Giulia Genini, dulcian and recorders, artistic direction

Born in Lugano, Switzerland, Giulia Genini began her studies on recorder at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with Giorgio Merati. Her interest in early music and the instruments of the era led her to Basel where she continued her studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Conrad Steinmann. At the same time she began studying dulcian and baroque bassoon with Josep Borras and Donna Agrell. During her studies she also participated in numerous Master Classes, notably with Jordi Savall, Pierre Hamon, Masaaki Suzuki, Steven Devine and Katharina Arfken. In 2008 she obtained her diploma in recorder (performance and pedagogy) with distinction, and in 2010 she obtained her Master in Historical Performance Practice in baroque bassoon and dulcian, also with distinction. She was awarded a scholarship of the FriedlWald Stiftung Basel (2005), as well as the ASRI Prize in 2009 (Schweizerische Gesellschaft zur Pflege der kulturellen und wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen zu Italien/Basel). In 2014 she won the first Prize of the Kiefer Halblitzel Foundation. As a recorder player and a bassoonist she performs with Ensembles such as: I Barocchisti, Il Giardino Armonico, Cappella Mediterranea, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Capriccio Basel, Il Complesso Barocco, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de l’Académie Européenne, Britten Pears Baroque Orchestra, Cantus Cölln and Concerto Palatino, Freiburger Barockorchester, Il Gusto Barocco.  

She has worked with conductors such as Diego Fasolis, Giovanni Antonini, Leonardo Garcia-Alarcon, Andrea Marcon, Ottavio Dantone, Alan Curtis, William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Konrad Junghänel, Ivor Bolton, Gabriel Garrido, Andreas Stoehr, Jörg Halubeck, and with artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Ann Hallenberg, Vivica Geneaux, Magdalena Kožená, Patricia Petibon, Karina Gauvin, Max Emanuel Cencic, Amandine Beyer, Maria Cristina Kiehr, Maurice Steger, Bruce Dickey and Charles Toet. In october 2012 she performed as a guest recorder player with the Berliner Philharmoniker for a Vivaldi programm conducted by Andrea Marcon. As a soloist she performed together with Venice Baroque Orchestra conducted by Andrea Marcon at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Settimane Musicali di Ascona, Geneva Victoria Hall, Carinthischer Sommer Festival Ossiach, 59. Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau in Ostbayern and in New York Carnegie Hall. She performed with the previously indicated Ensembles in important festivals and stages all around Europe. 

Radio recordings for RSI Radio Svizzera Italiana Rete Due, Radio de la Suisse Romande Espace 2, Radio Swiss Classic, Radio Classique France, SRF Kultur und MDR, video recordings for ARTE, TSI and Schweizer Fernsehen and CD recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics, Decca and CPO. 

She is founder member and artistic director of the ensemble Concerto Scirocco since 2009. She was many years member of the jury for the Swiss Youth Music Competition. She regularly coaches winds sectionals in orchestra-projects devoted to early performance practice at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano where she is also co-Head of Studies in the performance area. She is the Director of the Festival CaronAntica, a festival dedicated to early music which takes place in the beautiful historical village of Carona, in south Switzerland. 

Photo @Lionello Genini