organist , harpsichordist , conductor


CLAUDIO ASTRONIO graduated with full marks in Organ and Composition at the Bolzano Conservatory "C. Monteverdi" and, later, "cum laude" and honourable mention in Harpsichord at the Conservatory “G.B Martini” in Bologna under the guidance of Annaberta Conti. He participated in various organ, harpsichord, and conducting masterclasses at the summer academies of Haarlem (Netherlands), Innsbruck (Austria), and Santiago de Compostela (Spain) where he received the special award "Andres Segovia y Ruiz Morales" and later on, continued his studies at the Conservatorio Superior di Barcelona (Spain) under the guidance of Monserrat Torrent Serra. He has received distinguished prizes and awards in National and International competitions in both organ and harpsichord. He conducts the ensemble, HARMONICES MUNDI, with original instruments, to which he devotes particular attention in the study and performance of Italian and German instrumental music between the 1500 and 1700s and is a regular guest performer at the most important Organ and Early Music Festivals of Italy, Europe and USA both as organ and harpsichord soloist as well as conductor. He cooperates and plays duo with worldwide famous musicians such as Gordon Murray, Doron Sherwin, Max Van Egmond, Marius Van Altena, Federico Guglielmo, Stefano Bagliano, Dan Laurin, Roberto Balconi, Patrizia Vaccari, Gustav Leonhardt. He has also taken part in several radio and Television broadcasts and recordings for RAI , BBC, ZDF, ORF, TVE, ABC.
He recorded several CDs, for Stradivarius label; his recordings have received various international awards from specialised magazines such as Musica, CD Classica, Amadeus, Classi Voice, Alte Musik Aktuelle, Diapason, Repertoire, El Paìs, Ritmo, Diverdi, Goldberg ,Continuo and Fanfare (USA): among them the complete Keyboard work of Antonio de Cabezon, whose first 3 volumes received the honour of “Recommendation of the Month” by the French magazine Diapason , the Spanish Goldberg and the American magazine Continuo. The recording of the Third part of the Klavieruebung by Johann Sebastian Bach on the organ in two masses in alternatim with choir has gained the recommendation from the French magazines Repertoire (10) Diapason (5) and “ CD of the month” from Le monde de la musique” (“Choc de la musique”, July 2001). He also published Arias of Georg Friedrich Haendel’s opera Rinaldo in the William Babell’s harpsichord transcription and, with Harmonices Mundi, Cantatas Op.4 of Tommaso Albinoni, the Oratorio S.Giovanni Battista of Alessandro Stradella and is now currently recording the Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae of Jan Dismas Zelenka.
Among his musical interests are also Jazz and pop music : he cooperated as composer, arranger and keyboard-player with Andrea Maffei and together they were awarded the Premio Recanati per la canzone d’autore 1996 and 1997. He also conducted with Banda Osiris and currently works with the jazz-singer Maria Pia de Vito in a “crossover” musical project called “Chaconne” where early music and early instruments meet modern patterns of improvisation. He also wrote and published several articles for musicological Rewievs (Musica domani, Galileo) and holds seminars and masterclasses on the rethorical symbology in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He recently published the modern edition of the complete keyboard work of Antonio de Cabezon published by Ut-Orpheus in Bologna. He holds masterclasses in organ and harpsichord in Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark and other European countries and currently teaches organ at the European Academy of Ancient Music as well as harpsichord and ensemble music at the Antonio Vivaldi Institute of Music in Bolzano.
He is one of the founding members of the Musica Antiqua Association in Bolzano and works as artistic director of the International Festival of Early Music together with the Accademia Europea di Musica Antica called “Antiqua”.
Source: Astronio


Georg Friedrich Haendel “Vo’ far guerra”
Suits of the most celebrated lessons by Mr. William Babell”
(Claudio Astronio harpsichord)

Antonio De Cabezon - Obras de musica para Tecla arpa y vihuela Vol 1.
Antonio De Cabezon - Obras de musica para Tecla arpa y vihuela Vol 2.
Antonio De Cabezon - Obras de musica para Tecla arpa y vihuela Vol 3.
Antonio de Cabezon: Obras de musica, Vol. 4 (2005)
(Claudio Astronio conductor)

A.A.V.V. - Alte Orgeln in Suedtyrol

Bach: Dritter Teil der Klavierübung ( 2001) (Claudio Astronio pipe organ)

