André Picolo Catelli was born in 1970 in the city of Caxias do Sul, capital of Italian immigration in Brazil. His father, Mario Catelli, was a violinist in the city's Municipal Orchestra.

From an early age he became very familiar with classical music, especially opera. He studied piano with the founder of the aforementioned orchestra, Eugenio Coletti, and later at the Music School of Brasilia. He was self-taught in composition through books and scores of famous composers. He taught piano at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai in Israel in 1992, where he made piano arrangements from various Jewish folk songs.  He graduated as an architect in 1996 and now owns one of the largest offices in the Brazilian capital, Accioly Catelli Associated Architects. André married Raquel Mizuno in 2010 and has two wonderful daughters.

Waltz Fantasy

The main theme of the piece came to me as an amusement after comparing a theme from Eine Alpensinfonie by Richard Strauss to a similar one from the 2nd movement of Max Bruch's violin concerto No. 1 in G Minor. From then on, the Waltz Fantasy in D Minor appeared unpretentiously, free in form but strongly anchored in the traditional harmony and in the orchestra of the mid- nineteenth century.


... the SCO has been doing very interesting work indeed and certainly worthy of support.

A/Prof Stuart Geoffrey Andrew Greenbaum, Composer (Australia)


­ amazing energy, funding and collecting works is needed to organize and realize an orchestra such as SCO and all these wonderful concerts, you make the quality of music rise in every musical work and there are not a lot of you out there.

Trimor Dhomi, Composer (Kosovo)



I'm very excited to hear your interpretation and to bring the piece to life!

Luke Flynn, Composer (USA)