Claudio Astronio © Gregor Khuen Belasi

Claudio Astronio

Claudio Astronio is an eclectic musician: he is harpsichordist and organist and conductor. He actually conducts mainly his early instruments ensemble “Harmonices Mundi” and performed regularly by the most prestigious festivals in Europe, USA, Japan and Canada. Astronio has performed and conducted with such musicians as Emma Kirkby, Max Van Egmond, Dan Laurin, Gemma Bertagnolli, Susanne Ryden, Yuri Bashmet and Gustav Leonhardt. He has participated in numerous radio and television broadcasts allover the world: his several harpsichord and organ recordings have received many international awards from magazines like Musica, CD Classica, Amadeus, Musica, Classic Voice, Alte Musik Aktuelle, Diapason (Diapason d’Or 2003), Repertoire, Le monde de la musique (“Choc”, July 2001), El Paìs, Ritmo, Diverdi, Goldberg, Continuo and Fanfare and Gramophone.

In 2007 Astronio’s debut as opera conductor with Gluck’s “Orfeo e Euridice” produced by Ravenna Festival , directed by Graham Vick and a stage version of Bach’s Matthaeus Passion in a dance project with the coreographer Ismael Ivo and with the london dance company of Henry Oguike as well.

After the worldwide success of the recordings Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Harpsichord Concerts and the Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista by Alessandro Stradella (“This may be the finest recording to date of a vocal work by Stradella” New Olde, USA), Astronio recently published for Brilliant Classics the Italian Arias and the Duets of the same author together with Emma Kirkby, Susanne Ryden, Martin Oro and Lisandro Abadie, which have been awarded as CD of the Month by the magazine MUSICA, and the duetti with Emma Kirkby and Sergio Foresti. In 2016 appeared the Complete Works for Keyboard by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach in a world premiere recording also for Brilliant Classics.

Since 2012 Astronio is principal conductor of the THERESIA youth baroque orchestra, mainly performing classic and pre-romantic symphonic repertoire with early instruments.

Among Astronio’s musical interests are also Jazz and pop music; recently he released with the jazz-singer Maria Pia de Vito, Michel Godard and Paolo Fresu the crossover CD “Coplas a lo divino” among early music and improvisation. He held masterclasses in Tokyo, Oberlin Conservatoire and other academies in Europe, USA, Japan and currently teaches harpsichord, hystorical keyboards and chamber music at the Conservatorio “A.Scontrino” in Trapani

Astronio is also the founding member and artistic director of the early music festival “Antiqua” in Bolzano.

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