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CHORDIS DUO

Chordis Duo comes from an idea of Matilde Oppizzi, classical guitar, and Riccardo Lorenzetti, harpsichord.
These two instruments, apparently so different from each other, create an original auditory amalgam. The soft expressiveness of the guitar bonds with the agile brilliance of the harpsichord, giving the audience a suggestive variety of colors and shades.

Very interesting the seeming anachronism: the harpsichord knew its biggest popularity between XVII and XVIII sec., but already in the second half of the Eighteen Century it was quickly replaced by the piano; the guitar instead, as we know it know, was born only in the first decades of the Twentieth Century. The rediscovery of the harpsichord in the second half of XX sec., after being forgotten for almost two hundreds years, made it possible for these two instruments to meet, raising interest in many composers, who in those years were looking for new sonorities.

There are, however, some Sonatas from the Eighteenth Century for lute or baroque guitar and harpsichord, and, later, for guitar and fortepiano, proof of a first attempt to accost the world of the keyboards to the family of the lutes.

Matilde Oppizzi

Matilde Oppizzi was born in Vigevano, Italy, in 1991. She graduated with top marks from Conservatory of Pavia with M° Maurizio Preda. She also took part to several masterclasses and post graduate courses with great guitar players such as Sharon Isbin at Aspen Music Festival (CO), M° Carlo Marchione, M° Claudio Marcotulli, M° Aldo Minella and many others.
She performed in many concert halls and theaters in Italy and abroad, both as soloist and in chamber music ensembles.

She has been member of Kythara Consort – the first ever founded guitar orchestra in Italy – as first guitar and as soloist.
With harpsichordist Riccardo Lorenzetti has founded Chordis Duo, that – thanks to many concerts and researches in the field – is becoming a reference ensemble for modern and contemporary music for guitar and harpsichord and is working on recording a complete collection of compositions for this ensemble.

Over the past few years, she has also been teaching in several public and private schools. In 2014 she was nominated tutor of the Classical Guitar Class in Pavia’s Conservatory and the next year as substitute teacher. She held a conference at highSCORE, an international contemporary music festival, on Contemporary Techniques of Classical Guitar. In the US, during the summer of 2009 and 2010 she taught Italian and Classical Guitar at Kimball Union Academy (NH); in 2013 gave a cycle of lectures at University of North Carolina School of the Arts about Italian and its pronunciation for Opera students.

Riccardo Lorenzetti

Riccardo LorenzettiRiccardo Lorenzetti was born in Osimo, Italy, in 1970. He graduated in Piano and Choral Music at the Conservatory “F. Morlacchi” of Perugia and in Organ, Harpsichord and Composition at the Conservatory “G. Rossini” of Pesaro, and then attended post-graduate courses with Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Stephen Woodbury, Piergiorgio Righele and Vincenzo Torre.

As a conductor, Harpsichordisd and Organist he has worked with many orchestras and chamber ensambles and choirs. In the baroque field he has an intense international concert activity with Accademia dei filarmonici di Maiolati and I servi di Maria. Since 1985 he is the Organist at the Cathedral in Osimo and since 1991 he is the A. Conductor of Borroni Choir, with which he has held many concerts and has recorded “ Messa di Requiem in Do minore” by Alessandro Borroni, performing it in a world première. In 1993, thanks to his profound interest for Renaissance music, founded and conducted, vocal group “Spirti Beati”, taking part as tenor as well, and publishing many CDs. In the vocal field, he sang as Tenor soloist in Gregorian Choir of Conservatory of Pesaro and in Collegium Vocale “Crypta Canonicorum”.

He is also an active and prolific composer. Among his works: oratorio “Il ritorno di Paolo – primo missionario cristiano”, musical “Ho sognato di volare”, rock opera “Il gabbiano Jonathan Livingston” and many other masses, mottetti, orchestral works, chamber music works, solo works, arrangements and transcriptions. His work is distinguished by a vaste output which presents a wide variety of musical genres and styles. He currently teaches Choir at the Conservatory of Rodi Garganico, Organ and Composition at Civica Scuola di Musica di Osimo and Renaissance and Baroque Singing at the Accademia Internazionale d’Arte lirica in Osimo. Following his passion for music in its many faces and styles, in 2009 he joined punk-rock band “Io e i Gomma Gommas” as bassist and singer, giving many concerts throughout all of Italy, recording many CDs and taking part to numerous TV and radio shows.