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Biography


Vital Julian Frey is considered the trailblazer of a new generation of harpsichordists. Technical mastery and a high degree of musicality are as much his trademarks as a convincing stage presence and a good rapport with his audience.


Vital Julian Frey is a highly active concert performer. His artistic activities include concerts as a soloist with orchestras such as Capriccio Basel, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra or the Leipziger Concert, children’s concerts with commentary, and solo recitals as part of internationally famous concert series and at festivals, including the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Les Muséiques Basel, Bach Festival Leipzig, Lucerne Festival, MDR-Musiksommer, Orpheum Musikfesttage Zurich, Bratislava Music Festival, Murtenclassics, Bachwochen Thüringen, Festival van Vlaanderen Brugge. As a chamber musician, Frey collaborates with performers such as Kristin von der Goltz, José Vazquez, Christine Schornsheim, Fiorenza de Donatis, Sabrina Frey, Sergio Azzolini and Reinhard Goebel.


Described by the Swiss press as “probably Switzerland’s best harpsichordist”, Frey is also committed to promoting Swiss cultural life, and has performed at important cultural events such as at the Swiss Expo 2002 in Morat, or at the opening of the Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne in June 2005.


Vital Julian Frey trained at the academies of music in Freiburg im Breisgau and Munich, where he completed his Concert and Soloist diplomas under the tutelage of Robert Hill and Christine Schornsheim. Frey also received important artistic stimuli during tuition with Christophe Rousset, Gustav Leonhardt, Kenneth Gilbert, Christiane Jaccottet and Andreas Staier.


Vital Julian Frey has made recordings with several radio stations, including Radio DRS 2, Radio Suisse Romande, Rundfunk Saarbrücken, SWR 2, BBC, France Musique, Radio Madrid and Bayerischer Rundfunk. In the summer of 2002 he was awarded the Diploma di Merito by the eminent Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena. Frey’s solo CD, The Italian Connection, has been issued by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (SONY).


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Vital Julian Frey is usually playing on his own instruments. For pictures and further information to the harpsichords please click on the following links:


> double manual, french harpsichord after Goujon (1749)


> single manual, italian harpsichord after Giusti (1681)


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