Born in Florence in 1981, Simone Stella is a pupil of harpsichordist Francesco Cera. He also studied organ with Mariella Mochi and Alessandro Albenga and organ improvisation with Fausto Caporali and Stefano Rattini. Mr. Stella has attended many courses and seminars held by internationally acclaimed artists, including Ton Koopman, Matteo Imbruno, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Luca Scandali, Giancarlo Parodi, Stefano Innocenti, Klemens Schnorr, Ludger Lohmann, Michel Bouvard, Monika Henking, and Guy Bovet.
Simone Stella (photo by Alessandro Simonetto, © 2010)
Simone Stella is winner of the 2nd and 3rd “A. Esposito” Youth Organ Competitions held in Lucca (2004-05), and the 1st “Agati-Tronci” International Organ Competition held in Pistoia (2008).
He performs, especially as a soloist, in Italy, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark and United States. His repertoire includes harpsichord and organ music from every historical era up to and including the present day. Particularly interesting is his live performance (2009-10) of the complete organ works by Dieterich Buxtehude in the historical Church of Orsanmichele in Florence, where he was titular organist.
He has recorded the First Book of Suites de pièces by Georg Friderich Handel exclusively for OnClassical, and the Complete Harpsichord and Organ Works by Dietrich Buxtehude, George Boehm, Adam Reincken, Johann Gottfried Walther (soon to be released); this grand project is also under the aegis of international renowned label Brilliant Classics which actively supports it and prints the CD-version.
There's no question that Stella has the proper Buxtehude style, which is to play with irregular meter and with the parts of both hands slightly out-of-synch much of the time, which creates a weird tension[...]. Stella is also excellent in the long sets of variations [...].
- Lynn René Bailey, Fanfare
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