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Bio courtesy of Simone Gramaglia
“Gramaglia is clearly the star, and his playing is hard to fault - intonation as well as interpretation. Violists will want this one[..]” American Record Guide, July/August 2015
“Excellent performances by violist Simone Gramaglia, a seasoned soloist and violist of the famous Quartetto di Cremona[..]” Prestoclassical Uk.
Simone Gramaglia is the viola player of the Quartetto di Cremona, at the moment the most representative Italian chamber music ensemble all over the world.
He is the recipient of the famous Stradivarius Viola “Paganini” (1731) on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Simone Gramaglia recently won the Echo Klassik Prize 2017 for the best XIX century repertoire recording with the Beethoven String Quartets cycle recorded with the Quartetto di Cremona.
With a regular international concerts’ career, Simone has collaborated with artists such as Antonio Meneses, Lynn Harrel, Lawrence Dutton (Emerson String Quartet), Angela Hewitt, Bella Davidovich, Cho Liang Lin, Lilya Zilberstein, Pietro De Maria, Pave Haas String Quartet.
He has performed at the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the Tonhalle Zurich, Les Grands Interpretes Geneve, Lincoln Centre New York, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Santa Cecilia Rome, NCPA Beijing, Salle Gaveau Paris, Auditorio Nacional Madrid.
As a soloist, Simone regularly performs with different orchestras, pianists and with the Italian guitarist Luigi Attademo. Both his chamber and solo repertoire include authors from the Classic and Romantic period (Mozart, Paganini, Schumann, Brahms), together with XX century composers (Britten, Hindemith, Bartok) with a special attention to rarely performed Italian authors (Giorgio Federico Ghedini) and contemporary ones like Silvia Colasanti and Fabio Vacchi.
As a soloist and with the quartet, he has recorded for Decca, Brilliant Classic, Genuine and Audite. His concerts have been worldwide broadcasted by several radios and tv networks (ABC, BBC, RAI RADIO 3, WDR, DEUTSCHLAND RADIO, WQXR NEW YORK).
He has been teaching viola at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Conservatorio di Musica “N. Paganini” in Genova, at the Master4Strings Academy.
Since 2011, Simone is String Quartet Professor at the international “Walter Stauffer” Academy in Cremona. He also gives viola and string quartet masterclasses in several European countries, as well as in Asia and the USA.
Simone Gramaglia is the artistic director of the international project “Le Dimore del Quartetto” which main aim is to support young string quartets providing free hospitality in historical houses where study and rehears. At the same time, he is also the testimonial of the worldwide "Friends of Stradivari" project.
In January 2015 he has recorded a cd with Paganini's music for viola and guitar, released by the label Brilliant Classics. The album includes the original version of the Sonata per la Grand Viola written by Niccolò Paganini and works adapted for viola by Simone him self (Six Sonatas op. 2 and the Sonata Concertata). "These are wonderful intimate and deliciously melodic works, full of charm and Italian sunshine”. The Paganini cd received a great welcome from the international critics.
Simone Gramaglia plays also on a viola made by Gioacchino Torazzi (Turin, Italy ca. 1680-1720) kindly loaned by the Kulturfonds Peter E. Eckes.