harpsichordist & conductor
Claudio Barduco Ribeiro was born in São Paulo in 1976. Based in The Netherlands since 2000, he is a sought after harpsichordist and conductor in a variety of orchestras and ensembles. Having specialized in Early Music, his focus lies in the performance of Late Renaissance, Baroque and Early Classical repertoires on the harpsichord, organ and as a conductor. He is also an active harpsichord and early music teacher and combines music making with an intense research activity focused on performance practice and the discovery of unknown baroque repertoire.
Claudio is a regular guest at the major concert venues and festivals in Europe, such as the Utrecht Early Music Festival, MAfestival Brugge, Itinéraire Baroque, Monteverdi Festival, Antiqua Bolzano, Festival d'Ambronay and Opus Amadeus Istanbul, performs often in his native Brazil and has also been a guest at concert venues in South Korea.
He is artistic director and maestro al cembalo of baroque ensemble New Collegium, which he co-founded in The Hague in 2006. New Collegium has performed extensively throughout Europe and in Brazil and is proactive in building new audiences for Early Music. Claudio is also the director of Companhia de Música, and, next to his duo with recorder player Inês d'Avena, is a member of La Cicala, Radio Antiqua and Barokopera Amsterdam, joining as well several other orchestras and ensembles in Europe and South America; among those are B'Rock, Música Temprana, Vox. Luminis, Harmonie Universelle, Armonico Tributo Campinas Baroque Orchestra (dir. Edmundo Hora), Giardino Musicale, Vox Brasiliensis (dir. Ricardo Kanji), Orquesta Barroca del Mercosul (dir. Cristina Banegas), and the orchestras of the Académie Baroque Européenne in 2002 (dir. Rinaldo Alessandrini) and 2005 (dir. William Christie) - which led to further collaboration as correpetitor of Les Arts Florissants.
Claudio records for labels such as RAMÉE, Ricercar, Ambronay Éditions, ORF, Brilliant and Passacaille, and appears regularly in live radio and TV broadcasts (France Musique, ORF, Dutch Broadcast Foundation and the Dutch Radio 4, among others). He has won prizes at the most important European competitions with the duo Inês d'Avena & Claudio Ribeiro (Premio Bonporti 2011), New Collegium and Radio Antiqua (International Van Wassenaer Competition 2016).
As a guest conductor, Claudio has worked with ensembles such as the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands, during a special concert for King Willem-Alexander.
He holds a Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, having been a student of Jacques Ogg, and holds as well a Bachelor degree from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), where he studied choral conducting with Eduardo Navega, orchestral conducting with Henrique Gregori and harpsichord with Edmundo Hora. His training was enriched by lessons and masterclasses with, among others, Cristophe Rousset, Nicolau de Figueiredo and Ton Koopman.
Claudio is a teacher and correpetitor at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague since 2006, and is regularly invited to teach harpsichord and early music at international summer/winter courses. Since January 2021, he is a member of the lectorate 'Music, Education & Society' of the Royal Conservatoire, conducting a joint research with Dr. Inês d’Avena on the performance practices of Italian baroque music.