‘Who better to disclose the poetic utterances of these pieces with their highly developed ‘esprit de fantaisie' than Giuliano Carmignola? I cannot think of any other violinist at the moment who feels this music with such depth and delicacy of expression and who can sustain the melodic line in a manner which mirrors the sustained style of an operatic aria.' BBC Music Magazine
Giuliano Carmignola was born in Treviso, where his violinist father discovered and encouraged his son's passion for music and where the Vivaldi renaissance began 50 years ago. Luigi Ferro, his first teacher at the Venice Conservatory, was a soloist with the Scuola Veneziana Orchestra that Angelo Ephrikian created in 1947 to perform Vivaldi's music. He later played with the Virtuosi di Roma, with whom Carmignola was in turn to appear as a soloist from 1970 to 1978, while succeeding Ferro as a teacher in Venice.
Carmignola's career was launched in 1973 when he was a prize-winner at the International Paganini Competition in Genoa. Having attended master classes with Nathan Milstein, Franco Gulli and Henryk Szeryng, he went on to perform the major violin works of the 19th and 20th centuries under conductors of the stature of Claudio Abbado, Eliahu Inbal, Peter Maag and Giuseppe Sinopoli, including giving the Italian premiere of Henri Dutilleux's Violin Concerto. As a teacher, he has been on the staff of the Musikhochschule in
Lucerne and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.
For pre-Classical works, Carmignola has two instruments, the superb Floreno Guidantus of 1739, and an anonymous 18th-century violin owned by the late Angelo Ephrikian, who also came from Treviso and who deciphered the
first Vivaldi manuscripts to be brought to light after World War II.