Claudio Cavina

Last update: before 2019
With his recording of Monteverdi’s Madrigals and Operas, Claudio Cavina is actually one of the best reference musicians for Ancient Music. He is the most important italian countertenor of his generation: he began his vocal studies in Bologna with Candace Smith, and continued his training with Kurt Widmer and Renè Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He performes regulary with many early music groups such as Clemencic Consort, Huelgas Ensemble, La Colombina, Elyma Ensemble, Concerto Italiano, Europa Galante, Al Ayre Espanol, Le Parlement de Musique, Fitzwilliam Ensemble, and has performed as guest artist in many prestigious festivals in Europe and throughout the world. Claudio Cavina has been featured in more than 90 CDs released by well-known labels such as Duetsche Harmonia Mundi, Sony Classical, Opus 111, Arcana, K 617, Stradivarius, Glossa, Accent and Cantus. His CD of baroque German music entitled De Vita Fugacitate (Glossa) has been welcomed with great enthusiasm by the specialized international press. In 1996 he founded La Venexiana, the italian madrigal group that won with his interpretation of italian madrigals the Prix Cecilia 1999 and Premio Fondazione Cini of Venice (Marenzio’s 9th book of madrigals), the Gramophone Award 2000 and Cannes Classical Award 2001 (Gesualdo’s 4th Book of Madrigals), Prix Amadeus 2002 (Marenzio’s 6th Book of Madrigals), Deutsch Schallplattenpreis (Gesualdo's 5th Book of madrigals and Monteverdi's 6th Book of Madrigals) CHOC of the Year 2005 (Monteverdi's 6th Book of madrigals): La Venexiana is considerated as “NEW ORPHEUS” of italian madrigal music. He completed on 2008 the whole Monteverdi Edition, recorded by Glossa Music. He conducted the Vesper of S. John (Monteverdi) at the Festival Van Vlaanderen and in Povoa de Varzim (Portugal); in Tage Ale Musik Regensburg the Ballo delle Ingrate by Monteverdi (2005), at the Sacred Music Festival of Cuenca (Spain) the whole Selva Morale e Spirituale (2005).
 Claudio Cavina performed and conducted in Royaumont, Ribeauville, Leipzig, Hamburg, Hannover, Wien Konzerthaus, Utrecht, El Escorial, London, Potsdam, Hannover, Concertgebouw Amsterdam. With Monteverdi's Orfeo he presented in several important Festival in Europe on 2007 ( Melk, Regensburg, Bruges, Lufthansa Festival London, St. Gallen, Lyon, Modena, Udine, Jerez). His recording won the prestigious Gramophone Award 2009 for Baroque Vocal Music The Incoronazione di Poppea was his new Opera project for 2009/2010, performed in Herne, Regensburg, Paris (Citè de la Musique), Perigueux (Symphonia en Perigord) In 2010 his Monteverdi’s Vesper opened the Lufthansa Festival of London, with a great success. In 2011 a new Baroque Opera was performed: Artemisia, in First World Performance and Recording. In 2012 Claudio Cavina concluded the recording of the trilogy of Monteverdi’s Operas with Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, performed in Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Paris Citè de la Musique. In 2013 he conducted Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Krakow Misteria Paschalia and Bucarest Festival Enescu.