Guido Rimonda - violin -
Native of Saluzzo, Rimonda completed his musical studies at the Conservatory of Turin and at the Geneva Conservatory in the class of Maestro Corrado Romano (who was also the teacher of Uto Ughi). He made his debut at the age of 13, performing sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli in the RAI television series devoted to Antonio Vivaldi, directed by Massimo Scaglione, where both as actor and violinist, he played the part of Vivaldi as a child.
From 1989 to 1992 he taught at the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale of Saluzzo as an assistant to the maestri Carmignola and Franco Gulli. In 1992 he founded two orchestras, the Turin Philharmonic and the Camerata Ducale. In 1997 he founded, with pianist Cristina Canziani, the Viotti International Music Festival in Vercelli, which has also taken place in Florida since 2007.
For Fabbri Editori series entitled “I Grandi Musicisti”, he has recorded 18 CDs, including the violin concertos of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi. For the record company Decca Records Universal he has undertaken the project of recording the complete works of Giovanni Battista Viotti, in the roles of both violin soloist and conductor of the Camerata Ducale. Accompanied by the Camerata Ducale, he has toured in the United States, the former Soviet Union, South Africa, Guatemala, the United Arab Emirates; in 2002 he received the Renato Bruson prize for best Piedmontese musician of the year, and he was awarded the title of “Ambassador for culture in the world” by the Piedmont Region (La Stampa, December 2005).
In January 2008 he received the Premio San Giovanni from the City of Turin for historical research and the dissemination of the work of Giovanni Battista Viotti. In 2011 he was awarded the title of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for artistic merit.
Guido Rimonda is currently professor of violin at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Turin. He plays the 1721 Jean-Marie Leclair Stradivarius violin, alternating with a Dario Vernè violin.