GABRIELE GIACOMELLI - Biography
Gabriele Giacomelli
GABRIELE GIACOMELLI

Tuscan organist and musicologist, graduated in piano and organ with the highest honors from the «L. Cherubini» Conservatory of Florence, where he studied with Mariella Mochi. He then completed special studies with Stefano Innocenti at the Pistoia Academy of Italian Organ Music and took courses in musical interpretation with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Michael Radulescu and Harald Vogel. He earned his baccalaureate degree in the history of music with highest honors at the University of Florence.
From an early age he gave concert performances in Italy and abroad, especially on historical organs, which in some cases he was called to inaugurate: these include the Academy of Italian Organ Music of Pistoia, the Sagra Musicale Lucchese, the Corsanico Organ Festival, the B. Barattelli Concert Society of L’Aquila, the organ festival of the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, the Sagra Musicale Umbra, the Organ review of the Province of Bergamo, the Organ review of the Region of Sardinia, the Organ review of the Province of Milan, the Organ review «Armoniosamente» of the Province of Modena, the «Castles of Air» review of the Province of Pesaro, the Friends of the Organ of Cortona, the Concerts of the Italian Cultural Institute of Amsterdam, the Concerts of the Cathedral of Lubiana …
Together with his performing activities, Giacomelli has engaged in an intense research career. Saggi (on Squarcialupi, Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso, G. Bardi, C. Merulo, Frescobaldi, Marco da Gagliano, father Martini and others) have been published in important scholarly journals and in the acts of international conferences. He has written biographical entries on Tuscan musicians for the MGG musical dictionary (Baerenreiter, Kassel) and for the Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani (Fondazione Treccani, Roma). He has authored three books: Antonio Squarcialupi e la tradizione organaria in Toscana. Testimonianze documentarie iconografiche ed organologiche dal Quattrocento all’Ottocento, (Roma, Torre d’Orfeo, 1992); Gli organi di S. Maria del Fiore di Firenze. Sette secoli di storia dal ’300 al ’900 (Firenze, Olschki, 1993); O flos colende. Musica per Santa Maria del Fiore (1608-1788), Roma, Torre d’Orfeo, 1998, all enthusiastically reviewed by international scholarly community. He is the author of critical editions of unpublished music by Marco da Gagliano, G. M. Casini, D. Zipoli, C. A. Campion and others. He is artistic director of the musical series: O flos colende. Musica sacra a Firenze, organized by the Florentine Opera del Duomo since 1997, and of the Festival Zipoli promoted by the Commune and the Province of Prato since 1998.
As musicologist, essayist and event organizer he is longtime collaborator of the Theater of the Florentine Maggio Musicale, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Ravenna Festival, the Amici della Musica of Florence and Perugia, the Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo, etc.

He teaches History of Music at the «G. Puccini» conservatory in La Spezia and he has taught Musical Iconography at the University of Florence.