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More about Claudia Caffagni

Maybe you’re not familiar with the music of laReverdie (You have something to look forward to then!), maybe you’re considering one of the courses (beginners’ course and advanced course ) in late 13th century musical notation that their lutenist Claudia Caffagni will teach later in the spring, but would like to know more about her before. This is what she writes in her CV:

Born and raised in a fertile musical environment, Claudia Caffagni began her study of the lute under the guide of her father Mirco at the age of thirteen. She continued her studies with Federico Marincola and Jacob Lindberg, from whom she received a diploma in Lute Performance at the Royal College of Music in London in 1989 and subsequently she studied with Hopkinson Smith in the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with particular emphasis on Spanish Renaissance and German Baroque repertoire. In 1982 she began her professional activity both as a soloist and in various ensembles, specializing in Renaissance and pre-Baroque music. Together with the study of her instrument she also privileged the necessary study of musical source materials, notation and musical treatises, later concentrating her energies on the Medieval repertoire, already from the inception of the Ensemble laReverdie – one of the pre-eminent ensembles specializing in the study and performance Medieval music – of which she is a founding member (1986).

With the Ensemble laReverdie she has performed at the most prestigious festivals of all Europe.  She has recorded for the main Radio all over Europe and Mexico. She has recorded 21 CDs, among which 18 for ARCANA, in coo-production with WDR. All CDs has obtained a lot of prizes (among all the Diapason d’Or de l’année 1993, Finalist 2010, Finalist 2013 Midem Classical Awards, Early Music, Finalist ICMA 2019, Early Music).

She studied singing with Elisabetta Tandura. As soloist singer, she has collaborated with the ensemble Accordone, with which she has recorded the CD “Vivifice Spiritus Vitae Vis” for Cypress.

In 2015 together with Paola Erdas, she founded the duo Caffagni-Erdas with which she worked on two projects dedicated one to Christine de Pizan and  the other to Johanne d’Arc, recorded and broadcasted by Radio3.

In 1994 she awarded (with honor) in Architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, with a dissertation entitled: “Il temperamento in musica e in architettura: La Schola Riccatiana”, published in the book Le architetture di Orfeo (Ed. Casagrande-Fidia-Sapiens, Milano-Lugano, 2011). On the same subject she published for L. Olschki Press (Florence) her lecture at the International Conference dedicated to Giordano Riccati, placed in Venice at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini (October 2010).  Recently she published the article “Homage to Johannes Ciconia. Gears Marcum imitaris: a model for the motets of Ciconia” in Marcinum, II/2012.

In preparation the publishing of her lecture at the conference “Analisi della  performance. Un ponte tra teoria e interpretazione” (Messina, 7-9 June, 2018).

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Ensemble laReverdie (1986-2006) she prepared a new critical performing edition of Guillaume Du Fay’s “Missa Sancti Jacobi”, transcribing the Mass from the Codex Q15 now in Bologna, Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica. 

This work has got a special mention at the 2014 edition of the “Luigi Gaiatto” award, promoted by  the Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi onlus of Venice. She provides regularly transcriptions and musicological researches to all the new projects of the ensemble laReverdie.

She has taught Early Music performance practice at the Conservatory “G. Tartini” in Trieste from 2001 until 2006. She regularly holds seminars and courses in Italy and abroad. Since 2005 she teaches at Milano Civica Scuola di Musica “Claudio Abbado”, where since 2018 she leads and teaches for a Master program in Medieval Music. From 2007 until summer 2015 she has taught medieval lute and medieval notation at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik di Trossingen (University of Music Trossingen/Early Music Institute). In 2016 she started a collaboration with Fondazione Benetton and Almamusica433 for a new project dedicated to the preparation of young selected musicians interested in late medieval music. Since 2003 she teaches Medieval Music at the Summer Courses of Early Music in Urbino, Italy.

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