Carlo Aonzo and the New England Mandolin Ensemble
Mandolinist Carlo Aonzo is a native of Savona, Italy. His first mandolin teacher was his father. He studied with Ugo Orlandi, the current patriarch of the Italian mandolin camp, at the Cesare Pollini Conservatory of Padua. His playing has won awards at several prestigious competitions.
Aonzo's recordings reflect his scholarship and passion to champion the mandolin's forgotten past. He has recorded Paganini's complete works for mandolin on a period instrument. He has also explored the works of early 20th-century Italians with guitarist Beppe Gambetta; and the music of Italian immigrants to America with Gambetta and David Grisman. He recorded a video studio concert for Mel Bay.
Aonzo has toured throughout northern Europe, Italy, and the U.S. He created the Festival Internazionale di Mandolino and has worked with many institutions, including La Scala Philharmonic, the Ligurian Plectrum Orchestra, and the Kaufman Kamp.
The New England Mandolin Ensemble (August Watters [director], Jim Dalton, Marilynn Mair, Mitch Nelin) is dedicated to revitalizing this traditional American format by exploring new directions as well as old. Its members are seasoned performers and teachers from diverse musical backgrounds, from jazz and classical to bluegrass and folk traditions around the world.