Principal bassoon with the Orchestre de Paris since March 2003, Professor of modern and historical bassoon at the ZHdK Zurcher Hochschule der Kunst (Zurich) since September 2001 and Professor of historical bassoon at the CNSMDP, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Paris since September 2007.
After obtaining his First Prize at the “S.Cecilia” Conservatory of Music in Rome in 1991 in the class of Professor Marco Costantini, Giorgio Mandolesi studied with Milan Turkovic at the School of Music in Florence and with Daniele Damiano (first bassoon soloist of the “Berliner Philarmoniker”) at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena.
Principal bassoon with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana and the Gustav Malher Jugend Orchestra, he won four principal bassoon competitions: with the orchestra of the P.L. da Palestrina Theatre in Cagliari, the orchestra of the La Fenice Theatre in Venice, the orchestra of the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa and the Orchestre de Paris.
He was principal bassoon at the Teatro S. Carlo of Naples, principal bassoon at the Carlo Felice Theatre of Genoa.
After studying baroque and classical bassoon with Alberto Grazzi at the “Scuola Civica di Musica” in Milan, where he obtained his First Prize in June 1999, he plays with several ensembles and orchestras on ancient instruments: La Petite Bande by Sigiswald Kuijken, Europa Galante by Fabio Biondi, La Grande Ecurie and La Chambre du Roi by Jean-Claude Malgloire, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble by Thomas Hengelbrock, Orchestre des Nations by Jordi Savall, Concerto Italiano by Rinaldo Alessandrini. He is a member of the classical wind octets Ensemble Philidor and Ensemble Zefiro, playing with musicians such as Alfredo Bernardini, Paolo and Alberto Grazzi.
He has been a teacher at the Jove Orchestra de Catalunya and at the ESMUC, Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (Barcelona), for the training of Spanish bassoonists, and a teacher of baroque, classical and chamber music at the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale of the city of Saluzzo.
He records for different record companies such as Virgin (for which he recorded Antonio Vivaldi’s concerto “La Tempesta di mare” for flute, oboe and bassoon with Europa Galante), Calliope, Stradivarius and Bongiovanni.