Belgian harpsichordist Mario Sarrechia (1988) completed his studies with several distinctions at the Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium of Antwerp (Ewald Demeyere) and the Conservatorium of Amsterdam (Bob van Asperen, Menno van Delft and Richard Egarr). During his education, he followed several masterclasses with distinguished musicians as ao. Gustav Leonhardt, Sigiswald Kuijken and Christophe Rousset.
After his studies, he became part of the world-renowned baroque orchestra La Petite Bande of Sigiswald Kuijken. Performing with them on a regular base, as a continuo-player and soloist, he has given several tours throughout Europe and Japan. He also recorded several CDs with the label ACCENT.
Besides he is a frequently asked continuo-player and has performed with ensembles such as Nordic Baroque Orchestra (Enrico Onofri), La Sfera Armoniosa (Mike Fentross), Trondheim Barokk (Steven Devine/Ann Hallenberg), RedHerring (Patrick Denecker/Ryo Terakado), Nederlands Kamerkoor and Eik en Linde.
As a soloist, he has given recitals both at home as abroad with a repertoire ranging from the 16th till the 19th Century on harpsichord and organ. In 2013 he recorded a solo-cd with music related to the famous Antwerp family of harpsichord builders Ruckers.
He is also the artistic leader and founding member of Amsterdam Corelli Collective, a baroque string ensemble he founded in 2013 with several friends. The ensemble got selected for the prestigious Eeemerging-programme of the Festival d’Ambronay in 2015. They’ve had successful collaborations with celebrated musicians as soprano Hana Blazíková and Shunske Sato.
As a researcher, he has focused on keyboard intabulations of French chansons and has given lectures on this subject at the University of Cambridge and the Vleeshuis Museum Antwerp.
Besides his activities as a professional musician, he also teaches theory of music at the Hogeschool Leiden (NL).
Version: March, 2019.
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