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Rosario Conte

Rosario Conte is an Italian musician who plays the lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar. He performs as a solo musician as well as with ensembles and orchestras and has recorded extensively.



Rosario Conte was born in 1966 in Taranto, Italy.


In addition to an active career as a solo musician, he also participates in a number of different ensembles and orchestras which specialise in performance using period instruments, such as the Kammerorchester Basel, the Accademia Bizantina, the Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, and the Freiburger Barockorchester.

He also regularly performs at a number of Early Music Festivals.

Rosario Conte has recorded for various major record labels, including as Deutsche Grammophon and Sony, as well as for numerous radio stations. In December 2009 he released a Baroque solo guitar album titled ‘Une Larme' with the label, Carpe Diem.

Since 2007 he has been lute, theorbo, baroque guitar and basso continuo teacher at the N. Piccinni Conservatoire in Bari.

He began his musical education by studying the violin and guitar and before later turning his attention to plucked period instruments and historically informed performance.

He studied baroque guitar, lute, theorbo and basso continuo at the N. Piccinni Conservatoire in Bari and received his diplomas in guitar and lute with the highest distinction.

From 2002 to 2004, he studied with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (CH) and has since lived in Basel.