Andrea Buccarella – Harpsichord
Andrea Buccarella was born in Rome in 1987 and undertakes his first musical studies as Puer Cantor in the prestigious choir of the Sistine Chapel (1997 – 2000). After obtaining the diploma in organ and organ composition at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome (2008), he graduates cum laude in harpsichord and historical keyboards under Enrico Baiano (2016). In June 2018 he obtained, with full marks, his master’s degree in harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the guidance of Andrea Marcon.
In August 2018 he has been awarded the First Prize at the International Competition Musica Antiqua 2018, where he also won the Outhere Award, first Italian to have achieved these prizes in the history of the Bruges competition. (https://mafestivalcompetition.com/en/halloffame)
An intense concert activity, both as soloist and as member of orchestras and chamber ensembles, brought him to perform in important festivals in Europe, the USA, Korea and Japan. He took part in several recordings with Concerto Romano, Abchordis Ensemble, La Cetra, Il Pomo d’Oro, Musica Antique Latina and Ensemble Mare Nostrum. In 2012 he became the artistic director and conductor of Abchordis Ensemble. Since then, Andrea dedicated himself to a conscientious activity of research, aiming for the discovery of musical masterpieces of the past which are not performed in modern times, with special focus on the sacred repertoire of 18th-century Italy. He has conducted the Abchordis Ensemble in many important festivals, among others Festival d’Ambronay (France), Internationale Händel-Festspiele (Göttingen, Germany), Festival classique des Haudères (Switzerland), Mars en Baroque (Marseille, France), Les Riches Heures de Valère (Sion, Switzerland), Valletta International Baroque Festival (Malta), Purtimiro Festival, Pavia Barocca, Urbino Musica Antica, Festival Anima Mea and Festival Alessandro Stradella (Italy). Under his guidance the Abchordis Ensemble won the Public Prize at the showcase organized in 2013 by the REMA (Réséau Européen de la Musique Ancienne), and the first prize at the International Händel Competition 2015 in Göttingen (Germany). As harpsichordist and conductor of Abchordis Ensemble, he released two recordings entirely dedicated to the sacred music of Neapolitan Baroque, for the label SONY Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: Stabat Mater (January 2016) and Dies Irae (May 2018). These include unpublished works by Gennaro Manna, Aniello Santangelo and Giacomo Sellitto in their world’s first recording.
Silvia Frigato – Soprano
Following her core studies in Adria, Modena and Siena, Silvia Frigato specialized in the 17th and 18th Century repertoire at the Académie Baroque Européenne in Ambronay and at the International Music Academy in Milan under the guidance of Roberta Invernizzi, Roberto Balconi, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Marina De Liso, and Sara Mingardo.
She regularly collaborates with such artists as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Ottavio Dantone, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Nicholas McGegan, Gianluca Capuano, Claudio Cavina, Antonio Florio, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Michael Radulescu and Paolo Zuccheri. She has perfomed with prestigious early music ensembles such as: Concerto Italiano, Collegium Vocale Gent, Accademia Bizantina, La Divina Armonia, La Venexiana, I Turchini, Gambe di Legno Consort, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, I Musicali Affetti and Il Canto di Orfeo.
In 2014 she performed in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (role of Euridice) at the Paris Opera under Rinaldo Alessandrini, in the renowned production by Robert Wilson.
She has recorded for Naïve, Tactus, Brillant Classics and Glossa and her recordings have been broadcasted by RAI Radio 3, Radio France, ORF and many others.
Francesca Cassinari – Soprano
Francesca Cassinari graduated in Singing, and later specialized in Baroque Singing and in Chamber Music, attending masterclasses by Claudio Cavina, Gloria Banditelli, Claudine Ansermet and Lorna Windsor.
She especially devoted herself to vocal polyphony, singing with the most eminent italian ensembles. Francesca is a member of La Compagnia del Madrigale, La Venexiana, Il Canto di Orfeo, La Fonte Musica and she performed with Capella Reyal de Catalunya, Concerto Italiano (recent tour in Spain, China, Australia with Orfeo by Monteverdi as Messaggera and Speranza), Collegium 1704, La Divina Armonia, L’Astrée, Pian&Forte, Stile Galante, Club Médiéval.
With La Compagnia del Madrigale she has recorded Gesualdo’s Terzo and Sesto libro de’ Madrigali, Responsoria, Monterverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine and Pianto della Madonna and Marenzio’s Primo libro de’ Madrigali and Quinto libro a sei, all published by Glossa Music and awarded Diapason d’Or de l’année and Gramophone Award. With La Venexiana she recorded Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Coronatione di Poppea, Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, and the Concerto delle Dame by Luzzasco Luzzaschi.
