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Sergio Azzolini






Sergio Azzolini

Sergio Azzolini was born in Bolzano in 1967. He started studying in his hometown with Romano Santi and then continued his studies in Hannover (Germany) with Klaus Thunemann. Around that time, he was already working as a solo bassoonist for the European Community Youth Orchestra. He won, amongst others, the C. M. von Weber-competition as well as the Prague spring competition and the ARD-competition, where he also successfully participated with the Ma’a lot Quintett, an ensemble he has played with for ten years.

Parallel to his career as a modern solo bassoonist Sergio Azzolini has focused on playing early music on historical instruments. As a baroque bassoonist and soloist, he played with the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Concentus Musicus Wien, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, L’Aura Soave Cremona, La Stravaganza Köln, Holland Baroque Society, Händel-Festspielorchester Halle and Accademia Bizantina. Since 2013, one of his focuses is the work with his own baroque orchestra, L’Onda Armonica.

For a period of five years, Azzolini was the artistic director of Kammerakademie Potsdam. During his time there, he organized many concerts with music ranging from baroque to avant-garde as well as four successful opera productions with operas from Vivaldi, Galuppi, Graun and Mozart.

Today, Sergio Azzolini is much asked for internationally, working as a conductor and soloist for ensembles as well as orchestras with a focus on music from the 18th and 19th century. A look at his numerous CD productions reveals an exceptional diversity in styles. Right now, Sergio Azzolini is working on recording all of Antonio Vivaldi’s concertos for bassoon for Opus111/Naïve Records.

Since 1998, Sergio Azzolini is a bassoon and chamber music professor at Hochschule für Musik Basel (Switzerland).