Vittorio Ghielmi

He’s an italian musician (viola da gamba), conductor, composer. Compared by the critics to Jasha Heifetz (“Diapason”) for his virtuosity, or called “The Alchemist of the sound” (Diario de Sevilla) for the intensity and versatility of his musical interpretations, Vittorio Ghielmi attracted notice while he was still very young for his new approach to the viola da gamba and to the sound of the early music repertoire. He was born in Milan. He studied the gamba with Roberto Gini, Wieland Kuijken (Bruxelles) and Christophe Coin (Paris).
His fieldwork within old musical traditions surviving in forgotten parts of the world and bringing new perspectives to the interpretation of European “early music” led to him being presented the “Erwin Bodky Award” (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 1997). In 1995, he was the winner of the Concorso Internazionale Romano Romanini per strumenti ad arco (Brescia).

As a viola da gamba soloist or as a conductor, in the field of classical and ancient music, he has appeared with the most famous orchestras (such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra - playing a Graun Concerto in the Hollywood Bowl ; the London Philharmonia, the Wiener-Concertverein, Il Giardino Armonico, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra etc...). He’s one of the few gamba players who is regularly invited to play as a solo performer with orchestras. In duo with his brother Lorenzo Ghielmi or with Luca Pianca, he also performs recitals in the most important venues. He has been invited to play in the world première of many new compositions (Nadir Vassena, Bagatelle trascendentali for viola da gamba, lute and orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker Hall, 2006 ; Uri Caine, Concerto for viola da gamba and orchestra, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Bozar Bruxelles, 2008 ; Caine, Concerto per viola da gamba, basset-horn and Orchestra, Passau, 2012 ; etc...).

From 2007 to 2011, he worked as Riccardo Muti’s assistant in Salzburg festival. He has been artist in residence at the Semana de musica religiosa (Cuenca, 2007 (Madrid)), where he collaborated with the American film maker Marc Reshovsky (Hollywood) and conducted the Swedish choir “Rilke Ensemble” (G. Eriksson). He has also been artist in residence in Musikfest (Stuttgart, 2010), in Segovia festival 2011, in Bozar (Bruxelles, 2011).

His ensemble Il Suonar Parlante, appearing as a Viols Quartet or an Orchestra, is devoted to a new investigation of the early music repertoire as well as to the creation of new projects ; it has also performed with important jazz players such as Kenny Wheeler, Uri Caine, Jim Black, Don Byron, Markus Stockhausen, Nguyen Lê, pop singers like Vinicio Capossela, flamenco stars such as Carmen Linares, traditional Asian musicians like the Afghan virtuosi of the “Ensemble Kaboul” (Khaled Arman).

The collaboration of Vittorio Ghielmi with traditional players and in particular with the sardinian traditional singers of the "Cuncordu de Orosei", is documented in the film Roots, BFMI (Salzburg-Hollywood). He recorded several CDs winning many critic prizes.

Vittorio Ghielmi is professor at the Mozarteum Universität Salzburg and at the Conservatorio Luca Marenzio (Brescia), and has given several master class in Academies and Universities.

He has published studies on music and previously unpublished scores (Fuzeau, Minkoff), as well as a worldwide known method for viola da gamba (with Paolo Biordi, ed. Ut-Orpheus).

He plays a viol made by Michel Colichon, Paris 1688.

Vittorio Ghielmi’s website
Il Suonar Parlante’s website