Wednesday November 4th 7.00 PM
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Recording place: Schola Cantorum Basiliensis – Musik-Akademie Basel, Hochschule für Alte Musik (Switzerland)
Andrea Buccarella – harpsichord (Italy)
Johann Sebastian Bach – Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Harpsichordist, organist and conductor Andrea Buccarella is one of the most appreciated musicians and specialists for early music of his generation. He was born in Rome in 1987 and undertakes his first musical studies as Puer Cantor in the prestigious Sistine Chapel Choir (1997 - 2000). After obtaining the diploma in organ and organ composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome (2008), he graduates cum laude in harpsichord and historical keyboards under Enrico Baiano (2016). In June 2018 he obtained, with full marks, his master's degree in harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the guidance of Andrea Marcon.
In August 2018 he has been awarded the First Prize at the International harpsichord Competition Musica Antiqua Bruges, where he also won the Outhere Award, first Italian to have achieved these prizes in the history of the Bruges competition.
In 2012 he became the artistic director and conductor of Abchordis Ensemble. Since then, Andrea dedicated himself to a conscientious activity of research, aiming for the discovery of musical masterpieces of the past which are not performed in modern times, with special focus on the sacred, instrumental and operatic repertoire of 18th-century Italy. Under his guidance the Abchordis Ensemble won the First Prize at the International Händel Competition 2015 in Göttingen (Germany). As conductor of Abchordis Ensemble, he released two recordings entirely dedicated to the sacred music of Neapolitan Baroque, for the label SONY Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: Stabat Mater (January 2016) and Dies Irae (May 2018). Acclaimed by international critics, these include unpublished works by Gennaro Manna, Aniello Santangelo and Giacomo Sellitto in their world’s first recording.
An intense concert activity, both as soloist and as conductor, brought him to perform in Europe, the USA, Korea and Japan. He has performed in many prestigious concert halls and important festivals, among others: Utrecht Early Music Festival (Netherlands), MAfestival Bruges, Bozar Next Generation (Belgium), Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen (Germany), Salzburger Mozartwoche, Resonanzen im Wiener Konzerthaus (Austria), Festival d'Ambronay (France), Freunde Alter Musik Basel (Switzerland), Fundación Juan March (Spain), Valletta International Baroque Festival (Malta), Goldberg Festival in Gdansk (Poland), Monteverdi Festival Cremona, Purtimiro Festival, Urbino Musica Antica, Roma Festival Barocco (Italy), Boston Early Music Festival (USA), Tongyeong International Music Festival (South Korea) and many others.
In September 2019 he released his first solo recording Toccata, for the renowned label Ricercar (Outhere Music), which explores the history of the most emblematic form of Baroque music, from Claudio Merulo up to its apotheosis in Johann Sebastian Bach. Toccata has received high international critical acclaim and has been awarded with 5 stars on BBC Music Magazine (December 2019) and with the prestigious Diapason d'Or Découverte on Diapason Magazine (January 2020).