MICHELE BENINCASO - Director / Founder
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.
RAFFAELE CURCI - Director / Co-Founder
Raffaele is the company managing director and supervises all economic and administrative aspects of Elk, including strategy, business plans, partnerships, funding strategies and investors’ relations. He previously served in key leadership roles at at EBW Capital (London) and SRI Group (London/Milan). Raffaele graduated with honors in Business Administration at Bocconi University, Italy.
STEFANO ZAMBON, PH.D. - CTO / Co-Founder
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.
BJÖRN EHLERS - CMO
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, PH.D. - 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 post-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.
RUBEN SVENSSON - SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Has studied Mekatronics, Robotics and Automation at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Has a solid experience of music-production, mixing and mastering. Is Elks main guitar player.
GIUSEPPE CARDAMONE - FRONTEND WEB DEVELOPER
Giuseppe has a Master Degree in Computer Engineering from Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy). He is a freelance frontend engineer and developer, and he’s a consultant for many companies and public authorities. As a plus, he’s a musician too (violinist and guitarist). At Elk, Giuseppe is in charge of multi-device and responsive development of web interfaces.
STEPHEN WOLFF - SENIOR WEB DEVELOPER
Stephen studied Music at University of York, Digital Arts at Middlesex, and an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems at Sussex University (biologically inspired computing). He is a web ‘veteran’ having built his first website in 1996, and since then working for companies large and small. He plays the piano and ‘cello in local bands and ensembles.
ROOSA KALLIONPÄÄ - UX RESEARCHER
MSc in human-computer interaction and design at KTH and Université Paris-Saclay with a specialization in mobile and ubiquitous interaction. Designs, prototypes and tests user interfaces for Elk products. Has a technical background and a passion for music: plays the cello in an orchestra, electric bass in a band and sounds on her computer.
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.
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 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.
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.
Entrepreneur and Management Consultant specialized in Brand Equity, Former Global Brand Director for Ericsson, creator of the Bluetooth brand.
World-class keyboardist, member of the metal band Dream Theater, Entrepreneur, Founder of Wizdom Music (Geo Synthesizer and GeoShred apps among others).