The musical group Harmonices is the result of an idea by the violinists Gianfranco Contadini and Stefano Rondoni. The aim was to form a group of musicians capable of tackling the entire classical repertoire and to help those who do not usually listen to this type of music to appreciate it. Thus, this group was founded and since 1998 has been performing in classical concerts in the most prestigious theatres and concert halls in Italy, with a vast repertoire ranging from 1600 to the early 1900s, including such composers as Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Paganini, Monti, Brahms, Beethoven, Sarasate, Strauss and many more. They perform as soloists, in duets, trios, quartets and as a complete orchestra of 22 players.
Claudio Astronio - conductor
Claudio Astronio is an eclectic musician: he is a harpsichordist, organist and conductor. He mainly conducts his early instrument ensembles "Harmonices Mundi" and the "Bozen Baroque Orchestra" and performs regularly at the most prestigious festivals in Europe, USA, Japan and Canada. He has participated in numerous radio and television broadcasts all over the world and has recorded several CDs, which have received various international awards from Musica, CD Classica, Amadeus, Classic Voice, Alte Musik Aktuelle, Diapason, Repertoire, Le monde de la musique, El Paìs, Ritmo, Diverdi, Goldberg , Gramophone, Continuo and Fanfare (USA). He holds masterclasses in organ and harpsichord in Italy, Spain, Norway, USA and other European countries and currently teaches organ at the European Academy of Ancient Music as well as harpsichord and ensemble music at the Antonio Vivaldi Institute of Music in Bolzano.
He is the founding member of the Musica Antiqua Association in Bolzano and works as artistic director of the International Festival of Early Music together with the Accademia Europea di Musica Antica called "Antiqua.bz".
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