Opera Prima Ensemble & Cristiano Contadin

Biography Opera Prima Ensemble & Cristiano Contadin

Cristiano Contadin
Italian viola da gamba player graduated in Piano with M° M.Somenzi and in Viola da gamba with M° P.Biordi. As a gamba soloist and not he has collaborated with ensemble both in Italy and abroad including I Barocchisti, La Venexiana, Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Ensemble Elyma, Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Capella della Pietà dei Turchini, Arpeggiata, L’Arte dell’Arco, Cantar Lontano, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala of Milano, Orchestra sinfonica “G.Verdi” of Milano, Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna....

Cristiano has recorded for labels Winter & Winter, Universal (Deutsche Grammophon), Sony, EMI Classic, Artè, Brilliant Classics, Glossa, K617, Stradivarius, Bongiovanni, Naxos, RAI, Radio France, Channel 2 Poland, RTBF, WDR.

In 2012 Cantar Bastardo (Elucevanlestelle Records) was released, a CD project by Cristiano and Marco Scavazza exploring Renaissance music and rediscovering the cantar alla viola practice. With the early music group Il Suonar Parlante, who’s 2006 recording Full of Colour (Winter & Winter) won such prestigious awards as the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique and Preis des Deutches Schallplatten, Contadin’s playing has been praised in Italy as well as abroad. (Diapason Goldberg, Schalplatte der Musik, CD Classica, Fanfare, Echos des Stars 2015, CD of the month of February 2016 for Classic Voice with Tlemann’s Triosonatas and Concertos).

With the Quartetto Italiano di Viole da Gamba before and now with Il Suonar Parlante ensemble, and as soloist too, aims to cultivate a repertory that embraces ancient as well as modern viol consort music, performing woks specially written for the ensemble by famous jazz artists and composers such as K. Wheeler, Uri Caine, Don Byron, V. Moretto, M. Stockhausen, F. Hoch, Bartholomeé, L. Garau.

In addition to activity as performer has edit the italian translation of The early history of the viol of I. Wood eld, published by EDT - Turin, and he is currently coordinator of the Viola da gamba catalogue “La voce dell’Ambasciatore” for the Italian publishing house Musedita. He teaches viola da gamba at the Conservatoire “B. Marcello” of Venice and collaborates also with “V. Bellini” in Palermo too; since 2010 to 2013 he has taught viol at the Academy of Music and Music Communication in Esbjerg, Denmark.

He plays an Italian anonymous bass viol of the 18th century.

Ensemble Opera Prima
is the new musical ensemble that Cristiano leads; it moves from the small group to the orchestra and the viol consort. It has born to play music with friends; musicians with intense activity as soloist into the baroque repertoire and not, take part in this group. Ensemble Opera Prima’s purpose is to enjoy the playing.

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