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Anna Fontana
harpsichord

Programme

The course is open to harpsichordists of all levels, amateurs, beginners, students and professionals.

Recommended but not compulsory repertoire (any other piece of harpsichord literature will be welcome): 

G.F. Haendel Suites for harpsichord (1/8)

J. Mattheson Suites for harpsichord 1/6

G.Ph. Telemann Fantasie for harpsichord (first dozen)

J.S. Bach Harpsichord Concertos, transcriptions from Vivaldi's concertos for strings

Anna Bon Six Sonatas for harpsichord op.II

H. D'Anglebert from Pièces de clavecin, Suite in G Major and Variations sur les Folies d'Espagne (from Suite in D minor)

Bio

After studying piano and harpsichord at Italian conservatories, she furthered her studies in the Netherlands, obtaining the Certificaat of Advanced Study at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, where she attended courses in harpsichord, chamber music and basso continuo. He has won prizes in national and international harpsichord and chamber music competitions. He performs regularly and intensively in concerts in Italy and throughout Europe as a soloist, in chamber groups and in orchestral ensembles such as Ensemble Zefiro, Accademia Bizantina, Café Zimmermann, Ensemble Aurora, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Accademia Ottoboni, Cappella Gabetta Ensemble Pizzicar Galante, Ensemble Cantar Lontano, Academia Montis Regalis, La Venexiana, participating in the most important international early music festivals and touring North America, Latin America and Asia. Since 2006, he has collaborated permanently with Amandine Beyer's Ensemble Gli Incogniti, with whom he has made numerous recordings for the Harmonia Mundi label, which have won important prizes and awards from record critics (Diapason d'Or, Gramophon Editor's Choise, Preis der Deutschen Schallpkattenkritik, Choc de la Musique, Choc de Classica, etc.). He collaborated in the preparation of a project dedicated to Monteverdi's music directed by Sir John Elliot Gardiner. He has played for the most important European radio networks (BBC Radio3, Radio3 France, Radio3 Rai, RTBF MusiQ3, ORF Radio1, NPO Radio4) and recorded for the Sony-Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Opus 111, Harmonia Mundi France, Alpha, Zig Zag Territoire, Naive, Capriccio, Glossa, La Bottega Discantica, Agorà, Naxos, Arion, Hyperion, Dynamic record companies. For the Alpha label, he has published the concertos for two, three and four harpsichords by J.S.Bach with the Ensemble Café Zimmermann. For the past few years, he has dedicated himself to deepening his performance practice on historical pianos, with a focus on the four-hand repertoire, in duo with Attilio Cremonesi.
He currently teaches Basso Continuo at the Conservatory of Milan.

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