Dino Asciolla

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Edoardo (or Dino) Asciolla (June 6, 1920, Rome, Italy – 9 September 1994, Siena, Italy) was an Italian violin and viola soloist.

He studied at the Conservatory of the "Accademia di Santa Cecilia" in Rome as a violinist, winning several international competitions such as (including that of Geneva in 1947). Was first violin in several orchestras, including "Alessandro Scarlatti" in Naples and "Mozarteum" in Salzburg. In 1956 he started to play the viola.

He promoted and disseminated knowledge of the viola repertoire through recordings and television appearances, and performed in many tours around the world.

As a violist, he belonged to several instrumental groups like I Virtuosi di Roma, I Musici, Quintetto Chigiano, Quartetto Italiano string quartet from 1977 to 1980. He recorded for several recording houses, including Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, RCA, Fonit, Edipan.

He also played the viola in some contemporary music recordings, like the album "Non al denaro, non all'amore né al cielo" by Fabrizio De André. In addition, he played in many film sound tracks such as in the 1965 film "Italiani brava gente" by Armando Trovajoli.

He was also a teacher in several conservatories and advanced courses in Italy and abroad. He played a viola by Maggini made in 1600. He was named "Accademico" at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia.

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  • Translated and revised from the article in Italian Wikipedia