Harpsichord • Organ
Simone Stella is a highly acclaimed Italian harpsichordist and organist, born in Florence in 1981. He has been the pupil of the well-accomplished Italian harpsichordist Francesco Cera. Stella has also studied organ with renowned organists, such as Mariella Mochi, Alessandro Albenga and Fausto Corporali. During his studies he had attended many seminars of internationally praised artists, including Dutch organist Ton Koopman, Matteo Imbruno, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and Luca Scandali. BBC Music Magazine has acknowledged Simone Stella’s performances as being ‘Thoroughly imaginative and engaging’.
Stella has been honoured with several prizes in the youth organ competition ‘Alessandro Esposito’ in Lucca. And first prize in the ‘Agati-Tronci’, international organ competition in Pistoia. The artist has established an international career performing in Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, United States and Brazil. Stella’s repertoire is dedicated mainly to the compositions for organ and harpsichord of the Renaissance and Baroque period. Among his most celebrated accomplishments was his live performance of the complete organ works by Dieterich Buxtehude Florence’s historical church, Orsanmichele.
Simone Stella is the titular organist for many historical churches in and around Florence, including SS. Annunziata and Badia Florentina. Stella has recorded many interpretations for harpsichord and organ for the label OnClassical. Among his exquisite recordings are compositions of Buxtehude, Handel’s harpsichord suites, Georg Böhm and Reincken and many more. Next to being a harpsichordist and organist, Simone Stella has an established career as a composer. He has composed for several Italian publishers. Fanfare Magazine stated, ‘He is an unfailingly intelligent and revealing guide to a body of work that cries out to be better known’.
All images courtesy of Simone Stella.