About Sergio Grom and Ewa Augustynowicz

Sergio Grom

Ciao, a few words about myself: instead of a Tour Guide, notwithstanding my official license and my Degree in History, I’d rather be considered your friendly “Local Expert”, your “Buddy in Rome”.
One of my guests reviews may explain what I mean:
“Sergio was a fantastic tour guide. He had such extensive knowledge of history and art in Rome. He was very personable and had great English. The best part of his time with us was his bond with my 1. 5 year old daughter. He took her into consideration the entire tour and edited where needed to make the trip enjoyable and possible with a little one in tow”
The word I like the best is: “edited,customised”!
All my tours are different because. . . they develop following my guests’ needs and interests!

I was born and raised in Rome, where most time I still live: sun and sea please me a lot so, whenever I can, you can find me there…where I wrote some novels that can be found on Amazon and where I teach on line Italian for foreigners. By the way most of my colleagues call me: “The Professor”, may be because of my University Degree in History, or may be because I look pretty serious! To tell the truth I have a deep sense of Humour, expecially when I talk about our politicians (anyway no big effort in laughing about them!!)

I started working in tourism in 1970 (for Hertz rent a car). In 1980 I moved to the Reception of a centrally located Hotel in Rome (front desk staff). In 1987 I’ve got my licence as a Italy and Europe Tour Guide.
In the following 20 years (Oh mamma mia!) I worked mainly leading Tours in Italy and Europe, but in the last ten years, as a licensed Tour Guide mostly in Rome only: I love this caotic city! A great mixture of past, present and, why not, future!

Now you know my name and some of my personal details, but I’m sure first of all you’d like knowing “how” am I as a Tour Guide and what guests said about me. Well, I could write anything…but please check the real evaluations my guests left about me on Toursbylocals, where I’m listed as Sergio G. or Tripadvisor where we are known as Roma con dei Romani

Do not hesitate to contact me for any curiosity, info, request you might have: your questions are more then welcome and dear to me. .
By the way my wife Ewa Augustynowicz, Art Director of the Baroque Ensemble Giardino di Delizie (for info you can find her and the ensemble on Facebook and/or Youtube and/or Spotify) is a musician (baroque violinist) so we also offer private concerts, with or without booking one or more Tours…

About Ewa Augustynowicz

C U R R I C U L U M     V I T A E
Ewa Anna Augustynowicz   Address: Salita di Monte del Gallo, 31 Roma 00165, Italy  
English, Italian and German 00393463146655
Polish: 0048 794344420 violinista.roma@gmail.com http://www.giardinodidelizie.com    

Ewa Anna Augustynowicz, PhD

born in Poland, has always been a multitasking and creative personality. Beside her native Polish, she speaks fluent English, Italian and German and graduated from various international universities. She graduated from Cultural Sciences at the Europa Universität Viadrina in Germany, participated in the Socrates/Erasmus exchange program at the Tallaght Trinity College of Dublin in Ireland and studied Structural Fonds at the Warsaw School of Economics. In 2016 she received her PhD in Cultural and Music History of the XIX century at the European University Institute in Florence in Italy.

Music has always been her greatest passion to which she devoted the bigger part of her life. She started her adventure with the violin at the age of 8. After 12 years of studies, she received her diploma of Modern Violin at the Public Music Institute of Karol Szymanowski in Rzeszow in Poland. After moving to Italy in 2009 she became fascinated with the Baroque violin and studied it until recently at various musical institutions such as: Music Academy of Aquila, Santa Cecilia Music Academy in Rome (Bachelor degree), and the Music Academy of Vicenzo Bellini in Palermo (Master degree). Her main masters were Luigi Mangiocavallo, Enrico Gatti and for most of the time Enrico Onofri, with whom she has continued to mastering her skills since 2013.
She is very active as a violin teacher and gives regular violin and chamber music lessons as a member of the Cultural Association L’Archetto in Rome. She also teaches during the master classes at the festival “Festival dei Colli” in San Gemini in Umbria and during the worskhops organized by her Ensemble Giardino di Delizie.

She participated in numerous master courses and festivals both in Italy and abroad and collaborated with renowned specialists of the baroque music performance both as a student and as a collaborator such as: E. Onofri, F. Biondi, A. Beyer, E. Gatti, O. Centurioni, L. Mangiocavallo, D. Sinkovsky, N. Robinson, G. Garrido, L. Pontecorvo, A. de Carlo, L.Tozzi, , S. Scholz, A. Quarta, A. Florio, A. Ciccolini, E. Mascardi, S. Standage, A. Sapiecha, G. Morini, E. Citterio, Z. Pilch e A. Laflamme and M. Toth.

She has been collaborating with the following early music ensembles and institutions: Pietà de’ Turchini, Romabarocca ensemble, Baroque Quartett Costume di Grandi, Antonio il Verso, Classical Quartett Antheia, Accademia Aquiliana, Cappella Musicale Campitelli, Arianna Art Ensemble, Orchestra Barocca Gli Invaghiti, Orchestra Nazionale Barocca dei Conservatori Italiani, Vertuosa Compagnia de’ Musici di Roma, Mvsica Perduta, Cappella “Enrico Stuart Duca di York” and Stradella Y-Project.

She is the founder and the artistic director of the ensemble Giardino di Delizie that regularly gives concerts in Italy and around Europe. Alongside the musical activity with the ensemble, she also conducts research in the field of musicology with particular regard to the Roman and Polish Baroque repertoire, rediscovering forgotten authors and trying to draw bridge between these two countries.

The most important places and festivals she performed at include: Roman concert and public institution such as Capo di Bove, Circolo delle Forze Armate, Palazzo Ludovisi, Palazzo della Cancelleria, Oratorio del Gonfalone, Chiesa di San Luca e Martino, Museo degli strumenti Musicali, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia etc. Among some of the most important festivals and venues she played at include Festival Grandezze&Meraviglie; Arezzo Summer Music Festival; Festival Barocco Viterbo; Camerata del Titano San Marino; Auditorium San Nicola in Chioggia, Musée de l’armée / Cathédrale Saint Louis des Invalides in Paris; Duomo of Strasbourg; Wilanow Castle, Festival Almisonis Melos e Kalendamaya; Kastély / Castle Magyary-Kossa, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Vantaa Early Music Festival, Schola Cantorum Poland, Barok na Spiszu, Sulle Orme del Cusanino, Festiva de Musigua Antigua de Pirineus (Spain), Map Festival (Azerbaijan) etc.

She recorded various CDs for IAEF Label, Bongiovanni and Brilliant Classics. For Brilliant Classics together with Giardino di Delizie she recorded the complete unedited Triosonatas by Carlo Ambrogio Lonatiego (2018), Gems of the Polish Baroque (2020) and 10 Sinfonies a tre by Lelio Colista, all unedited (2020)

She plays a Baroque Violin made by Marco Minozzi (Ravenna 2017).

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