Since 1991, Giuseppe Ettorre has been the first double bass of the Orchestra and of the Filarmonica of La Scala, following his entrance in 1987 under the direction of Riccardo Muti. Ettorre’s career further includes intensive work in chamber and concert performances.
Born in Ravenna to parents from Calabria, he earned his diploma under Leonello Godoli in Forlì, then went on to study for the next five years under Franco Petracchi in Cremona and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
Winner of the 1991 Competition of the ARD of Munich, he was also awarded in the “Bottesini” Competition in Parma in 1989.
He is founding member and President of the Scaligero Instrumental Ensemble and has sat on the administrative board of the Filarmonica of La Scala for more than 25 years. He takes part in the “I Cameristi della Scala” group, and has made CD recordings of the works of Bach with harpsichordist Emilia Fadini; he has further recorded works by Rossini, Bottesini, Berio, Henze, and Piazzolla for the NBB Records label.
His CD entitled “Sextet” has recently been released (Decam-Tdd/Edel label) including sixteen of his original compositions which make clear his interest in modern music forms, from jazz to New Age. In this context he has performed in a quintet along with Bobby McFerrin and in a trio with Stefano Bollani in concert with the Filarmonica of La Scala and Riccardo Chailly, recorded on DVD by Decca.
Among his concert performances as a soloist, he has played with the Orchestra of the Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Filarmonica of La Scala (“Per questa bella mano” by W.A. Mozart, Gran Duo Concertante by G. Bottesini), and the OSPA Orchestra of Porto Alegre in Brazil (Concerto by Nino Rota), where he later returned as teacher at the International Festival of Pelotas in January, 2015.
In chamber music, he has collaborated with the Sextet of the Berliner Philarmoniker, the Borodin Quartet, the Quartet of La Scala, and the Trio of Parma with whom he is touring the leading theatres of Italy in performances of Schubert’s “Trout Quintet.”
He teaches in Milan at the Academy of La Scala and at the Scuola Musicale; he gives masterclasses in Italy and throughout the world. The instrument he plays was made by Custode Marcucci (ca. 1890).