Lute and Conductor

Michele Pasotti

Since his beginnings with the electric guitar, Michele Pasotti plays and listens to very different musical genres.

He graduated in Lute with highest honours, studying with Massimo Lonardi, and specialized attending masterclasses by Hopkinson Smith and Paul O’Dette. At the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan he later specialized in Renaissance music Theory and Counterpoint and deepened the study of late medieval practice both in Milan and Barcelona (Esmuc). At Rome’s University “Tor Vergata” he attended the specialization course Ars Nova in Europa, getting a first class degree.

He also received a first class degree in Theoretical Philosophy with a dissertation on Martin Heidegger.

From 2013 to 2018 Michele Pasotti held an Ars Nova course at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano. He is professor of Lute at the Conservatorio di Musica “B.Maderna” in Cesena He also gives lectures, either on musicological subjects, or to introduce and spread the knowledge of lutes and early music, also with Radio Broadcasts (Rai Radio 3).

He is founder and director of la fonte musica, the center of his musical life.

Beyond the activity with la fonte musica, he is called to conduct other ensembles like Capella Cracoviensis e Harmonia Cordis.

He plays regularly with Il Giardino Armonico, I Barocchisti, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, Collegium Vocale, Arcangelo, Les Musiciens du Prince, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Il Ricercar Continuo, Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri, Sheridan Ensemble, Cecilia Bartoli.

He loves playing chamber music with Alena Dantcheva, and his trio Il Ricercar Continuo with Giulia Genini e Alessandro Palmeri.

He was guested by the most eminent musical seasons and concert halls in Europe, United States and Asia and was directed by Claudio Abbado, John Eliot Gardiner, Giovanni Antonini, Philippe Herreweghe, Thomas Hengelbrock, Diego Fasolis, Christophe Rousset, Andrea Marcon, Monica Huggett, Nathalie Stutzmann, Barthold Kujiken.

As a soloist (lutes, theorbo, baroque guitar) he has a repertoire that spans from the Middle Ages to the late Eighteenth century. He recorded a cd devoted to the great 17th century guitarist Francesco Corbetta (Dynamic).

He played in more than 70 recordings (beyond those for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, EMI/Virgin Classics, Naïve, Warner, Sony/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, SWR, Glossa, ORF, Ricercar, Avie, The Classic Voice, Amadeus) and took part in several live broadcasts (BBC, ORF, WDR, Radio Polskie, Rai Radio 3, Rete 2 of Rsi, France 2, France Musique, Mezzo).