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giuseppe ettorre

double bass

Born in Ravenna, he started his Double bass musical studies under the guidance of Leonello Godoli at the Liceo Musicale of Forlí. While still a student he won 1st price in the National Competition "Città di Sesto San Giovanni" and was enrolled in the register of the "Royal Filarmonica Academy of Bologna". After obtaining full marks in his diploma at the "G.Rossini" Conservatoire at Pesaro, he was chosen to participate in the European Community Youth Orchestra (ECYO). There he met Franco Petracchi, with whom he then studied for five years at the post diploma course of the "Walter Stauffer" Institute at Cremona and subsequently at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, where he won the Honours Diploma and the "G. Bottesini"Scholarship for the best pupil.

Having previously won the International Competition at Stresa and 2nd price at the "Bottesini" Competition at Parma in 1991, he was the winner of the prestigious ARD Competition of Munich (2nd prize, no 1st prize awarded) and since then has had an intense career not only as a soloist, but also playing chamber music and teaching. He has played the Koussevitzky Concerto and Mortari's "Rapsodia Elegiaca" with the Bayerischen Rundfunk Orchestra, Bottesini's 2nd Double bass concerto with the Northwest Deutsche Philharmoniaand Bottesini's "Gran duo concertante" and "Passioni amorose"with the Toulouse String Orchestra. With the pianist Stefano Madona he has played at numerous festivals including Musica Riva (Riva del Garda), Ticino Musica and Schaffausen (Switzerland).

With regard to chamber music he has performed at "La Scala Theatre", among other pieces, Prokofiev's quintet, Bottesini's "I Puritani" and Rossini's duet, both for Cello and Double bass, Bottesini's Gran duo for Clarinet and Double bass and the "Bolero". At the Alighieri Theatre of Ravenna he performed Schubert's "Trout" quintet with La Scala String Trio and Riccardo Muti at the piano. Founder member of the "Solisti della Scala" and the "Ensemble Strumentale Scaligero", he has made several CDs with both groups; the recordings include Bottesini's "Grand duo concertante" for violin and Double bass, "Gran duo" for Clarinet and Double bass and "Fantasia on the theme of the Sonnambula". He has performed as a soloist with these groups in the principal Italian and European Festivals. He has also collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker Sextet, with the Borodin Quartet performing Glinka's sextet, and several times with La Scala Quartett. He also plays with "I Cameristi della Scala"and with "I Solisti d'Europa", the latter formed by the first parts of four Orchestras: La Scala, Rai di Torino, Wiener e Berliner Philharmoniker.

His repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to contemporary works with particular attention to the work of Bottesini, his interpretation being always as faithful as possible to the original part. His continual search to find new sonorities on his instrument have brought him, among other things, to widen his knowledge of the baroque repertoire, with particular attention to Telemann's Fantasy in D major for Viola da gamba, G. Sammartini's Sonata in A minor for Violoncello and J.S. Bach's Sonatas BWV 1027 & 1028 for Viola da Gamba, all played on the Double bass with a baroque bow, accompanied by Emilia Fadini on the Harpsichord. For the new label "NBB Records" he has recorded two CDs including works of Sammartini, Telemann, Bottesini, Misek, Berio, Henze, Piazzolla and various of his own composition, which show his interest in modern musical forms from Jazz to New Age. There have been numerous radio and television transmissions in Italy, among which Bottesini's"Bolero" (for Radio3), and in Switzerland, Germany, France, Slovakia and Sweden.

Since 1991 he has been 1st Double bass of both the Opera Orchestra and Filarmonica della Scala; with the latter in the concert season 2005/2006 he performed as soloist the Aria "Per questa bella mano" by W.A. Mozart conducted by Kazushi Ono. He teaches in Milan both at the Accademia della Scala and at the Scuola Musicale; he also held masterclasses at Capbreton (France), Segovia, Cordoba and Granada(Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Ticino Musica (Switzerland), Stockholm (Sweden), Portogruaro, Saluzzo and Ferrara (G.Mahler International Academy), in the main Italian conservatoires, at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College at London, at the University of Georgia (USA) and at the Conservatoire of Paris, Lyon and Pau. He plays on a Custode Marcucci double bass dated 1890.

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