical pianist in Japan (LISTEN-Japan). The 2004 short film “Russian Preludes” by Nguyen Fasck Brown was followed by another 30-minute production, “Scarlatti Sonatas”, shot on location in Italy, Spain and France during 2005.

Jovell has had the great pleasure of co-operating with outstanding Swedish musicians such as Christian Davidsson, Per Enoksson, Jan Hammar, Håkan Hardenberger, Bengt Ola Morgny, Progetto Avanti and Mats Rondin. Jovell’s collaboration with composers has resulted in piano works by Carl Faia, Henry Gammelgård, Kent Olofsson, a piano concerto by Aloisia Lasko and most recently the work “Triathlon” by Michel Mare.

He has functioned as lector and teacher at the conservatories of Gothenburg, Sweden and Tilburg, the Netherlands. His students are prize winners in national and international piano competitions.

Mr. Jovell is a former board member of the Swedish Piano Teachers Association (EPTA-Sweden).

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Lana Ivanov United States

  • Educational and Artistic Administrator for the United States

Lana Ivanov

Lana Ivanov has distinguished herself as a performer, and a remarkably insightful, technical and artistic pedagogue. The inaugural first prize winner of the Summit Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and numerous other awards, Ms. Ivanov received her Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Piano Professor, Zenon Fishbein in 1988. Maintaining her philosophy to learn without limitation, in 1991 and 1992 Ms. Ivanov has attended the International Bartók Festival in Hungary studying under the renowned pianist Zoltán Kocsis.

In 1994, Ms. Ivanov became the Artistic Director and a faculty member of the Shandelee Music Festival (, and since 1996, she has been the Executive Director of the Young Pianist Competition for New Jersey ( In the summer of 2000, Ms. Ivanov was invited to join the piano faculty of Festival “Musica in Laguna” ( Chioggia (Italy) and in 2012, she joined Narnia Arts Academy ( Narni (Italy) as the Educational and Artistic Administrator. In 2016 Ms. Ivanov became the Artistic Director of the PLAY the Classics Series held at the prestigious Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts (

Ms. Ivanov frequently gives master classes for the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey and at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (New Jersey). She was invited by the Kazakh National Academy (Astana, Kazakhstan) to give a series of lectures and master classes in December of 2004, April/May 2005 and again in February 2006.

Ms. Ivanov also adjudicated International Competitions in Italy, such as the Festival “Musica in Laguna” International Concerto & Solo Competitions – Junior & Senior Divisions (2003 – 2013 Chioggia, VE), the Lorenzo Perosi International Competition (2007 Tortona), and the Saint Giorgio Music Association’s Cervo Younger Musicians Festival (2009 Cervo). Ms. Ivanov was invited by the Kazakh National Academy to adjudicate the 2006 & 2008 Astana-Merey International Piano Competition (Astana) and by the Kazakh National University of Arts to adjudicate the 20th International Competition for the Youth “Shabyt” (Astana).

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Kathi Kleiner United States

  • Educational Coordinator for the United States

Kathi Kleiner

Founder and President of Showbiz Visas, Kathi Kleiner, based on her foundation of in-depth knowledge and experience, has been providing high quality specialized immigration services to members of the entertainment industry for over 25 years. She was the Immigration Director of one of the world’s largest full service talent agencies, International Creative Management, Inc. and its subsidiary, ICM Artists, Ltd. In 2001, she formed her own company and continues to serve the entertainment industry today.


Ms. Kleiner’s clients range from small entertainment management and production companies to some of the most esteemed concert halls, foundations, festivals and music organizations in the United States, Europe and the Far East including Opus 3 Artists (an independent artist management firm and international leader in the field of artist management), Carnegie Hall Corporation, Works & Process, Inc, The Silk Road Project, The Princeton Entertainment Organization, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Moog Music, Moon and Stars Project, Russian Arts Foundation, and the Nippon Music Foundation.


The artists that toured the United States through Showbiz Visas are comprised of prestigious and world renowned individual artists and groups including Maestro Daniel Barenboim, Maestro Yuri Temirkanov, Ian Bostridge, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, The Chieftains, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Doc Severinsen & El Ritmo de la Vida, the Russian National Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Vienna Boys Choir, Les Arts Florissants, Bolshoi Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Moiseyev Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Hamburg Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba and the National Theatre of Greece.


