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Tour with countertenor Nicolò Balducci

September and October 2021 are months of  intensive tours and travels (always following anti-covid measures). Follow Anna’s concerts under the link “Schedule”! Malmö, Ängelholm, Helsingborg and Skinnskatteberg are the locations for the show “Voices of the Angels – a dream on Farinelli”, with the rising star Nicolò Balducci, countertenor and sopranist, and an ensemble of international baroque musicians put together by Anna Paradiso (artistic director) and Dan Laurin (musical director). Some of the shows include even actress Isabella Amirell. Anna will also perform an unkown harpsichord concerto by the Neapolitan Domenico Auletta. The concert-hall of Gothenburg will host Nicolò, Dan and Anna, together with the Baroque Academy Gothenburg Symphony, for another exciting concert, about which you can read here: https://www.gso.se/en/programme/concerts/love-tears-and-hate/2021-09-26-18:00/. 

Musikverket, Konstnärsnämnden and Ax:son Johnson Foundation are the very precious financial contributors for “Voices of the Angels”.

750 years since Dante Alighieri’s birth

The 12th of September Anna & Dan Laurin celebrates Dante! As musicians, but also from a more literary point of view (Anna is Doctor of Philosophy in  literature and philology). Come to  Birgittakyrkan, Olshammar, in Askersund (Sweden) and join 2 concerts at 14.00 and 16.00, with Medieval Music and readings with comments from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Program: music from Codex Faenza and other medieval sources. Free admission. Book your place here: https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/askersund-hammars-forsamling/dantes-divina-commedia- 

 

Teaching

2021 has started with some exciting news in the teaching world. First, I was honored to cover part of the position held by harpsichord teacher Mayumi Kamata at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm during Winter term 2021. This has been such a nice opportunity for me, although it came in the middle of an hectic studying period! Then a temporarily professorship in harpsichord came from the conservatory of Cagliari (Sardinia). Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I had to give up the plan to fly there from Stockholm. As it is always the case in the Italian recruiting system, one has to sign  the contract in presence, within a couple of days. Thus I had to renounce to this beautiful job. ALAS! However, you never know what’s coming around the corner, and one shut door might mean a new open one on the next turn! 

It feels important for me to pass on my knowledge in the field of historical keyboards to the next generations! The teachers who meant a lot in my musical growth are always so present in my mind. I will never get tired to say how important it is to build solid bases on which to bild up one’s own personality and originality. Without good bases there cannot be good art. Great teachers are such a precious gift! What a blessing to pass on knowledge to other humans! What a beautiful thing! Socrates and Plato knew it already back then … And, from the point of view of a student, there is nothing bad in admitting that someone knows more than us! I agree with Maestro Socrates, after all, that “I know only one thing: that I know nothing!”. This is of course a provocative, typical Socratic statement. Inteligenti pauca. Any journey into our own way of becoming artists would benefit by thinking that ‘we know that we know nothing’. Needless to say, the Greeks had already understood one or two things about human nature!

Merry Christmas and some special thanks from Anna

Christmas is on its way even in a difficult year like this for our world. This has been a very ‘local’ year, being almost impossible to travel. More than ever I am grateful to all of those professionals ‘behind the scenes’ who have supported and helped me and other free-lancing musicians! It is in difficult times that the real nature of things and people emerge!  Hopefully, in due time, those who really are doing SOMETHING extra will be praised by every body! My fondest thoughts go to all the many big and small concert organizers in Sweden that are indeed working as much as they can for helping me and other free-lancers, with whatever means they can offer. The Swedish state, with its different institutions, has being financially supporting freelancing artists, so have done the Church of Sweden (which has made tremendous efforts to keep concerts alive whenever allowed), and all the fantastic organists who organize concerts. I deeply thank Scenkonst Sörmland and Estrad Norr. I hope your incredible commitment will be praised by many. Thanks to Musik i Kullabygden, Musik på Billingen and all those Swedish and Danish chamber-music associations that are helping in all the ways they can. It shows! Without the professional attitude of Malmö Palladium things would have gone much worse. Thanks to Christofer Ekströmer and to Baroque Academy Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Thanks to the scholars and the staff at the University of Uppsala for their superbly professional assistance. If I forgot someone, I beg your pardon! A big thank you also to the formidable members of two of my ensembles. Paradiso Musicale: you are truly precious friends, artists and music organizers! Thanks for giving hope in dark times. The Bright Future Ensemble: incredibly loyal and professional colleagues! I miss Estonia! To all the marvelous colleagues willing to play with me or sometime for me: thanks, You also make my life easier! Finally, thank you to all those professionals who took their time to write or say nice things about my recordings and myself!  

