Enrico Fagone

Enrico Fagone, contrabbasso

Italian double bass player Enrico Fagone was born in 1979 and since his childhood, he won important national and international double bass competitions: Competition for string instruments Inner Wheel, Competition for string instruments Rotary Club, Competition for string instruments Francesco Dal Pozzo, Double bass Competition Werther Benzi, and second price at International Competition for string instruments TIM (Torneo Internazionale Musicale). He also won the double-bass open competition organized by the theatre Teatro Regio di Torino, open competition for the first double bass soloist of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and open competition for double bass professor at the Conservatory of Lugano – Switzerland.

He graduated cum laude at the conservatory ‘Giuseppe Nicolini’ of Piacenza (Italy) with Leonardo Colonna and completed his studies with internationally renowned masters including among others Franco Petracchi and Klaus Stoll (former Double-bass soloist of the Berliner Philharmoniker 1965-2008).

He is regularly invited to important chamber music Festivals all over the world, where he collabo-rates with artists such as Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin, Ivry Gitlis, Michael Guttman, Boris Belkin, Davide Cabassi, Michael Dalberto, Gabriele Baldocci, Daniel Rivera, Quartetto Modigliani, Quartetto Arriaga, Lyda Chen, Dora Schwarzberg, Marco Pierobon, Corrado Giuffredi, Giampaolo Bandini, Cesare Chiacchiaretta, Andrea Dindo Sergey Krilov etc.

He has been involved for years in a great number and variety of projects (fusion, Irish, klezmer, tango etc.) that aim to integrate several of the world’s musical traditions, collaborates with big stars like Mina , Giora Feidman (The King of Klezmer), The historical violin player Piazzolla Fernando Suarez-Paz with whom he has founded a quartet (Suarez Paz Quartet’s has recently won a Grammy), Nestor Marconi, Luis Bacalov (Oscar Award for the film The Postman).

He is the Principal Double-bass soloist of the Orchestra della Svizzera and also collaborated with orchestras like the Filarmonica della Scala di Milano, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Solisti Veneti, NHK of Tokyo etc. Highly esteemed and passionate performer, he is regularly invited as double bass soloist all over the world, accompanied by several orchestras such as National Youth Strings (UK), I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (IT), Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto (IT), Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (CH), Chamber Orchestra of Rosario (ARG), National Orchestra of Paraguay (PAR), Haifa Simphony (ISR), I Musici di Parma (IT), Italian Ensemble-Teatro Bellini of Catania (IT), Orchestra Classica di Alessandria (IT), Orchestra G.B.Martini of Bologna (IT); with Conductors such as Juraj Valcuha, Damian Iorio, Luis Bacalov, Carlo Goldstein, Roberto Molinelli, Ezio Bosso. There are many composers who wrote for the Double bass of Enrico Fagone as Luis Bacalov, Teppo Hauta-aho, Jorge Bosso, Raffaele Bellafronte, Lamberto Curtoni and Leonardo Presicci. He recorded for the world renowned record labels EMI, Deutsche Grammophon (Martha Argerich&friends), Virgin, RaiTrade and a recently issued CD for Stradivarius (Giovanni Bottesini duets) which has been awarded a 5 star acknowledgement by the most important specialized magazines (Musica, Amadeus, Classic Voice, The Strad etc..) with the orchestra della Svizzera italiana, where Fagone was proclaimed The Bottesini of 2000.

In 2007 he received the prestigious prize Carlo Capriata dedicated to talented young bassists and in the years 2012 and 2013 The Bottesini Society invited him to perform a duo recital with Timothy Cobb (Principal Double bass New York Philharmonic) at the birthplace of Giovanni Bottesini in Crema. It was the first concert ever performed in Bottesinis house in the modern era.

His performances are broadcast on the Italian television channels RAI 3, Canale 5 (Mediaset), LA1 LA2 (Switzerland) and on the radio channels RAI Radio 3, Rete1 – Rete2 (Switzerland), Radio Bu-dapest and American Radios Classical Music Discoveries e KCSN-USA. He is a professor at the Conservatorio (Musikhochschule) della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland and he regularly holds Courses and Master Classes in several countries in the most important University in the World such as Juilliard School of New York, Manhattan school of music, Jerusalem Academy, Royal Academy of music, IUNA of Buenos Aires, Royal Danish Academy of Copenhagen etc.

His passion for the instrument and the pedagogy lead him to focus on the practice and the profes-sional implementing of the two main bow techniques for the double bass, the so called French bow and German bow.

Enrico Fagone plays a pear-shape double bass of the Italian luthier Pietro Pallotta (1743-1817) and sometimes the prestigious Double bass of Gasparo da Salò (1540-1609).

From 2010 he is Ambassador of the Martha Argerich Presents Project in the world.

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