Biography

Monika Gaggia started her musical training when she was five years old and received her first cello lessons at the age of ten.

She studied at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the Conservatoire Européen in Paris. Her most important teachers were Wilfried Tachezi, Radu Aldulescu and Harvey Shapiro. In summer 2001 she completed her solo cello and pedagogical studies in Salzburg, graduating as Magistra artium.

In 1998 Monika Gaggia started her teaching activity at the Musikschulen in Bad Reichenhall and Mühldorf am Inn; since 2009 she is also teacher at the Max-Keller-Berufsfachschule für Musik in Altötting. Since 1999 she is involved with the projects of the „Inn-Salzach-Euregio-Jugendorchesters“ as lecturer and teacher, promoting young musicians in Germany and Austria.

The main focus of her musical activity is the chamber music: the pianists José-Daniel Martinez, Kristian Aleksic, Isabel von Jakubowsky and Matthias Schulz are among her regular partners. She performs baroque repertoire together with her husband and cembalist Michele Gaggia, while in the field of contemporary music there is a close collaboration with Prof. Reinhard Febel and the Mozarteum Salzburg. Furthermore she is member of the “Trio Tabelaux” (violin, cello, piano) and the cello ensemble “Quattro Celli”. With the “Salonmusik Saitensprünge” she dedicates herself to the genre of the somewhat forgotten “Kaffehausmusik”.