“I came across the Légère reeds one year ago. In November and December 2015 I had to play several important recitals with my Duo, the Duo Granato. The concerts were spread over different areas, with a really different climate. I was worrying to find good reeds for the concerts, and was worried on how they would adapt to snow, or maybe sun, to cold and hot. Just one month before I had the opportunity to try the Légère Signature reed. I immediately felt comfortable, it gave my sound the depth I expected, the response I wanted and most of all it was constant. I decided to play my recitals with this reeds straight away and it really made a difference: no worries, no reed selection, adapting to every acoustic. The repertoire on programm demanded extreme flexibility in dynamics, subtones, altissimo notes, but everything just worked properly and with less effort and worries.
I'm now playing this reeds constantly and they gave me only satisfactions in concerts and competition. When I play a Légère Signature I can express myself completely, no matter what - I would never change back.” – Cristian Battaglioli
Born in 1990, Cristian Battaglioli has graduated cum laude and special mention from the “F.A. Bonporti” Conservatory of Trento (Italy) and cum laude from the “Piccinni” Conservatory of Bari under the guidance of Dr. Marco Albonetti.
He had the possibility to attend masterclasses with: Branford Marsalis, Arno Bornkamp, Pekka Savijoki, Carrie Koffman, John Sampen, Russell Peterson, Lutz Koppetsch and more.
Cristian is the winner of several competitions such as “Premio Città di Padova” (Padova, Italy), “Giulio Rospigliosi” (Lamporecchio, Italy), “Città di Piove di Sacco” (Piove di Sacco, Italy), “Città di Barletta” (Barletta, Italy), “P. Argento” (Gioia del Colle, Italy), “Prima la musica” (Hall in Tirol, Austria) and was awarded the special price “Claudio Ceschini” for his “pure and rare sound”.
Pricewinner at the “Premio Claudio Abbado” 2015, five times he was given a scholarship at the “International Saxophone Festival SaxArts” of Faenza.
He has performed with orchestras such as the “Petruzzelli Orchestra” of Bari, “I Pomeriggi Musicali” of Milan and the “Haydn Orchester von Bozen und Trient”. He has worked with conductors such as Daniele Rustioni, Titus Engl, Jonathan Webb and Jean Deroyer.
In 2014 he founded the Duo Granato with pianist Marco Rinaudo and has held several recitals with this ensemble all over Italy, amongst winning several music competitions. The Duo Granato was the first Italian group winning the “Premio Città di Padova”. In 2015 the group recorded their first CD “Desert Sketches” with works by Paul Creston, Robert Muczynski, Wijnand van Klaveren, Jacques Ibert and Nino Rota.
With the Virtuoso Saxophone Quartet he played at the International Saxophone Festival SaxArts of Faenza, at the EXPO of Milan and in Vilnius. In 2016 Cristian was selected to participate at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition in Boulder (Colorado, USA) with the Duo Granato.
Cristian Battaglioli has played in cities such as: Milan (Teatro dal Verme; Duomo), Bari (La Vallisa; Teatro Petruzzelli), Venezia (Palazzo Albrizzi), Padova (Palazzo Zacco Armeni), Bolzano, Trento, Rovereto, Vilnius, Riva del Garda, Faenza, Fasano and many more. In 2013 he has had an exchange semester at the “Fontys Conservatory” of Tilburg with Ties Mellema.