CLAUDIO ORTENSI AND ANNA PASETTI have been collaborating since 2011 and they hold together an annual Master class dedicated to the study and refinement of the original harp and flute repertoire. Their research aims at enhancing and reintroducing the Italian repertoire from the eighteenth-century music to contemporary authors, both famous and unknown. This research work recently led to a monographic CD with the record label Tactus, dedicated to flautist and composer Luigi Gianella ( Trois Duos op. 2).
Anna Pasetti, harpe
She took her diploma in harp at the A. Steffani Conservatoire of Castelfranco Veneto, mentored by Professor Ilde Bonelli, then she attended specialization courses in modern harp (with G. Albisetti, F. Pierre, S. Mildonian, C. Michel) and performance practice of historical harps (with M. Galassi). She has always been active in Chamber Music and among her awards are the First Prize at the 1st International Contest Città di Ispra, First Prize at the 2nd National Contest Riviera della Versilia in Camaiore, First Prize at the 10th National Music Contest of Assieme Città di Genova, First Prize at the 3rd International Harp Contest of Spotorno, First Prize at the 8th International Contest Premio Acqui Musica in Acqui Terme, First Prize at the 2nd Piero Rogger Contest in Mestre; she also participated at the First International Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, by request of the Japan Chamber Music Foundation; in 1998 she performed in Perugia for the 4th European Harp Symposium and the following year she participated at the 7th World Harp Congress of Prague. She collaborated with several young composers (L. Gregoretti, H. R. Dominguez, M. Baldissera, U. Bellotti, R. Solci), playing the first presentation of the compositions; she also took part in the first recording of Concerto of Bruno Maderna for two pianos, two harps and percussions (Stradivarius, 2001) and with the Quartetto d'Arpe of Venice she recorded a CD with the transcriptions of the four concerts of the Seasons of Vivaldi and more than one original composition for the harps quartet of Roberto Solci: Le Muse danzanti (Fine Tune/Recording Arts, 2000). With the soprano Laura Vasta she recorded Ave Maria, produced by Radio Oreb (Vicenza). In 1996 she graduated in Musicology at the Palaeography and Musical Philology School of Cremona (Pavia University), with a thesis on the history of harp that was awarded the highest marks, honours and publication recommended. Thanks to her studied she collaborated as a consultant at the restoration of the Doppia Arpa of the House of Este of the seventeenth century (usually called Laura's Harp), now preserved at the Este Gallery of Modena. She held conferences and classes on the history of harp at the Palaeography and Musical Philology School of Cremona , Municipal Music School of Milano, Institute of Musical Heritage of Piemonte, Turin University, Conservatoires of Udine, Parma, Milan, Cuneo, Trento, Castelfranco Veneto and Turin, Brigham Young University of Provo (Utah-USA), University of Tel Aviv. She taught harp at the Conservatoires N. Rota of Monopoli (BA), G. Frescobaldi of Ferrara, B. Marcello of Venice and U. Giordano of Foggia. Since 2010 she is a consultant for artistic didactics at the Popular Harp School of Viggiano (PZ) and harp teacher at the Philharmonic Academy of Camposampiero (PD). She held harp internships and master classes at Asolo (TV), Viggiano (PZ) and Montefiore Conca (RN). She was part of the jury for the 2nd and 3rd International Harp Contest M. Tournier in Cosenza, of the 1stt, 2nd and 3rd International Contest Suoni d'Arpa in Salsomaggiore Terme (PR), and of the 18th International Harp Contest in Israel in Tel Aviv. She is considered one of the biggest experts of harp history in the world. She is author of almost 250 publications and she's at the head of a collection called Magadis, dedicated to music for the harp for Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Bologna) since 1996. In the summer of 2004 Ut Orpheus published her first book, dedicated to the history of the harp among Ancient and Middle Age, called Non arguta sonant tenui psalteria chorda, and then the monograph L'Arpa (L'Epos, Palermo, 2008), on the history of harp from the Middle Age to the twentieth-century. In July 2010, she wrote her third book L'Arpa Viggianese nella storia della musica e dell'arpa in Europa, published by the town council of Viggiano (PZ). The compositions published by Urtext were included as mandatory pieces in the programs of the most important harp contests of the world and were recorded in several solo and chamber groups CDs from internationally famous artists, increasing the harp repertoire. Her numerous essays appeared on magazines and study volumes (some of them are: Syrinx, Rassegna di Studi e Notizie, Hortus Musicus, I Quaderni del m.æ.s, Doce Notas). From 2005 to 2008 Anna Pasetti was the curator of the Harp Museum Victor Salvi in Piasco (CN) and she planned the 2006, 2007 e 2008 exhibitions. Under this role she held conferences in San Francisco, London and Cardiff.