Personal Summary / Bio
clavichord, fortepiano & harpsichord
Of Italian origin, Dr. Pedro Persone was born in Tietê, SP, Brazil, and began his harpsichord study at the Conservatório Musical "Dr. Carlos de Campos", Tatuí, SP, with Maria José Carrasqueira. He studied privately with Roberto de Regina in Rio de Janeiro, and received his Bachelor degree in Harpsichord at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) in the class of Dr. Helena Jank.
In Europe, he attended courses with Felipe Nabuco-Silvestre (Brazil/Portugal), Christophe Rousset (France), and Rinaldo Alessandrini (Italy).
In 1977 Mr. Persone studied with Huguette Dreyfus at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Bobigny, France; in 1988 with Jacques Ogg, at the Academie voor Oude Muziek, Amsterdam.
With a scholarship from the Fundação Vitae, he attended the "Primer Curso de Música Barroca Ciudad de Segovia" in the fortepiano class of Patrick Cohen (Fance).
Persone reintroduced the fortepiano in Brazil in the year of 1991. He is the fortepianist of the "Klassisch!" duo (with the soprano Andrea Kaiser).
As teacher, he has worked at the Festival de Londrina, Oficina de Música de Curitiba, Festivais de Artes de Itu. From 1985 to 2000 he was teacher of harpsichord, chamber music, and thoroughbass at the Conservatório Dramático e Musical "Dr. Carlos de Campos", Tatui. At the same institution, he founded the Collegium Musicum, a student orchestra devoted to the music of the Baroque and Classical eras.
In 1996, with a scholarship from Fapesp (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) he achieved his Master of Musical Arts diploma at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), with his research on unmeasured works.
As harpsichordist and fortepianist, Mr. Persone played recitals (solo, chamber music – continuo and obbligato early keyboards – and soloist) in Amsterdam, Boston, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Haarlem (NL), Los Angeles, Milano, New York, Paris.
From 2001 to 2003 he taught group piano at Boston University under the coordination of Professor Linda Jiorle-Nagy.
Sponsored by Capes (Fundação Coordenação de Pessoal de Nível Superior), Persone holds a doctorate – Doctor of Musical Arts – in Historical Performance on the Harpsichord and the Fortepiano from Boston University. His dissertation is “The Earliest Piano Music: Lodovico Giustini's (1685-1743) Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Firenze, 1732.”
Granted by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo – FAPESP – Persone is now developing a post-doctoral research, at Instituto de Artes – UNESP, on European music played in Imperial Brazil under the title: “Piano and chamber music composed between 1790 - 1826 in the COLEÇÃO THERESA CHRISTINA MARIA: a historical informed performance approach.”
Persone is now "Professor Adjunto" at the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria - Rio Grande do Sul.