Giulia Zannin – Modern & Historical Clarinets, Chalumeaux
Giulia Zannin is a versatile musician with international experience performing on both modern and historical clarinets and has an extensive repertoire, ranging from late seventeenth century to contemporay music. Equally at home as a soloist, a chamber and an orchestra musician, she loves to present to the audience well-known works as well as repertoire rarely heard nowadays.
She graduated from the Conservatorio of Castelfranco Veneto with Roberto Scalabrin and in 2007 she moved to Switzerland to continue her studies at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano finishing “cum laude” a Master of Arts in Specialized Music Performance (Konzertdiplom) with Milan Rericha. In 2013, Giulia was awarded a scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) allowing her to move to Germany, where, under the guidance of Chen Halevi, she focused on the clarinet’s contemporary repertoire through a Master of Chamber Music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen.
Giulia performed in several festivals collaborating with ensembles of international standing in the field of contemporary music such as Klangforum Wien (Impuls Academy, Graz), Ensemble Modern Frankfurt (Klangspuren Schwaz, Innsbruck), L’Instant Donné (Opus XXI, Austria), Donaueschingen Off (Germany) and in the Festival ” ‘900 e Presente” playing music by Bruno Maderna and Hanns Eisler at the RSI in Lugano.
Beside her passion for contemporary music, she developed a deep interest in performance practice, which led her to study Historical Clarinet and Chalumeaux with Ernst Schlader at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen followed by an year as Erasmus student in the class of Eric Hoeprich at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She has been invited to perform with several ensembles on period instruments such as De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Orchester 1756 Wien, Bremer Barockorchester, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Kölner Akademie, Mannheimer Hofkapelle, Orchestra da camera Lorenzo da Ponte, Orfeo Orchestra Budapest, Warsaw Chamber Opera.
Giulia is also a founding member of the Ensemble La Favorita, researching vocal and instrumental music, featuring Chalumeau obbligato, composed for the Habsburg Court in the eighteenth century, the Ensemble Lexikon and her latest project, Calliope. As a chalumeau player she collaborated with the Mannheimer Hofkapelle for an album of unpublished music by Christopher Graupner on the CPO label (Das Leiden Jesu, Passion Cantatas). She performed for the acclaimed Dutch première of “Il Sacrifizio di Abramo” by Camilla de Rossi with De Nederlandse Bachvereniging at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 2018 and in a tour under the direction of Vaclav Luks in 2020 with music by Zelenka.
In 2011, she made her solo debut with Mozart’s Concerto accompanied by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and soon after, she began working with European orchestras such as Hulencourt Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, Spira Mirabilis, Schweizer Jugend Sinfonie-Orchester, Orchester der Bayerischen Philharmonie München, Aurora Chamber Orchestra performing in renowned concert venues such as Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zürich, Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht, Teatro la Fenice and Herculessal in Münich.
Together with the Italian pianist Francesca Khalifa, she focused on the French and the German late romantic repertoire for clarinet and piano, coaching with the prestigious Trio Altenberg at the Konservatorium Privatuniversität in Vienna. The duo performed in Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Italy and France and won a 3rd prize at the International Chamber Music Competition “City of Asti” in 2010.
Awarded in three national competitions for young musicians, Giulia is a recipient of grants from the Schweizerische Interpreten-Gesellschaft, Fritz-Gerber-Stiftung für junge begabte Menschen and DAAD.