Biography

Roberta Alessandrini is from Verona. After receiving her diploma from the “B. Marcello” Conservatoire in Venice with full marks and honours, she continued her studies with eminent exponents of the French school of harp, including Pierre Jamet, Elisabeth Fontan-Binoche, Corinne le Du and Susanna Mildonian.

She has won many national and international competitions, including a unanimous First prize “Honneur” at the International Harp Competition in Paris in 1985; First prize (with a scholarship) at the “Rietmann” National Competition in Pegli (Genoa) in 1984, and the “Victor Salvi” National Harp Competitions in S. Margherita Ligure and Chiavari.

She is a harpist with various national orchestras, but most of her time is dedicated to performing in prestigious concert halls in Italy and abroad in various formations: solo recitals, soloist and orchestra, duo with violin, flute, organ, piano and various chamber music ensembles. She has often performed the main concertos for harp and orchestra, but she has also other less usual pieces in her repertoire.

In 1995 she released the “Harp Concertos” CD for the NAXOS record company, including the three harp concertos by J.L. Dussek, J.B. Krumpholtz and G.Ch. Wagenseil, accompanied by the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova. This recording debut was very successful internationally: this was witnessed by some great reviews appeared on specialized magazines, such as Fanfare (USA), the bulletin of the Association Internationale des Harpistes et Amis de la Harpe (France), CD Classica (Italy), Suonare News (Italy), Musica (Italy), etc. “Harp Concertos” is regularly broadcasted by several radio stations, both in Italy (“Novità in compact”, a RAI Radio 3 programme by the musicologist Sandro Cappelletto, has extensively dealed with this CD) and worldwide.

She recorded a second CD “Arpa in Concerto” with “La Bottega Discantica”, offering a solo harp recital with significant pieces of the XIX and XX centuries repertoire. As a result of her discovery of an original and fine repertoire for harp and organ, she released a new CD “Arpa e Organo” with the organist Paolo Delama, again for “La Bottega Discantica”.

In 2018 she completed a new record work for Urania Records with the violinist Stefan Coles, including French music for violin and harp.

In the next months another interesting record project will be released by the label Tactus: she has realized it with the pianist Corrado Ruzza in order to give value to duets and divertissements by Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari.

She also edits transcriptions of works for harp from classic harpsichord works: she has issued a collection and has curated another publication for UtOrpheus.

She is often invited to be on juries for various national and international competitions.

She has performed an intense teaching activities since several decades. She has been Professor of Harp at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan, and now at the Conservatorio “Bonporti” in Trento.

She contributes to the musical education of several good young harpists. She regularly holds advanced courses and master classes, for examples for the Accademia Europea in Erba, for the Associazione Musicale “Dino Ciani” di Domodossola, for the summer courses in S. Marco di Castellabate (near Salerno), for the Ente Concerti di Belveglio (near Asti) and for the “Laboratorio Musica” in Cortemilia (near Cuneo). She lives in Trento.