After graduating from the “Paganini” Conservatory in Genoa, where he studied under the guidance of Nevio Zanardi, Giovanni Scaglione attended some master classes held by Michael Flaksman and Antonio Meneses. In 1997 he enrolled at the Musikhochschule in Basel, where he studied with Ivan Monighetti.
After 4 years, he graduated with honours (getting the prestigious Solisten-Diplom), demonstrating his skills by playing the Concert for cello and orchestra by Schumann with the Basel Symphony Orchestra. He also had the chance to play with musicians like Sergio Azzolini and Gidon Kremer. In 2001, he won an audition and became a member of the Boccherini Sextet, with whom he played for the most important concert societies in Italy.
At the same time, he attended some courses in Brescia with Mario Brunello and at Accademia Stauffer in Cremona with Rocco Filippini. Later on, Filippini and Salvatore Accardo asked him to play with them for the chamber music concerts at Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza.
In 2002, he became one of the members of Quartetto di Cremona.
The Quartetto di Cremona formed at the Stauffer Academy in Cremona and studied with Hatto Beyerle. Internationally renowned for their “extremely mature and lyrical sound” (“Strad”), the Quartetto di Cremona now graces the stages of the most prestigious venues all over the world. In 2005 the Quartetto di Cremona received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. Building on their early successes, the Quartetto di Cremona has played with critical acclaim at the most important venues and festivals in Europe including Beethoven Haus and BeethovenFest in Bonn, Konzerthaus (Berlin), Moving on Music Festival (Northern Ireland, recorded by BBC Radio 3), and numerous performances at the Wigmore Hall (London).
The Quartetto di Cremona has toured extensively in Australia and performed at the renowned Perth International Art Festival Australia. In the USA, they recently won the eleventh Web Concert Hall Competition and they performed at Metropolitan Museum in March 2013. In Italy they have name performed, intera alia, at the Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome and at the most important Italian music societies, such as the Società del Quartetto in Milan, where the quartet was nominated “Artist in Residence”.
In 2011 Giovanni Scaglione had his debut in a recital for cello solo at Quirinale in Rome, broadcasted live on the national channel Rai Radio 3. As a soloist, he performed for prestigious Italian concert series, such as Società del Quartetto in Milan, Amici della Musica in Florence, Accademia Filarmonica in Rome, Filarmonica in Trento, Polincontri Classica in Turin, Mantova Chamber Music Festival, and in July 2014 he had his debut in a recital at Trasimeno Music Festival in duo with the pianist Angela Hewitt, with whom he regularly performs. In March 2017 he will play the Schumann Concerto, as soloist and conductor, with Milano Classica Orchestra in Milan.
Since Autumn 2011, he teaches chamber music at the prestigious Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona, and since 2013 he teaches cello in Genoa, at ”Master for Strings”.
He plays a Don Nicola Amati cello made in Bologna in 1712, kindly lent by Kulturfonds P.E. Eckes