Grazia Raimondi is an internationally renowned violinist from Bologna, Italy. Her impressive musical training began at the Conservatorio "G.B. Martini" in her hometown, where she graduated with honors in violin under the guidance of Giovanni Adamo. Her dedication led her to attend masterclasses with some of the world's most distinguished violinists, including Franco Gulli (Merit Diploma at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena), Salvatore Accardo, Corrado Romano, and Maurice Raskin.
Her talent and hard work led to the prestigious "J.W. Fulbright" scholarship to study with Franco Gulli (violin) and Rostislav Dubinsky (chamber music) at Indiana University in the United States, where she earned an "Artist Diploma."
She won the 1st prize at the National Competition of Vittorio Veneto, the National Violin Competition "Ugo Conta Music Awards Hong Kong" in Mantua, and the "Sibelius International Competition" held at Indiana University.
She has performed in some of the world's most prestigious theaters and concert halls, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Grossen Musikvereinsaal in Vienna, and the Philharmonie in Monaco.
She has performed in trio with Antonio Pappano and Luigi Piovano, as a soloist, among the most important concerts, she has performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Giovanni Sollima and Olaf John Laneri and held a solo concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City, receiving critical acclaim and three standing ovations at the 44th Newport Music Festival; as part of contemporary music, since 2018 she has been a member of the "Ensemble Prometeo."
She has also collaborated with numerous chamber groups, including "I Solisti Veneti," "I Virtuosi di Roma," and the "New European Strings Orchestra."
She has performed in Japan in chamber music concerts with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra's principals ;
as Concertmaster of the Tokyo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Hyogo Pac Orchestra with Yutaka Sado in Osaka.
She served as solo Concertmaster of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Symphony Orchestra , and then was solo Concertmaster of the Padua and Veneto Chamber Orchestra and the Musici Aurei, with whom she recorded Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" (Eloquentia), a recording that received fantastic reviews in Italy and abroad. She was a guest Concertmaster of the Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra, the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, Maderna Orchestra and she is currently the solo Concertmaster of the Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato.
She has taught violin and chamber music masterclasses at international courses in Akiyoshidai (Japan), Silpakorn University (Thailand), and the "Adolfo Salazar" Conservatory in Madrid (Spain). She has been invited to teach at Southern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University in the United States.
Among the published CDs: the Kindertotenlieder and Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen in a chamber version with Sara Mingardo and Luigi Piovano, the Quartettsatz in A minor by Mahler (Eloquentia), which received a wonderful review from the BBC in England and won the "Schwarzkopf" award for the best Mahler CD of 2012 in France; in a Duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante, the piece "Continuum Nomade" by Giovanni Sollima dedicated to her: a journey through Italian music from Tartini to Sollima, passing through Paganini, Martucci, Respighi, and Petrassi (Wide Classique); in a Duo with Andrea Castagna, the first CD of the complete works for two violins by Viotti (Wide Classique); in a Duo with Aldo Orvieto and with the participation of Luigi Piovano, a CD with music by Martinu, Schnittke, Part, Prokofiev, and Montanaro (5 Nocturnes dedicated to her) (Wide Classique); in a Duo with Giuliano Mazzoccante, the Sonatas by Franck and Strauss (Wide Classique).
She plays a 1783 Giuseppe Gagliano violin and is currently a violin teaching professor at the "G. Verdi" Conservatory of Music in Ravenna.
Overall, Grazia Raimondi's music career has been characterized by exceptional talent, hard work, and deep dedication to her art. Her performances and recordings are a testament to her passion for music, and her teaching inspires the next generation of musicians to follow in her footsteps.