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Giuliano Carmignola

About this Artist

Equally accomplished on modern and Baroque violin, GIULIANO CARMIGNOLA is highly regarded for his broad repertoire, encompassing Baroque, Romantic, Classical, and 20th-century works.

Carmignola’s career began with awards at the “Premio Città di Vittorio Veneto” in 1971 and the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1973. He quickly secured his status as a leading soloist under Claudio Abbado, Eliahu Inbal, Peter Maag, and Giuseppe Sinopoli, appearing at Royal Albert Hall, La Scala, the Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonie, and Tchaikovsky Hall. He also toured extensively with I Virtuosi di Roma, and gave the Italian premiere of the Dutilleux violin concerto.

Carmignola enjoys a uniquely diverse career, with repertoire ranging from Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn to Debussy, Stravinsky, and Schnittke. The 2008/2009 season takes him on tour to Japan, Korea, and the U.S. with the Venice Baroque Orchestra; to Germany for performances of the Schumann Violin Concerto in Duisburg and of Vivaldi concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra under Christopher Hogwood; on tour with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées in Mozart concertos; and in recital with Robert Levin during the Salzburg Mozartwoche. He will also give a series of duo recitals with violinist Viktoria Mullova in Turin, Milan, Bologna, Florence, and Rome, performing on both original and modern instruments in works ranging from duo sonatas of C. P. E. Bach and Haydn to Bartók and Prokofiev.

Carmignola’s extensive discography includes two albums of previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos, The Four Seasons, and a collection of Locatelli violin concertos with the Venice Baroque Orchestra (VBO), as well as the complete Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Andrea Marcon, all recorded for Sony. His recordings for Deutsche Grammophon include Concerto Veneziano, a collection of concertos of Tartini, Locatelli, and Vivaldi, and a disc of previously unrecorded concertos of Vivaldi that was awarded both the Diapason d’or and Choc du Monde de la Musique. DG has recently released his recording of Vivaldi concertos for two violins with Viktoria Mullova and the VBO, and the complete Mozart concertos with Claudio Abbado.

A native of Treviso, Italy, Carmignola began his studies with his father and graduated from the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, where he studied with Luigi Ferro. He attended master classes with Nathan Milstein, Franco Gulli, and Henryk Szeryng. He is professor of violin at the Lucerne Hochschule as well as at Siena’s Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Carmignola plays a 1732 Stradivari on permanent loan from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna.