Margherita Porfido

Margherita Porfido and her harpsichord - Ph. G. Cavalieri

Margherita Porfido was born in Altamura in 1956. In her early youth, she undertook music studies with her father Carlo, a self-taught organist, and afterwards she continued at the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory in Bari when Nino Rota was the Director. She obtained the Piano Diplome in 1978, the Harpsichord Diplome in 1987, the Second Level Harpsichord Degree in 2012 and the Second Level Chamber Music Degree in 2014.
She started out on her performing career as a pianist, but since 1983 she has devoted herself entirely to the harpsichord.
Her repertoire includes Renaissance and Baroque music (particularly by Italian authors) as well as contemporary music. She mostly prefers compositions written for the solo instrument and for soloist and orchestra. She has taken part as a soloist in the performance of J.S. Bach’s concertos both for solo harpsichord and for two, three or four harpsichords and string orchestra. As far as contemporary music is concerned, she has played concertos by V. Mortari, G. Petrassi, I. Vandor, F. Poulenc, G. Malipiero with prestigious symphony and chamber orchestras and famous conductors. She performs regularly both in Italy and abroad, appearing at major events and festivals of ancient as well as contemporary music.
For more than 20 years she has devoted herself to her research into the repertoire of music pieces composed in Southern Italy from 1500 to 1700 and known as the Neapolitan School; at the same time she has projected herself into the future, spurring contemporary composers to breathe new life into the harpsichord by means of new music as well as further exploration of the fresh and lively sound of the instrument. More than 40 compositions have been dedicated to her by contemporary authors, both from Italy and abroad.
Founder and Artistic Director of the International Wanda Landowska Harpsichord Competition (that is also Piano and Harpsichord Festival), she teaches piano at the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory in Bari.


1. 1989 “L’INVENZIONE DEL VERSO SFUSO” (Splasc(H) Records)

2. 1995 “NUOVE MUSICHE PER CLAVICEMBALO” (Musicaimmagine Records)


3. 2002 “I DIALOGHI DI GIANFRANCESCO MALIPIERO” (Stradivarius Records)


4. 2007 “DA GESUALDO A PICCINNI” (Terra Gialla Records)



1. 2007 Niccolò Piccinni “Tre Sonate e una Toccata per il cimbalo” (Florestano Edizioni)