Nicolò Biemmi (bassoon)

Programme

Maurice Ravel Piecè en forme de Habanera
Jeff Scott Elegy for Innocence
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Nocturne in D minor Op 19 No 4
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky August: Harvest from The Seasons Op 37a
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin Op 24
Luigi Orselli Reminiscenze su la Traviata di Giuseppe Verdi

Interval

Giovanni Sollima arr Biemmi Spasimo Fragments
Hildegard von Bingen arr Forsell/Biemmi Ancient Suite
Ernest Bloch arr Biemmi Prayer from Jewish Life
Edward Elgar Lux aeterne
Rodion Shchedrin arr Biemmi The Sealed Angel (I)

Nicolò Biemmi bassoon
Giulia Contaldo piano
Lucy Farrimond, Anusha Merrin, Sophie Clarke, Spark Sanders-Robinson,
Theodore Murphy-Jelley, Henry Strutt, Dominic Morgan, Adam Jarman 
voices
Juan Antonio Rodriguez Diaz choir director

This concert will end at approximately 9.30pm.

Nicolò Biemmi - Biography

Nicolò has attended masterclasses with renowned bassoonists such as Sergio Azzolini, Carlo Colombo, Mathias Racz, Klaus Thunemann, Andrea Zucco and Matthew Wilkie.  He has been awarded in many solo bassoon competitions such as the 1st prize RNCM Concerto Competition, 1st prize at the “Concorso Scuole in Musica di Verona” and the 2nd prize at the “Premio Nazionale delle Arti”, competition reserved only to the best students among Italian conservatories. and 1st prize in Premio Crescendo. He also was a finalist of the Sir Karl Jenkins Competition. Nicolò has collaborated with great conductors  such as: Daniel Harding, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Philippe Herreweghe, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Semyon Bychkov, Aldo Ceccato among others.

He has performed with several orchestras throughout Italy, UK, Germany, Switzerland, France and China including: Munich Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Milan Philharmonic Orchestra, Bazzini Consort, Michael Haydn Orchestra and the NED ensemble. As a soloist, Nicolò performed with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Beethoven Orchestra and Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi. He was selected for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe Academy and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy in 2019.

Nicolò Biemmi started playing bassoon at the age of 10, graduating with honors from “Conservatorio Luca Marenzio di Brescia.” He completed his MMus with distinction at the RNCM, studying with Stefano Canuti and Roberto Giaccaglia. Currently, Nicolò attends the prestigious International Artist Diploma program at the RNCM and is academist at the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

Nicolò Biemmi - Programme Notes

This recital brings the listener on an evocative journey showing the bassoon as an elegant, sparkling, lyrical and virtuoso instrument capable of creating its own unique soundworld.

The first half rethinks and explores the possibilities of the bassoon by presenting some aspects of the instrument that are not usually highlighted.  During the time I have played with Giulia Contaldo, we have enjoyed going through a diverse range of repertoire, discovering that it is possible to enrich and expand the restricted repertoire of this instrument. We have chosen to interpret some works originally written for other instruments or for voice, to show the beauty of timbre and expressive potentialities of the bassoon as well as a rarely performed contemporary work.

The second half is intended as a continuous performance, with no breaks. It is an embrace to death and suffering. The piano, representing the worldly and the choir, representing the other-worldly, will accompany the bassoon through a journey of acceptance. A journey that I decided to undertake as a self-healing path.