Principal clarinetist, orchestra musician and soloist
"Both the lefreQue soundbridge and ligature are really amazing.
I am already addicted to both things!"
Matteo Genini is an Italian clarinetist who lives in Zurich and is mainly active in the musical area of German-speaking Switzerland. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Da Vinci Symphonic Orchestra and since 2022 works as principal clarinet with the Zürcher Kammeroper, frequently collaborating with various orchestras and ensembles such as Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Kammerorchester Basel, Collegium Musicum Basel, Argovia Philharmonic and Orchestre Musique de Lumiere.
In the role of principal clarinet, co-soloist or piccolo player, he has been a member of various orchestras and opera companies including: Würth Philharmoniker, Milano Classica, Arena di Verona, Neues Orchester Basel and the World Orchestra.
He has the honor of working with remarkable conductors including: Markus Poschner, Jonathan Nott, Daniel Oren, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Placido Domingo, Julian Kovatchev, Peter Rundel, Rodolfo Fisher, Grant Liewellin, Douglas Bostock, Josep Vicent, Sascha Goetzel, Antonio Ballista, Marco Armialiato, Helmut Imig and Martin Panteleev.
First prize at the "International Concerto Competition" in 2011 in Arkansas which gave him the opportunity to debut as a soloist in the United States. In recent years he has been a winner or finalist in several international competitions, among which the following stand out: the "Murten Classics Competition" in 2014, the "Rotary Club Viverone Lago" in 2007, and "Chignolo D'isola" in 2001.
Graduated in Music Performance and Solist (cum laude) and in Music Pedagogy at the University of Lucerne in the class of prof. Paolo Beltramini and at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel in the class of prof. François Benda and in the class of Prof. Sergio del Mastro at the G. Verdi Conservatory.
He plays a handcrafted pair of clarinets from the Ripamonti house, the “Ripa Gold Plated” model and among them he is also one of the main endorsers.