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Sollima

Giovanni Sollima is an out of the ordinary artist, with a transversal audience, from admirers of the classic to young "metalheads" and rock fans,

Giovanni Sollima is an internationally renowned cello virtuoso and the most performed Italian composer in the world

Giovanni Sollima is an internationally renowned cellist and the most performed Italian composer in the world. He collaborates with the likes of Riccardo Muti, Yo-Yo Ma, Ivan Fischer, Viktoria Mullova, Ruggero Raimondi, Mario Brunello, Kathryn Stott, Giuseppe Andaloro, Yuri Bashmet, Katia and Marielle Labeque, Giovanni Antonini, Ottavio Dantone, Patti Smith, Stefano Bollani, Paolo Fresu, Elisa and Antonio Albanese and with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico, Neapolitan Chapel, Byzantine Academy, Budapest Festival Orchestra.
For cinema, theater, television and dance he has written and performed music for Peter Greenaway, John Turturro, Bob Wilson, Carlos Saura, Marco Tullio Giordana, Alessandro Baricco, Peter Stein, Lasse Gjertsen, Anatolij Vasiliev, Karole Armitage, and Carolyn Carlson.
He has performed in some of the most important halls around the world, including Alice Tully Hall, Knitting Factory, Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Salle Gaveau (Paris ), the Teatro alla Scala (Milan), the Ravenna Festival, the Opera House (Sidney), the Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
Since 2010 Sollima has taught at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, where he was awarded the title of Academician.
In 2012 he founded, together with Enrico Melozzi, the 100 Cellos.
In 2015 he created the Expo “sound logo” in Milan and inaugurated the new museum space of Michelangelo's Pietà Rondanini.
In the field of composition he explores different genres using ancient, oriental, electric instruments and his own invention, playing in the Sahara Desert, underwater, or with an ice cello.
During 2020, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the concert activities of Giovanni Sollima suffered a sharp slowdown for known reasons. In the summer and autumn months, however, he had the opportunity to appear for renowned festivals such as the Classiche Forme of Lecce, the MiTo Settembre Musica in Milan and Turin, the Mittelfest in Cividale del Friuli and for the Scarlatti Association of Naples.
Over the last year Giovanni Sollima has also had the opportunity to intensify his activity in the field of composition, having received several commissions, including for example “The Jungle Book”, presented for the first time in Kiel in autumn 2020.
His discography began in 1998 with a CD commissioned by Philip Glass for his own Point Music label, which was followed by numerous albums for Sony, Egea and Decca. Giovanni Sollima has brought to light an eighteenth-century cellist / composer, Giovanni Battista Costanzi, of whom he has recorded over the last few years the Sonatas and Symphonies for cello and basso continuo for the Spanish label Glossa.
In October 2018, at the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, he received the highly prestigious Anner Bijlsma Award.
In early 2021 he recorded the six Suites by JS Bach, a symbol of a return to the essence of music. This recording will be released starting September 2021.


Giovanni Sollima plays a cello Francesco Ruggeri (Cremona, 1679)
 
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