• Italian ensemble on period instruments specialized in the 17th and 18th centuries repertoire


    We are happy to annouce that we have been supported by San Diego Early Music Society

    for the production of two videos, in collaboration with soprano Giulia Bolcato

  • "A performance full of brilliance, exuberance and invention. Contrarco showed a high level of specialization and competence, together with a strong connection among the musicians themselves. They gave totally new energy and life to these lesser known works of the 17th and 18th centuries." 

    Amadeus Online

    Contrarco Baroque Ensemble was founded in a tiny but musically very active town named Castelfranco Veneto, 40 kilometres away from Venice. All the members of the group studied at the same conservatory and have been exposed to the same experiences and music education since their childhood, building up a musical sensibility in the same way. For this reason, since the first rehearsals, Contrarco had already a personal and easily recognizable sound and style.

    The musicians of the group studied afterwards in some of the most prestigious universities specialized in early music, such as: Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag. Remarkable are the collaborations with some of the most important groups specialized in the baroque repertoire, such as: I Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Venice Baroque Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Brüneck, La Cetra Barockorchester, Accademia Bizantina, LaBarocca and Il Pomo d’Oro.


    Contrarco’s personal philosophy is the constant search for a “speaking” way of playing, as well as a tireless search for harmonic and rhetorical details, in order to take every piece to the limits of its expressive possibilities.

    Among the several concerts the group has been invited to play in some important early music festivals, such as Urbino Musica Antica (Italy), Alte Musik Live Berlin (Germany), 28chairs (USA).

  • Who we are

    Contrarco's musicians

    Claudio Rado


    Mauro Spinazzè


    Simone Siviero


    Giulio Padoin


    Michele Gallo


    Alberto Busettini


  • Past concerts

    Trieste, Italy

    19 Oct 2020



    "Vocal Fireworks"

    Music by Georg Friedrich Händel


    Giulia Bolcato, soprano

    Brisighella (RA, Italy)

    20 Aug 2020

    "I luoghi dello Spirito e del Tempo"


    Italian music of the 17th century

    21 Aug 2019, 9:00 pm

    San Luigi's Church


    "Tra Venezia e Dresda"

    Music by A. Vivaldi, T. Albinoni, D. Gallo, C.P.E. Bach

    22 Jul 2019, 9:30 pm

    "In gondola sull'Elba"

    Music by T. Albinoni, D. Gallo, JG. Graun, C.P.E. Bach

    28 Chairs (USA)

    26 & 27 Apr 2019

    "Master and Disciples: Corelli and His Pupils"


    Claudio Rado, violin

    Alberto Busettini, harpsichord

  • Repertoire

    Our repertoire and collaborations

    Down the Elbe on a gondola

    A journey from Venice to Dresden and Berlin

    Music by T. Albinoni, D. Gallo, JG. Graun, C.P.E. Bach


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    Storm in the lagoon

    The venetian style during the 18th century

    Music by A. Vivaldi, P. Locatelli, B. Galuppi, T. Albinoni


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    Opera senza parole

    Masterpieces from Naples


    Music by A. Scarlatti, F. Mancini, N. Porpora, N. Fiorenza, F. Durante, D. Sarri


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    Vocal fireworks

    G.F. Händel's Italian sojourn


    Music by Georg Friedrich Händel


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