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V I T T O R I O   G H I E L M I

le violiste au coup d'archet le plus libre et le plus enlevé de la planete

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his cadenzas show imagination and artistry and his bowing technique is nothing less than stupefying

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With an infallible technique that has been compared by critics to Jascha Heifetz, Vittorio has transcended all repertoire frontiers and has become a regular guest soloist with modern and baroque orchestras around the world

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conductor &

performer

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LECTURES & ACADEMIC

ACTIVITY

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compositions & arrangements

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discography & DVD

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FULL SOUND INSTRUMENTS SETTING

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musicology &

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SOLO

SOLO

With an infallible technique that has been compared by critics to Jascha Heifetz, Vittorio has transcended all repertoire frontiers and has become a regular guest soloist with modern and baroque orchestras around the world as:

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in the Hollywood Bowl

London Philharmonia

Wiener Philharmoniker

Orquestra Nacional de España

Wiener Concert - Verein

Orquestra Ciudad de Granada

Il Giardino Armonico

Freiburger Barockorchester

Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin

La Cetra, etc.

In addition to the classical repertoire, many contemporary composers have entrusted him with the performance of their world premieres (Uri Caine, Nadir Vassena, Vladimir Tarnopolsky ....).

CONDUCTOR & PERFORMER

CONDUCTOR & PERFORMER

Awarded for his innovative musical vision (Erwin Bodky Award Cambridge Massachusset, Echo Classic Germany) and described by critics as

'An Alchemist of sound' for his constant creation of new sound landscapes, Vittorio knows how to share his rich background of artistic research with musicians all over the world. That is why he is invited as conductor and soloist by modern and baroque orchestras in search of new ideas and expressive possibilities. He was Riccardo Muti's assistant from 2010 to 2013 at the Salzburger Festspiele Pfingsten.

9.2025 La Cetra

Staatskapelle Berlin

Hændelfestspielorchester Halle

Orquesta Ciudad de Granada,

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Toronto

Drottningholms Slottsteater Orchestra Stockholm 

Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra,

Mozarteum Baroque Orchester

Milano Classica

B-rock Orchestra

Il Divino Sospiro, Lisbon

Rilke Ensemble, Gœthenburg

ACADEMIC ACTVITY

LECTURES & ACADEMIC ACTIVITY

Graduated in literature and philosophy, Vittorio has always sought a virtuous union between historical and scientific research, the legacy of traditional culture received from the humanist luthier Luc Breton (CH) and artistic practice.

This has made him a sought-after university professor and conference speaker, not only in strictly musicological contexts. His institutional consultancy or professorship has been solicited by organizations such as:

 

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University Mozarteum Salzburg

Dean of the Department for Early Music, Professor

Accademia Chigiana di Siena Italy

Co-director of the Chigiana-Mozarteum Baroque Program 

ORA Festival for Early and Modern Music, Salzburg

Team Artistic Direction

Universidad Sinclética Barcelona 

Professor

Royal College of Music London

Visiting Professor

 

 

Conservatorio Statale Luca Marenzio Brescia

Professor

Hochschule für Musik ,Lugano 

Professor

Conferences and Masterclass

Juillard School NY,

Universität der Kunst Berlin,

Conservatoire Superieur de Musique et Dance Lyon,

Università Cattolica di Milano,

Conservatoire Royal Bruxelles,

European String Teachers Association (ESTA),

Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisboa), 

National Forum of Music Wroclaw (Poland),

Conservatorio Fredrich Chopin (Warsaw), etc.

Artistic and Academic Counseling

Accademia Chigiana di Siena Italy,

Kurt Redel Stiftung  (CH),

Association Européenne des Conservatoires,

Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC),

European Early Music Network (REMA),  

Drottingsholms Slottsteater Stockholm,

Festival "Il Suonar Parlante" Scuola Civica di Musica Claudio Abbado, Milano etc. 

COMPOSITIONS & ARRANGEMETS

COMPOSITIONS & ARRANGEMENTS

After his early studies in composition with Luigi Molfino (Milan), Vittorio refined the craft of arranging and composing over the years: his work as composer/arranger appears on numerous CDs e Video recordings - including The Passion of Music for Sony- Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, winner of the prestigious Klassik Echo Prize of German television (2015) and  the documentary The Heart of Sound, BFMI (Salzburg-Hollywood) - Medici TV. 

Memento mei, deus (Responsorium) · Vittorio Ghielmi Gesualdo: Responsoria – Canto dell'ombra 2009 Stradivarius https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D02OWc0fOkw

 

Deus Adjuvat Me (antiphona)   Vittorio Ghielmi

in Gesualdo Responsoria - Canto dell'ombra 2009 Stradivarius https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb8YnTtaIJY

 

In pace, in idipsum (Antiphona) · Vittorio Ghielmi Gesualdo: Responsoria – Canto dell'ombra 2009 Stradivarius

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_HKORG1NxY

GYPSY BAROQUE CD
Scaramouche (Telemann, arr.  V.Ghielmi)
Tzigani Tanz (trad. arr. V. Ghielmi, S. Palúch)

FULL OF COLOUR
The Morning Dew - Sunrise and Dance (V. Ghielmi)
Jupiter (Forqueray arr. V. Ghielmi)
St. Paul's Steeple (trad. - V. Ghielmi)


 

THE PASSION OF MUSICK

 

A springlike rain (V.Ghielmi)

 

Stingo (trad. V.Ghielmi)

 

The Irish Ho-Hoane (trad. V.Ghielmi)

 

Cremona (trad. V.Ghielmi)

MASTERCLASS & COACHING

COACHING & MASTERCLASS

With many years of academic teaching and an important stage experience, Vittorio has always held with great responsibility the need to share his know-how with the younger generation. 
His reflection on interpretation and permanent research into the most advanced instrumental techniques has led since 2018 to the annual organisation of a European MasterclassTour with the support of the association Musica Mirabilis Salzburg. The MasteclassTour (Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Leipzig, Salzburg, Spa etc.) has attracted numerous musicians eager to share a new approach to string instruments and musical interpretation.

