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Rodney Prada

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Born in Costa Rica into a family of violinmakers, he started at a very young age to study music. At the age of eleven he moved with his family to Italy, where he continued his studies at the Civica Scuola di Musica with Roberto Gini and Vittorio Ghielmi.

Entering rapidly into the European early music scene, he was recognized for the intensity and versatility of his musical interpretation on the viola da gamba, as well as an innovative approach to the instrument.

He has participated in numerous productions with well-known ensembles (Il Giardino Armonico, L’Arpeggiata, Il Pomo d’Oro, Accademia del Piacere, La Fenice, Elyma, Cappella Mediterranea, Concerto Italiano, La Venexiana, Accademia Bizantina, Il Suonar Parlante, Labyrinto, L’Amoroso, Accademia Montis Regalis, Capella della Pietà dei Turchini, Los Músicos de su Alteza, Ensemble 1700, etc), performing in the most prestigious halls and festivals in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

He has played in duo and other chamber music formations with Riccado Minasi, Lorenzo and Vittorio Ghielmi, Doron Sherwin, Skip Sempé, Stefano Montanari, Enrico Onofri, Luca Pianca, and Dorothee Oberlinger.

In 2007 he participated together with Stefano Montanari and Maurizio Salerno in a recording of the complete D. Buxtehude’s Sonatas for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo for the italian music magazine Amadeus. He has also recorded for Teldec, Astreée, K617, Opus III, Winter&Winter, Sony, Virgin, Symphonia, Glossa, Arts, Naïve, Tactus, Passacaille, Alpha, Challenge Classics, etc.

Rodney was invited by the prestigious foundation ‘Friends of Stradivarius’ in Cremona to play two priceless instruments that testify the importance of the viola da gamba in the production of the classic ‘Italian violin making’: a tenor viol by Antonio & Girolamo Amati, Cremona 1611 (from the Russian Federation’s State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments) and a bass viol by Giuseppe Guarneri “filius Andreæ”, Cremona 1702 (Beare Violins Ltd London UK)

Rodney Prada is the viola da gamba professor at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan and at the Viola da Gamba biennale in Seville.