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CHENNAI: The DUO – Simone Gramaglia (Viola) | Luigi Attademo (Guitar)

Simone Gramaglia ViolaLuigi Attademo Guitar

The Duo: Founded in 2012 from the two artists’ idea to unite the unique and fascinating sonorities of the viola and the guitar in an ensemble that could ennoble them both not only through the peculiarities of their timbre but also from the point of view of chamber music. This permits the Duo to explore a vast repertoire, from Bach to the contemporaries, and to appreciate the deepest musical and structural aspects of the works thanks to the instruments’ natural affinity and ability to create a dialogue between themselves.

The album: The Duo’s first album is dedicated to the works of Paganini, released by Brilliant Classics in January 2015 and which has achieved great critical success.

Simone Gramaglia is the violist of the Quartetto di Cremona, with which he has performed all over the world in the past fifteen years. As a soloist, he has performed with various orchestras presenting N. Paganini’s Sonata per la Gran Viola and is considered one of the foremost violists of his generation. Along with Luigi Attademo, he counts Andrea Lucchesini, Lawrence Dutton and Jamie Walton among his other favorite musical collaborators. His teachers were Mikhail Kugel, Bruno Giuranna and Yuri Bashmet. He teaches at the Accademia Stauffer in Cremona and is Director of the viola and quartet courses at Master4Strings, and holds masterclasses throughout Europe. He writes in Archi Magazine and studies philosophy at the University of Genoa.

Luigi Attademo began his artistic journey winning the third prize at the “Concours International d’Execution Musicale” in Geneva in 1995. Born into the school of guitarist-composer Angelo Gilardino, he counts Giovanni Guanti, Julius Kalmar, Alessandro Solbiati and Emilia Fadini among his teachers. He is considered one of the most important guitarists of his generation. Among his recent projects are the publication of an anthology of a contemporary guitar music CD dedicated to Paganini (Ed. Symphony) and the complete works of solo guitar by Niccolo Paganini registered for the first time in their entirety on an instrument of that time (Brilliant, 2013.) He is currently a lecturer at the ISSM “G. Donizetti” of Bergamo and often collaborates with the HEM in Geneva and Lausanne.

  • Organizzato da: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, New Delhi
  • In collaborazione con: Alliance Française of Madras