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Prof. Sergio Azzolini

Prof. Sergio Azzolini

Prof. Sergio Azzolini

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Sergio Azzolini studied in his home town with Romano Santi and then with Klaus Thunemann in Hanover. During this time he was already the solo bassoonist of the European Community Youth Orchestra. He won the C.M. von Weber Competition and the Prague Spring Competition, and additionally won the ARD Competition with the Ma'alot Quintet, of which he was a member for ten years.
In addition to his solo activities on the modern bassoon, Sergio Azzolini has been intensively involved with early music on historical instruments for several years. As a baroque bassoonist, he was a member of the continuo group of the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges and the Concentus Musicus Wien and played as a soloist with ensembles such as the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, L'Aura Soave Cremona, La Stravaganza Köln, Holland Baroque Society, the Handel Festival Orchestra Halle and the Accademia Bizantina. Since 2013, a particular focus has been on his collaboration with his own baroque orchestra L'Onda Armonica. He has been an Artistic Partner of Camerata Bern since the 2023/24 season.
For five years, Azzolini was also the Artistic Director of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, where he was responsible for four highly successful productions of operas by Vivaldi, Galuppi, Graun and Mozart, among others. Sergio Azzolini is now in demand internationally as a conductor and soloist with ensembles and orchestras, performing music primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries on modern and historical instruments.
Numerous CD productions bear witness to his extraordinary stylistic diversity; most recently he finished a complete recording of Antonio Vivaldi's bassoon concertos with his own ensemble L'Onda Armonica for Naïve, which was critically acclaimed.
Since 1998, Sergio Azzolini has been Professor of Bassoon and Chamber Music at the Basel University of Music FHNW, Classical Studies. He also regularly gives international masterclasses for historical and modern bassoon and chamber music.