"In addition to being one of the most compelling, deepest, most reflective recordings I have heard in recent times, that of Matteo Cicchitti represents an unavoidable episode to understand the importance, significance, scope and caliber represented by the viola from leg over the course of two centuries. A result obtained by an interpreter who is to be considered among the greatest lovers of this instrument at an international level."Im Primo Piano, 20-7-2022
Double bass player, violonist, gambist and teacher, connoisseur and continuous researcher of historical performance. He combines his activity as an instrumentalist with that of artistic and musical director for the repertoire of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
He obtained, with top marks, academic qualifications and highly perfected specializations in Conservatories and Higher Musical Institutions in the cities of Pescara, Como, Pavia, Parma, Gubbio, Rome, Frosinone, Reggio Emilia, Piacenza and Vienna under the guidance of famous masters: P. Montero, R. Sensi, L. Schumacher, G. De Frenza, W. Casali, W. Güttler, M. Di Bari, U. Nastrucci, M. Decimo, P. Veleno, N. Conci, S. Montanari, S. Genuini and F.N. Lara.
In the didactic field, he teaches at state, civic and private schools and is active as a teacher in instrumental and chamber music courses that are particularly focused on the practice of ancient instruments. He is also qualified instructor of Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
He has held conferences, masterclasses and seminars at the University “G. D’Annunzio” of Chieti, the ISSM “G. Briccialdi” in Terni, the “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, the “A. Vivaldi” in Alessandria, the Museum of Harmonic Strings in Salle (Pe) in Abruzzo (Italy). He was invited to México to hold a baroque music masterclass in the context of the “III Festival de Música de Cámara de Jalisco” (Guadalajara, Jal. Mx).
He has performed in prestigious international theaters and halls, including: Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw, Auditorium Baluarte in Pamplona, Casa Museo López Portillo in Guadalajara, Château Malromé (Toulouse-Lautrec’s castle) in Saint- André-du-Bois, Abbaye Saint-Pierre of Vertheuil, Palladian Basilica of Vicenza, Great Hall of Collegio Ghislieri of Pavia, Paul VI Hall of Vatican City, Vittoria Theater of Turin, Fraschini Theater of Pavia, Teatro della Pergola of Florence.
He has participated in important concerts such as: Festival “Chopin i jego Europa”, Warsaw; Stresa Festival 2019; Ravenna Festival XXXI edition; Antiqua review of ancient and baroque music, Belgioioso (Pv); Antonio Vivaldi Festival, Turin; Convers-Azioni 69th ed. Olympic Theater, Vicenza; Rome Baroque Festival IX edition, Rome; Estate Musicale Frentana, Lanciano (Ch); 32nd Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, Montepulciano (Si); Romaeuropa Festival; Encuentro De Dos Culturas, Secretary of Culture - Gobierno de Jalisco (Tlajomulco, Jal., México); Temporada de Otoño 2012, Universidad de Guadalajara (México); Festival Internacional de Teatro, Tlaquepaque (Mèxico).
As a researcher he collaborates with the Abruzzese Institute of Musical History based in L’Aquila and MVSA - Musica d’Abruzzo in Ortona (Ch), for the exegesis, study and dissemination of the musical heritage of every era and style, in particular from Abruzzo. He has published with Sony Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Arcana Records, Brilliant Classics, Neuma Edizioni, Tactus Records, Casa Editrice Tinari, Urania Records, ME Operae, Dynamic Records and Challenge Classics.
He has cooperated with artists of caliber including: L. Shambadal, S. Frigato, R. Invernizzi, G. Kunde, E. Mascardi, G. Antonelli, A. Rossi Lürig, E. Velardi, D. Monti, F. Cipriani, S. Montanari and F. Biondi.
He was a guest on live broadcasts on: Radio Classica, Rai Radio 3, Radio Mozart Italia, Ckrl 89,1 Continuo Québec and Radio Svizzera Italiana. And on live television: Rai 1, Rai 3 and Sky Classica.
He carries out intense concert activity with various orchestras: Alessandro Stradella Consort, Accademia d’Arcadia, Europa Galante, Musica Antiqua Latina, Quartetto Vanvitelli, Orchestra Barocca delle Marche, ArParla Plus, I Solisti Ambrosiani, L’Archicembalo and Musica Elegentia of which he himself is founder and director.
In addition to being one of the most compelling, deepest, most reflective recordings I have heard in recent times, that of Matteo Cicchitti represents an unavoidable episode to understand the importance, significance, scope and caliber represented by the viola from leg over the course of two centuries. A result obtained by an interpreter who is to be considered among the greatest lovers of this instrument at an international level.
Im Primo Piano, 20-7-2022