Grazia Raimondi

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She has studied at the Conservatorio “G.B. Martini” in Bologna, her hometown, graduating with praise in violin under the guidance of Giovanni Adamo. Afterwards she has attended improvement courses with Franco Gulli (Diploma of Merit at the "Accademia Chigiana" in Siena), Salvatore Accardo, Corrado Romano and Maurice  Raskin.

Thanks to the “J.W. Fulbright” scholarship (New York), she has been student of Franco Gulli (violin) and Rostislav Dubinsky (chamber music) at the Indiana University in U.S.A., where she has obtained the ”Artist Diploma”. 

 She won the 1° prize at the Rassegna Nazionale in Vittorio Veneto, at the National Violin Competition “Ugo Conta Music Awards Hong Kong” in Mantova and at the “Sibelius International Competition” held at the Indiana University.

 In 2012 she gave a solo concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York, raising a big success from audience and critics and she has opened the 44° Newport Music Festival with a concert that gained three standing ovations, there she is regularly invited.

She has performed concerts in Trio with Antonio Pappano and Luigi Piovano and Beethoven Triple with Giovanni Sollima and Olaf John Laneri, she has also cooperated in chamber music with Maurizio Baglini, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Francesco Di Rosa, Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Daniel Del Pino, Giuliano Mazzoccante and Aldo Orvieto.

She has developed intensive solo and chamber music activities in prestigious theatres and concert venues: Teatro alla Scala in Milano, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in Londra, Grossen Musikvereinsaal in Vienna, Philharmonie in Monaco, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires etc., taking part in so many television broadcasts and engravings including the Rossini Six Sonatas in quartett for Tactus label.

She has collaborated with chamber groups such as “I Solisti Veneti”, “I Virtuosi di Roma” and the “New European Strings Orchestra".

She has performed in Japan, in chamber music concerts with the lead parts of the Tokyo Philarmonic Orchestra and as Concertmaster of the Tokyo Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra and of the Hyogo Pac Orchestra conducted by Yutaka Sado in Osaka.

She has taught in violin and chamber music masterclasses at the International courses of Akiyoshidai in Japan and at the  Silpakorn  University in Thailand.

She has been Concertmaster at the Friuli Venezia Giulia Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2009 wherewith she has played several times as soloist, at the moment she is Soloist Concertmaster of the "Orchestra da camera di Padova e del Veneto", of the "Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato" and of the "Musici Aurei" wherewith she has recorded the Vivaldi “Four Seasons” (Eloquentia), which has obtained enthusiastic reviews in Italy and abroad.

 Among the newly released CD’s: Kindertotenlieder, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen in chamber music version, with Sara Mingardo and Luigi Piovano, and the Quartettsatz in A minor by Mahler (Eloquentia), which has alredy had good reviews in England by the BBC and in France it has won the “Schwarzkopf “ award as the best Mahler CD of the year; in Duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante the Giovanni Sollima piece “Continuum Nomade” dedicated to her: a trip to the Italian music from Tartini to Sollima through Paganini, Martucci, Respighi and Petrassi (Wide Classique); in Duo with Andrea Castagna the first Cd of  Viotti two violins Duos (Wide Classique); in Duo with Aldo Orvieto and the partecipation of Luigi Piovano with Martinu, Schnittke, Part, Prokofiev and Montanaro music (5 Notturni dedicated to her)(Wide Classique). Moreover a second coming CD in Duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante for Franck and Strauss Sonatas (Wide Classique).

She is the holder of the violin teaching at the Higher Institute of Musical Studies “G. Verdi” in Ravenna.                

She plays a 1783 Giuseppe Gagliano violin.

ViolinJean-François Major