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FERNANDO GRILLO, double bass soloist and composer, is one of the most original protagonists of the music of our times.
He has initiated a considerable amount of avant-garde music and created new techniques of sound production and musical expression for string instruments, for which he is one of the greatest exponents.
Visual aspects, his gesture that precedes the sound and his “sonorous sculptures” give a modern stamp to his interpretations, proposing a new listening psychology.
An unprecedented timbre quality, instrumental creativity, spiritual awakening, musical talent, a lyrical bow, so realistically present in his compositions, echo the past as much as the present.

He studied double bass under Corrado Penta and cello under Amedeo Baldovino at the “F. Morlacchi” Music Conservatory in Perugia where he received his degree with highest marks and summa cum laude in 1970.
He received the 1st prize, GAUDEAMUS, at the “International Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music”, Rotterdam 1975 and the KRANICHSTEINER MUSIKPREIS for interpretation, at the „Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik“, Darmstadt 1976.

“There are composers whose thoughts eclipse or absorb the sense of sound of their own music. And composers whose sound attire is a luxuriance of striking “fioritura”.
Fernando Grillo cannot be placed in either of these two categories but, rather, he summarises and goes beyond them. He represents that rare position of balance between physiology and thought, sound and language.
Such unity must be admired as it emanates from within him. Fernando Grillo revolutionizes technique at its deepest roots, not with his virtuosity, nor the magic of his sound, nor his gift for interpretation, nor even with his composing mastery (even if in him these qualities are of great relevance), but with a fusion of performer and instrument, a quality, which has been extinct for ages.
And such an affectionate symbiosis of tender consideration irradiates a complete maturity of expression and, on this basis, it reinforces itself.” Salvatore Sciarrino

“The Buddha of the double bass.” Karlheinz Stockhausen

“I leave you with the Paganini of the double bass. You are in extraordinary company.” Carmelo Bene

“Carmelo Bene and Fernando Grillo: a voice like an instrument, an instrument like a voice … The audience in solemn silence. Very rarely does one feel so close to the sacrosanct.” Giovanni Capodicasa

„Fernando Grillo gehört das Verdienst, mir völlig neue Einsichten in die Möglichkeiten seines Instrumentes verschafft zu haben. Ich habe versucht, eine Musik ganz aus der Sonorität des Solo-Instrumentes heraus zu entwickeln...“ Klaus Huber

« J’ai écrit Theraps, pour contrebasse à cordes solo, au début de 1976. L’oeuvre est dédiée à Fernando Grillo, qui en sera l’interprète, et à ses prouesses en matière de virtuosité sur son instrument. » Iannis Xenakis

“Grillo is impressive! Sometimes it seems that his instrument has six strings, and sometimes even thirty...” Luciano Berio

“You are my spiritual son!” Giacinto Scelsi

“… Great interest aroused by the technical and acoustic research on the double bass by Grillo…he opens other possibilities for musical creativity: study, research and new abyssal thoughts…” Luigi Nono

“… and that double bass is in the hands of one of the greatest soloists of our times: Fernando Grillo… who has played his usual dialogues with the sonorous and tone-coloured invention of his double bass for 3 consecutive days.” Guido Barbieri. Radio 3 Suite.

“Music for the awakening of the full moon of the interior sky.“ Fernando Grillo

“A double bass. A single performer. Works by a solo composer for an entire evening. An extremely varied evening, full of surprises, full of fantasy, an hour and more of nearly uninterrupted music, without words, explanations or comments: music that transcends any possible speech, the sublime confession of a great musician, of an exceptionally creative personality.
We could be impressed by the skill with which Fernando Grillo extracts the most unexpected sounds from his instrument; his double bass becomes a cello, a violin, a harp, a drum, a flute, an entire orchestra in his hands … We could admire the formal mastery of his works, the refined equilibrium in his shaping of all the musical elements into works with a transparently logical structure - sonorous and structural elements that are obviously the fruit of deep and carefully thought out research, of patient and passionate experimentation. We could also enjoy the flawlessness of his performance, the perfection that Maestro Grillo imposes on everything he presents to the public.
However, his concerts are more than mere demonstrations of the multiple qualities of an extremely versatile musician.
When he is in front of an audience, calm and concentrated to the maximum, Fernando Grillo becomes a kind of wizard, almost spellbinding his listeners with the powerful radiation of his music. And it is this spell that re-echoes his music long after the last physically perceivable note has vanished.” Fred Dôsek

“Famous foreign double bassists of the 19th century were the German, W. Hause, and the Austrian-Bohemians Johann Abert and Gustav Laska.
Later distinguished double bassists are the Frenchman, Eduard Nanny, the Americans, Serge Koussevitzky and Gary Karr, and in more recent times the Austrian Ludwig Streicher.
In Italy, Franco Petracchi and Fernando Grillo.
Furthermore, in the sphere of jazz one must remember Charles Mingus and Oscar Pettiford.”
UTET – Dizionario Enciclopedico Universale della Musica e dei Musicisti.

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