About Us

Founded in 2023, Italian born Antonio Forgione (guitar) and Virginia native Lindsay Bartlett (flute) met through their teaching for the Music Outreach Program in Lincoln, NE. After some simple sight reading sessions, their joint love for the repertoire and desire to bring music to the forefront of their lives, the duo quickly began exploring opportunities to perform throughout their home state. Their ensemble name, La Dolce Vita, is borrowed from the common NE slogan “The Good Life,” translated to Antonio's native Italian.

Lindsay Bartlett, flute

Lindsay has an active studio including adult amateurs, beginners, and advanced high schoolers that consistently participate in honors and all state groups. Outside of her performances with La Dolce Vita, she is involved in Lincoln's flute choir (Coro di Flauti) and has performed at National Flute Association Conventions and multiple venues in Lincoln. Beginning flute at age 10 with Alice Hammel in her hometown of Richmond, VA she went to college at James Madison University with the intention of becoming a band director. Instead, during student teaching Lindsay looked to performance tracts and spent the next academic year studying with Trevor Wye in Ashford, Kent, England, returning to the states for a masters in flute performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During her time at UNL she interned at the Kennedy Center in DC and fell in love with arts administration and nonprofit management, which is now her full time career. To round out her time, Lindsay has two rambunctious daughters, a large garden, a handful of pets and a husband that puts up with all of it.

Antonio Forgione, guitar

Antonio teaches and performs throughout Lincoln and is the music arranger for La Dolce Vita. A native of Sulmona, in the Abruzzo region of Italy, he began his guitar studies at age nine under the tutelage of mandolinist and composer Mario Giusti. Continued guitar studies with ‘Duo Chitarristico Italiano', theory, music history and harmony studies, led to Antonio's formal music education at the L. Perosi Conservatory of Music in Campobasso. As a young guitarist, Antonio gave his first recital at age twelve and participated in national and international competitions receiving praise and recognition. Master classes with José Thomas, José Luis Rodrigo, David Russell and Angelo Gilardino, and extensive performing, enhanced Antonio's skills as a solo and chamber musician. He teaches classical guitar in hopes of passing on his deep passion and knowledge for the guitar repertoire. Having achieved the equivalent of a music degree by age eighteen, he chose to study telecommunications engineering in college. Upon graduation from the Polytechnic University of Milano, Antonio worked as a Design Engineer in Rome and as a Post-Doc at the University of Viterbo. In 2011, Antonio and his family moved to Lincoln where he works full time as a Senior Software Engineer.