Early music specialist Annalisa Pappano has established herself as a staple of early music in the United States. Her wide range of instruments includes the viola da gamba (treble, tenor, bass), pardessus de viole, and the rarely played lirone. She was the founder, artistic director, and lead player of the early music ensemble Catacoustic Consort. Ms. Pappano studied at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her playing has been described by critics as “mercurial and enchanting” and “with a sound that is lighter than air with the airy luster of gilding on the mirrors of a rococo drawing room.”
Ms. Pappano has performed throughout Belgium, England, Ireland, Colombia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S. and has appeared on nationally syndicated radio and has played at the Boston, Berkeley, and Vancouver Early Music Festivals and the Ojai Music Festival. She is a member of Wildcat Viols and Atalante (England), and the recording she performed on with Atalante won a Diapason d’Or and Gramaphone Award. Annalisa has performed with numerous other ensembles including the Houston Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, the Cleveland Opera, the Portland Opera, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), Les Voix Baroques, Opera Atelier, the Toronto Consort, the Concord Ensemble, Cappella Artemisia (Bologna), Parthenia Viol Consort, and Consortium Carissimi. She has taught at Viola da Gamba Society of America national conclaves, the Viola da Gamba Society Pacific Northwest and Northeast chapters, the San Diego Early Music Workshop, ViolsWest, the Madison Early Music Workshop, and has been a guest lecturer at numerous universities. Ms. Pappano led the Catacoustic Consort to win the grand prize in the Naxos / Early Music America Live Recording Competition and recorded a program of Italian laments on the Naxos label, in addition to three other Catacoustic Consort recordings. Annalisa previously taught viola da gamba at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and currently resides in the Tegernsee region of Bavaria.