Chiara Banchini


Born: 1946, Lugano, Switzerland   Country: Switzerland   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
Swiss violinist Chiara Banchini is the co-founder and leader of the period instrument group Ensemble 415, which takes its name from the pitch recommended in old Baroque-era treatises for the note A below middle C: 415 cycles per second.*

Banchini was born in Lugano, Switzerland and graduated from the Geneva Conservatory. Afterwards, Banchini studied with violinist Sandor Végh, but in the meantime had developed an interest in Baroque
Read more violin techniques and decided to further her studies with Belgian violinist Sigiswald Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Upon earning her diploma, Banchini accepted a teaching post at the Centre for Early Music in Geneva, and at this time she began to appear on the concert circuit as a solo artist. After Banchini relocated from Geneva to the Schola Cantorum in Basel in 1981, in her own words she "felt the need to fill a vacuum in the Swiss musical vista" and formed Ensemble 415, her period instrument orchestra playing at Baroque pitch, rather than at the modern A of 440 cycles per second. The band attracted an immediate following as a live group, but did not develop an international reputation until it reached an exclusive recording agreement with the French label Harmonia Mundi in 1989. In 1992 Banchini and Ensemble 415 scored a critical and commercial hit with their recording of Arcangelo Corelli's Concerti grossi, Op. 6. Even more popular, and to date the most famous of Ensemble 415's recordings, was the 1996 release of the Stabat Mater of Antonio Vivaldi with guest vocalist Andreas Scholl, who later toured with Ensemble 415 in this work and became a star in his own right.

Banchini has also recorded for the labels Erato, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Virgin, Accent, Astreé, and for the Zig Zag Territories label. Banchini plays a Nicola Amati violin, which was handcrafted in Italy in 1674.

* Actually about a half-step below the modern standard of A-440. ed Read less

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  • 1.
    Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002549202 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 200
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  David Busch,  Amandine Beyer,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten,  Trevor Pinnock,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 2.
    Jan Dismas Zelenka: 6 Sonate A Due Hautbaois Et Basson
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 80014 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Performer:  Marcel Ponseele,  Paul Dombrecht,  Ku Ebbinge,  Danny Bond  ... 
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  • 3.
    La Musique De Watteau - The Music Lesson
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 5908535 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Marin Marais,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Bernarda Fink,  Graciela Oddone,  Juan Manuel Quintana,  Dolores Costoyas  ... 
    Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz,  René Jacobs,  Paul Goodwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  London Oboe Band
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  • 4.
    Italian Baroque - Sonatas Et Concertos / Chiara Banchini, Amandine Beyer
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 316 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Valentini,  Francesco Geminiani,  Nicolo Porpora,  Nicola Fiorenza  ... 
    Performer:  Chiara Banchini,  Stephanie Pfister,  David Plantier,  Odile Edouard  ... 
    Conductor:  Chiara Banchini,  Amandine Beyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415,  Gli Incogniti
    CD: $39.99
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  • 5.
    Giorno E Notte: Concerti Per Flauto Del Signor Vivaldi
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 70804-6 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Chiara Banchini,  Jörg-Andreas Bötticher,  Gaetano Nasillo,  Conrad Steinmann  ... 
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  • 6.
    Piano e Forte - Music at the Medici Court / Kiehr, Banchini, Hantai, Torbianelli
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922504 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lodovico Giustini,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Martino Bitti,  Francesco Barsanti  ... 
    Performer:  Edoardo Torbianelli,  Rebekah Rusò,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Marc Hantaï  ... 
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  • 7.
    Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op 6 / Banchini, Ensemble 415
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501406 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Jesper Christensen,  Chiara Banchini
    Conductor:  Chiara Banchini,  Jesper Christensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
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  • 8.
    50 Best Baroque
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57503 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  John Dowland,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Gérard Lesne,  Susan Graham,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Parrott,  Emmanuelle Haïm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Taverner Players,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble  ... 
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  • 9.
    Albinoni: Sinfonie Op. 2 / Banchini, Ensemble 415
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 90202 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni
    Performer:  Chiara Banchini
    Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
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  • 10.
    Couperin: Concerts Royaux, Pièces A 2 Clavecins /Smithsonian
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77327 Release Date: 06/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Stephen Hammer,  Konrad Junghänel,  James Weaver,  Christopher Krueger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Smithsonian Chamber Players
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  • 11.
    Vivaldi: Concertos for 4 Violins from L'Estro Armonico / Banchini
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 70902 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Chiara Banchini,  Stephanie Pfister,  Leila Shayegh,  David Plantier  ... 
    Conductor:  Chiara Banchini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415
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  • 12.
    Hopkinson Smith Album
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8908 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Denis Gaultier,  Francisco Guerau,  Pierre Attaingnant,  Giovanni Kapsberger  ... 
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Roel Dieltiens,  David Courvoisier,  David Plantier  ... 
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  • 13.
    Rameau: Pièces De Clavecin / Bianchini, Muller, Lengelle
    Label: Lindoro   Catalog: 709 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Chiara Banchini,  Françoise Lengellé
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  • 14.
    Corelli: Sonate a Violino e Violone o Cimbalo Op. 5 / Banchini
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951307 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli
    Performer:  Käthi Gohl,  Jesper Christensen,  Chiara Banchini,  Luciano Contini  ... 
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