Maestro Gianni Bergamo

Gianni Bergamo was born in Milan, Italy in 1941, attended primary school in Italy and Liceo in Switzerland. After a degree in Economy (1964) at the Catholic University of Milan, he dedicated himself to the study of music with Tissoni (harmony and composition), D. Maffeis (organ) and N. Sanzogno (orchestra conducting) at the Conservatory of Bergamo, Italy.
From 1964 to 1994 has been a businessman with his own import-export, real estate and finance companies, though at the same time he has remained close to music and to its world.
In 1990 he created the Cultural Association “Gli Amici Cantori”, first as a chorus alone, then later accompanied by an orchestra. He has given many concerts in Italy with them, preferring the symphonic-sacred repertoire (masses, oratories, passions, etc.).
At present, he lives in Santiago del Chile.

Vittorio Ghielmi

Italian viola da gamba player, conductor, composer, Head of the Institute for Early Music and Professor at Mozarteum Salzburg and Visiting Professor at Royal College (London). Compared by the critics to Jasha Heifetz (“Diapason”) for his virtuosity he attracted notice for his new approach to the viol and to the sound of the baroque repertoire. He appears as soloist or conductor with famous orchestras (modern as L.A. Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Konzertverein Wien etc. or baroque orchestra as Il Giardino Armonico, Freiburger baroque Orchestra etc.) and as one of the leaders of the ancient music scene, he shared the stage with musicians as Gustav Leonhardt (duo), C. Bartoli … or with Andràs Schiff, T. Quasthoff, V. Mullova and with his brother Lorenzo. He has been assistant of Riccardo Muti for the Salzburger Festspiele. Since 1999 forms a duo with the lutenist Luca Pianca with whom he played hundreds of concerts and CD recordings. His ensemble Il Suonar Parlante Orchestra, founded in 2007 with the argentinian singer Graciela Gibelli, is regularly invited in the most important venues (Berliner Philharmonie etc.), and devoted to a new investigation of the ancient music repertoire as well as to the creation of new projects and performed with important jazz players (K.Wheeler, Uri Caine, P.Fresu, M.Stockhausen, Carmen Linares…). He collaborated with the Hollywood regisseur Marc Reshovsky creating a spectacle around Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri tourning in 2007-9. In summer 2018 he has conducted Pygmalion by Rameau in the Drottningholms Slottsteater (Stockholm) in collaboration with the regisseur and dancer Saburo Teshigawara (Karas).

He got a degree as Docteur ès Lettres (Università Cattolica di Milano). His fieldwork within old musical surviving traditions led to him being presented the “Erwin Bodky Award” (Cambridge, Massachusetts USA 1997), and the prestigious Echo Klassic Award 2015 (Germany). The collaboration with traditional players is documented in the film “The Heart of Sound – a musical journey with Vittorio Ghielmi”, BFMI (Salzburg-Hollywood). Vittorio recorded countless cds as soloist. The last prize-winner Cds: “Gypsy Baroque” 2018 and “Le Secret de Ms. Marais” (2020) for Alpha Classic (Paris). More at www.ilsuonarparlante.com.

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Hille Perl

Musician, gamba-player, has played music as long as she can think. For her, music is the foremost means of communication between human beings, more precise and intense and unmistakable than language, of greater emotional significance than any other experience besides love. To her, music is a means of connecting not only the past and the future but also a way of socially integrating the most conflicting aspects of existence.

She travels the world, playing concerts and recording CDs with different groups or soloizing, or with her main partner, the lutenist and composer Lee Santana. They mostly perform in the field of 17th and 18th century music, but they also let the music take them to places they never even dreamed of.

When she is not travelling she lives in a farmhouse in northern Germany with her family and a few chickens, sheep, dogs and cats.

She passionately teaches her twelve students at the Hochschule der Künste in Bremen, Germany, everything she knows about music, playing the gamba, and how not to be jealous if someone plays better than you.

Foto: www.hillenet.net

Sara Ruiz

Sara Ruiz studied viola da gamba with Itziar Atutxa and Pere Ros in Madrid and with Ventura Rico in Seville. She continued her studies with Lorenz Duftchmid in Germany. She follows the “Corso di perfezionamento” with Vittorio Ghielmi in Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Switzerland) between 2004 and 2008. She attends masterclasses with Jordi Savall, Christophe Coin and Philippe Pierlot. She also studied chamber music with Rolf Lislevand.

She has collaborated with ensembles including Amsterdam Baroque Orquestra, Al Ayre Español, La Cetra Baroque Orquester, Armonico Tributo Austria, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. In 2006 she was awarded in the Bach-Abel competition in Köthen (Germany). Her first album as soloist “La voix de la viole” with the ensemble La Bellemont and dedicated to the music of Marin Marais has received praise from critics. Her recording of the suites for viola da gamba by François Couperin will be re-lease in 2019. She recently recorded the 12 fantasies for viola da gamba by G.P.Telemann.

Since 2018 she is director of the Consort de Violas da Gamba de la Universidad de Salamanca.

She has been a professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Sevilla and she has given masterclasses in Poland, Italy, Austria and Portugal. She currently combines her teaching activity at the Conservatory of Vigo with an intense concert activity.

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