Photo: Merlin Doomerik 2015
Andrea Friggi was born in 1979 in Milan where he earned his first doctorate in 2003 in philology (Greek paleography) from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore under the guide of Carlo Maria Mazzucchi. He also earned a PhD in Byzantine philology from the University of Turin in 2007 under the guidance of Enrico V. Maltese. He is active as a scholar and has published a number of articles.
He has studied organ, harpsichord, and continuo. Among his teachers are Edoardo Bellotti and Stefano Demicheli. He also attended masterclasses with René Clemencic and Luigi F. Tagliavini. In 2007 he moved to The Netherlands to study with Menno van Delft at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he graduated in 2011. Following his BA graduation he continued his studies in Amsterdam with Bob van Asperen and Richard Egarr and obtained a Master degree in Basso Continuo specialization in 2013 with Thérèse de Goede.
He has performed as a soloist, conductor, and continuo player at some of Europe's major venues with several ensembles, among which Dolce & Tempesta, Stile Galante, I Piccoli Olandesi. He has recorded for Fuga Libera, Pan Classics, and Glossa. In 2010 he founded his own group, Ensemble Odyssee, together with recorder player Anna Stegmann with whom he regularly performs. With his ensemble he was awarded third prize in the Van Wassenar competition in 2011. In the same year he was awarded the prestigious Huygens scholarship from the Dutch government.
He has been teaching musical philology at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam since October 2010. From 2000 to 2005 he was organist at the church of S. Giuseppe e S. Marcellina and from 2003 to 2007 at the church of S. Angela Merici in Milan.