Anna Paradiso has within a short time established herself as a harpsichordist of great individuality and character. She has given concerts not only in Europe (Scandinavia, England, Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia) but also in the USA, in Japan, in Taiwan and in Hong Kong. She plays also clavichord, fortepiano and pianoforte. Anna Paradiso studied at the conservatory in Bari, Italy, where she gained solo diplomas in piano (cum laude) and harpsichord (full marks). Later she also studied under Gordon Murray, Christophe Rousset and Enrico Baiano, and she holds an Advanced Master’s degree in harpsichord and basso continuo from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She has also undertaken a personal research into basso continuo and into historical fingerings, using original sources.
As a soloist and continuo player Anna Paradiso has appeared, with many leading Scandinavian ensembles and orchestras (Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Norrbotten NEO, Copenhagen Soloists, Drottnigholm Baroque Ensemble, Rebaroque, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, NB1, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, etc.). As a soloist, she has also performed with Philarmonia Moment Musical (Taipei), Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Birmingham Conservatory Orchestra and others. Her repertoire as soloist with orchestra spams from Bach’s concertos to modern harpsichord concertos and contemporary works. With her husband, the international recorder-virtuoso Dan Laurin, she has formed a duo that tours internationally and has also recorded a programme of 20th-century English sonatas for BIS [BIS-1785]. Together with Henrik Frendin (viola) and Mats Olofsson (cello) they both play in the ensemble Paradiso Musicale, whose acclaimed début recording [BIS-1895] – featuring music by Telemann and by J. S. and C. P. E. Bach – was chosen as Record of the Month by BBC Music Magazine. A tour in Hong Kong in July 2015, has seen her performing as soloist and as continuo-player with recorder virtuoso Stefan Temmingh and HK Sinfonietta. Anna Paradiso has also performed with musicians such as Hidemi Suzuki, Nils-Erik Sparf and, together with various symphony orchestras, with Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux, Lara St John, Jaime Martin. In addition, she commissions new works, for instance from the Italian composer Vito Palumbo, whose works she has performed, as soloist, with the ensemble Norrbotten NEO and will record with Gävle Symphony Orchestra for BIS in 2016. Composers Daniel Börtz, Fredrick Österling, Ingvar Karkoff and Kjell Meijering have also written for both Anna and her duo with Dan Laurin. For BIS, Anna has recorded all keyboard sonatas by J.H. Roman (with harpsichord and clavichord). With Dan Laurin, she has recorded all Roman’s flute sonatas, Vivaldi recorder concertos, a disc with French baroque music (some of these recordings will be available in some months), Bach’s harpsichord concerto BWV 1057, chamber and orchestral works by Corelli and Telemann. Some of these recordings will be out in 2016. As a soloist for BIS, Anna is also going to record a new solo-CD with Swedish music and a contemporary harpsichord concerto with orchestra by Vito Palumbo.
Anna has given master-classes at the conservatories of Bolzano and Avellino, at Trinity College in London, at the Birmingham Conservatoire, at Grieg Academy in Bergen and at international courses in Europe, Japan and Taiwan. Together with Dan Laurin, she also gives seminars and workshops around the world on the connections between classical rhetorics and baroque music. She holds moreover a PhD in Latin and Classical Greek, and has taught Latin and classical literature at Oxford University and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Anna owns: Neapolitan harpsichord by Masao Kimura (Zao 2012) after Onofrio Guarracino (c. 1650) French harpsichord by Francois Paul Ciocca (Riccia 2008) after Nicolas & Francois Blanchet (1730) Original Swedish square piano by Mathias Petter Kraft (Stockholm 1797) Original fortepiano Broadwood (1802).