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Artist Biography

Paolo Pandolfo

Paolo Pandolfo

Paolo Pandolfo began his research in the field of renaissance and baroque music in 1979. He then went on to study with Jordi Savall. In 1982 he became a member of J. Savall's Hesperion XX and played throughout the world with Hesperion XX until 1990, making dozens of recordings.

In 1990, after the huge success of his first recording as a soloist (C.P.E.Bach's Sonatas for Viola da Gamba), he was nominated as professor of viola da gamba at his alma mater, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel.

His performing career takes him all over the world, playing with artists such as Emma Kirkby, Rolf Lislevand, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Mitzi Meyerson, Jose Miguel Moreno and many others.

Since 1992 he has directed the viol consort Labyrinto. Pandolfo has recorded for radio and television stations world wide, and for record companies such as Astree, Emi, Philips, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Tactus, Simphonia, and more recently, GLOSSA.

Pandolfo builds bridges between the past and the present, bringing spontaneous and immediate life to the performance of baroque and renaissance music. As well as playing historical repertoire, he also improvises, makes transcriptions, and composes new music. He is convinced that the patrimony of ancient music can be a powerful inspiration for the future of the western musical tradition.

see a list of artists that have performed at previous Four Winds