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MMus, PhD - Royal College of Music
Alessandro Sanguineti is currently living and working in London, enjoying a rich and varied career as a freelance musician and early-music specialist. Cellist of the Mediterranea Trio, he regularly performs in Italy, France and United Kingdom. Recent performances include recitals in London at King’s Place, St James's Piccadilly, St. Martin in the Fields, Linbury Theatre at Royal Opera House and Wigmore Hall.
Alessandro is in demand as a session player. His solos, such as the recording for the BBC One production ‘Muddle Earth’ and the BBC Two series ‘The Great British Story: A People’s History’, are broadcast internationally on the networks BBC, SKY, RAI and MTV. Recently his solo, recorded for the winning pitch of ‘The Paradise’ by Maurizio Malagnini, has been aired on BBC One, ‘The Paradise’, Serie 2, Episode 6. Furthermore, Alessandro records solos in movies such as ‘Love of my Life’, ‘Coconut Shy’, and documentaries such as ‘Giovanni XXIII, il pensiero e la memoria’ and ‘Ligabue between fiction and reality’ presented at the Rome Film Festival 2009. He also plays in orchestral sessions for Isobel Griffiths, Hilary Skewes, Cool Music and, amongst others, has recorded the BBC One series ‘Body Farm’, ‘The Paradise 1&2’ and 'Call the Midwife' at Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst and Angel Studios.
Former member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Italian Youth Orchestra, Alessandro performs with some of the country’s finest orchestras including Britten Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony, English National Ballet, Gabrieli Consort & Players, European Union Chamber Orchestra (Principal Cello) and BBC Concert Orchestra. He is currently on trial for Principal no. 1 with Scottish Opera and Sub-Principal no. 3 with Opera North. Previously he has been on trial for the Principal no. 2 position in Opera North and has been Co-Principal Cellist of Southbank Sinfonia with whom he also performed as solo cellist in Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals at the Royal Opera House. Alessandro has collaborated with Riccardo Muti’s Orchestra Cherubini and has played at Salzburg Festival, Musikverein in Vienna and Ravenna Festival. He has been Principal Cellist in the National Theatre’s production of ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ at the Olivier Theatre in 2010. As a soloist he has performed Haydn’s C major concerto with Southbank Sinfonia and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme.
Alessandro is a graduate of the Royal College of Music where he studied with Melissa Phelps as a scholar to attain a Master’s degree in performance. Prior to this he gained a Diploma and a Postgraduate degree with distinction studying with Boris Baraz and Marianne Chen in Italy, accumulating a large number of prizes and awards during his education. Alessandro has recently been awarded a PhD at the Royal College of Music for a thesis on the bass violin and its performance practices in Northern Italy at the end of the seventeenth century. For his research interests and publications refer to the research page. Alessandro is a recipient of several scholarships and awards, among others, the Boris Christoff Foundation, Lucy Ann Jones, Amaryllis Fleming, Il Circolo and Art & Humanities Research Council awards. Alessandro plays a Pio Montanari cello built in Genoa in 2002.