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Laura Catrani soprano

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Highlands and Sea

An early/contemporary music show

A visionary meeting point between early and contemporary music.
Joking with nature, from the brink of the snow peaks
down to the bottom of the sea.


Laura Catrani, Voice
Claudio Astronio, Organ & Harpsichord



Highlands and Sea was born out of an encounter between two musicians of diametrically opposite origins musically speaking. Laura is principally engaged in contemporary vocalism,  giving numerous first performances of works specially written for her by living composers.
Claudio performs on the harpsichord and organ and conducts baroque repertoire in theatres and prestigious concert halls throughout the world.

This concert tells of the vertigo of creation seen through their different eyes, from the vastness of snow capped mountains to the bottom  of the deep sea.
The nature which reveals itself has the changing voice of two different worlds in which seventeenth century light and shade and the language of contemporary research dialogue in surprising harmony.


Music by: Jean Nicolas Pancrace Royer, John Cage, Georg Friedrich Händel, Philip Glass, Henry Purcell, Massimo Botter, Emanuele Casale, Alessandro Solbiati, Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt, Alessandro Stradella, Olli Mustonen, Claudio Monteverdi


photo Gregor Khuen Belasi


Claudio Astronio


The music shimmers, sparkles and dances; Astronio’s ability to convey the charachter and emotional dynamic of a vocal line is incredibly beautiful, sensitive, and deeply touching without bordering on cloying sentimentality....  Handel, Arias for Harpsichord - Fanfare, Jan 2003 USA
Claudio Astronio is an eclectic musician: he is harpsichordist and organist and conductor. He actually conducts mainly his early instruments ensemble “Harmonices Mundi” and performed regularly by the most prestigious festivals in Europe, USA, Japan and Canada. He has performed and conducted with such musicians as Emma Kirkby, Max Van Egmond, Dan Laurin, Gemma Bertagnolli, Susanne Ryden, Yuri Bashmet and Gustav Leonhardt. He has participated in numerous radio and television broadcasts allover the world : his several harpsichord and organ recordings have received many international awards from magazines like Musica, CD Classica, Amadeus, Musica, Classic Voice, Alte Musik Aktuelle, Diapason (Diapason d’Or 2003), Repertoire, Le monde de la musique (“Choc”, July 2001), El Paìs, Ritmo, Diverdi, Goldberg , Continuo and Fanfare and Gramophone.
In 2007 his debut as opera conductor with Gluck’s “Orfeo e Euridice” produced by Ravenna Festival , directed by Graham Vick and a stage version of Bach’s Matthaeus Passion in a dance project with the coreographer Ismael Ivo and with the london dance company of Henry Oguike as well. After the worldwide success of the recordings Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Harpsichord Concerts and the Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista by Alessandro Stradella (“This may be the finest recording to date of a vocal work by Stradella” New Olde, USA), he recently published for Brilliant Classics the Italian Arias and the Duets of the same author together with Emma Kirkby, Susanne Ryden, Martin Oro and Lisandro Abadie, which have been awarded as CD of the Month by the magazine MUSICA, and the duetti with Emma Kirkby and Sergio Foresti.
In 2017 Brilliant Classics published the world premiere recording of the the Complete Works for Keyboard by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach which gained several prizes, CD of the month and CD of the year in the USA. Since 2012 is principal conductor of the THERESIA youth baroque orchestra, mainly performing classic and pre-romantic symphonic repertoire with early instruments. Among his musical interests are also Jazz and pop music ; recently he released with the jazz-singer Maria Pia de Vito, Michel Godard and Paolo Fresu the crossover CD “Coplas a lo divino” among early music and improvisation together with other recent projects like “Napoli!” with Maria Pia and Michel, and Le chant du Serpent with Michel Godard, Lucas Niggli and Fanny Paccoud. He held masterclasses in Tokyo, Oberlin Conservatoire and otherAcademies in Europe, USA, Japan and has been guest teacher at the Royal College of Music in London and at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and currently teaches harpsichord, hystorical keyboards and chamber music at the Conservatorio “A.Scontrino” in Trapani He is member of the artistic commission of Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, and founding member and artistic director of the early music festival “Antiqua” in Bolzano in the frame of Bolzanofestivalbozen.