Anna Paradiso was born and raised in Bari (Italy). Sweden-based, she has recently been described by the international critics for her solo-performances as an ‘”absolute gem of a harpsichordist” (USA), with a “fantastic rubato” (Spain) and as “great story-teller and performer” (BBC, UK).
Beside her solo diplomas in piano and in harpsichord, Anna is PhD doctor in Latin and ancient Greek philology and was initially busy as latinist at the university of Bari, at Oxford University and in Sweden, where, eventually, she decided to dedicate herself completely to a musical career.
Paradiso has given concerts all over Europe, in USA, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She plays also clavichord, fortepiano and pianoforte. As a soloist and continuo player, Anna has appeared with many leading Scandinavian ensembles such as Drottningholm Baroque Orchestra, The Theatre Orchestra of Drottningholm, Copenhagen Soloists, Rebaroque, many Scandinavian symphony orchestras, etc. She has also performed as soloist with Philarmonia Moment Musical (Taipei), Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Birmingham Conservatory Orchestra and others. Her recent recordings for BIS (with harpsichord and clavichord) of all the keyboard sonatas by the Swedish baroque composer JH Roman are obtaining international praises (one of these CDes was, for instance, American Record Choice 2016).
With her husband, recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin, Anna has formed a duo that tours internationally and records regularly for BIS. Eminent composers such as Daniel Börtz, Fredrick Österling, Chiel Meijering, Ingvar Karkoff have written for her as a soloist or for her duo with Dan Laurin.
Anna Paradiso’s ground-braking approach to Johan Helmich Roman’s continuo style has raised much attention in the international critics. Moreover, for BIS, she has recorded a CD of concertos by Vivaldi, one of French baroque music, Bach virtuosic harpsichord concerto in BWV 1057, as well as various baroque and modern chamber music programs. She has also recorded a contemporary harpsichord concerto by Vito Palumbo with Gävle Symphony Orchestra and will soon record a new solo-CD with Swedish music for harpsichord and fortepiano. She has given master-classes at the conservatories of Bolzano and Avellino, at Trinity College in London, at the Birmingham Conservatoire, at Grieg Academy in Bergen, at the Royal College of Music of Stockholm and at international courses in Europe, Japan and Taiwan.
Anna is performing at Les Musicales de Baabdath on October 27. Check the program here.
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