Roberto Porroni is one of the best known Italian concertists.
He has won a number of youth competitions and completed his advanced studies with Julian Bream and John Williams.
He was invited to Spain by Andrés Segovia, marking the beginning of a brilliant international performing career throughout Europe, North America nd South America, Middle East, Far East (Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam), Australia and South Africa for some of the most important concert societies (the Musikverein in Vienna, La Scala in Milan, the Fairfield Hall in London, the Philharmonia in St. Petersburg, the World Bank Auditorium in Washington, the MacMillan Theatre in Toronto, the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Palacio de Queluz in Lisbon, the Ateneo in Madrid, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Munhwalbo Hall in Seul, Oji Hall in Tokyo, ALTI Auditorium in Kyoto, Melba Hall in Melbourne, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires).
He has also participated in major festivals such as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the Berliner Festtage, the Gewandhaus Festtage, the Festival d’été in Québec City, and the Miami Festival.
He often collaborates with the Italian Radio Television, for whom he prepares programmes on guitar music. He also recorded programmes for several foreign broadcasting corporations.
He recorded the first modern performance of the previously unpublished Paganini’s manuscripts for solo guitar and edited the critical revision of these same pieces.
He had great success with his eleven tours in Russia, Australia, Canada and United States, where he performed in major cities and festivals (New York, Chicago, Washington, Houston, Austin, Detroit, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver) and seven concert tours in the Far East (Japan, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam).
He teaches master classes in several countries, he has also made a number of transcriptions of piano music of the 19th century which he recorded in his third CD “Dal pianoforte alla chitarra” and which earned unanimous praise from both public and critics.
In 1996 he founded the “Ensemble Duomo”, with whom he is performing in many countries “A guitar for Vivaldi”, a particular program devoted to the works for lute, strings and harpsichord of the great Venetian Master. The CD “A guitar for Vivaldi” was released in fall 1997, followed by the CD “Gershwin, Classical Songs”, with the American violist James Creitz.
Other CDs with Ensemble Duomo, “Music at the Cinema”, with some of the most beautiful movie soundtracks he arranged for string quintet, then “Le Americhe in Musica”, with some of the most beautiful American music of the XXth century transcribed by Porroni himself, “Spanish Impressions” devoted to the XXth century Spanish music, “Music & Film” and “Tutto Morricone” with Ensemble Duomo.
He is artistic director of “I concerti della domenica” in Milan – Italy, of the “Festival tra Lago e Monti” Lecco – Italy and of the Festival “Musica e Natura” in Switzerland.
Roberto Porroni earned his degree in Music History at the Università Statale di Milano.
The ENSEMBLE DUOMO was born in 1996 on the initiative of Roberto Porroni.
The aim of the group, all well-known soloists in their own right, intends to valorize a little known repertoire, paying particular attention to different and innovative works.
The programmes they perform in their concerts must be seen in this light: “A guitar for Vivaldi” and “Haydn the Unknown” are dedicated to pages which are rarely performed and which are presented in a version which is near to the sensitiveness and taste of today, and the program “The Music at the Cinema”, devoted to some of the most beautiful movies’ soundtracks, re-visited in a new dimension of sound.
The Ensemble Duomo is becoming well known at an international level as an original and unique chamber group. It has given concerts in various European countries (Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Greece a.o.) in Turkey, in the Middle East, in Australia, Africa and has taken part in many tournées in the Far East (Japan, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam), performing for important concert institutions and festivals (Oji Hall in Tokyo, ALTI Auditorium in Kyoto, Seoul Arts Center), with such success that it has been reinvited for other tours.
They made their debut in Argentina with concerts in major theatres, among them the big hall of Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, filled up with
3.000 people, followed by concerts in Brazil.
The Ensemble Duomo recently performed in concerts for Lorin Maazel and Josè Carreras, who appreciated the musical qualities of the group a lot.