Chiara Bertoglio

Facoltà teologica dell'Italia Settentrionale | Conservatorio di Cuneo

Bach and Italy: reception, interpretation, theology

Chiara Bertoglio's PhD thesis (Music Performance Practice, University of Birmingham 2012) focused on the Italian instructive editions of J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and on their documental value for tracing the history of performance practice. Later, the scope of her research was broadened to include the study of Bach reception in Italy through transcription and arrangements; this led to numerous scholarly publications (for example on Understanding BachMusica/Realtà etc.) and to an ongoing recording project (published by Da Vinci Classics) about "Bach&Italy" (vol. 1, 2018; vol. 2, 2019). 

Moreover, Chiara Bertoglio studies the theological aspects of Bach's music, particularly as concerns confessional and ecumenical aspects (e.g. in a paper published on Pro Ecclesia). 

Finally, in her capacity as vice-president of the Coro Maghini of Turin, Chiara Bertoglio participates in the organization of the international Festival BackTOBach.

Chiara Bertoglio (Turin, 1983) is a concert pianist, musicologist and theologian. Her degrees include the Conservatory diploma in Piano (1999), a Master’s at the Accademia di S. Cecilia (2003), musicological degrees at the Universities of Venice and Rome, a PhD in Music Performance Practice (Birmingham, 2012) and Master’s degrees in Theology (Rome and Nottingham). She is the author of several books in Italian and English, among which the award-winning Reforming Music (RefoRC Award 2018, Finalist at Alberigo Prize, FSciRe). Music and the Religious Reformations of the Sixteenth Century (De Gruyter, 2017). She performs worldwide as a soloist, and teaches at Italian Conservatories (piano and history of music) as well as in theological universities. She is also a member of the organizing committee of BackTOBach, an international festival taking place in Turin and Piedmont; her website is

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