After graduating cum laude in piano and choral conducting, he studied organ and harpsichord at the Conservatory of Rotterdam under the guidance of David Collyer; having won a scholarship from the Dutch government, he later studied for two years with Siebe Henstra at Utrecht Conservatory, where he received his harpsichord Concert diploma. He also attended workshops and master classes in harpsichord and organ given by T.Koopman, G. Leonhardt, J.B. Christensen, H. Vogel, L.F. Tagliavini, and fortepiano by M. Bilson.
He is one of the founders and main leaders of major italian ensembles of early music such as Studio di musica antica “Antonio Il Verso” e Les Eléments, and has performed concerts with various bands and orchestras (among which are the Ensemble “Elyma” of Geneva, Cantica Symphonia of Turin, Het Hollands Kamerorkest, European Community Chamber Orchestra); furthermore he has frequently collaborated with some of the most accomplished singers and instrumentalists in the field of Baroque music (including G. Banditelli, M.C. Kiehr, C. Ansermet, A. Bernardini, A. Grazzi, A. Minasi, E. Onofri - he also played in a duet with A. Staier, performing concerts for two harpsichords by J.S. Bach).
He has played in some of the most important European early music festivals (such as the Holland Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, the Settimana Internazionale di Musica Medievale e Rinascimentale in Erice, the Festivals of Ambronay, La Chaise Dieu and Beaune in France, the Settimana di Musica Sacra in Monreale, the early music season of the Fondação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon and Ateneo Navarro of Pamplona) and collaborated in the production of Baroque Operas with companies such as the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Festival Monteverdi in Cremona. He has performed in solo recitals in Italy and abroad, for important early music festivals and concert seasons: among these the Amici della Musica Association in Palermo, the season of Piemonte in Musica, the Suona Francese festival and the concerts of Museo de Historia di Tenerife.
He has participated, with live performances, in radio broadcasts on the Italian RadioRai3.
As a harpsichordist and organist, he has taken part in several recordings, some of which have received prestigious awards from the international press (Diapason d'Or, Vivaldi Prize, Grand Prix du Disque): La Dafne by Marco da Gagliano, the Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, the Vespro della Beata Vergine and the complete Operas by Monteverdi directed by Gabriel Garrido (for L’incoronazione di Poppea he has also composed "concertati" accompaniments for the violins), the Passione di N.S. Gesù Cristo by Jommelli whit the Berliner Barock Akademie directed by A. De Marchi, Il Secolo d'oro nel Nuovo Mondo ('600 Latin-American), and also works by Corteccia, Rubino, Perez e Aliotti for the labels Tactus, Symphonia, K617 e Butterfly Records-Teatro Massimo Palermo. With the ensemble Les Eléments he has recorded Venere, Amore e Ragione, Serenata by Alessandro Scarlatti (first world recording), published together with Concerto X from Dodici Sinfonie di Concerto Grosso, for the label La Bottega Discantica, and a CD for the label Brilliant, with the complete Sonatas en Trio by Jacques-Martin Hotteterre and solo pieces for harpsichord (Harpsichord Transcriptions from Lully) by J.H. d'Anglebert.
Although it prefers and
privileges, in his artistic activity, the role of harpsichordist, both as a soloist and continuo player, he also often dedicate himself in conducting, at the harpsichord, the vocal and
instrumental Baroque repertoire; between the works recently directed: Les
Plaisirs de Versailles de M.A. Charpentier and, in November 2014, he will direct La falsa Parigina di D.
Cimarosa, for the season of the Opera National de Paris.
He graduated cum laude in Musicology at the University of Bologna with a thesis on the Basso Continuo in the seventeenth century Italian music. He edited for the publisher Alfieri&Ranieri the modern edition of the cantatas of A. Scarlatti in the custody of the Altieri Library in Noto.
He has given master classes in harpsichord and basso continuo and workshops on performance practice and early music treatises.
As a winner of a national competition for Music
Conservatories, he is professor at the Conservatory “V. Bellini”of Palermo, holding the chair of
"Harpsichord and historical keyboards".
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