Alberto Grazzi

Principal bassoon

Alberto Grazzi studied bassoon at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, from which he graduated in 1986. In 1985 he was asked to join the European Baroque Orchestra, marking his introduction to the world of early music. He has since performed with many of the world’s leading authentic instrument ensembles, including Concentus Musicus Wien, The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Les Musiciens Du Louvre, and Concerto Italiano. He has been principal bassoon with Il Giardino Armonico for many years, and in 1990 became principal bassoon of The English Concert, with which he has toured internationally, both as orchestral player and soloist. In 1989 he founded Ensemble Zefiro, a group devoted to wind repertoire, with his brother Paolo and Alfredo Bernadini. Alberto Grazzi teaches at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, at the Conservatory of Verona, and at summer courses around Europe. As soloist he has recorded for the labels DG Archiv, Teldec Classics, Astrée, Naïve, Opus 111, and Ambroisie.