Giovanna Baviera is a musician specialising in early music. She was born in Luxembourg in an Italian-Irish family and began her musical studies with the violin. Initially planning to become a musicologist, she pursued her studies in Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland: there, she was elected Scholar of the University in 2010 and was awarded a first-class Master’s degree in Music and Philosophy in 2011. While at Trinity, Giovanna also delved into ensemble singing and choral conducting, directing the Department of Music chamber choir, the Campanile Consort, under the supervision of director and organist Colm Carey.
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, where she is currently completing a Master’s degree. She is in demand as a chamber musician, 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). In 2013 she co-founded the ensemble Concerto di Margherita, with which she is exploring the art of self-accompanied singing. This practice is also central to her duo project AmarCorda with the harpist and mezzo-soprano Tanja Vogrin.
In addition to her busy performance schedule she is a committed teacher and choral conductor, pursuing a degree in musical paedagogy at the Musik Akademie Basel, and sharing her experience and joy for music with many amateur instrumentalists and singers.