Simone Vallerotonda studied lute at the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome and at the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik” in Trossingen (Germany). He also holds a PhD in philosophy with a dissertation about the relationships between 18th-century music and the French Philosophes. In 2011, he ranked first in the soloists’ class of the International Lute Competition “Maurizio Pratola”, also obtaining the highest prize in the chamber music section from REMA (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne). In 2014 he founded “I Bassifondi”, an ensemble playing 17th-18th century repertoire for guitar, theorbo, and lute with continuo. Their debut album “Alfabeto falso” was nominated in the ICMA 2018 (International Classical Music Award) among the best baroque instrumental records.