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For listening to Anna Paradiso’s recordings, visit: http://bis.se/performers/paradiso-anna/ 

“A phenomenal harpsichordist and world star” (Arvika Nyheter) “Absolute gem of a harpsichordist”; “it’s not very often that a harpsichordist grabs my attention to such an extent that I pick up the booklet again just to see who this astonishing musician is and what background he or she has, but that was my reaction to the extraordinary Anna Paradiso” (Fanfare, USA) “she carries out an authentic baroque phrasing, making of every musical gesture a world in itself … she uses a fantastic rubato” (El Arte de la Fuga, Spain) “This is keyboard musicianship so superlative that I stopped the player after 20 minutes and immediately placed an order for the other volume. It’s that attractive and expressive” (American Record Guide) “Masterly use of the clavichord” (Uppsala Nya Tidningar) “The final of Bach’s F major harpsichord concert (is) more scintillating than ever” (Gramophone UK).”She was an happening in herself. With her body language that gave life to the music, she was the great memorable part of the concert” (Katrineholms Kuriren, Sweden)“She impressed us with her formal perfection and dynamic empathy” (Norrköping Tidn., Sweden)

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Anna Paradiso Laurin was born in Bari (South of Italy) in 1976 and received a university education equally oriented towards music and humanities. She moved to Sweden in 2006 to follow her Swedish husband, recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin, and she is today one of the most prominent harpsichordists of her adoptive country. Anna has had an international career as PhD doctor in Latin and ancient Greek philology, teaching and researching, just to name a few institutions among the many, at Oxford University and at the Royal College of Technology in Stockholm. In 2008, however, Anna decided to dedicate her life completely to music. Within a short time, she has established herself as a harpsichordist of great individuality and character, with concerts in many prestigious venues and festivals in Scandinavia as well as in England, Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Finland, Norway, Spain, Poland, the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Lebanon. During these last years, she has also discovered a strong passion in performing on the Swedish clavichord and on the fortepiano. She is also an accomplished modern pianist and baroque organ player. Anna studied at the conservatory in Bari, where she gained a solo diploma in piano (cum laude), under the guidance of Angela Annese, Emanuele Arciuli and Pasquale Iannone. At the same conservatory, she gained a solo diploma in harpsichord  (full marks) and  went on studying in numerous master-classes with Gordon Murray, professor at the conservatory in Vienna. Later on, Christophe Rousset provided important inspiration in the field of French music. She also received a Master in harpsichord at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, deepening her skills, during this period, with Mayumi Kamata in Sweden and with Enrico Baiano in Italy. Last but certainly not least, her own husband Dan Laurin has contributed to her knowledge and inspiration. Moreover, Anna’s independent  study of original sources on baroque performance practice and thorough-bass has been a most decisive moment in her development. Thanks to this, she has created her own personal style, recognised with international praises.

As a soloist and continuo player, Anna Paradiso has appeared with many Scandinavian ensembles and orchestras (Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Copenhagen Soloists, Rebaroque, Drottnigholm Theatre Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Norrbotten NEO, Höör Barock, GSO Baroque (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Baroque), Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, 1B1, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Höör Barock, etc.). Both as soloist and continuo-player, she has also performed with Philarmonia Moment Musical (Taipei), Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Conservatory Orchestra, Radovlijca Festival ensemble, etc. Her repertoire as soloist with orchestra spams from baroque to modern harpsichord concertos and to contemporary works. With Dan Laurin, she has formed a duo that tours internationally and has also recorded several CD-s.
Anna is a BIS artist. Her two CD-s of keyboard sonatas by Swedish baroque composer Johan Helmich Roman have received enthusiastic praises buy the international critics (just recently, vol. 2 was awarded the American Record Guide Critics Choice 2016). She has also been praised by the Swedish and international critics for her expressive clavichord performances in these recordings. For BIS and with Dan Laurin, she has recorded a program of 20th-century English sonatas with harpsichord and piano, a CD of French baroque chamber music, Vivaldi recorder concertos; together with their  ensemble Paradiso Musicale, they recorded all flute sonatas by Roman, with international praises. Paradiso Musicale’s acclaimed début recording [BIS-1895] – featuring music by Telemann and by J. S. and C. P. E. Bach – was chosen as Record of the Month by BBC Music Magazine. Anna’s first solo CD – a recital with a wide repertoire from Frescobaldi till modern composer Walter Leigh – was recorded by Barn Cottage Records and received very positive reviews. For BIS she has also recorded a CD wich contains the virtuosic harpsichord concerto BWV 1057 (praised by Gramophone UK) and orchestra music by Corelli and Telemann with the young ensemble Höör Barock, under the direction of Dan Laurin. Recently, she has recorded for BIS  a contemporary harpsichord concerto by Vito Palumbo with Gävle Symphony Orchestra and also an internationally acclaimed first complete recording of JH Roman’s Golovin Suite (with Dan Laurin as conductor and Höör Barock). Her next solo-CD for BIS, with sonatas by Pietro Domenico Paradisi, with harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano, will be released in 2020. In November 2019, she will record flute sonatas by the Danish composer Morten Ræs, with recorder player Clara Guldberg Ravn. Next CD for BIS on the list, is a first recording of Swedish chamber music with Swedish clavichord and fortepiano together with Paradiso Musicale and the eminent singer Mikael Samuelsson. 

Among the prominent musicians Anna has performed with, there are also Hidemi Suzuki,  Nils-Erik Sparf, Stefan Temmingh, Mario Caroli, Lena-Susanne Norin (Sequentia), Lorenzo Cavasanti, Jan Björanger, Mikhail Simonyan, Arureliusz Golinski, Francesco D’Orazio and, together with various symphony orchestras, Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux, Lara St John, Jaime Martin, etc.

Anna has commissioned several new works, for instance from the Italian composer Vito Palumbo, whose work Nostos, written for her, was performed by Anna in a solo-tour with the ensemble Norrbotten NEO in 2014. Composers such as Daniel Börtz, Fredrick Österling, Ingvar Karkoff, Christofer Elgh and Kjell Meijering have also written for Anna and / or for her duo with Dan Laurin. She has also performed with the jazz-trio ‘Trio-X of Sweden’ and she is currently involved with her Estonian-Swedish cross-over group The Bright Future Ensemble with music written for the ensemble by Helena Tulve. Anna Paradiso has taught in master-classes at the conservatories of Bolzano, Avellino and Salerno, at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, at Trinity College in London, at the Birmingham Conservatoire, at Grieg Academy in Bergen, at the conservatory of Beirut and at international courses in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong University and Taiwan. She also gives seminars and workshops around the world on the connections between classical rhetorics and baroque music, improvisation, ornamentation, etc.

For her work as musician, Anna has received many scholarships, such as those from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. In 2019, she received an annual scholarship handed by the king of Sweden within the Bernadotte Programme of the Royal Academy of Music for post-doctoral scholars, with which she will research on improvisation of Neapolitan partimenti and their connections with Italian rhetorics. During this period, she is affiliated at the University of Uppsala.      

Anna owns:
Neapolitan harpsichord by Masao Kimura (Zao 2012) after Onofrio Guarracino (c. 1650); French harpsichord by Francois Paul Ciocca (Riccia 2008) after Nicolas & Francois Blanchet (1730); original Swedish square piano by Mathias Petter Kraft (Stockholm 1797); original Swedish clavichord (1792); original fortepiano Broadwood (1802); original square piano Rackwitz (1810); up-right piano Erard (1858).