Giovanni Sollima, cellist and composer, was born in Palermo in 1962 in a family of musicians. He obtained a diploma in playing the cello and composition from the Conservatory in his home town and completed his studies at Salzburg and Stuttgart. At an extremely early age he started a brilliant international career as a cellist along with Franco Ferrara, Claudio Abbado, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Jorg Demus and Martha Argerich. Sollima's inimitable style was born on the basis of extensive classical training and in his creations he makes use of Western and Eastern acoustic instruments, electric and electronic instruments and other instruments he has invented (the aquilarco, the d-touch, the body-cello....) or which he has reconstructed, like in the tenor violin depicted in Caravaggio's pictures. He lives between the cities of Palermo, Berlin and New York. His career unfolds in prestigious venues and alternative scenes: Brooklyn Academy of Music and Merkin Hall, New York, Wigmore Hall, London, Kunstfest, Weimar, Kronberg Festival, Frankfurt, Munsterhof, Strasbourg, Kuopio Festival, Finland, International Music Festival, Istanbul.