The professional curriculum of Urbano Petroselli includes many years of experience in the making of antique keyboard instruments, which followed a B.A. in Fine Arts at the “Pietro Vannucci” Academy of Art in Perugia, Italy, and a European Master degree in harpsichord making, in 1999. M° Petroselli also undertook an extensive partnership with the most outstanding Italian instrument makers. He learned the secrets of harpsichord making by working side by side for two years with M° Franco Barucchieri. Then, he took over the workshop of his father, who was also involved in the making and mending of wooden musical instruments, adding his personal touch to the faithful reproduction of harpsichords, fortepianos and clavichords dating back to the 18th century.
His musical instruments can be found at many public venues, such as Music Conservatories, Musical Institutions and Universities throughout Italy:
Music Conservatory “Domenico Cimarosa” in Avellino;
Music Conservatory “Francesco Cilea” in Reggio Calabria;
Music Conservatory “Francesco Morlacchi” in Perugia:
Music Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Torino;
Music Conservatory “Licino Refice” in Frosinone.
Urbano Petroselli’s instruments are also available for rent. They have already been present in countless concerts, opera performances and antique music festivals at renowned Italian theatres and auditoriums. Among them, the “San Carlo” Theatre of Naples, the Paolina Chapel at the Palazzo Quirinale in Rome, the Aula Magna of the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, the Auditorium “Del Parco” in L’Aquila, the Sagra Musicale Umbra – a prestigious antique music festival – in Perugia.
Moreover, many well-known Italian and foreign musicians now own instruments made by Urbano Petroselli. Some of his instruments were also played during important public music festivals. Suffice it to mention Bart van Oort, Costantino Mastroprimiano, Naruhiko Kawaguchi, Uto Ughi Chamber Orchestra, Solisti Veneti Chamber Orchestra, the Italian Chamber Orchestra of Salvatore Accardo, the English Orchestra of Red Priest’s British Baroque group, the London Baroque Orchestra; the Fortepiano International Competition held in Rome, with its “Muzio Clementi Prize”, the International Course of Antique Music held in Urbino, the Music Conservatory “San Pietro a Majella” in Naples, and the Clivis Academy in Rome for the International Mozart Piano Competition (fortepiano section).
Urbano Petroselli also carries out the restoration and maintenance of a variety of original antique instruments owned by many Italian Music Conservatories.