Emanuele Forni

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Emanuele Forni began his musical training as a self-taught musician, concentrating on popular music, rock and jazz. He obtained his diploma in guitar and jazz harmony with Alberto Ferra at the European Music Institute; in classical guitar at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, with Lena Kokkaliari and Paolo Cherici; and in contemporary music (Concert Diploma) at the High School of Arts in Bern (CH) with Elena Casoli. Forni studied ancient music and different plucked istruments at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis, composition, performing practice, taking part in masterclasses and advance courses with musicians of great human qualities and musical depth such Jordi Savall, Dave Liebman, Fabio Vacchi, Paul O’Dette and Luciano Berio. 

The interpretation of contemporary works, for and with the guitar and lutes, has enabled him to work with many contemporary composers such as Hugues Dufourt, Peter Eötvös, George Aperghis, Hugues Dufourt, Ulrich Krieger, Maurizio Pisati and Alessandro Solbiati.

He has gained experience working in different musical contexts, with singers (Cecilia Bartoli, Franco Fagioli, Roberta Invernizzi, Emma Kirkby, Simone Kermes, Sandrine Piau, Andreas Scholl), with conductors (Giovanni Antonini, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Pablo Heras-Casado, Sir Roger Norrington), with orchestras (Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Orchestra La Scintilla, Venice Baroque Orchestra, ZKO Chamber Orchestra), with classical soloists (Sergio Azzolini, Giuliano Carmignola, Daniel Hope, Paolo Pandolfo, Maurice Steger), with contemporary ensembles (Lucerne Festival Academy) and ensemble of ancient music (Accademia degli Affetti, Cantus Firmus, Chappelle Ancienne, La Corona Freiburg, Collegium Musicum, Freitagsakademie, Hilliard Ensemble, Turicum Ensemble), with jazz musicians (Fausto Beccalossi, Nolan Quinn, Daniel Pezzotti, Daniel Schyder, Gino Zambelli), with actors (Carina Braunschmidt, Steffen Höld, Martin Hug, Ottavia Piccolo), theatrical companies (Cie Bussonnière, Cisco Aznar, Thom Luz, Mathias Weibel), with world music ensembles (Quintetto de Tango Invisibile, Fuich). 

Forni has played as soloist as well as in chamber ensembles and orchestras, working in with a variety of festivals, musical institutions and associations like Carnegie Hall New York, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie Essen, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Schwetzinger Festspielen,  Herkulessaal and Gasteig München, Semperoper Dresden, Tivoli Concert Hall Copenhagen, Concert Hall Mito Art Tower Japan, KKL Lucerne Festival, Opernhaus and Tonhalle Zürich, Grosser Saal and Stadttheater Basel, Kursaal San Sebastian, Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes Valladolid, Sala Verdi Milan, Festival della Creatività Firenze, Meran Festival, Russian Theatre Vilnius, Opera Dubai and Philharmonia Saint Petersburg. 

Forni has recorded for various labels (Deutsche Grammophon, Berlin Classic, Stradivarius, Trilogy, Maine), radios (SWR, DRS 2, Radio Classica, Ö1) and televisions channels (ARTE, Rai, ORF1, ORF2, 3sat, SF1).