Meet The Artists - Simone Gramaglia

Simone Gramaglia

Simone Gramaglia is considered one of the best Italian violist. He comes from a family of musicians and started his musical studies at the age of 5 studying music theory and piano. At the age of 7 he started playing the recorder, giving many concerts with this instrument in Italy, Germany and UK.

When he was 16 years old he fell in love with the viola inspired by the unique and warm sound of this great instrument. Six years later he got his Master' s Degree with honors after studying at the Music Conservatoire "N. Paganini" in Genoa, coached by professor Luigi Brusini.

In the following years Simone continued his study and perfected his solo technique at the Accademia Stauffer in Cremona with Bruno Giuranna, as well as studying for four years with Mikhail Kugel in Chioggia, Gent and Maastricht. He also attended masterclasses with Serge Collot in Koblenz and with Yuri Bashmet in Siena (Accademia Chigiana).

In 2000 whilst studying at the Accademia Stauffer, Simone formed the Quartetto di Cremona. From then on he devoted himself mainly to the Quartetto di Cremona, firstly studying with Piero Farulli in Fiesole then with Hatto Beyerle in Basel and Hannover and at the European Chamber Music Academy and also attending masterclasses at Proquartet in Paris with Paul Katz and Rainer Schmidt. The Quartetto di Cremona went on to launch their career achieving huge recognitions at international competitions including Cremona, Heerlen, Melbourne, and Gui amongst others.

During his career, Simone has collaborated with artists such as Antonio Meneses, Lynn Harrel, Lawrence Dutton (Emerson String Quartet), Angela Hewitt, Bella Davidovich, Cho Liang Lin, Lilya Zilberstein, Bruno Giuranna. He has performed at the most prestigious concert halls including the Lincoln Centre in New York, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Wigmore Hall in London, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, NCPA in Beijing, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

As a soloist Simone regularly performs with different orchestras, pianists and with the Italian guitarist Luigi Attademo. Both his chamber and solo repertoire include authors from the Classic and Romantic period (Mozart, Paganini, Schumann, Brahms), together with XX century composers (Britten, Hindemith, Bartok) with a special attention to rarely performed Italian authors (Giorgio Federico Ghedini) and contemporary ones like Silvia Colasanti and Fabio Vacchi.

Simone Gramaglia plays on a viola made by Gioacchino Torazzi, Turin, Italy ca. 1680-1720 kindly loaned by the Kulturfonds Peter E. Eckes.

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