Ugo Orlandi is a dominant figure in the panorama of international mandolin music.

He was born in Brescia and began his music studies at the Brescia Youth Music Education Centre.  He took up the mandolin at a very early age and at the same time took his diploma in trumpet at the “Cesare Pollini” Conservatory of Music in Padova, where since 1980 he has been mandolin professor. As a soloist he has taken part in concerts and tours all over the world — notably with Claudio Scimone’s “ I Solisti Veneti”, and has  performed in the most prestigious festivals in Europe and America. His interest in the rediscovery of the musical world of the mandolin has led him to record various programmes many of which  feature as world premiere recordings.


He has been teaching mandolin at the Academy of Music “C. Pollini” of Padua since 1980. Born in Brescia in 1958, he started his musical education at the Centro Giovanile Bresciano di Educazione Musicale of R: Messora and G. Ligasacchi playing the mandolin and the trumpet. In 1975 he started attending the mandolin course given by Giuseppe Anedda at the Academy of Music of Padua, where he also got the diploma in trumpet. His interest for the early music and the musicological research brought him to study the cornet and the natural trumpet, as well as to do research in the field of the historical repertoire for the mandolin.  These interests in different areas of music have given birth to various recordings: “I Guami da Lucca”, Fonè; “Musica da camera per strumenti a pizzico di R. Calace” (Chamber music for pluck instruments by R. Calace), Fonè; “Itinerario artistico nella canzone popolare padana”- Piadena (“artistic tour in the popular songs of Pianura Padana” - Piadena), 6 Concerti per mandolino with the Solisti Aquilani, Koch-Schwann.  He has been on tour with Claudio Scimone and the “Solisti Veneti” all over the world: North America, Canada, South America (Venezuela, Argentina, Brasil), Europe, Asia ( China, Hong-Kong, Singapore, South Corea, Indonesia, Japan), India, Australia; he has taken part in the Festivals of Montreaux, Edinburgh, New York (“Mostly Mozart”), Paris (“Le Prestige de la Musique”) and  Salzburg.  With the “Solisti Veneti” he has recorded two Cds for the ERATO containing Concerts by G.F.Giuliani, F.Lecce and the complete version of the Concerts for mandolin by A. Vivaldi.