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Michele Benuzzi - biography

Michele Benuzzi studied the harpsichord with Ottavio Dantone and obtained the harpsichord Performing Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London. He also studied musicology at the University of Pavia.

He attended master classes with Andreas Staier, Andrea Marcon, Bob van Asperen, Ketil Haugsand, Jaques Ogg, Jan Whillelm Jansen, Christine Whiffen, and Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini. He was awarded scholarships for three consecutive years by the Istituto Fernando el Católico of Zaragoza, where he followed courses on the eighteenth-century Iberian repertoire with Professor J. L. González Uriol.

In 2003 he won the third prize at the seventeenth Yamanashi International Harpsichord Competition in Japan.

He performs in Italy and abroad, both as a solo harpsichordist and with different groups of chamber musicians, and is invited to perform as soloist by different Italian orchestras. He plays for important music organizations and venues such as Serate Musicali in Milan, the Festival of Aix en Provence, the Festival of Arles, Musica e Poesia a San Maurizio, the Ancient Music Festival at Massa e Carrara, the Foundation Querini Stampalia in Venice, the Castle of Annecy, the Bach Festival in Modena, Società dei Concerti in Milan, Tiroler Festspiele in Austria, Música Antigua de Daroca in Spain, the Tochigi Kuranomachi Early Music Festival in Japan, the Hakuju Hall - Tokyo, and the Esplanade Hall - Singapore.

He promoted, and played with other harpsichordists, the opera omnia of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonatas, which were performed from 1995 to 2002 in France.

In the UK, Michele Benuzzi has given solo recitals several times in London including twice at the Handel House Museum - and at venues around Britain from Bournemouth to Sheffield, and from Worcester to the Shetland Islands. He has performed twice at St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh, using original instruments from the famous Russell Collection.

Michele had several times now undertaken very successful recital tours in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He regularly performs in Scandanavia, Spain, and Germany, as well as in his native Italy.

He is the founder of Arcomelo, a group performing seventeenth and eighteenth-century music, and examining baroque music - especially problems concerning execution on ancient instruments. A great deal of effort goes into recovering and executing music from unedited manuscripts in European libraries.

Michele has recorded three harpsichord concertos by C. P. E. Bach for the Italian label La Bottega Discantica: the CD had excellent reviews. His subsequent recording of harpsichord concertos and sinfonias by W. F. Bach is now also available. Since then, Michele has also recorded a CD of chamber music by Vivaldi, with recorder-player Mitsuko Ota and Arcomelo.

Michele Benuzzi's first two solo CDs were recorded during the latter part of 2009: the first of them (Scarlatti sonatas) is available under the Discantica label, and the second (Hamburg 1705) with LIR Classics - please see the Discography page for details. Both these solo CDs were recorded in Edinburgh, using original eighteenth-century harpsichords from the Russell and Barnes collections respectively. Hamburg 1705 (music by Handel, Mattheson, and Graupner) can be ordered direct from this link. Michele is also under contract to record the complete W. F. Bach harpsichord works, which will be a substantial longer-term project. Current recordings include a substantial Benda project.

A further solo CD has just been released (January 2012) by Brilliant Classics: Johann Wilhelm Hässler: harpsichord music.