Banda Musicale della Polizia di Stato, Primo Flauto
Bach and the flute: transcriptions and interpretations
My relationship with JSBach is definitely not innate. Although his music has played a constant role in my concerts and (alas!) orchestra auditions and music competitions, the true love -and understanding- for Bach’s art blossomed with my professional and personal maturation. In 2016 I published for Armando Curcio an illustrated biography of Bach, destined to the young readers. In my recent handbook for flute beginners “Ready, Steady… Flute!” (DaVinci Editions) I elaborated for 1 or 2 flutes several excerpts from the “Goldberg Variations”, creating a fil rouge through all the didactic path, with the purpose to develop together technical skills and awareness of the most inspiring masterpieces. After the recent release (again, DaVinci Editions) of the elaboration for flute of the Six Cello Suites, I plan to complete the cycle of works for solo “monodic” instrument of the Cöthen period with the transcription for flute of the Violin Partitas. The works of Cöthen inspired as well a concert program for flute solo, including the flute Partita in A minor, and my elaborations of a Cello Suite and a Violin Partita.
Graduated as flutist in 2000 with full marks and distinction, since December 2008 Luca is Principal Flute of the Italian Police Orchestra. Between 2003 and 2008 he has been soloist of the Ensemble Algoritmo, specialised in contemporary music. Finalist in several auditions for Principal Flute held by European and North-American Orchestras, in 2010 Luca was runner-up for the same position at the Noord Netherlands Orkest in Groningen. After obtaining awards in music competitions as Syrinx, Gazzelloni, Rovere d’Oro, and winning the Cilea Flute Competition, he has been selected for the final phases of the WFIMC competitions ARD 2004, Rampal 2005, and Beijing Flute Competition 2012. Luca had the chance to develop his skills as orchestra player in the Orchestra Masterclass of FerraraMusica 2003 and 2005, that he attended as Principal Flute under the direction of M° Claudio Abbado, Thomas Brandis and Wolfram Christ. Within his orchestral collaborations, those with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, laVerdi, and Roma Sinfonietta are noteworthy. As a writer, Luca is author of the Nuovo Manuale di Tecnica per Flauto (Italian, SEDAM 2016); the handbook for beginners “Ready, Steady… Flute!”, (bilingual, DaVinci Editions 2020); the transcription for flute of Bach’s Six Suites for Cello, (English, DaVinci Editions 2020); also, he wrote illustrated biographies of Vivaldi and Bach (Armando Curcio Editore, 2015, 2018). Luca is regularly invited to attend, as both performer and speaker, to Flute Festivals, Didactic and Musicological Meetings.
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 Bach, Musica/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).
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 www.chiarabertoglio.com.
c.bertoglio [at] jsbach.it