She regularly sings also late medieval and early renaissance polyphony. With La Fonte Musica she recorded the cd Le Ray au Soleyl (ORF/Alte Musik) and Metamorfosi 300 (Alpha, Diapason d’or) and with Cantica Symphonia Dufay’s Motets and the Missa l’Homme Armè by Busnois (Glossa).
Francesca also performs chamber and contemporary music (A Dog’s Heart by A. Raskatov at La Scala (Milan) and Opéra de Lyon with Il Canto di Orfeo). In 2003 she has obtained a BA degree in “Communication Sciences” with a dissertation about “Broadcasting of classical music in Italian Television”.
Michele Pasotti – theorbo and lute
Michele Pasotti graduated with honors in lute under the guidance of Massimo Lonardi, and also attended specialised seminars held by Hopkinson Smith and Paul O’Dette. His studies saw him also exploring Renaissance theory and counterpoint with Diego Fratelli at the Scuola Civica Milan, as well as late medieval performance practice with Kees Boeke and Pedro Memelsdorff in Spain.
Her performing career includes both solistic and chamber music projects, as well as collaborations with several orchestras and ensembles specialized in a historically informed performance all over Europe.
Michele is a stable member of several critically acclaimed European baroque ensembles including:
I Barocchisti, Orfeo 55, Ghislieri Consort, Il Canto di Orfeo, Capella Cracoviensis, L’Arte dell’Arco, I Virtuosi Italiani, Il Falcone and Il Rossignolo.
His many recording projects have seen him record for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI / Virgin Classics, Naïve and Sony / Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
He is the founding member and director of La Fonte Musica, specialising in late medieval repertoire, who recently released their premier album, Le Ray au Soleyl for ORF/Alte Musik.
Jacopo Raffaele – Harpsichord and Organ
Jacopo Raffaele was born in Bari in 1988, and graduated in piano (2009) and harpsichord (2011), at the Conservatorium N. Piccinni of Bari, where he also studied composition. Jacopo went on to continue his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, before commencing a Masters in harpsichord at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva under the guidance of Leonardo Garcia Alarcon.
In 2012 Jacopo was assistant director and keyboard player for the 19th Ambronay Academy´s production of Rossini´s La Cambiale di Matrimonio as well as the 2011 Festival d´Aix en Provence opera production of Handel´s Acis and Galatea – both under the direction of Leonardo Garcia Alarcon.
Jacopo founded and directs the group CappellaFastiDiametro, and collaborates as a continuo player with several groups including Cafébaum, group in residence at Ambronay and Pavia´s Ghislieri Musica.
His interest in music extends as far as jazz, rock, pop and theatre and film music, and these all influence his unique approach to the baroque repertoire.
Born 1980 in Vienna he started to play the Viola da gamba with Daniel Valencia. From 1996 on he studied with Lorenz Duftschmid at the University of Music in Graz, and after graduation from the Schottengymnasium with Paolo Pandolfo at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis” in Basel.
There he made his diploma “summa cum laude” in 2004. In Spain he participated in several masterclasses with Jordi Savall, and from 2004 to 2007 he studied with Vittorio Ghielmi at the “Conservatorio de la Svizzera Italiana” in Lugano (CH). In 2006 he won the special prize for the best interpretation of J.S.Bach and the 2nd prize at the 3rd International Bach-Abel-Competition for Viola da gamba in Köthen (Germany). In 2007 he won the first prize at the International Competition for Viola da gamba in Sevilla.
Christoph Urbanetz has appeared as a soloist in many recitals all over Europe including playing at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival in 2009, in Vienna at the Konzerthaus (Resonanzen 2009), the Musikverein (2010) and the Palais Liechtenstein (2010), in Zurich (Forum Alte Musik 2008), Reutlingen (Musiqua Antiqua 2010), London (Handel House and Austrian Cultural Forum 2010), Cambridge (Clare Hall 2010), Milan (Teatro dal verme 2008), Budapest (Liszt Academy of Music 2009), as well as broadcasts with the ORF, DRS and WDR.
Highlights have been concerts with groups such as Clemencic Consort, the Wiener Akademie, Il suonar parlante, Labyrinto, Barucco, Oman Consort, Armonico Tributo Austria, Klingekunst, Ars Antiqua Austria, Capella Leopoldina and La Cetra. They took place in Escorial Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro d’Arcimboldi Milano and Galeria and San Marco in Florence. Besides he made various CD- and TV-recordings (e.g. “Membra Jesu Nostri” with René Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi). In 2009 his album “The Forqueray Family” appeared on Brilliant Classics.