Alvise Filippo Stefani is from Treviso, Italy, a town in the Veneto region, which had intimate connections to the Silk Road. He earned a B.A. in Ancient Greek and Latin (2016) and a M.A. in Renaissance Literature and Philology (2018) at Ca' Foscari University in Venice. Alvise is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Italian Studies with a doctoral minor in Musicology at Indiana University. His research interests are Italian macaronic literature, Hugo Pratt’s comic Corto Maltese and its relationship with medieval literature, and the compositions of Jean-Louis Florentz. In 2019, his novel Johann Allein: in memoriam di Maria Barbara Bach (press 2020) won first prize in the Lorenzo da Ponte literary competition; this work focuses on the untimely death of Bach’s first wife, Maria Barbara Bach, and her presence in Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001-1006). Alvise also studied violin and participated in youth orchestras and chamber groups, performing music that ranges from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. He has played alongside artists such as Bepi de Marzi, Francesco Pavan, and Roberto Loreggian, and has performed in masterclasses with Alessandro Perpich and Glauco Bertagnin.