Ilaria Macedonio, Harpsichord
”Macedonio’s agogic touch, faintly bronzed in inégal, is excellent, and her fingerwork is spoken with a finely articulated grammar.” (Gramophone, March 2021)
Ilaria Macedonio was born in Assisi into a family almost entirely composed of professional musicians. Beginning her piano studies at the age of seven years old, Ilaria won first prize at the Settenote Music Competition in Arrone aged eight. Since then, Ilaria has been a prizewinner at numerous competitions including the Piccole Mani Music Competition in Perugia, the Concorso Musicale Città di Castelnuovo Garfagnana and the Concorso Hyperion in Rome. In 2006 Ilaria gave her debut as a soloist with orchestra, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K414 with the Ensemble Le Metamorfosi Musicali in Umbria and Lazio. From 2007 she attended the Liceo Ginnasio Statale G.C. Tacito Terni, and later went on to study for her bachelor’s at the G. Briccialdi Musical Institute in Terni where she graduated with first class honours. In 2013 Ilaria won the Erasmus selection for a study exchange to Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2014 she enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen to study for a Master’s degree in Early Music under the guidance of Ketil Haugsand. During the three-year-study period in Denmark she became certified as a Danish Language Speaker.
Whilst studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Ilaria performed as a continuo harpsichord player for chamber groups and ensembles. As a soloist, Ilaria has performed the Goldberg Variations at Frederiksberg Slotskirke and Bach’s Concerto for 2 Harpsichords BWV 1060 in Copenhagen as well as Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord BWV 1055 in Holbæk, Denmark. Ilaria has attended masterclasses, workshops and seminaries with Andrew Lawrence-King, Peter Spissky, Imbi Tarum, Emma Kirkby, Enrico Gatti, Alfredo Bernardini, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ton Koopman and Ketil Are Haugsand. In 2017/18 Ilaria has been studying at the Royal College of Music on the Artist Diploma Course with Jane Chapman and Terence Charlston. In London she took every opportunity to immerse herself in chamber music projects, and she performed as a continuo player at the Greenwich Early Music Festival 2017, as a soloist at the Southbank Centre, and at the Mottisfont National Trust Museum in May 2018. In 2019 Ilaria won the “Daniele Bettelli” scholarship, conferred by the Musical Association MusicAvigliano. In February 2021, the Dutch label Channel Classics Records released Ilaria’s debut album (J.S. Bach – Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord BWV 1027-1029), in collaboration with the Danish violist Marie Stockmarr Becker.