GUIDO RIMONDA (Italy)
"Un vrai animal de violon". This congenial assessment was voiced by Corrado Romano, Uto Ughi's teacher, with whom Guido Rimonda completed a decisive step in the "construction" of his career as a concert performer.
Born at Saluzzo in Piedmont, Rimonda studied the violin under De Barbieri and Biffoli, as well as Romano in Geneva.
His many-sided, many-faceted personality as a violinist, conductor, teacher and musicologist cannot be readily defined.
He made his début at the age of 13 as the player of Corelli's sonatas in the film entitled Per Antonio Vivaldi directed by Massimo Scaglione.
Today he is one of the most interesting violinists of his generation. Several critics have hailed him as the ideal heir of Uto Ughi. A Stradivarius “J.M.Leclair” (1721) and a Dario Vernè (1991) are the inseparable companions of his travels from one concert to another.
He has performed as a soloist with the International Orchestra, the State Orchestra of North Bohemia and other orchestras. He has also appeared in company with Salvatore Accardo, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Victoria Mullova, Katia Ricciarelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Raina Kabaivanska, etc.
In Italy, he has been applauded in concert halls in Turin, Bologna, Cagliari, Venice, Trieste, Trento, Rome, Naples, Genoa and Verona ecc.
The principal aim of Rimonda's activities, however, is to work towards the rediscovery and due appreciation of the late-18th-century Piedmontese violinist and composer Giovanni Battista Viotti. It was Rimonda, in fact, who founded the Orchestra Camerata Ducale for this purpose in 1992. He has been its Conductor and Principal Soloist since then.
Rimonda began his teaching career as the assistant of Giuliano Carmignola and Franco Gulli at the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale, Saluzzo. He currently holds the violin chair at Torino's G.Verdi Conservatory of Music. His association with the Liceo Musicale at Varese has included the foundation of the Alessandro Rolla Orchestra as part of a project to publicise the works of this Lombardic musician in the same way as those of Viotti.
Rimonda's recordings comprise VIOTTI’S opera published by NAXOS, BONGIOVANNI and CHANDOS.
Rimonda has recently been awarded the Renato Brusòn Prize. During his tour in South Africa, he was dubbed "Piedmont's Ambassador in the World".