Internationally admired as one of the leading harpsichordists on the Continent of Europe, the distinguished musician Michele Barchi was born to an eclectic artistic family in Brescia, Italy in 1966. His musical gifts soon becoming apparent, and having begun studying the piano as a child, in 1988 Michele graduated in pianoforte alongside Maria Isabella De Carli at the Milano Conservatory. Michele subsequently also graduated as a harpsichordist.
Michele was invited to join the famous Italian baroque ensemble Il Giardino Armonico as continuo and solo harpsichordist. With this distinguished group or musicians, Michele appeared at the most admired and famous music festivals across the world, gaining a notable reputation, as well as performing on recordings for such prestigious organisations as Teldec, RAI, Radio France Classique, Radio Svizzera, West Deutsche Rundfunk and ORF Austria.
In 2003, the late Claudio Abbado invited Michele to be the harpsichord soloist and continuo player in the Luzern Festival. As a consequence, Michele went on to perform in Salzburg with Riccardo Muti and later collaborated with the famous "Ensemble 415", directed by Chiara Banchini.
From an early age Michele has designed, built and decorated his own instruments and he is now a widely-appreciated builder and painter of keyboard instruments. Michele Barchi currently plays a "Giusti" model harpsichord, built by Paolo Biordi, restored and decorated by himself, on which he has made his eagerly-awaited debut solo recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. This album is scheduled for international release at the end of 2018.
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