Welcome to Emanuele E. Forni’s website

Here you will find information about what I like doing, my most recent projects and my collaborations with composers, ensembles, jazz musicians and various artists.

My approach to music has always been transversal and I still find myself tackling different repertoires with the same passion and interest of a researcher. The repertoires that have most aroused my curiosity in the past few years have been contemporary electroacustic music and Italian music of the beginning of the 17th century. However I never miss the opportunity to explore new paths and to meet musicians with whom to communicate and share.

A long time ago a plucked string tied me to music and to the act of playing: its resonance has helped me give shape to ideas, to get to know myself and has been a strong rope on which to anchor an important part of my life. But it is perhaps best to start from the beginning with names, dates, …

I began my musical training as a selftaught musician, concentrating on popular music, rock and jazz. I obtained my diploma in guitar and jazz harmony with Alberto Ferra at the European Music Institute; in classical guitar at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, with Lena Kokkaliari and Paolo Cherici; and in contemporary music (Concert Diploma) at the High School of Arts in Bern (CH) with Elena Casoli. I studied ancient music and different plucked istruments at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis, composition, performing practice, taking part in masterclasses and advance courses with musicians of great human qualities and musical depth such Jordi Savall, Dave Liebman, Fabio Vacchi, Paul O’Dette and Luciano Berio.

The interpretation of contemporary works, for and with the guitar and lutes, has enabled me to work with many contemporary composers such as Georges Aperghis, Hugues Dufourt,  Peter Eötvös, Maurizio Pisati, Ulrich Krieger, Alessandro Solbiati, Franco Oppo and Giorgio Tedde.

I have gained experience working in different musical contexts, with singers (Cecilia Bartoli, Franco Fagioli, Emma Kirkby, Sandrine Piau), with conductors (Giovanni Antonini, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Pablo Heras-Casado, Sir Roger Norrington), with orchestras (Tonhalle Orchester, Orchestra La Scintilla, Venice Baroque Orchestra, ZKO Chamber Orchestra), with classical soloists (Sergio Azzolini, Giuliano Carmignola, Daniel Hope, Paolo Pandolfo, Maurice Steger), with contemporary ensembles (Lucerne Festival Academy) and ensemble of ancient music (Cantus Firmus, La Corona Freiburg, Collegium Musicum, Freitagsakademie, Turicum Ensemble), with jazz musicians (Gino Zambelli, Fausto Beccalossi), with actors (Ottavia Piccolo), theatrical companies (Cie Buissonniere), with world music ensembles (Quintetto de Tango Invisibile, Fuich).

I have played as soloist as well as in chamber ensembles and orchestras, working in with a variety of festivals, musical institutions and associations. Among these I would like to mention specifically: “Carnegie Hall“ New York, “Philarmonie” and “Konzerthaus” Berlin,   “Konzert Saal Philarmonie” Essen, “Schwetzinger Festspiele”, “Herculessaal” and “Kulturzentrum Gateig” München, “Concert Hall Mito Art Tower” Japan, “Russian Theater” Vilnius, “Merano Festival”, “Festival della Creatività“ Firenze, “Sala Verdi“ Milano, “Opernhaus” and “Tonhalle” Zürich, “KKL - Lucerne Festival”, “Grosee Saal HKB” and “Munster” Bern, “Musik-Akademie, Grosee Saal” Basel, “Kursal” San Sebastian, “Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes” Vailladolid, “Stadttheater” Klagenfurt.

I have recorded for various labels (Berlin Classics, Stradivarius, Trilogy, Maine), radios (SWR, DRS 2, Radio Classica, Ö1) and televisions channels (Rai, ORF1, ORF2, 3sat, SF1).

Happy reading and buona visione!