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Alberto Grazzi


The course programme will be based on the Baroque repertoire of solo sonatas according to the student's level with sessions on study technique and exercises for developing breathing and sound.

A few hours will be devoted to reed construction with information on historical reeds and their construction technique.

Depending on the number of students, an attempt will be made to study some pieces for several bassoons transcribed from Boismortier's three or five flute concertos.


First bassoon of the orchestra Concentus Musicus Wien and founding member of Ensemble Zefiro, Alberto Grazzi has been active in the field of early music for about forty years, collaborating with many European orchestras. From 1990 to 2020 he was first bassoon of "The English Concert" founded by Trevor Pinnock, took part in the birth of "Il Giardino Armonico" in the late 1980s, and collaborated for years with Hesperion XX and Jodi Savall's "Les Concert des Nations".

Alberto Grazzi is an international reference point for the baroque bassoon both in terms of performance and teaching. For many years a tutor at the courses of the 'European Community Baroque Orchestra', Alberto Grazzi taught at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan and at the Conservatorio E.F. Dall'Abaco in Verona. He has many dozens of recordings to his credit and with 'Ensemble Zefiro' and 'The English Concert' he has recorded concertos by Fasch, Vivaldi and Mozart's K191 concerto as soloist. Since 2011, he has held the chair of baroque bassoon at the Conservatorio G.Verdi in Milan.

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