Born near Udine in Italy, Maddalena del Gobbo began her musical education at a very early age. Aged four she had tuition in piano and ballet, at eight she started to play the violoncello and later also had singing lessons. She enrolled at the City of Vienna Conservatory already at the early age of fourteen. She completed her violoncello studies with a master’s degree with distinction, then focused her attention mainly on the viola da gamba. With this instrument she appeared at the major festivals and played in the “Music Antiqua” concert cycle in the Brahms Saal of the Vienna Musikverein, the Barocktagen in Melk, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, the “U21” concert series run by BR Klassik radio and the “Yellow Lounge” of the Deutsche Grammophon, also in diverse festivals in Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.
Maddalena del Gobbo was the first gambist to sign a solo recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. She has released three albums already with the premier label: in 2014 her debut CD Viola d’Emozione, in 2016 Henriette. The Princess of the Viol and in 2019 the album Maddalena and the Prince, for which she was nominated for the International Classical Music Award in 2020.
Maddalena del Gobbo plays a viola da gamba by Johann Seelos dated 1691, a loan of the Orpheon Foundation. In 2021 she is making her debut at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival