Born and raised in a fertile musical environment, Claudia Caffagni began her study of the lute under the guide of her father Mirco at the age of thirteen. She continued her studies with Federico Marincola and Jacob Lindberg, from whom she received a diploma in Lute Performance at the Royal College of Music in London in 1989 and subsequently with Hopkinson Smith an the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with particular emphasis on Spanish Renaissance and German Baroque repertoire. In 1982 she began her professional activity both as a soloist and in various ensembles, specializing in Renaissance and pre-Baroque music. Together with the study of her instrument she also privileged the necessary study of musical source materials, notation and musical treatises, later concentrating her energies on the Medieval repertoire, already from the inception of the Ensemble laReverdie – one of the pre-eminent ensembles specializing in the study and performance Medieval music – of which she is a founding member (1984).
With the Ensemble LaReverdie she has performed at the most prestigious festivals of all Europe. She has recorded for the Italian state radio, RAI, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Süddeutsche Rundfunk, Südwestfunk, WDR (Germany), BRT3, Klara (Belgium), France Musique (France), ORF1 (Austria), Antenna 2 (Portugal), RTE (Spain), Radio Televizija Slovenje (Slovenia), Polskie Radio 2 (Poland), RSR , Espace 2 (Switzerland), CRO Radio 4 (the Netherlands). She has recorded sixteen CDs for ARCANA
, in coo-production with WDR
. All CDs has obtained a lot of prizes (among all the Diapason d’Or
de l’année 1993
, Finalist 2010 Midem Classical Awards, Early Music)
In 1994 she awarded (with honors) in Architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, with a dissertation entitled: Il temperamento in musica e in architettura: La Schola Riccatiana,
published in the book “Le architetture di Orfeo” (Fidia Edizioni d’Arte, Milano-Lugano, 2011).
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Ensemble LaReverdie (1986-2006) she prepared a new critical performing edition of Guillaume Du Fay's Missa Sancti Jacobi, directly transcribing the Mass from its main manuscript source, the Codex Q15 from the Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Library.
Since 1997 she has regularly held seminars and courses in medieval lute and medieval music for many Italian and European institutions. She has thought Early Music performance practice at the Conservatory "G. Tartini" in Trieste from 2001 until 2006. She teaches at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano
(Scuola Civica), she teaches medieval lute and medieval musical notation at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen
(University of Music Trossingen/Early Music Institute). Since 2003 she has taught both medieval music and medieval musical notation at the International Summer Courses of Early Music - Urbino
last updated: 20.7.2011