In addition, Ms. Kleiner provides services as a writer and editor in the performing arts field. There is nothing that she enjoys more than being able to present her clients as unique professionals, stressing their artistic and creative skills and abilities, so that their publicity materials, bios and press releases will assist them in achieving their career goals.






Daniela Perotti Italy

  • Production Manager, Coordinator "Classica Young" Concert Series

Daniela Perotti


Paolo Sebastiani Italy

  • Accountant

Paolo Sebastiani

Dottore Commercialista e Revisore Legale

Laureato in Economia e Commercio presso l’Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma ed iscritto all’Ordine dei Dottori Commercialisti ed Esperti Contabili di Terni dal giugno 1993.
È Revisore Legale e Revisore degli Enti Locali e degli Enti Cooperativi.
Ha ricoperto e ricopre incarichi di amministratore e sindaco in società pubbliche e private, anche di rilevanza nazionale ed internazionale.
Esperto in procedure concorsuali ha rivestito incarichi di curatore, commissario giudiziale, custode e consulente tecnico d’ufficio.
Fornisce consulenza in materia societaria, operazioni straordinarie e riorganizzazioni aziendali nonché nel contenzioso tributario.

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Avi News

  • Press Office

Avi News

AVInews è un’agenzia giornalistica di video informazione. Nata nel 2000 ha da sempre fatto propria l’idea della multimedialità, utilizzando diversi canali per diffondere contenuti di carattere giornalistico.

AVInews offre a professionisti, società, enti pubblici e privati diversi servizi: ufficio stampa, service video, produzione e post produzione video e attività di social media marketing. Si propone quindi come fornitore di contenuti ed è in grado di offrire consulenza per sviluppare piani di comunicazione mirati. L’agenzia per questo si avvale di specifiche professionalità che curano e sviluppano, in modo complementare, i diversi aspetti della comunicazione.

Pur lavorando con successo anche a livello nazionale, l’agenzia ha le sue radici e i suoi punti di forza in Umbria. Anni di attività nel campo della comunicazione hanno permesso ad AVInews di conoscere profondamente il territorio regionale in cui opera e il suo tessuto sociale, politico ed economico e di intessere numerose relazioni e partnership. Rapporti che sono, e possono ancora, sfociare in nuove sinergie e collaborazioni.

L’agenzia è inoltre presente da anni, in maniera quotidiana, nelle principali televisioni locali attraverso le trasmissioni che realizza e produce. Attraverso queste riesce a dare in maniera continuativa visibilità a eventi, fatti e realtà di cui si occupa.

Il team di AVInews è composto da giornalisti professionisti e pubblicisti, tecnici e operatori video con decennale esperienza nel settore.

“Siamo convinti che, in un mercato sempre più competitivo e dinamico, sia essenziale, al fine di accrescere il proprio business, saper comunicare al meglio e farsi conoscere al più vasto pubblico possibile”.

Francesco Mancini, editore di AVInews


Mariolina Malafoglia Italy

  • Secretary

Mariolina Malafoglia

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Paolo Ledda Italy

  • Web Development and Design

Paolo Ledda

Lavora dal ’95 con la computer grafica partendo dai sistemi Venice e Unix con macchine Silicon Graphics, fino a utilizzare software su Linux, Mac e Windows.

Ha collaborato inizialmente con la ColourArt come designer 2d, la Sigma Consulting System in qualità di designer e animatore e per la messa in onda di videografica spesso prodotta internamente per Rai e Mediaset. Infine per la Fact Based Communications, società di Alan Friedman si occupa della realizzazione di format grafici per programmi televisivi e di sigle tra cui l’Alan Friedman Show in onda su Sky per diversi anni.

Negli anni ha sempre cercato un prodotto raffinato producendo grafica per Stampa e Video, adeguando il design allo stile più moderno e internazionale possibile e consigliando la maniera più consona per riportare il giusto messaggio richiesto dal cliente.

Approfondendo sempre più lo studio sulla programmazione web con html, php e jquery per lo sviluppo di temi e plugins per WordPress, ma sempre con lo sguardo rivolto al design, attualmente si occupa di sviluppo e design di siti web vantando diverse collaborazioni con varie agenzie tra cui DNS per la creazione della prima versione del sito dedicato alle web series in italia: il RomaWebFest.

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