Alessandro Stradella “San Giovanni Battista” Oratorio
(Harmonices Mundi, Patrizia Vaccari, Roberto Balconi, Sylva Pozzer, Makoto Sakurada, Fulvio Bettini, Claudio Astronio conductor)

Tomaso Albinoni “Concerti a 5” Op.10 (Harmonices Mundi, Federico Guglielmo & Carlo de Martini solo violins, Claudio Astronio conductor)

Tomaso Albinoni “Poiché al vago seren..” Cantate for Soprano Op.4
(Harmonices Mundi, Patrizia Vaccari, Claudio Astronio conductor)

In stil moderno : viaggio musicale da Gabrieli a Tartini
(with Italian Baroque Soloists)

Listen to Claudio Astronio

Vo far guerra - Handel - Rinaldo "Vo' far guerra" Claudio Astronio , harpsichord)
Vo far guerra - Handel - Rinaldo " allegro"(Claudio Astronio , harpsichord)
Vo far guerra - Handel - Rinaldo "Sulla ruota di Fortuna " (Claudio Astronio , harpsichord)
Vo far guerra - Handel - Rinaldo "Lascia Ch'Io Pianga " (Claudio Astronio , harpsichord)
from Dritter Teil der Klavieruebung " BWV 552/1" (Claudio Astronio , pipe organ)
from Dritter Teil der Klavieruebung " Fuga BWV 552/2 " (Claudio Astronio , pipe organ)
Telemann : Sonate e Trii da Essercizii Musici - " Largo / allegro " (Claudio Astronio , harpsichord)
Telemann : Sonate e Trii da Essercizii Musici - " Allegro " (Claudio Astronio , harpsichord)
Vivaldi - " Concerto RV100 " (Claudio Astronio , harpsichord)
Castello - " Sonata decima a tre " (Claudio Astronio , harpsichord)
Marini - " Passacaglio a quattro " (Claudio Astronio , harpsichord)


Lives on stage

Press about Claudio Astronio works

On Georg Friedrich Haendel “Vo’ far guerra” Suits of the most celebrated lessoa by Mr. William babell”

“ This is a stunning recording, both artistically and technically. Astronio is gifted with a dazzling technique that can easily stand comparison with his better-known counterparts. The music shimmers, sparkles and dances; Astronio’s ability to convey the charachter and emotional dynamic of a vocal line- as in “ Lascia ch’io pianga”- is incredibly beautiful, sensitive, and deeply touching without bordering on cloying sentimentality….An excellent release on all counts. - Fanfare, Jan 2003 USA

On Johann Sebastian Bach- Dritter Teil der Klavieruebung

“Autant dire qu’on assiste avec Astronio à une effervescente réjouissance d’esprit et de talent, à la miraculeuse rencontre entre un interprète et une ouvre, rencontre qui en iritera plus d’un et laissera les autres ( dont je fais partie) pantois d’admiration.”

“La vraie nouveauté réside plutot dans la perspective lumineuse dans laquelle l’interprète inscrit le cycle, simplicité éloquente qui semble la fruit d’une recherche intelligente et approfondie sur la rhétorique de la musique de clavier..
On apprecierà la varieté splendide de l’articulacion au pedalier et les parti pris extremes du phrasé..” - Repertoire

On Antonio De Cabezon - Obras de musica para Tecla arpa y vihuela Vol 1.

" Teniendo en cuenta su destreza tecnica, con un limpismo mecanismo y una articulaciòn luminosa, y su domìnio estilìstico, bien puede considerarse su propuesta como un ineludible referencia."
Scherzo -
" prova dell'abilità tecnica e insieme della maturità espressiva di Astronio. Il fraseggio scorre senza asprezze e con precisione a delineare le singole voci all'interno del contrappunto..."
"Il CD si conclude con "Duuiensela" che ci dà un'ulteriore prova della fluidità del fraseggio di Astronio anche al cembalo." - CD Classica

"Astronio is quite impressive, especially in his organ realizations of the dense counterpoint.....he navigates through the music with ease and grace." - Continuo U.S.A.

Ipse dixit

Verena Gruber :
Bleiben wir bei den Komponisten und ihren Werken. Gibt es einen Vater der Alten Musik?
Claudio Astronio: Das ist für mich persönlich eindeutig Johann Sebastian Bach. Ich kenne unendlich viele Werke und Partituren, aber immer wenn ich Bach spiele, bedeutet das für mich den vollkommenen Glückszustand. Bach ist für mich absolute Musik.
Source: (2005) Bolzano Festival

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