May 27, 2023



Filling in space


  • Date: Saturday, May 27, 2023
  • Timing: Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start. Concert ends ~9:30pm. Complementary canapés, fine wines & beverages served post-concert.
  • Venue: Aberfoyle Place NW, Washington DC 20015.
  • Metro: Venue is 2 miles from Friendship Heights metro. Uber usually available.
  • Parking: Plentiful untimed parking available on well-lit Aberfoyle Place and cross streets.


Making Space

Renowned Italian harpsichordist Alberto Busettini presents a gorgeous Program of opulent, sumptuous music composed and performed in the “Roman Style”. This style swept outwards from Rome, greatly influencing the development of Baroque music. The style’s rich harmonies, distinctive virtuosity, and improvisatory elements were simply irresistible, and still are today. On the Program are works by Bernardo Pasquini and Alessandro Scarlatti, two early proponents of the style, and Georg Friedrich Händel who embraced the style slightly later during a visit to Rome.

Even as a very young child, Alberto Busettini was drawn to the  Harpsichord and Early Music. This early passion became his profession and life.  After graduating with the highest marks and mention at Conservatory A. Steffani of Castelfranco Veneto (Italy), he went on to specialize in Harpsichord and Basso Continuo and studied in The Netherlands with Johan Hofmann and, thereafter, at Chigiana Accademy with Christophe Rousset. Having performed extensively across Europe, North and South America, and Asia, Alberto is a highly appreciated soloist and conductor who also plays many Early Music groups such as Contrarco Baroque Ensemble, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Opera Stravagante. He is regularly invited to Early Music Festivals, including to Alte Musik Live Berlin, Bayreuth Baroque, Urbino Musica Antica, Grandezze e Meraviglie, Musikfest Kreuth, Wunderkammer, and Mozarteum Argentino, performing with renowned artists such as Alfredo Bernardini, Sara Mingardo, Mario Brunello, Stefano Montanari, Enrico Bronzi, Anna Fusek, Sergey Malov, Federico Guglielmo, Maddalena del Gobbo, Michael Radulescu, Filippo Maria Bressan, and Gabriele Cassone, amongst others.

Alberto Busettini is appreciated as soloist and frequently performs on original instruments like the Walter harpsichord in Tolmezzo, Italy, and the anonym ravalée by Joseph Collesse 1748 in Paris and Italy.   Alberto has also been invited to perform on harpsichords held in the Russel Collection in Edinburgh, Scotland,  the Musikinstrumenten Museum in  Berlin, Germany, St. Colombano in Bologna, Italy, and Brandywine Baroque in Wilmington, USA.

Alberto frequently cooperates with the Venice Baroque Orchestra under conductor Andrea Marcon, and as ‘maestro di sala’ for Early and Baroque Music Projects and Operas in the Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice. For over a decade he has also served as  maestro al cembalo for the Junges MusikPodium Dresden-Venedig Project, with masterclasses and concerts in Italy and Germany.

As Maestro al Cembalo he has conducted operas, including  ‘L’Orfeo’ by Claudio Monteverdi, ‘Dido & Aeneas’ by Henry Purcell, Italian Intermezzos such as  ‘Pimpinone’ by T. Albinoni and ‘La Serva Padrona’ by G. B. Pergolesi. Alberto regularly conducts Bach Cantatas with Coro del Friuli Venezia Giulia. 

Alberto is pursuing a full schedule in 2022 which includes performing recitals and concerts in USA and across Europe.  On his agenda are engagements in Venice with Gran Teatro La Fenice with Fabio Biondi (violin) and Monteverdi’s ‘Ulisse’ for Biennale Musica. 

Alberto also continues as Artistic Director for the acclaimed Festival Risonanze, a position he has held since 2017.  He also continues to teach harpsichord and basso continuo at the Fondazione Musicale Santa Cecilia of Portogruaro, Venice. 

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In XVII Century’s Italian Music “Alberto Busettini shows from the first bars great technical skills and a phrasing consistent with the finest Baroque aesthetics”

On performing Scarlatti’s Sonatas “Alberto Busettini’s clarity and attention to detail in Scarlatti’s scores brings out the influences and reverberations of Spanish folk music, even the least obvious ones.”

On his French Repertoire “ The public can admire this Italian Harpsichordist’s excellent choice of tempi for the dances and pieces, and the richness he brings to the ornaments in Couperin’s style; … the works he performs by Rameau and Royer highlight his technical skills in the virtuoso style.”

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In the Johannes Passion by J. S. Bach “Noticeable in the orchestra was Alberto Busettini at the positive organ, capable of breathing together with singers, creating with the voice a close relationship with a deep emotional content.”

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“A performance full of brilliance, exuberance and invention. Contrarco, with harpsichordist Alberto Busettini, showed a high level of technical excellence and competence, highlighted by the strong connection among the musicians themselves. They gave totally new energy and life to these lesser known works of the 17th and 18th centuries.” 

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