Andrea De Carlo
Born in Rome, Andrea di Carlo began his musical career as a jazz bass player and later began playing classical music, performing for many years as first double bass with major opera and symphony orchestras, among them the Orchestra Regionale Toscana and the Regional Orchestras of Lazio and of the Teatro Massimo of Palermo. Parallel to his music studies Andrea di Carlo studied physics, graduating with the highest honors from the University of La Sapienza in Rome.
During this time Andrea di Carlo became interested in the viola da gamba and began studying with Paolo Pandolfo before going on to perform with many leading early music ensembles. Among the groups with whom he performed let us mention Elyma, (Gabriel Garrido), the viol ensemble Labyrinto (Paolo Pandolfo) and Concerto Italiano (Rinaldo Alessandrini). With these groups he performed innumerable concerts in some of the most important international festivals and concert series today and took part in over forty recordings.
In 2005 Andrea di Carlo created the Ensemble Mare Nostrum, as a consort of viols. In 2006 they recorded an original orchestration of J.S. Bach’s Orgelbuchlein for MA Recordings (USA), a cd that received a Diapason d’Or in 2011. In 2009 the release of their recording of French polyphony for the label Ricercar (Belgium, Outhere Group) was awarded five stars by the French music magazine Diapason and the Coup de Coeur 2010 from the Academie Charles Cros of Paris.
In 2012 EMN expanded to a small chamber orchestra and turned their attention to repertoire from 17th and 18th-century Rome, releasing a recording of Madrigals and Instrumental Music from 17th-century Rome, again with Ricercar (Belgium). In 2013 they recorded unpublished cantatas by Marco Marazzoli for Arcana (Italy), inaugurating a project to concentrate on the recording of Roman vocal music. This led to the creation of The Stradella Project, an innovative and ambitious initiative dedicated to recording the many unknown works of Alessandro Stradella. The first four volumes of the collection have received with enthusiasm from international critics. In 2013 Andrea di Carlo created the Alessandro Stradella Festival in Nepi (Italy), an annual festival of which he is artistic director.