Andrea Scaffardi

Biography

Andrea Scaffardi is one of the most promising clarinetists from the young generation of Italian musicians. He is an artist that manages to combine orchestral playing with solo and chamber music concerts.

Appointed Principal Clarinet of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in 2018, he has previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Teatro Massimo Opera House in Palermo.

Andrea was born in Italy in 1990 and began his musical studies at the Parma Conservatory of Music, graduating with summa cum laude and honourable mention. Then he followed two years of Master degree at the Reggio-Emilia Conservatory, graduating with top score and obtaining unanimously the “A. Del Rio” Prix as best Diploma of the year.

Still very young and not yet graduated, Andrea won the audition at the Teatro alla Scala Academy where he was trained as an orchestral musician. In this top level environment he had the chance to enhance his skills working with great conductors and performing several concerts with the orchestra at the Teatro alla Scala and in some of the most renowned Concert halls including the Mariinsky Theatre in Moscow, the Bolshoi Theatre in San Petersburg, the Royal Opera House in Muscat. After 2013 he was studying regularly with professors Fabrizio Meloni and Calogero Palermo.

His career includes many performances with some of the most important Italian orchestras such as the Teatro alla Scala, Filarmonica della Scala, Teatro San Carlo, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice, Teatro Regio in Parma, to name a few.

In these occasions he has played under the baton of famous conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding, Daniele Gatti, Myung-whun Chung, Fabio Luisi, Gianandrea Noseda, Christoph Eschenbach participating in some of the most prestigious Italian festivals as the Festival MiTo, Festival dei Due Mondi, Ravello Festival, Festival Verdi.

His career led him to perform in many internationally renowned Concert halls around Europe as the Musikverein in Wien, the Philharmonie in Paris, the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden, the Köln Philharmonie, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Leiszhalle in Hamburg, the Essen Philharmonie, the Dortmund Philharmonie.

Andrea Scaffardi has recently appeared as a soloist with La Toscanini orchestra in 2019 performing the clarinet Concerto K622 by W. A. Mozart and in 2020 playing and recording live for the Swedish Radio the Ebony Concert by I. Stravinsky with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Robert Trevino in Malmö Live Concert hall.

He regularly plays in miscellaneous chamber music ensembles such as the duo with the piano, the woodwinds quintet, with string quartet and in some more articulated ensembles and he has performed for some renowned Italian festival including the Verdi Festival in Parma, the Umbria Classica Festival and the Festival delle Nazioni di Città di Castello.

He dedicates himself with passion into the didactic activity: he headed a clarinet class at the Reggio-Emilia Conservatory between 2014 and 2017 and he is regularly invited to give Masterclasses in Italy and in Sweden.

Andrea Scaffardi plays on a set of Buffet Crampon clarinets RC Prestige model and a Licostini mouthpiece.

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