Simone Sorini

Graduated in musicology, he carries out philologist and researcher activity – focusing for many years on the music repertoires from the Duchy of Montefeltro and the Della Rovere family, as a result of which he has designed and executed with Ensemble Bella Gerit, as well as founder and director, three recorded works on Renaissance repertoires from Urbino – and now crowned by the publishing of his book about an important Flemish author of the late Renaissance, whose footsteps had almost been lost; the volume, titled “L’Opera Sacra di Leonard Meldert” includes, in additionto unpublished music rediscovered by Sorini that transcribed it using modern notation, alsobiographicalnews,newinterpretativehypothesisrelative to the repertoires of  ,and studies on the relationship between Meldert and the other musicians of the age.

Thanks to this study M° Sorini has also entered to be part of the contributors of the New Grove, the greatest encyclopaedia of music and the musicians, now available on web.

Having studied singing with several teachers in Italy and Europe, he has a unique vocal technique that allows him to obtain a full tenor acute sound, brilliant and natural.

His non academic and  immediately  recognizable vocal style, that has made him a point of reference for performers of early music, is much  appreciated  in Europe, where he performed in the most important theatres and festivals, including Temporada Gulbenkian of Lisbon,  Early  Music Festival  in Boston, Saison Musicale à Royaumont, Early Music Weekend in London, Stockholm Early Music Festival, Festival Van Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Festival Baroque in Pontoise, Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival.

Multi-instrumentalist, over the years he has gained an in-depth knowledge of Medieval and Renaissance plectrum instruments, owner of dozens of them- all rebuilt according to the ancient iconography – also thanks to the study with M° Adolfo Broegg.

Versatile interpreter of lute repertoires from the Middle Age to the early Renaissance, he performs as a soloist accompanying himself with his instruments while singing, bringing back to light the ancient profession of the Cantore al liuto, historical definition often credited to Francesco Petrarca, but typical of Italian musicians and composers from the late ‘400.
He is the director of the choral group Narnia Cantores”, a mixed-voice vocal ensemble dedicated to the execution of medieval repertoires – and in particular to the rediscovery and diffusion of those of the local area – which also makes use of stringed instruments, drums and percussion reconstructed according to ancient iconography.

He holds training courses and workshops to singing, and whenever possible he also gives to his performances an educational-cultural print.
His encyclopedic knowledge of styles and genres from medieval to modern music, together with his natural-born musical vocation, have made possible the design of original and particular projects of contamination between the ancient world and the contemporary, where evocative and unusual sounding ancient instruments dialogue with electric and digital ones.

This research resulted in his latest creation, the concert/show OPUS, an Italian-French production inspired by alchemy, staged in Pigna (Corsica) in the summer of 2013, of which other representations have been staged at Lunaria Festival of Massa Carrara and at the Grey Cat Festival of Grosseto in the summer of 2014.
In this context has also designed and implemented with Bella Gerit the multimedia show “De Divina Proportione” presented at the Ravenna Festival 2011, also taking care of the musicological and historical side of the research.

He has sung and played in over 30 recordings released by Sony, Stradivarius, Alpha, K617, that in France have received prestigious awards such as the “Diapason d’or” and “Choc de la musique”; He has also been part of the Myth world tour, a work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and he has performed, besides Europe, in Mexico, Canada, Russia, Bulgaria, Syria and the United States.

Specialist in Medieval and Renaissance repertoires, he played the main roles in works by: Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Albinoni and Mozart. He has sung and recorded for Radio France Musique, Radio Osterreich 1, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, SBS Radio Sidney.

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