Department of Early Music - Conservatory "A. Pedrollo" of Vicenza

The Department of Early Music at the Conservatory of Vicenza was one of the first in Italy to offer Academic Degrees of first and second level in specific Early Music disciplines. Historically informed performance practices are taught in a whole range of primary instrument/voice courses as well as highly specialized theory and history courses focusing on Early Music.

Since the early 1990’s, the Department has involved students and teachers in numerous musical projects and performances always trying to combine musicological research with historical performance practices. Public concerts are frequently given in extraordinary historical settings such as the Teatro Olimpico, Villa Cordellina, Villa Contarini, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Chiesa di Santa Corona, in addition to other venues ideal for Early Music repertoire.

There are also numerous concerts in important Italian Ancient Music festivals such as “Grandezze & Meraviglie” in Modena, “Spazio & Musica” in Vicenza, “Galuppi Festival” in Venice, “Milan Baroque”, “Le Vie del Barocco” in Genoa and others. still.

The Early Music Department’s larger ensemble productions have included, “Johannes Passion”, “Magnificat” and “Brandenburg Concertos” by J.S. Bach, “Dido and Aeneas” by H. Purcell, “Sacrae Symphomnie” by A. Gabrieli, “Gloria” and “Magnificat” by A. Vivaldi, “Te Deum” by M.A. Charpentier, “Leçon de Ténèbres” by F. Couperin, “Missa Alleluia” by I. Biber.

Guest performers/scholars such as M. Huggett, N. North, T. Mathot, T. Koopman, S. Kuijken, H. Smith, D. Laurin, A. Bernardini and many others, have been invited to work with students, some returning several times.

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