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OnClassical featured Artists: Sonatori Fiorentini

The ensemble, Sonatori Fiorentini (literally, Florentine musicians), was born in 2004 out of a desire to re-read the baroque repertoire, revisited according to the latest achievements of philology and, thus as a way of making music brilliant, whimsical, almost extravagant, totally stripped of that heaviness and drama born from the anachronistic legacy of nineteenth-century taste.

Though it was recently formed, the group has already performed numerous concerts in Italy and abroad. Their performances include the prestigious concert Seasons organized by Ceresio Estate in Lugano, Lucca Città degli Organi promoted by the "Domenico di Lorenzo" Association in Lucca, "Invito alla Musica" in Rome, and "ArteinMusica" promoted by the “Rapallo Musica” Association.

The Sonatori Fiorentini have recorded for the Italian recording company, OnClassical.

 

Antonio Aiello, violin
Andrea Landi, cello
Matteo Venturini, organ

 

Antonio Aiello completed his studies under Alberto Bologni, achieving brilliant results at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Florence. He later took courses in Alto Perfezionamento (High Perfection) held by Giuliano Carmignola at the Centre de Musique Hindemith in Blonay, and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He then studied under Carmignola at the Musikhochschule in Luzern, where in only two years he earned both a Konzertdiplom and a Solistendiplom with honours.

He has won numerous national and international contests having been invited from a very young age to perform at various prestigious concert seasons in Italy, France, Germany, Romania, Spain, the United States and Switzerland. Parallel to his activities as a soloist, he is also to be credited with collaboration with important chamber and symphonic orchestras, such as the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Sinfonieorchester Engadin, Orchestra Mozart, etc., thanks to which he has had the opportunity to work with conductors and soloists of worldwide fame. He has made live recordings as a soloist for RAI (Italian equivalent to the BBC) and various private radio stations, and with the German radio station Mitteldeutsche Rudfunk.

He plays an Eduardo Gorr violin (Cremona 2009) built according to the Antonio Stradivari model (Cremona 1709).

 

Andrea Landi (born in Florence in 1982) completed his studies at the Fiesole Scuola di Musica where he now teaches cello. He attended master classes for soloists, taught by E. Dindo, R. Filippini, A. Nannoni, W. Boettcher, H. Shapiro, Wen-Sinn Yang, F. M. Ormezowski, and J. Starker. He earned his diploma with brilliant marks at the Conservatory of Bolzano, and attended perfection courses by Enrico Bronzi in Italy, and by Orfeo Mandozzi in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, earning a Konzertdiplom with honours. At present he is continuing a perfection course held by Mandozzi at the Hochschule der Kunst in Zurich.

He graduated in chamber music with honours at the Accademia Internazionale of Imola under P. N. Masi, and attended perfection courses with Trio di Parma, Trio Altenberg, P. Farulli, B. Canino and A. Nannoni. He has recorded Vivaldi’s concerts for two cellos. He performs regularly with various orchestras, including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Symphonica Toscanini, ORT (Orchestra Regionale Toscana), and the Philarmonica of Torino, and he is a member of the Spira Mirabilis orchestra. Since 2005 he is a member of the Orchestra Mozart, founded and conducted by Claudio Abbado.

 

Matteo Venturini, born in Florence in 1981, graduated in Organ and Composition for Organ (with honours), and Composition at the “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatorio di Musica in Florence. He then graduated as a Concert performer for Organ at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) under the guidance of Klemens Schnorr.

He performs concerts in Italy, Croatia, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. He is the winner of seven national organ contests, and of the Third International Contest for Organs: “Andrea Antico da Montona” in Croatia. He has recorded for the following recording houses: Carrara, Eurarte and OnClassical, and for numerous television and radio programmes, both in Italy and abroad. He teaches Organ and Composition for Organ, and Complementary Organ at the “Giuseppe Bonamici” Scuola di Musica in Pisa.

 

Instruments played:
Violin: Eduardo Gorr (Cremona 2009), based on the model by Antonio Stradivari (Cremona 1709)
Cello: English Anonym, timbre Longman (London c. 1760)
Organ: Nicola Puccini op. 19 (Migliarino, Pisa 2009).

Organ setting:
- Bordone 8’ in cedar
- Flauto a camino (chimney flute) 4’
- XV 2’
- Basancia Bassa 8’
- Basancia Soprana 8’
Keyboard: do1 – fa5, in olive and ebony. Division bassi – soprani: do3 – do#3
Pedalboard: do1 – si1 tiratasti, in walnut.
Accessories: Nightingale, transposer.

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