ABOUT GIORGIO VERSIGLIA
Born in Pavia in 1962, Giorgio begun his studies with Sandro Vernasca at the Piacenza's Conservatory, and graduated under Ovidio Danzi’s guidance at the Civic Musical Institute Gaetano Donizetti in Bergamo, winning the Simon Mayr Award for the best degree of the year. Winner of numerous competitions and auditions for the role of Principal Bassoon, Giorgio has also won in different competitions of chamber music.
Giorgio has appeared as principal bassoon with: Orchestra del Festival Pianistico di Brescia e Bergamo A. B. Michelangeli, RAI's Orchestra, RTSI Lugano, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Orchestra da camera CARME, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Orchestra da Camera in Bologna, Orchestra Quartettone in Milan, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Cameristi Lombardi, Orchestra Milano Classica, Symphony Orchestra Toscanini in Parma, Orchestra Teatro Regio in Parma, I Musici di Parma, Orchestra Stabile of Bergamo, Orchestra della Scala, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Teatro dell'Opera in Roma etc.
Giorgio Versiglia has performed and toured in: Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Algeria, Egypt, Portugal, Azores, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Soviet Union, United States, Luxembourg, Sweden, Romania, Japan etc.
Since 1985, he is principal bassoon at Orchestra Gaetano Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo. As the only external member, he was invited by Maestro Yuri Bashmet with the Soloists of Moscow for an European tour doing concerts and recordings for Russian television. Giorgio has also performed as soloist under the direction of famous conductors such as: Isaac Karabtchevsky, Militiades Caridis, Thomas Briccetti, Francesco Fanna, Yuri Bashmet, Rheineld Seifried and many others.
He has recorded for: Fonit Cetra, Chandos, Dinamic, Agorà ed EMI.
A major force in music education, Giorgio has held masterclasses for Bassoon and reed construction at the CNSM of Lyon, in Flaine Musique courses, at courses of Moulin d'Ande, and in Lanciano Corsi Internazionali. He has also given masterclasses at Boston University, in New Hampshire University and Dartmouth College during the double reed day, at Conservatorio Pollini di Padova, at Conservatorio Paganini di Genova, at CNSM di Parigi, at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Singapore Music Conservatory, Lisbona Metropolitana Music School, Shanghaj Conservatory, Shanghaj Middle School of Music, Porto ESMAE, Barcellona Escola Superior de Música de Cataluña (ESMuC), Saragoza etc.
In 2012, Giorgio was invited to be bassoon tutor for the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong where he remains a faculty member. In 2013 he was invited to give a masterclass in Venezuela for "El Sistema." Since 2009, he has also been faculty at the Sebino International Summer Festival in Italy. Giorgio has also collaborated with the publisher Euphonia for revisions of the bassoon methods in use in Italian conservatories. He has also published through Carisch a "Method for bassoon technique" and a collection of "Quartets for 4 bassoons".
Giorgio is Bassoon professor at the Conservatory of Music: "Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali G. Donizetti" in Bergamo.