Vittorio Ghielmi

Biography

Born: 1968; Milan, Italy  
Vittorio Ghielmi is best known as one of the finest viola da gamba players of his time, but he is a multifaceted musician of rare talent, as well. As the founder of the ensemble Il Suonar Parlante, he has explored not only early music but also jazz and popular music; as one of the most respected gambists in the world, he is co-author of a book on viol performance and music professor at the Conservatorio Luca Marenzio in Brescia, Italy. In Read more addition, Ghielmi regularly performs duet repertory with his brother, keyboardist Lorenzo Ghielmi and with lutenist Luca Pianca. Ghielmi's major reportorial activity has been in the Baroque period, with particular focus on the works J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and Monteverdi. But Ghielmi, who is also a conductor, has performed contemporary serious works, too, such as Kevin Volans' Matepe and White Man Sleeps, modern compositions both utilizing the viola da gamba. Ghielmi has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including Decca, Teldec, Auvidis, Supraphon, Harmonia Mundi, and Winter & Winter.

Vittorio Ghielmi was born in Milan, Italy, in 1968. It was not until the mid-'90s that he drew broad international notice: he won first prize at the 1995 Concorso Internazionale Romano Romanini, and then two years later was given the Cambridge, MA-based Erwin Bodky Award. The latter is given to young musicians showing excellence in early music performance.

Ghielmi was quickly recognized as one of the most talented gambists in Europe, and he capitalized on his newfound fame with acclaimed solo appearances with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, and Il Giardino Armonico. He also began giving duo concerts with his brother and Luca Pianca. The idea to found his ensemble Il Suonar Parlante was a bold one: the group consists of four viola da gamba players, and its repertory is mainly familiar Baroque music adapted for this unique quartet. But the group has also collaborated in concert with jazz composer and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine, pop singer Vinicio Capossela, and many other non-Classical artists.

