Orfeus Barock Stockholm, Johannes Rostamo, Luca Guglielmi

Biography Orfeus Barock Stockholm, Johannes Rostamo, Luca Guglielmi

Orfeus Barock Stockholm
Since the formation of Orpheus Baroque in 2015 by Baroque-loving members of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the ensemble has also developed into an important meeting place for some of Sweden’s leading Baroque musicians.

The critically acclaimed ensemble collaborates with guest conductors such as Alfredo Bernardini, Manfredo Kraemer, Dan Laurin, Peter Spissky, Luca Guglielmi, Göran Karlsson and Mariangiola Martello, as well as soloists such as Anders J. Dahlin and Kristina Hammarström.

Orpheus Baroque plays on period instruments and since the Ensemble was founded, violinist Elin Gabrielsson has served as concertmaster and cellist Johannes Rostamo as artistic director.

The Orfeus Baroque Ensemble plays on period instruments and is based in the beautiful Grünewald Hall in Stockholm's Concert Hall.

Johannes Rostamo
has served as solo cellist with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. In addition to his work in Stockholm, he also performs as a guest solo cellist in orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Bern. He is a regular guest at numerous major festivals in Europe and in recent years, he has debuted on prestigious stages such as Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.

Rostamo is also a passionate chamber musician and one of the initiators of the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble, as well as a member of the Finnish Jousia Ensemble. His interest in baroque music also led to the foundation of the orchestra’s own period ensemble, the Orpheus Baroque Ensemble.

Rostamo was trained in Helsinki, Stockholm (Edsberg Institute of Music), Oslo and the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) under the leadership of Heikki Rautasalo, Torleif Thedéen, Truls Mørk, Frans Helmerson and Hatto Beyerle. In addition, he has participated in master classes with some of the leading cellists of our time: Heinrich Schiff, Anner Bylsma, Erling Bløndal Bengtsson, Lluís Claret and more.

Rostamo recorded Joonas Kokkonen’s Cello Concerto with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Paul Mägi (record label: Academus). He plays on a cello that is nicknamed “Magg”, built by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona in 1698.

Luca Guglielmi
(Turin, Italy, 1977) is renowned for his historically informed interpretations of music of all periods, his wide repertoire and his strong commitment into the study and application of phenomenology of music. He has a great passion for incorporating period style within the traditional orchestral world and creating distinctive and dynamic programs.

Luca Guglielmi has a wide repertoire, from Gesualdo to Strawinsky, conducting orchestras and ensembles such as: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orfeus Barockensemble, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Orchestra Milano Classica, Arsys Bourgogne, Coro di Torino della RAI, Cappella Musicale di Santa Maria dei Servi di Bologna.

In opera, he has been assistant to conductors such as: Antoni Ros-Marbà, Victor Pablo-Perez, Gottfried von der Goltz, Giovanni Antonini, Jordi Savall for works from Monteverdi to Mozart, working in famous opera houses like: Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Teatro Real (Madrid), Teatro Regio (Turin), Styriarte Festival (Graz). Composer of notable talent, he studied at the Turin's Conservatorio under Alessandro Ruo Rui. He has composed several works for mixed a cappella choir, a format he favours; his compositions have been performed in Italy and abroad by the Turin Vocalensemble (dir. Carlo Pavese), by the Coro Filarmonico “Ruggero Maghini” and by the St Jacobs Chamber Choir (dir. Gary Graden).

He replaced at the very last minute renowned conductor Reinhard Goebel with Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and soprano Roberta Mameli, for a concert in the famous Basilica del Santo in Padua (Italy).

Concurrently, from 1993 Luca Guglielmi has had a busy international career as a soloist of historical keyboards (harpsichord, organ, clavichord, fortepiano), choir master and leader of various ensembles "with original instruments". Honourable Mention at the XII International Organ Competition in Bruges, he studied harpsichord with Ton Koopman and Patrizia Marisaldi, organ with Vittorio Bonotto, renaissance counterpoint and historic composition with Sergio Pasteris.

For nearly twenty years Luca has been the assistant and continuo player of Jordi Savall and his ensembles Hesperion XXI, Le Concert des Nations and La Capella Reial de Catalunya, giving concerts, from the duo to the large ensemble, all over the world. He has collaborated with artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Sara Mingardo, Barbara Bonney, Philippe Jarrousky, Giuliano Carmignola, Paolo Pandolfo, Ottavio Dantone, Gabriele Cassone, Paul O'Dette, Katia and Marielle Labéque and ensembles like Il Giardino Armonico, Ensemble Zefiro, Ensemble La Fenice, The Rare Fruits Council, Freiburger Barockorchester, RAI Turin Orchestra (under Jeffrey Tate, Roberto Abbado, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos).

Luca Guglielmi has a wide discography of more than 50 CDs, among them 18 solo titles devoted to a repertoire from Frescobaldi to Mozart, for such labels as: Accent, cpo, Vivat, Hänssler Classics, Stradivarius and Elegia. His recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations and Pasquini's Sonate da gravecembalo have been awarded with the "Diapason d'or"; his last organ recording Bach in Montecassino, for the English label Vivat, received an "Editor's Choice" from the Gramophone magazine.

Luca Guglielmi's dedication to educational projects has led him to teach in several summer early music courses and master classes in Italy (Pamparato and Urbino), France (Barbaste) and Spain (San Feliu de Guixols), basing his teaching exclusively on original treatises and other historical sources. From 2013 he is professor of harpsichord, fortepiano and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (ESMuC), Barcelona.

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