September 23, 2017



Renowned Italian harpsichordist ALBERTO BUSETTINI performs the glorious keyboard music of Italian Baroque composers.

This concert is sold out. Renowned Italian harpsichordist Alberto Busettini performs the glorious keyboard music of Italian Baroque composers, among them Pichi, Frescobaldi, Storace, Platti, Paradisi & Scarlatti. The program includes music from Venice’s Early Baroque; Italy’s regional courts of the High Baroque; & Europe’s courts where Italy’s composers were working at the closing of the Baroque.



Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643)

Toccata VIII


Partite sopra l’Aria della Romanesca, da Libro Primo di Toccate, Roma 1637

Luigi Rossi (1597 – 1653)

Passacaglia, da Manoscritto Bauyn,  Parigi 1690

Bernardo Storace (ca. 1637 – 1707)

Ciaccona Da Selva di varie composizioni, Venezia 1664


Bernardo Pasquini (1637 – 1710)
          Toccata con lo Scherzo del Cucco

G. Benedetto Platti  (1697 – 1763)

          Sonata op. 1 n.4 Largo, Presto e alla breve, Adagio, Non tanto Allegro

P. Domenico Paradisi (1704 – 1766)

           Sonata op. 1 n. 6, Allegro, Andante da Sonate per Gravicembalo


Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Sonata K. 7, Allegro

Sonata K. 208, Andante e Cantabile

           Sonata K. 175, Allegro

           Sonata K. 492, Presto

…and more sonatas at guests’ request

ALBERTO BUSETTINI has had a deep interest in the Harpsichord and Early Music since he was a child. This passion grew into his profession and life work.  After graduating with highest marks and mention, he specialized in Harpsichord, Basso Continuo and Baroque Orchestra in The Netherlands and then studied at Chigiana Accademy with Christophe Rousset. Having performed at thousands of concerts in Europe and North and South America, Alberto is an appreciated soloist and conductor.  He has performed with many prestigious Early Music ensembles including Contrarco Baroque Ensemble, Opera Stravagante, Venice Baroque Orchestra and Orchestra d’Archi Italiana and has been featured in Early Music Festivals such as Grandezze e Meraviglie, Alte Musik Live Berlin, Musikfest Kreuth, Wunderkammer, Mozarteum Argentino, Festival delle Ville Venete.  He has also performed with many renowned artists including Alfredo Bernardini, Sara Mingardo, Stefano Montanari, Enrico Bronzi, Silvia Frigato, Anna Fusek, Sergey Malov, Angelo Manzotti, Michael Radulescu, Filippo Maria Bressan, Gabriele Cassone. Alberto Busettini is also acclaimed as a soloist and frequently gives concerts on original instruments such as the Walter harpsichord (1696) in Tolmezzo (IT) Collesse 1748 harpsichord in Paris.

As a harpsichordist, Alberto Busettini has an ongoing cooperation with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Andrea Marcon,  and the Orchestra d’Archi Italiana with Enrico Bronzi.  Alberto also  cooperates as harpsichordist and “maestro di sala” for the Early and Baroque Music Projects in the Teatro La Fenice, Venice.

Alberto Busettini is also Visiting Professor for Harpsichord, Basso Continuo and Historically Informed Interpretation Praxis at the Early Music Department, Faculty of Music,  Ljubljana, Slovenia. Alberto also  cooperates as harpsichordist and “maestro di sala” for the Early and Baroque Music Projects in the Teatro La Fenice, Venice.

Following his performances in the U.S., Alberto  return to Italy to conduct “La Serva Padrona” by Pergolesi for the Festival “Musica in Villa” in November, 2017.  This opera will be staged in a beautiful Palladio Villa near Vicenza, Italy.

InstArt © Sergio Zolli: In XVII Century’s Italian Music “Alberto Busettini shows from the first bars his great technical skills with a phrasing adhering to Baroque aesthetics based on the wonder and the representation of the affects.”

About performing Scarlatti’s Sonatas: “The influences of Spanish folk music that reverberates in Scarlatti are evident thanks to Busettini’s clarity of style,and  marked attention to the score’s details, even the least obvious ones.”

© Rossana Paliaga: In the J.S. Bach’s St. John’s Passion “Alberto Busettini stood out on the positive organ, exhibiting the capacity to breath together with singers, creating a close relationship with their  voices which gave the music a profound and deep emotional content.”