While Ghielmi has remained active largely as an instrumental performer, he has also appeared as a conductor, notably in a spectacular 2007 concert of Buxtehude's cantata cycle Membra Jesu Nostri. Ghielmi's later recordings include the 2009 Winter & Winter CD Johann Sebastian Bach: Art of Fugue, with his brother Lorenzo and Il Suonar Parlante. Read less
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  • 1.
    Bach: Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 976 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi,  Vittorio Ghielmi
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    Biber: Battalia; Locke: The Tempest / Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 642241 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Matthew Locke,  Anonymous,  Carl Heinrich Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Luca Pianca,  Giovanni Antonini,  Enrico Onofri,  Michele Barchi  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico,  Innsbruck Trumpet Consort
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    Barbarian Beauty / Ghielmi, Il Suonar Parlante
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 972 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Gottlieb Graun,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini
    Performer:  Vittorio Ghielmi
    Conductor:  Dorothee Oberlinger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Suonar Parlante Orchestra
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    Le Violoncelle Baroque / Coin, Ensemble Baroque De Limoges
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8936 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Gottlieb Graun,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Luigi Boccherini,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christophe Coin,  Gilles Colliard,  Bruno Cocset,  Vittorio Ghielmi  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Coin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble
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    French Baroque: Versailles 1700-1740
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 7735092 Release Date: 03/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Blavet,  Jean Hotteterre,  Nicolas Chédeville,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Florian Deuter,  Iris Balzereit,  Angela Koppenwallner,  Monica Waisman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 1700
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    Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonaten Fur Viola Da Gamba Und Obligates Cembalo
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232269 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi,  Vittorio Ghielmi
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    C.F. Abel & J.C. Bach: Chamber Music / Il Gardellino
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24221 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach,  Karl Friedrich Abel
    Performer:  Vittorio Ghielmi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Gardellino Ensemble
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    Bach: Chamber Music / Ghielmi, La Divina Armonia
    Label: Passacaille   Catalog: 942 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Lorenzo Ghielmi,  Isabella Bison,  Jan De Winne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Divina Armonia
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    C.p.e. Bach: Gamba Sonatas, Fantasies / L. Ghielmi, V. Ghielmi, G. Burato
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 140 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Lorenzo Ghielmi,  Gianluca Buratto
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    Bach: Sonatas / Viktoria Mullova, Ottavio Dantone, Et Al
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4020 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ottavio Dantone,  Viktoria Mullova,  Luca Pianca,  Vittorio Ghielmi
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  • 11.
    The Devil's Dream / Ghielmi, Pianca, Gibelli
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 987066 Release Date: 12/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Luca Pianca
    Performer:  Graciela Gibelli,  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Luca Pianca
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    Graun: Concerti / Ponseele, Il Gardellino Ensemble
    Label: Accent   Catalog: 24166 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Gottlieb Graun
    Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi,  Shalev Ad-El,  Frank Coppieters,  Sophie Gent  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Gardellino Ensemble
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  • 13.
    Full Of Colour / V. Ghielmi, E. Reijseger, Suonar Parlante
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 119 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Playford,  Ernst Reijseger,  John Jenkins,  Alfonso Ferrabosco  ... 
    Performer:  Rodney Prada,  Fahmi Alqhai,  Cristiano Contadin,  Vittorio Ghielmi  ... 
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    Per Un Bacio / Marta Almajano, Luca Pianca, Vittorio Ghielmi
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 987058 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benedetto Ferrari,  Barbara Strozzi,  Giovanni Legrenzi,  Pietro Paolo Melli  ... 
    Performer:  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Luca Pianca,  Marta Almajano
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    J. G. Graun: Concertos / Wiener Akademie
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999887 Release Date: 05/17/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Heinrich Graun
    Performer:  Daniel Sepec,  Vittorio Ghielmi
    Conductor:  Martin Haselböck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Academy
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    Dalla Casa: Il Secondo Libro Dei Madrigali / Il Terzo Suono
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47561 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Dalla Casa,  Giovanni B Della Gostena,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Francesco Tapella,  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Gian Paolo Fagotto,  Jean Tubery  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianpaolo Fagotto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Terzo Suono
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    Villa Medici - Nata Per La Musica
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 65 Release Date: 08/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Christopher Simpson,  Johannes Brahms,  Uri Caine  ... 
    Performer:  Teodoro Anzellotti,  Luca Pianca,  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Marco Bianchi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Gaia Scienza,  Italian Viola da Gamba Quartet,  Amsterdam String Trio
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    Monteverdi: Motetti E Madrigali / Ilaria Geraldi, M. Morelli
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77189 Release Date: 08/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Marina Morelli,  Roberto Chiozza,  Ilaria Geroldi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geroldi and Morelli Duo
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  • 19.
    Bagpipes From Hell / Vittorio Ghielmi, Luca Pianca
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 50 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean de Sainte-Colombe,  Antoine Forqueray,  Silvius Leopold Weiss,  Thomas Robinson  ... 
    Performer:  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Luca Pianca
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    Marais: Suitte D'un Gout Etranger / Rousset, Coin
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 458144 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Christophe Coin,  Christophe Rousset,  Pascal Monteilhet,  Vittorio Ghielmi
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    Biber: Battalia;  Locke: The Tempest / Il Giardino Armonico
    Label: Teldec Das Alte Werk   Catalog: 21464 Release Date: 02/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka,  Matthew Locke,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Enrico Onofri  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Rabl,  Herbert Walser,  Martin Patscheider,  Charlie Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Innsbruck Trumpet Consort,  Il Giardino Armonico
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  • 22.
    Telemann: Chamber Music With Viola Da Gamba / Coin, Limoges
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8632 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Christophe Coin,  Gilles Colliard,  Sergio Azzolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Coin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble
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    Monteverdi: Ottavo Libro Dei Madrigali / Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30187 Release Date: 09/09/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Francesca Vicari,  Lorenzo Colitto,  Vittorio Ghielmi,  Tiziano Bagnati
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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