Roman harpsichordist Giuseppe Schinaia performs keyboard masterworks from Bernini’s time in France, selected from the manuscript in the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris.
Born in Rome, Giuseppe Schinaia had his first piano and music theory lessons with Umberto De Margheriti and Italian conductor Roberto Cagiano. Later he attended the classes of piano and composition at the Rome Conservatory of Music “Santa Cecilia” with Lya De Barberiis and Nazario C. Bellandi and composition seminars of Lewis Spratlan at Amherst College (Mass, USA). At the same time he actively began to pursue his interests in early music, studying organ and harpsichord, and exploring the often neglected patrimony of historic organs in Rome and central Italy. In the ‘80s, he led a small group specializing in late Renaissance and early Baroque compositions. More recently, he attended international master classes and courses both as a soloist and a continuo player (harpsichord, organ and clavichord) with C. Ferrero, B. Van Asperen, P. Hantaï and A. Frigè and Christophe Rousset.
He formed and currently leads the early music group Harmonia Musicae, dedicated to the performance of Baroque compositions, with particular interest in both sacred and secular vocal music. Recent past performances include historical organ, harpsichord and lautenwerk recitals and ensemble concerts in Italy (Rome, Turin, Brescia, Perugia, Terni, and more), Europe (France, Norway) and the US (New York C., Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, Amherst) with programs of French, Italian and German music. He also co-authored a stage production of music and readings in French, based on François Couperin’s writings at the French Cultural Institute in Rome. As a musicologist and theoretician he currently publishes modern editions of original manuscripts and early editions of compositions by M.-A. Charpentier, N.-A. Lebègue, L.-N. Clerambault, G.F. Sances and others for Armelin Musica and Musedita. He also founded the Early Music Festival TREBANTIQUA, at Trevi nel Lazio in Italy, whose exceptional quality and professional level is widely acclaimed by the public and the media.
Schinaia’s compositions for vocal and instrumental ensembles have been performed in Italy and in the U.S. He is currently professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with research interests in mathematical music theory. For his contributions to arts and sciences Giuseppe Schinaia was included in the 2001 edition of Who’sWho in the World®