Giovanna Pessi

Biography

Giovanna Pessi was born in Basel. The experience with this historical harp, its light touch, and unique sound, motivated her to focus her studies towards early music and historical instruments. From 1994 to 2000 she studied early music and historical harps with Heidrun Rosenzweig at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland. From 2000-2002, Giovanna Pessi studied with the Norwegian Lutist, Rolf Lislevand, at the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen”, Germany. As a soloist and accompanist specialized in early music Giovanna Pessi performed with musicians and conductors such as Rolf Lislevand, Konrad Junghänel, Philippe Pierlot, Harry Bicket, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marc Minkowski. From 2004 to 2010 Giovanna Pessi worked with Norwegian pianist and composer Christian Wallumrød, as a member of his sextet the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble she has recorded two albums for ECM records Munich; „The Zoo is Far“ and „Fabula Suite Lugano“.

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