A specialist in historical mandolins, Anna Schivazappa is one of the few mandolinists to carry out an in-depth reflection on baroque and classical repertoires. Sensitive to the necessity of rediscovering forgotten works from 18th-century composers, in 2012 she founded the ensemble Pizzicar Galante, one of the most dynamic period ensembles specializing in gallant music for mandolin and basso continuo, together with harpsichordist Fabio Antonio Falcone. Pizzicar Galante’s first album, including the world premiere recording of Valentini’s complete mandolin sonatas, has been released in August 2016 by Brilliant Classics. The CD, which has been praised by the specialized press and broadcast by international radio stations such as RAI Radio 3, the Spanish National Radio and the BBC, has been nominated for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) 2017.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Anna is regularly invited to major festivals and concert seasons all over Europe and abroad (Australia, Asia and Central America): Festival baroque de Sézanne, Festival Frisson Baroque, Festival Embar(o)quement Immédiat, Concerti di San Torpete in Genoa, Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney, Festival Sinfonia en Périgord, Festival baroque du Pays du Mont Blanc, Festival Midis Minimes, Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong, Costa Rica Music Festival…
Always eager to expand her music horizons, she has collaborated as a performer and recording artist with ensemble Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon), the Bologna Philarmonic and the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris, among others, and is a founding member of duo Dialogos, together with pianist Michela Chiara Borghese. A native of Padova, Italy, Anna Schivazappa studied mandolin with Ugo Orlandi at the Conservatory of Music in Padua, parallel to attending masterclasses in historical mandolins in Urbino. She later specialized in early music in Paris and holds a Master’s degree in Performance Pratice of Baroque Music from the Sorbonne University, where she graduated with highest honours in 2015.
Besides her concert activity, Anna is also interested in musicological research. She is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at the Sorbonne University in Paris and she gives masterclasses, conferences and seminars in important European institutions such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Milan Conservatory. In June 2018, she has been awarded a medal from the Académie Arts Sciences et Lettres in Paris, in recognition of her contribution to the re-discovery and dissemination of the repertoire of the baroque mandolin. She has also been selected as an associate musician-researcher at the Bibliothèque nationale de France for 2017-19. Anna performs on a neapolitan mandolin by Antonius Vinaccia dating from 1768.