Claudio Ronco

cellist, composer, musicologist and writer.



Claudio Ronco is undoubtedly among the best artists in Baroque music repertoire, as a skilled Basso Continuo player and a Soloist of virtuoso repertoire. His twenty years experience with the gratest groups and directors specialised in XVI to XVIIIth Century music, assure him a great stylistical flexibility, together with an extraordinary instrumental virtuosity, so as to ditinguish his performances for the freshness of his inventions, spontaneity and elegance.


Born in Torino, 1955, he studied in the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi", under the guidance of Renzo Brancaleon and Pietro Nava, former cellist of the Royal Opera Theatre. Interested in extra-european music, he graduated in 1976 from Calcutta University, India. In 1978 studied under the guidance of Anner Bijlsma and Christophe Coin, in Génève, Basel and Paris.
Since 1980 he has been the solo cellist of the famous Clemencic Consort of Vienna, with whom he has performed concerts and Operas all over the world, being active also in the greatest part of the discographical production of the group, mainly published by Harmonia Mundi, Sony, Accord Musifrance and the Italian label Nuova Era. He has realized several recordings of his own musicological discoveries, such as the works of the neapolitain cello virtuoso Salvatore Lanzetti, as well as many first world recordings of great interest, such as the integral work for Duo of Nicolò Paganini and his teacher Alessandro Rolla, the complete piano Trios of the two great danish romantic composers N.W. Gade and Peter Heise, or the splendid Sonatas for cello and piano by the celebrated romantic cello virtuoso Alfredo Piatti.
Highly appreciated by critics as an exceptional interpreter of the major virtuoso repertoire, baroque as well as romantic, he has collaborated, among the many, with Ensemble 415, Jordi Savall and the Hesperion XX. He's a regular guest of Festivals such as "Musica Antiqua de Sevilla", "Alte Musikfestival Berlin", "Festival International de violoncelle" of Beauvais, "Musikverein" of Vienna, "Oude Musik Festival" in Holland. He has broadcasted for RAI, OEsterreicher Rundfunk, Bayerische Rundfunk, Danmarks Radio, Radio France, R.T. Svizzera, Radio Canada, etc. Some videos of his works were done by ZDF and Canadian Television. Since 1983 he lives in Venice, married to the Danish singer Lone Loëll, and since 1985 he plays regularly with the venetian pianist Brenno Ambrosini.

Claudio Ronco plays on precious cellos by G.B. Guadagnini, Cremona 1740, Antonio Casini, Modena 1673, Jean Ouvrard, Parigi 1745, C.A. Miremont , Parigi 1876, anonimus Flemish five stringed cello, end of XVII sec., all restored to the original conditions, and historically stringed in gut, according to the work and research of Mimmo Peruffo, Vicenza.

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