Merry Christmas!  

Anna in the top-list 2020 of OPUS, magazine for classical music and opera

Anna is honored and thankful to have been included by the Swedish prestigious magazine ‘OPUS’ in the top list of  this year (‘Opuslistan 2020’) that acknowledges the 20 artists, musicians, composers, administrators and people behind the scenes in the musical world who have been engaged and ‘who have given hope in the middle of a tensed coexistence with a pandemic’. See full explanation for Anna’s inclusion under RECORDINGS!  

Enthusiastic reviews for Anna’s new solo-recording

Raving international reviews  for ‘Anna Paradiso plays Paradisi’, Anna’s new solo-recording for BIS. Here some example: Gramophone (UK) includes it among its top list of recommended recordings, for reasons such as: ‘Recovering and restoring all the sonatas is the performer’s welcome gift to all us‘ and ‘Paradiso finds a world of variation in these compelling works’.  Stretto Magazine (Holland) dedicates a long article to Anna, considering her new recording ‘highly recommended‘. Among others, in the July issue of Musicweb-international Dominy Clements includes Anna’s recording among the ‘Recommended‘ and declares that ‘with this recording she reinforces her reputation as one of today’s leading keyboard players‘. Johan van Veen, on the August issue of the same magazine, states that Anna is ‘the perfect guide’ to Paradisi’s sonatas. For more great reviews such as the one from Crescendo (Belgium), Limelight (Australia) and more, please check under ‘Recordings’!

In a time with little live-music, sit back and relax in your coach with some Paradisi / Paradiso! You can purchase Anna’s recordings on https://bis.se/performers/paradiso-anna/ or on many other internet platforms.

Radio & press May-June

Interviews, Anna’s new recording & more coming up in May through radio and magazines! 
Scheduled dates:

May 17., 12.30: Radio Gwendalyn, Switzerland. 45’ interview & music (Italian). Podcast: https://www.radiogwen.ch/category/rubriche-musicali/la-luce-nascosta/

May 17., 24. and 31. (start at 9.30) : national Swedish radio P2, program ‘Söndags morgon’. For three Sundays in a row renown music journalist Per Feltzin plays Anna’s new recording

May 19.: national Swedish radio P1, Program ‘Kultur’ gives a thorough presentation of Anna’s new recording ‘Anna Paradiso plays Paradisi’. Podcast: https://sverigesradio.se/p1kultur

28th (at 9.30), Italian national radio radiotre, at ‘Primo Movimento’, plays Anna’s new recording

June 4th: “Tidig Musik”, the Swedish magazine of early music interviews Anna on her new recording. In this interview, in her last answer, she tries also to respond very shortly to the view that teachers, international musicians and even male music-leaders are all figures that might threaten the well-being of other musicians (especially when young and female, as it seems from some complaints in the press). Anna tells us way she thinks this is a dangerous way to think, as an artist, and why people who know more are not to be feared.
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Grammy won at the Swedish Music Awards 2020!

On February the 6th 2020, the recording for BIS of J. H. Roman’s Golovin Music, with Dan Laurin (musical leading, instrumentation) and Höör Barock, wins the price as ‘best classical recording of the year’ at the Swedish Music Awards (Grammis)! Anna is the harpsichord player in this production.

J.S. Roman “The Golovin Music” is nominated for a Swedish Grammy

The recording for BIS (world prèmiere) of Johan Helmich Roman’s Golovin Music with Dan Laurin (conductor), Höör Barock (baroque orchestra) and with Anna Paradiso at the harpsichord has been nominated for a Swedish grammy 2020. Ideal end of a year in which this recording has drawn the enthusiastic attention of the Swedish medias and of international audiences. Ad maiora!

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