Giovanna Baviera is a multi-faceted musician specialised in viola da gamba and self-accompanied singing.
Initially planning to become a musicologist, she pursued her studies in Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland: there she was awarded a first-class Master’s degree in Music and Philosophy in 2011. Having discovered the viola da gamba and fallen in love with the instrument, she moved to Basel, Switzerland to study with Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis; here she also began her vocal training with Kathleen Dineen (SCB) and Ralf Ernst (Hochschule für Musik Basel).
Her interest in self-accompanied singing led her to co-found the ensemble Concerto di Margherita, with which she explores the art of self-accompanied singing in Renaissance and Baroque repertoires: the musicians perform singing and playing simultaneously, creating a variegated and exciting soundscape.
Her curiosity for the fusion of musical and artistic genres has led her to collaborate with the 3art3 company as a gambist, singer and performer under the direction of Daniel Hellmann for his piece “Requiem for a piece of meat” : here, traditional distinctions between dancers and musicians are purposefully blurred, as is the divide between contemporary and early music.
As a chamber musician, Giovanna has a busy schedule, collaborating regularly with numerous early music ensembles such as Ensemble Daedalus (CH/FR), Profeti della Quinta (CH), the Earle his Viols (CH) and Novantik (CH). She has performed throughout Europe in many festivals and venues (Théâtre Vidy Lausanne, Theater Gessnerallee Zürich, Poznan Baroque Festival, Harvard Institute for Renaissance Italian Studies Florence, etc.)
In addition to her busy performance schedule she is a committed teacher and choral conductor, having obtained a musical pedagogy degree at the Musik Akademie Basel, and sharing her experience and joy for music with many amateur instrumentalists and singers.