Course programme

This course is intended for young violinists who are interested in entering the world of early music, emphasising particular attention on the management of the bow, vibrato and articulation movements in order to seek an expressive ability with a coherent language with the historically informed interpretation. A wide range of selections, from the concerto in A minor by Vivaldi to the sonatas and partitas by Bach, from Corelli’s sonatas to the sonatas and concertos by Haydn and Mozart. Students from other courses will also be involved in order to structure chamber ensembles to develop their sensitivity to ensemble music.

The teacher – Paolo Piomboni

Roma, Auditorium Parco della Musica 24 01 2017 Ritratti di Paolo Piomboni, violino ©Musacchio & Ianniello

Paolo Piomboni, who graduated brilliantly from the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence under the guidance of Maestro Cristiano Rossi, after being awarded in various national competitions and being eligible for the audition at the ORT Orchestra della Toscana, in 1990 won the international competition held by the ‘Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia’, in which Symphony Orchestra still serves as a first row violin.

He has played under the most important conductors of our time: Leonard Bernstein, Georges Pretre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Christian Thielemann, and the permanent conductors of the Orchestra: from Giuseppe Sinopoli to Daniele Gatti, from Myung Whun Chung to the current Maestro Sir Antonio Pappano, with whom he has toured all over the world and recorded numerous award-winning CDs.

In 2005 he founded, together with Paolo Pollastri, principal oboe of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, “L’Accademia Barocca di Santa Cecilia”, of which he is leader and soloist since its foundation. The ensemble, which is composed by elements of the Symphony Orchestra dedicated to historically informed performance on original instruments, is a regular guest of the Accademia’s chamber music season.

In the baroque field, he has worked with Ton Koopman, Frans Brüggen, Fabio Biondi and, above all, with Federico Maria Sardelli, with whom he has been collaborating for many years.

Paolo Piomboni dedicates himself with enthusiasm and passion also to teaching: many of his students have been awarded in national and international competitions, and he takes care of the technical preparation of the junior orchestra of the Academy with particular dedication.

Among his interests there is theater as well: as an actor-violinist he has staged several shows on texts written by Daniele Ciccolini, violinist and playwright, collaborating also with actors such as Stefano Antonucci, Massimo Foschi, Max Malatesta and Pietro de Silva, and directors such as Roberto Braida and Pierpaolo Sepe.