Embergher performers from the past till today

In Italy well known virtuosi of the past like i.e. Antonio Berni, Nino Catania, Giulio Tartaglia and G. Burdisso played Embergher concert models, while abroad Embergher’s fame was spread by Italian immigrants like Silvio Ranieri (Brussels), Maria Scivittaro (Paris), Alberto Bracony (Copenhagen) and Benedetto Persichini (London). And they, on their turn, handed over to their students the love for and appreciation of the ‘Embergher’ mandolin.

Due to the activities like concerts and teaching, these musicians established circles of mandolin enthousiasts, mandolin ensembles and orchestras. Quite a number of these orchestras of the past of which the musicians played on an instrumentarium that consisted entirely of the instruments of the mandolin family made by the Embergher atelier in Arpino.

This was of course first of all the case in Italy of course, with the ‘Costantino Quaranta’ orchestra of Brescia as a fine example, something soon matched by orchestras in the rest of Europe like for instance the orchestra ‘L’Estudiantina de Bruxelles’, the ‘Dansk Mandolinorkester’ from Denmark and the ‘Orkiestra Mandolinistov Edwarda Ciukszy’ from Poland.

The ‘Costantino Quaranta’ mandolin orchestra of Brescia, Italy
The ‘L ‘Estudiantina de Bruxelles’, Belgium
The ‘Dansk Mandolinorkester’ lead by Alberto Bracony
(Photo Courtesy Frederiksberg Stadsarkiv)
‘Orkiestra Mandolinistov Edwarda Ciukszy’ from Poland.

Of the present generation who share the passion for the Embergher instruments of the mandolin family and who continue to play the instrument in the traditional Italian manner are i.e.: Tove Flensborg (Denmark), Sebastiaan de Grebber (Netherlands), Ralf Leenen (Belgium), Sanay Onji, Kaoru Nakano, Goshi Yoshida, Kenzo Kumei, Kazuhiko Takahashi (Japan), Alex Timmerman, Sebastiaan de Grebber and Ferdinand Binnendijk. They all play important roles in mandolin orchestras/circles of their countries and are regarded as mandolinists of importance.