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German double manual harpsichord

Luigi Corti is a pianist and harpsichordist, and piano professor at the Conservatory of Music and many high schools in Ticino canton, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. He attended the Pedagogic High School of Locarno, Switzerland, and was therefore qualified to teach instrumental music in high schools. He completed his piano studies with Nora Doallo, graduating in 1993 at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano. Meanwhile, he attended a perfectioning course with Janina Butor in Wroclaw, Poland, and then deepened his knowledge of early music by performing with Ottavio Dantone and Fabio Bonizzoni, in Lugano, and Jesper Christensen in Basel. He performs both as a soloist and in chamber music groups. In 2007, he recorded a double CD album, under the label “Altri Suoni”, featuring the Embellished French Suites of J. S. Bach, performed on his Mietke harpsichord made by Urbano Petroselli.

Fortepiano, faithful copy after Anton Walter, 1795

Marina Comparato was born in Perugia. After a degree in Political Science at the University of Florence, she graduated in singing in 1996; that same year, she made her debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Elektra, under the conduction of M° Claudio Abbado. In 1997, she won a competition held at the Experimental Opera Theatre of Spoleto; there, she performed the roles of Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito and Siebel in Faust. Since then, she has performed at the greatest Italian and foreign theaters and festivals. Suffice it to mention: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Rossini opera festival in Pesaro; Rome Opera; Opera House in Cagliari, Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa; Regio Theatre in Torino; La Fenice Theatre in Venice; Teatro Massimo in Palermo, San Carlo Theatre in Naples, La Scala in Milan; Opera National in Paris, Masterdam Nederlandse Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Opera Chatelet, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Antwerp Vlamse Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, Leipzig Opera, Real Theatre in Madrid, Salzburg Festival. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to 20th century music, with a preference for 18th century music and Italian “bel canto”, namely roles like Sesto, Cherubino, Dorabella, Zerlina and Rosina. She performed with many outstanding conductors, such as C. Abbado, R. Chailly, K. Nagano, J. Conlon, Sir A. Davis, M. Mariotti, M. Minkowski, E. Gardiner, D. Gatti, G. Gelmetti, Z. Mehta, D. Oren, C. Rizzi, C. Rousset, R. Jacobs, H. Tate.

Gianni Fabbrini graduated in piano at the Music Conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence. At the same Conservatory, he also perfected his knowledge in harpsichord and singing performance, thus graduating in singing first, then receiving a cum laude degree in Vocal Chamber Music. He performed as a pianist and worked as a repertoire expert in several prestigious concert and opera institutions in Italy and abroad. To name but a few: Regional Orchestra of Tuscany, Aix-en-Provence Music Festival, Bastille Opera in Paris, “La Monnaie” Royal Theatre in Brussels, Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Glyndebourne and Wexford festivals, Osterfestspiele in Salzburg, National Opera Theatre in Seoul, Biwako Hall and Bunkamura Orchid Hall in Kyoto, Semper Oper in Dresden. He has performed under the conduction of outstanding conductors, such as Claudio Abbado, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Donato Renzetti, Alberto Zedda, Renè Jacobs, Marc Mikowsky, Jeffrey Tate, Lu Ja, Claudio Scimone, Emanuelle Haim, RubenDubrowsky. For the last twelve years, he has been cooperating with the Rossini Opera Festival, and he often performs in Wildbad, Germany, during the musical season dedicated to Rossini. Moreover, he has worked as repertoire expert for the Centre de la Perfeccionament Placido Domingo at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain, as well as for Showa University in Tokyo, Japan, Walton Foundation in London, UK, Bosphorus University in Istambul, Turkey, and Michigan University in Ann Arbor, USA.