In Spring 2015, I got accepted at Leiden University for a doctorate trajectory (docARTES) on the history and the playing techniques of the 18th century Italian salterio. I am very happy to be supervised by Ton Koopman, Dinko Fabris, Teresa Chirico and Frans de Ruiters! My fellow students and I are trained in the inspiring Orpheus Institute in Ghent – a life full of new knowledge, conferences, presentations and writing starts….
In Spring 2015 I started my first researches on the history of the Italian salterio. At random I chose Bologna – and I fell absolutely in love with this city.
After having read thousands of pages of 18th century documents, I was many testimonies on salterio practice richer! It was an absolutely fabulous time!
Suddenly after having bought the salterio, I had to decide some crucial questions about the restoration process: How should I let it restore? And most of all: by whom? Should I give it to the hand of an instrument builder, specialist for making sound a piece of wood? Or should I give it to a restorer, experienced with early instruments but never with the aim of making them sound again?
I have decided for the latter! And it was a good decision!
I finally trusted in the skills of Massimo Monti, Roman specialist for early Italian harps and salteri and I was very grateful for his courage to do it!
One year later, in Spring 2015, it was done: I could hear and feel for the first time the sound and the resonance of this unique salterio – it was finally clear that this acquistion was a spectacular one!
I definitely can not describe in words how I felt when playing my salterio from 1725 for the first time! THANK YOU, MASSIMO!!!
… in Spring 2014, I was in the final months of advanced Master studies for contemporary chamber music. I definitely not intended to become a specialist for 18th century Italian salterio music. BUT life had another plan! The unexpected opportunity to buy this beautiful salterio by Michele Barbi (built in Rome in 1725) was the starting point of the most incredible journey of my professional life. I didn’t doubt a second when seeing this salterio for the first time – I just felt “YES” inside… The next day it was mine. ❤️