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Stefano Molardi

Scuola Universitaria di Musica di Lugano; concert performer, professor of organ and harpsichord

Bach: Performance, interpretation, recordings

As regards the field of Bach studies and performance, Stefano Molardi's activity includes analysis and study of performance, in relationship with the religious/spiritual dimension of the organ and vocal works; study of the scientific, numerological and kabbalistic component of his works; study of the historical performance practice regarding Bach's organ and harpsichord works: "stile rubato", touch, expression, organ registration. Concert performances in Italy, Europe and Japan of Bach's works, with reference to the historically informed performance and to the quest for the most adequate sound with respect to the historical organs in Central Germany and to the "affections" found in the pieces.

Stefano Molardi is a Cremonese organ and harpsichord performer, conductor and musicologist. He studies with M. Radulescu at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna; he cooperated with him as a continuo player at the Académie Bach of Porrentruy (Switzerland). He later graduated in musicology at the Facoltà di Musicologia of Cremona. 

He is the laureate of numerous national and international competitions, among which that of Brugge and the prestigious Paul Hofhaimer Prize of Innsbruck.

He has an intense activity as a soloist and conductor, as well as a continuo player in important seasons in Italy, Europe, Brazil, USA and Japan. 

He is Professor of Organ at the Scuola Universitaria di Muscia of Lugano; he gives master classes in Italy, Switzerland, Japan and Spain. His recordings are published by Tactus, Deutsche Grammophon, Divox and Brilliant Classics. 

In particular, for Brilliant he recorded the complete organ works by J. S. Bach, by J. Kuhnau and by G. B. Platti, obtaining important international awards, among which five stars from the journal "Musica" and by the BBC Music Magazine (London), as well as the German "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik". 

Since 2005 he conducts the Baroque orchestra "I Virtuosi delle Muse", which has become, in 2013, the Accademia Barocca Italiana, with which he realized important projects in Europe and the USA.