HOME SLO

SEMPER VIVA

QVAM CREATA

SLO

Simone Vallerotonda (IT)

When: 14. 8. 2019 at 20:30

L'ultimo romano: Lutenists and guitarists from Rome between 17th and 18th centruries

Ticket order:

Ticket price: 10 - 25 EUR

Festibus: Ljubljana (Hala Tivoli) - Soteska at 17:15. Price: 10 EUR. | Zagreb - Soteska at 17:00. Price: 10 EUR.

Simone Vallerotonda (IT): archlute, baroque guitar

L'ultimo romano: Lutenists and guitarists from Rome between 17th and 18th centruries

 

Artists’ message to visitors

In order to understand Roman music, one should consider the cityscape: the many churches, the majestic ancient ruins which – perfectly inserted into the urban fabric, produce a spectacular stratification of centuries – the large green spaces, the colour of the palaces, the generous light, the dazzlingly clear sky... Opulence, solemnity and ironic lightness are the foundations upon which the Roman music school is built. From Renaissance to the Baroque age – overriding the diversity of individual styles – this basic code lives on: solemnity and gravity plus a certain crafty and carefree lightness. Archlute and guitar, “star” instruments of the Baroque, conjure up those both facets, those eternal traits that went through the centuries without ever going out of style because of their timeless character. They revive the lost sound of a city that still nowadays, if perhaps more softly and secretly, is reflected in them.

 

 

Simone Vallerotonda

 

Born in Rome in 1983, he started studying the classical guitar. At age 18, deeply in love with early music, he bought a lute without any idea on how to play it. Then he had lute tuition from Andrea Damiani at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory in Rome, where he graduated with the highest marks. He subsequently obtained a Master's Degree in theorbo and Baroque Guitar at the "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik" in Trossingen (Germany) under the guidance of Rolf Lislevand, also with the highest marks. Once again with full honours, he graduated in Philosophy at the "Tor Vergata" University of Rome, submitting a PhD dissertation about the relationships between 18th-century music and the French Philosophes.

In 2011, he ranked first in the soloists’ class of the International Lute Competition "Maurizio Pratola", also obtaining the highest prize in the chamber music section from REMA (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne).

He appeared at outstanding theatres and concert venues in the USA, Australia, South America, Far East, Europe, such as: New York's Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Conservatorium, Teatro de la Ciudad in Mexico City, Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, the Singapore Lyric Opera, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, Theater an der Wien, Theatre de Champs Élysées in Paris, Oporto’s Casa da Música, the Liszt Academy of Budapest, Berliner Philharmonie, the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Among the countless festivals which invited him: Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Sferisterio Opera Festival, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Ravenna Festival, Beaune Festival, Ambronay Festival, Musikefestspiele Potsdam, Bruges Festival, Utrecht Festival, Festival Actus Humanus Danzig, OperaRara Cracow, Poznan Baroque Festival.

He has recorded for major radio and television broadcasters such as RAI, ABC, BBC, Mezzo, France Musique, Radio4, Art, Polskie Radio, Kulturradio, RSI, Radio Classica, Vatican Radio, as well as for the labels Naïve, Sony, Erato, EMI, Decca, Amadeus, Brilliant, Aparté, E Lucevan Le Stelle Records, Arcana Outhere Music.

In addition to his soloist’s activity, he takes part as a continuo player in various ensembles including: Modo Antiquo, Les Ambassadeurs, Imaginarium Ensemble, Mare Nostrum, Il Pomo d’Oro, Rome’s National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Open to experimentation, he also collaborates with the innovative ensemble Soqquadro Italiano. He teaches Lute at the "Antonio Scontrino" Conservatory of Music in Trapani (IT). He holds a project professorship for Baroque guitar at the Conservatory "G. B. Martini", Bologna (IT) and the Conservatory “L Refice”, Frosinone (IT).

In 2014 he founded "I Bassifondi", his own proprietary ensemble offering a 17th-18th century repertoire for guitar, theorbo and lute with continuo. Their debut album "Alfabeto falso” was nominated in the ICMA 2018 (International Classical Music Award) among the best baroque instrumental records.

www.simonevallerotonda.com/ | Facebook

Concert programme

The contrapuntal rigour of the "Roman school", the immediate lightness of fashionable songs played on the guitar, lighspeed virtuosity, corteous and tuneful grace: those are the colours that paint the great fresco on the Eternal City. Since the late 16th century and well into to the 18th, such authors as Lorenzino, Kapsberger, Valdambrini, Zamboni – who proudly style themselves “Romano” next to their name – use to display, despite their diverse individual characteristics, the same compositional spirit; one made of density, rigour, majesty and expressive directness. In order to understand Roman music, one should consider the cityscape: the many churches, the majestic ancient ruins which – perfectly inserted into the urban fabric, produce a spectacular stratification of centuries – the large green spaces, the colour of the palaces, the generous light, the dazzlingly clear sky... All those features, mixing “modern” Baroque with the Antique, make the alleys of downtown Rome the exact mirror of grave counterpoint combined with the melodic clarity of the voices. Opulence, solemnity and ironic lightness are the foundations upon which the Roman music school is built. From Renaissance to the Baroque age – overriding the diversity of individual styles – this basic code lives on: solemnity and gravity plus a certain crafty and carefree lightness. Archlute and guitar, “star” instruments of the Baroque, conjure up those both facets, those eternal traits that went through the centuries without ever going out of style because of their timeless character. They revive the lost sound of a city that still nowadays, if perhaps more softly and secretly, is reflected in them.

Venue

Soteska, Devil's tower

The most interesting jewels of Slovenia's landscape are very often those that are shrouded in a veil of mystery. One such place is the Devil's Tower in Soteska, a little village between two forested plateaux. The tower has stood here for over three hundred years, a place of entertainment and sinful pleasure.

FESTIBUS

The price of the Festibus (a coach provided for all concerts outside of Ljubljana) is 10 EUR regardless of the event location.