Team

MICHELE BENINCASO - CEO

Michele Benincaso has a background in lutherie, being a Maestro of the International School of Violin making Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, Italy. For years his innovative guitars has been used by professional artists worldwide. In his quest to make all of today’s technologies available for musicians Michele came up with the concept that has now become the Elk Audio OS.

STEFANO ZAMBON, PH.D. - CTO

Stefano holds a PhD in Computer Science​ from Verona University. His experience combines academic-level expertise in signal processing with years of industry experience working with large codebases, always for musical applications. Among the others, he was the core developer for the physical-modeled algorithms behind Physis Piano, an advanced digital piano released in 2013. At Elk, Stefano is in charge of the architecture and codebase of the processing core of Elk Audio OS.

MATT WARD - SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PARTNERSHIPS AND STRATEGY

Matt Ward has been in the professional audio industry for three decades working as a product manager for E-mu Systems, Otari and Studer Revox prior to serving ten years as president of Universal Audio and four years as CEO of Plugin Alliance.
At Elk, Matt supervises all business development activities, with special focus on partnerships and strategic growth.

RAFFAELE CURCI - CFO

Raffaele graduated with honors in Business Administration at Bocconi University, Italy. He is the Owner and Managing Director of A&C Consulting and advisor at EBW Capital (London). He previously served in key leadership roles at SRI Group for over 10 years, more recently as Director and COO for SRI Capital Advisers LTD, where he successfully raised subscriptions for the Private Equity Fund New Digital Age.
Raffaele supervises all economic and administrative aspects of Elk, including business plans, funding strategies and investors’ relations.

BJÖRN EHLERS - MARKETING & COMMUNICATION

Has studied digital strategy at Hyper Island and has a Bachelor in communications from Stockholm university. Björn is a music producer, record label manager and guitar player that after years of being a consultant has vast experience in the field of communication and business strategy.

GUSTAV ANDERSSON - SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

MSc in Signal and Systems at Chalmers University, electronic music producer and guitar player in various bands, has a long experience as software developer, having worked from low level embedded systems to high level applications for companies such as Tobii and Ericsson.

ILIAS BERGSTRÖM - SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Has worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Sciss, working on developing their real-time digital planetarium software Uniview, and associated software tools and conducted pot-doctoral research at KTH as a member of the Mobile-Life centre, under the Somaesthetics, And Arts & Crafts projects.

SHARAN YAGNESWAR - EMBEDDED SOFTWARE ENGINEER

MSc in Embedded Systems at KTH with a specialization on low-level optimizations using NEON on ARM platforms and with significant industry experience programming microcontrollers, especially XMOS. At Elk, he’s the expert in all sort of low-level​ programming ranging from XMOS firmware, SIMD optimizations and multithreaded programming. He enjoys playing drums, guitar and bass on his spare time.

NITIN KULKARNI - EMBEDDED SOFTWARE ENGINEER

MSc in Embedded Systems at KTH and TU Eindhoven with a joint EIT Digital program. Has had significant experience in automotive embedded systems and Linux-based platforms, including specialized drivers, Kernel optimization, Xenomai support and Yocto/OpenEmbedded customizations.​ On the musical side, he likes to spend his time singing, playing guitar and drums.

ALBERTO GIANELLI - HW ENGINEER

Alberto is a Master Electronic Engineer graduated at Politecnico di Torino and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His background focuses on digital system design for FPGA and ASIC and embedded system design. He also has experience in PCB Layout, circuit boards debugging and fine pitch SMD soldering. Electronic music producer and synthesizers enthusiast.

CARLO FISCHIONE, PH.D.

Prof. Fischione holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Information Engineering and is a leading scholar on Wireless Sensor Networks and IoT in Stockholm’s KTH. He has held positions with MIT, Harvard University, and University of California at Berkeley. He is a Member of IEEE.
At Elk, Carlo is in charge of methods of control, signal processing and networked algorithms. He is also responsible for Elks portfolio of patents.

LUDVIG LINGE

Co-founder of TAT (world-leader in mobile User Interface Technology, acquired by Blackberry in 2010), Member of the boards of Kivra, Aevy, Shim and Pacemaker.

MATTEO MONARI

Matteo has a Master Degree in European Languages and Cultures, from Modena University and Oxford Brookes University. He also has experience as a researcher in Human Computer Interaction at Stockholm’s KTH. He is the co-founder of BizUp, a leading marketing agency.

LUCA TURCHET, PH.D.

Luca is a computer scientist with expertise in the fields of sonic interaction design, human-computer interaction, music technology, perception, and virtual reality. He holds a PhD in Media Technology from Aalborg University Copenhagen. He is also a professional musician and composer, and has designed and developed various novel interfaces for musical expression.

AGOSTINO DE ANGELIS

Agostino holds an International MBA (Toronto-Shanghai) and a Master in IP Management, has 10 years of global experience in IP due diligence, valuations and value extraction strategies for clients such as: AC Johnson, L Capital Asia, IPOS Singapore, University of Tokyo and sovereign funds in Italy, Hong Kong and Singapore.
At Elk, he is in charge of defining IP strategies and developing new IP assets.

VALERIO FUIANO

Guitar player, arranger and producer, has been performing an intense live music activity for more than twenty years. Together with Max Paparella, he has started the successful consulting company “Groove Sound Design” working for singers, artists and record labels.

MATS GEORGSON

Entrepreneur and Management Consultant specialized in Brand Equity, Former Global Brand Director for Ericsson, creator of the Bluetooth brand.

JORDAN RUDESS

World-class keyboardist, member of the metal band Dream Theater, Entrepreneur, Founder of Wizdom Music (Geo Synthesizer and GeoShred apps among others).