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Born in Naples in 1986, Raffaele La Ragione took up the mandolin at a very early age. Pursuing his longstanding interest in musicological research and the original repertoire for the instrument, he earned a degree in Drama, Art and Music Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Bologna, with a thesis on the instrument building and musical tradition of the Neapolitan Calace family. He subsequently earned a degree in mandolin at the Milan Conservatory with Ugo Orlandi.
Raffaele regularly performs with various orchestral and chamber ensembles, and has given concerts throughout Italy and Europe (Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary, Sweden, Turkey), as well as in Asia (China, Japan, South Korea). Ensembles include, among others, the Greek National Opera, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Myung-Whun Chung), the OSI Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Silete Venti, and I Solisti Veneti (Claudio Scimone).
Since 2009, he has performed regularly with the pianist Giacomo Ferrari, in both concerts and recordings dedicated to the original repertoire for mandolin and piano: Serenata Napoletana (Brilliant Classics, 2015), and Margola Music for mandolin and other chamber music (Brilliant Classics, 2019). In 2015 he founded the Motus Mandolin Quartet with whom he recorded the album Raffaele Calace Music for Mandolin Quartet (Brilliant Classics, 2017). Together with Ugo Orlandi, following years of research, he recorded the album Nicola Calace Je Reviendrai (2014), dedicated to the figure of Nicola Calace, Raffaele’s brother, and he also oversaw the publication of the book Carlo Munier il poeta del mandolino (2011).
On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, he recorded the CD Beethoven and his contemporaries with the fortepianist Marco Crosetto, which will be released in March 2020 on the Arcana label (Outhere Music).
Since 2018 he has been a permanent member of the Orchestra Italiana of Renzo Arbore, with whom he has toured Italy and appeared in television broadcasts on Rai1, Rai2 and Rai5.

“Le jeune Raffaele La Ragione est aujourd’hui à la mandoline ce que Gustav Leonhardt fut jadis au clavecin”

Le Monde



Beethoven and His Contemporaries

Works by Beethoven, Hummel, Bortolazzi


Raffaele La Ragione brescian mandolin
Marco Crosetto fortepiano

ARCANA (Outhere Music) A117 – March 2020


Works by Margola, Richiedei

Raffaele La Ragione mandolin
Gabriele Zanetti guitar
Daniele Richiedei violin
Giacomo Ferrari piano

Brilliant Classics 96037 – December 2019


Don Giovanni

Live Recording
Senn, Milanesi, Dolcini, Galli, Borgioni, Martin-Cartón, Agudelo

Orchestra Silete Venti! on period instruments
Simone Toni conductor

A project by Barnaba Fornasetti

Warner Classics – January 2018

Calace - Music for Mandolin Quartet

Music by Raffaele Calace

MOTUS Mandolin Quartet
Nunzio Reina / Michele de Martino mandolins
Raffaele La Ragione mandola
Salvatore Della Vecchia liuto cantabile and arrangements

Brilliant Classics 95494 – August 2017



Works by Munier, Sorrentino, Calveri, Romaniello, Coppola, Poppi, Ancona, Serrao, D’Arienzo, De Crescenzo, Silvestri

Raffaele La Ragione mandolin
Giacomo Ferrari piano

Brilliant Classics 95096 – January 2015


Nicola Calace
Je Reviendrai

Works by Nicola Maria Calace

Raffaele La Ragione mandolin and liuto cantabile
Ugo Orlandi mandolin
Giacomo Ferrari piano

CMI – September 2014

On the wings
of love

Works by Mouret, Vivaldi, Pasculli, Rossini, Chopin, Mozart, Paganini, Drigo, Boccherini, Grieg, Charpentier

I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone conductor

Ermitage FAB12076 – December 2007


Upcoming concerts
Past concerts

At the moment there aren’t concerts.

27 february 2020

Teatro Lyrick – Assisiwith Renzo Arbore e L’Orchestra Italiana

8 february 2020

Teatro Rendano – Cosenza / with Renzo Arbore e L’Orchestra Italiana

25 january 2020

La Città del Teatro – Cascina (PI) / with Renzo Arbore e L’Orchestra Italiana

10 january 2020

Ateneo di Brescia – Brescia / Conferenza Giacomo Merchi chitarrista bresciano (1730-1789) / with Gabriele Zanetti, guitar