Federico Marincola is a very active singer and lute and early guitar player. Born in Rome, he studied classical guitar with Sergio Notaro, later specializing in the lute with Diana Poulton. Having won a grant from the Dutch Government, he studied with Anthony Bailes at the Sweelinck Conservatorium of Amsterdam. Another grant from the British Council enabled him to to study with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music in London, where he obtained a Performer diploma in lute, a second diploma in early music and the Certificate of Advanced Study. He completed his training with Nigel North and Christopher Wilson.
Later he also obtained a diploma in lute at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia of Rome and studied singing at the Conservatoire de Musique of Menton, where he received his diploma under the guidance of Marc Vento and Michel Géraud
In the last twenty five years, Federico Marincola has given many solo recitals and played with singers and early music groups all over Europe. In 1986, he toured as a soloist in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is also in demand as a “basso continuo” player, and has played in many baroque operas at some of the most famous opera theatres of Italy (Teatro alla Scala - Milan; Teatro dell’ Opera - Rome; Teatro Massimo - Palermo; Teatro Comunale - Florence; Teatro San Carlo - Naples...). In July 1998 he was invited by the Lute Society of America to teach and play at the LSA summer course in Columbus (OH).
He has made several recordings with orchestras and small groups, and has broadcasted in Italy, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, the Vatican, India and Shri Lanka. With Pierre Verany Disques, he recorded a CD of pieces from the “Vincenzo Capirola Lute Book” in 1992, a CD of pieces for lute and renaissance guitar by the French composer Guillaume Morlaye in 1993 and a third CD of lute pieces by Anthony Holborne in 1995. These solo recordings have been very positively welcomed by the international press (“5 Diapasons” to Capirola and Morlaye, “5 Diapasons” and “10 by Répertoire” to Holborne).
Federico Marincola uses an instrumental technique which is based on several treatises and iconographical sources from the 16th and 17th centuries. He believes that, to give a convincing performance of this repertoire, it is of paramount importance to have a profound knowledge of the original fingerings and criteria of interpretation. He also finds ideas and inspiration for the performance of early music in certain aspects of the philosophy and astrology of the Renaissance period.
In the last years he has also turned his attention to the study of social science: he is convinced that the sociology of music can be a great help in understanding the “spirit of the age” in which the different repertoires were produced. He was highly commended for his thesis on the Jesuit opera Apotheosis sive Consecratio SS. Ignatii et Francisci Xaverii (1622) by Hieronimus Kapsberger, which earned him his degree in Sociology at the University of Urbino.
Federico Marincola is the musician of the Compagnie de Musique et Théâtre Picatrix of Menton (France) and of the Ensemble Orfeo Isulanu of Ajaccio.
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