FULL SOUND INSTRUMENT SETTING

FULL SOUND INSTRUMENT SETTING

Reflections on instrument set-up learned from the luthier and engineer Luc Breton, combined with years of patient re-reading of original sources and experiments with cutting-edge string manufacturers, led Vittorio and Il Suonar Parlante Orchestra to develop a particular instrument set-up that allows the development of very rich and colourful sonorities for the interpretation of all kinds of music. This experience led to the discovery of a different and more effective formula for mounting the string instruments.

MUSICOLOGY & BOOKS

MUSICOLOGY & BOOKS

Publications and editions by Vittorio Ghielmi

 

V. GHIELMI, P. BIORDI, Metodo completo e progressivo per l’ insegnamento della viola da gamba,  Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Bologna) Vol I. 2000.

https://www.utorpheus.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=173

 

V. GHIELMI, P. BIORDI, Metodo completo e progressivo per l’ insegnamento della viola da gamba,  Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Bologna) Vol II. 2001.

https://www.utorpheus.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=173

 

A. FORQUERAY, 4 Composizioni inedite per Viola da gamba. 4 Unpublished Works for Viol, Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Bologna) 2003, critical edition and introduction by V. Ghielmi.

https://www.utorpheus.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=897&search=forqueray

 

J. G. GRAUN, Trio in Sol maggiore per 2 Viole da Gamba e Basso Continuo (Berlin, 1750 ca.), Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Bologna) 1999, critical edition and introduction by V. Ghielmi.

https://www.utorpheus.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=143&search=graun

 

B. MARCELLO, 6 Sonata a tré. Opera Seconda, Éditions Minkoff (Genf) 2003, anastatic edition with an introduction by V. Ghielmi.

 

V. GHIELMI, An Eighteenth-Century Italian Treatise and Other Clues to the History of the Viola da Gamba in Italy. In: The Italian Viola da Gamba. Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Italian Viola da Gamba, Edition Ensemble Baroque d Limoges (Solignac) & Edizioni Angolo Manzoni (Torino) 2002, 73-86.

 

V. GHIELMI, P.BIORDI (Ed.), Viole de Gambe. Série IV Italie 1600-1800. Méthodes – Traités – Dictionnaires et Encyclopédies – Ouvrages généraux. Volume 1. In: J. SAINT-ARROMAN, Méthodes & Traités 17. Éditions Fuzeau (Courlay) 2004.

 

V. GHIELMI, P.BIORDI (Ed.), Viole de Gambe. Série IV Italie 1600-1800. Méthodes – Traités – Dictionnaires et Encyclopédies – Ouvrages généraux. Volume 2. In: J. SAINT-ARROMAN, Méthodes & Traités 17. Éditions Fuzeau (Courlay) 2004.

 

V. GHIELMI, P.BIORDI (Ed.), Viole de Gambe. Série IV Italie 1600-1800. Méthodes – Traités – Dictionnaires et Encyclopédies – Ouvrages généraux. Volume 3. In: J. SAINT-ARROMAN, Méthodes & Traités 17. Éditions Fuzeau (Courlay) 2004.

 

V. GHIELMI, Membra Jesu Nostri. Las 7 cantats de pasión en el tricentenario de la muerte de Dietrich Buxtehude: 1707 – 2007, In: Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca 2007. Republished as Membra Jesu Nostri. Die sieben Passionskantaten Dietrich Buxtehudes, In: Musikfest Stuttgart 2010.

 

V. GHIELMI, P. BIORDI, Un nuovo metodo completo e progressivo per l’ insegnamento della viola da gamba, In: Schweizer musikpädagogische Blätter, Jahrgang 85 (1997), 126-128.

 

V. GHIELMI, Suonare con gli altri, improvvisando, In: Equilibria, Jahrgang 9, Nr. 2 (2005), 271-274.

 

V. GHIELMI, La meraviglie del suonar parlante, In: E. Paolillo, L’ astuzia delle emozioni. Come la finzione artistica svela ciò che siamo, Skira Editore (Milano) 2004, 63-67.

 

V- GHIELMI, The heart of sound, Text of the documentary on Sardinian traditional singing, Ed. Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images, Salzburg – Hollywood 2013.

 

V. GHIELMI,  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Lieder „zum singen bey dem Clavier“ , Charakterstücker, Solo a Viola da Gamba, CD introduction, Freiburger Musik Forum. Ars Musici 1233-2 (Freiburg), 1999.

 

V. GHIELMI, Johann Gottlieb Graun. Konzertante Musik mit Viola da Gamba, CD introduction, Auvidis  E 8617, France 1998.

 

V. GHIELMI, Barbarian Beauty. Concertos for Viola da Gamba. CD introduction, Passacaille 972, 2011.

 

V. GHIELMI, Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord. CD introduction, Passacaille 976, 2013.

 

V. GHIELMI, Tirer la Douceur de la Force. Über die Aufführungspraxis von Marin Marais,  CD introduction to La Force et la Douceur. Marin Marais. Jacques Gallot. Passacaille 957, 2009.

 

V. GHIELMI, At the limits of expression: Antoine (1672-1745) and Jean-Baptiste Forqueray (1699-1782), CD introduction to Forqueray le Diable, Passacaille ..., 2014.

Demo Sturm und Drang (JC Bach e Graun)
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