Biography

 

Edoardo Narbona is the founder, artistic director and conductor of Läänesaarte Kammerorkester (Saaremaa, Estonia), I Musici di San Grato Chamber Orchestra (Turin, Italy) and Terre del Nord Torino Festival and its Festival Orchestra (Turin, Italy).

The essence and expression of his life is music.

He graduated with honors from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin in the following disciplines:

2009 MA Music Didactics

2004 BA Orchestral Conducting

2004 BA Composition

1999 BA in Organ and organ composition

1995 Diploma of harpsichord as complementary instrument

After graduation he was recognized at the International Conducting Competition Giuseppe Patanè in Grosseto (Italy) with 3rd Prize. He also won the position of the Tutor for Contemporary Repertoire (assistant conductor) in the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin and worked as vocal accompanist and chamber music teacher for many years.

Edoardo has conducted various orchestras in Italy, Romania, United Kingdom, Albania, Estonia, Finland and Latvia with musicians from students to professionals. He has worked with many talented groups and soloists (Priit Volmer, Helen Lokuta, Pirjo Jonas, Juuli Lill, Mia Heikkinen, Maria Listra, Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä, Arvo Haasma, Neeme Punder, Cristiano Rossi etc.), conducting operas ("Fra Diavolo" by Auber, "Belle Helene" by Offenbach, "Night in Venice" by J. Strauss etc), symphonic, choral and contemporary music ("Le marteau sans maitre" by P. Boulez etc). The conducted repertoire demonstrates his wide experience in all music, including contemporary. 

Edoardo has always searched for improvement in skill and knowledge. His continuous studies have taken him to several courses, including Järvi Summer Academy in 2013 (Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Leonid Grin) and the masterclass of Eri Klas (Tartu, Estonia) where he found his passion to improve Estonian cultural landscape.

He followed his teacher and mentor Neeme Järvi, the Chief Conductor of Suisse Romande Orchestra, in Geneva (Switzerland) during the concert seasons 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 until he moved to Estonia, to the island of Saaremaa with his family in 2016.

In Saaremaa Edoardo started a new musical reality, founding in January 2017 Läänesaarte Kammerorkester (Estonian Western Islands Chamber Orchestra) with regular all-year concert activity and starting monthly concert series on organ “Organ Balcony Concerts” (Kuressaare St. Lawrence church and Püha St. Jacob Church), harpsichord “Poetry and Harpsichord” and chamber music “English Tea Concerts”. For his eagerness to develop, between 2017 and 2018 was regularly visiting his mentor on organ, Bernard Winsemius, in Amsterdam.

Läänesaarte Kammerorkester received an annual award from the Estonian Cultural Endowment for its activity in 2017 and Edoardo was nominated by the Estonian Cultural Endowment "Saaremaa Pearl of Culture 2017" for his work in Estonia. He also received the prize by the city of Kuressaare of "Kuressaare Art's Grant 2017".

Saaremaa 2018, by Mari-Liis Nellis

Terre del Nord Torino Festival  2016

With his family, Estonia 2015

Organ

 

The musical skill of Edoardo Narbona appeared in early years with the great interest and will for musical study. After a few years of piano private lessons and continuously growing desire for music, his parents supported his entrance to the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory at age 13 where he started his studies with organ.

In the following years, and for two years, he was student of harpsichord of Ottavio Dantone, at Conservatory's Liceo musicale in Turin and started his first job as Head Organist at the church of Nostra Signora del Suffragio, Turin, taking this position until June 2011.

From January 2010 until June 2016 he was the ​Head Organist at the church of Nostra Signora di Lourdes in Turin.

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Edoado Narbona obtained his first degree in 1999 at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin in organ and organ composition with Guido Donati. Later he continued to develop his skill with Liuwe Tamminga (in Bologna, Italy) and Urmas Taniloo (in Tartu, Estonia) and from October 2017 to June 2018 he has studied with Bernard Winsemius in Amsterdam.

 

His study as organist has always been in connection with his development as a conductor. Getting deeper and deeper into music history, the knowledge of composing and the modern musical environment has made him a musician with a wide knowledge and skill. ​

He has performed on organ in Italy, England, Estonia and Finland both at solo and joint concerts, all together more than 1000 performances. He is known for his skill of improvisation and in addition to the classical repertoire he has thoroughly researched the unfamiliar repertoire of European organ music (including lutheran hymns with variations, Renaissance and Baroque music and the music of Nordic countries) and presented at his concerts.

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