Riccardo Delfino

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Riccardo Delfino


historical harps



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Instruments: historical harps, celtic harp, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes; guitar, piano, cello, percussion instruments, voice/vocals inter alia

Since 1984: co-founder and member of the ensemble for early music “Oni Wytars”

From 1992 to 2003: permanent member in various ensembles for early music: „Ensemble Unicorn“ (Vienna), „Ensemble Accentus“ (Vienna); Guest soloist at „Le Concert Spirituel“ (Paris), „Joglaresa“ (London), „Ars Choralis Coeln“ (Köln), „Ala Aurea“ (Köln), „Vox Werdensis“ (Essen), „Ensemble Lad“ (Moscow), „Clemencic Consort“ (Vienna), „Convivium Musicum“ (Gothenburg), „Forum Interart“ (Dortmund, Germany)

Concert tours in:

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

Festivals and venues among others:

Hamburger Musikfest (D), Alte Oper Frankfurt/M (D), Int. Festwoche d. Alten Musik Bad Wimpfen (D), Int. Tage der Alten Musik Brandenburg (D), Montalbâne Festival, Freyburg/Unstrut (D), Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik, Schwäbisch Gmünd (D), Festwoche Alter Musik Stuttgart (D), Abendmusik Kölner Dom (D), Tage Alter Musik Herne (D), MusikTriennale Köln (D), Romanischer Sommer Köln (D), Philharmonie Köln (D), Wittenberger Renaissance Musikfestival (D), Tage der Alten Musik Staufen im Breisgau (D), Tage der Alten Musik Münster (D)

Konzerthaus Wien (A), Resonanzen Wien (A), Styriarte Festwochen d. Alten Musik, Graz (A), Festwochen d. Alten Musik, Innsbruck (A), Ambraser Schloßkonzerte Innsbruck (A), Festwoche der Alten Musik, Krieglach (A), Donaufestival Krems (A), KunstHalleKrems (A), Brucknerhaus Linz (A),

Kyburgiade Winterthur (CH), Festival Lenzburgiade (CH), Flimserstein Festival (CH),

Castel dei mondi, Andria, (I), Teatro Chiabrera, Savona (I), Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova (I), Festival Alia musica, Fidenza (I),

Rencontre int. des Luthiers et Maîtres Sonneurs / St.-Chartier (F), Festival de Clisson et Loire Atlantique (F), Voix et route romane (F), Opera de Versailles (F), Arsenal de Metz (F), Festival de Conques (F)

Festival für Alte Musik Utrecht (NL), Festival van Flanderen Brugge (B), Flanders Festival Antwerp (B),

Skara Early Music Festival (S), Moskauer Philharmonie (RU),

Music in Old Kraków (PL), Musik im Königsschloss Warschau (PL),

Purcell Room London (GB), Southbanks London (GB), Buxton Music Festival (GB), Galway Early Music Festival (IRL),

Palau de Música Barcelona (E), Fíra de la Mediterrania, Manresa (E), Festival internacional de música antiga i barroca de Peníscola (E), Semana de Música Antigua Sevilla (E), Concerts d Estiu a Montserrat (E), Festival de Santander (E), Espazos sonoros, Santiago de Compostela (E),

Festival da Madeira (P),

Festival de musique ancienne de Quebec (CAN), Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa (CAN)

A Yehiam Festival (ISR), Musica da camera Tel Aviv (ISR),

Essaouira Festival (M), Ductac Theatre, Dubai (UAE), Royal Conservatory of Amman (JOR), Festival Al Bustan Beirut (LBN), Music in the Old Library of Dimasque (SYR), Fajr-Festival Teheran (IRN)

Recordings for TV and the radio; more than 80 recordings with a number of programs such as: spiritual and worldly music dating from medieval times, renaissance and early baroque; contemporary pieces; theatre music; songs for children; lyrics and music; folklore; Pop music

From 1999 to 2003: Work in his own recording studio; learned the basics of computer technology, hard- and software and digital music editing

From 01/1989: musician at the “Folkteater” in Gävle, Sweden

and from 08/1990 to 01/1991: musician at the “Folkteater” in Gothenburg, Sweden; productions of historical dramas, transcriptions of Nordic mythology and children’s theatre

In 08/1988: Theatre musician at the „Spegelteater“in Stockholm, Sweden

From 01/1985 to 04/1985: rehearsal work as an actor at the theatre “Forum 3” in Stuttgart

From 01/1984 to 06/1984: Co-worker on the marionette stage Elisabeth Schöneborn in Stuttgart


Mastercourses and individual lessons  with:

Andrew Lawrence King (historical Harptechnique), Nuria Llopis Areny (spanish Renaissanceharp), Valentin Clastrier (hurdy-gurdy), Evelyne Girardon (hurdy-gurdy), Jean Blanchard (french bagpipe)

From 08/1987 to 12/1988 and from 07/1989 to 03/1990: Studies of early music and folklore at the music academy of Gothenburg and at the Sibelius-Academy of Helsinki with a focus on: Early music, the hurdy-gurdy, historical harps, the bagpipes, singing, historical dances, the history of music, music theory (counterpoint, arrangement, the philosophy of music…);

From 1984 to 1987: street musician; travelling in Europe; learning the basics concerning traditional music and its instruments

From 08/1984 to 12/1984: Acting studies at the Novalis School in Stuttgart


Since 2008: Lecturer for music at the Waldorf seminar for educators in Mannheim

From 08/2007 to 07/2010: Music teacher for 10- up to 16-year-olds at the Intercultural Steiner school in Mannheim

From 11/2006 to 05/2007: Teacher at the Steiner school for special education in Oslo  

Since 2000: Choir conductor for various private amateur choirs

1997: Freelance co-worker at the music school “balance” in Stuttgart

1997: Publication of a method for the hurdy-gurdy with Matthias Loibner as co-author together with the publication house “Verlag der Spielleute”

Since 1994: Internationally involved in courses that concentrate on early music, ensemble playing, harp and hurdy-gurdy techniques

From 11/1991 to 11/1992: Internship at the Tobias house in Stuttgart (Home for people with multiple severe disabilities)

From 08/1982 to 12/1983: Civil service at the special education home for young people Weckelweiler


From 09/2003 to 10/2006: Studies at the school of The Christian Community, priest seminary

During that time from 09/2005 to 10/2006: Congregational internship in the Sophia Church in Frankfurt/Main

From 11/1992 to 07/1994: Studies at the School for Steiner education in Stuttgart; received a degree to be a class teacher and music teacher.

From 08/1982 to 12/1983: Seminar for special education in Weckelweiler


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