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19-20 of April 2023 Leipzig


Vittorio Ghielmi and Thomas Fritzsch

Masterclass Tour 

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"Musikinstrumentenmuseum der Universität Leipzig”



10-12 June 2022 Berlin

Masterclass Tour 

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27-28 May 2022 Milan




13-15 May 2022 Paris

Masterclass Tour 

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30/8 - 5 September 2021

Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana

VIOLA DA GAMBA STUDIES with Vittorio Ghielmi in Mozarteum University Salzburg

Bachelor, Master, Postgraduate studies and Doctorates.

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19 - 31 July 2021

Masterclasses Ticino Musica


3 - 5 September 2020

Concorso Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award

25 - 27 June 2020

Garda Lake Music Academy

6 - 8 July 2019

Garda Lake Music Academy

26 - 28 July 2019

Innsbruck Baroque



30 aprile 9.45

Esta European Congress Cremona

Vittorio Ghielmi  “IL SUONAR PARLANTE":

Un aneddoto paganiniano o il fondamento della tecnica d’arco?”  

Padiglione Amati, Museo del Violino - CREMONA 

The lost art of  Il Suonare Parlante as mentioned in Paganini’s letters




A Paganini anecdote or the foundation of  bow technique?


-The lost technique of “Il Suonar Parlante”(“Speaking with Sound”), mentioned in Paganini’s letters, represents the foundation of sound production for string instruments.  Vittorio Ghielmi, in his dual role as performer and reseacher/professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, proposes an itinerary to rediscover this technique, which has survived in marginal and non-european areas.  He brings to light their artistic, cultural and didactic strength.




A Paganini anecdote or the foundation of bow technique?


In the letters to his friend Luigi Guglielmo Germi Paganini quotes his secret technique of the “Suonar Parlante” ( “speaking with the sound”). This term has been not considered  attentively enough in  historical studies on the Genovese virtuoso, who, in modern times, unfortunately attracts  more attention for his left hand virtuosity than for his research into expression. Paganini was, as many other great virtuosos (Vandini, Benda, Abel etc.) extremely appreciated for the way he “spoke” with his bow in the adagios, and singers went to listen him in order to learn how to sing an adagio.  The technique mentioned by Paganini was not a personal and isolated manifestation of his genius, but the basis of string playing until the XIX century (at least). The imitation of the voice and the ability to speak with instruments has been  the aim of music for centuries. The Voice to be imitated was not only the material voice of a single person. 

By analizing the ancient textes and repertoire (from Marin Mersenne to the wind and string treatises of the baroque) and looking back to few old surviving musical traditions it is possible to rediscover the details of this technique; a technique which takes us back to a more deeply human approach to music and musical teaching.

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