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Fabio Biondi

About this Artist

Born in Palermo, FABIO BIONDI began his international career at an early age. Driven by a deep cultural curiosity, Fabio Biondi was introduced to pioneers of the new approach to baroque music, an opportunity that was to expand his musical vision and change the direction of his career. Since then, he has performed with ensembles including Cappella Real, Musica Antiqua Wien, Seminario Musicale, La Chapelle Royale, and Les Musiciens du Louvre (ever since its founding), all specializing in the performance of Baroque music using original technique and instruments.

In 1990, Fabio Biondi founded Europa Galante, which in just a few years became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian performers of baroque music. The ensemble has been invited to play at the most important festivals and concert halls around the world, including La Scala in Milan, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and the Sydney Opera House.

Fabio Biondi's musical development, taking in both universal repertoire plus the rediscovering of minor composers, spans three centuries of music. This is illustrated in his varied discography: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, the oratorios, serenatas, and operas of Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel operas, and the 18th-century Italian violin repertoire (Veracini, Vivaldi, Locatelli, Tartini), as well as sonatas by Bach, Schubert, and Schumann.

Next season Fabio Biondi will conduct the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Fabio Biondi also performs in duo with piano, harpsichord, or forte-piano in prestigious venues around the world including the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Hogi Hall in Tokyo, Auditorium Nacional in Madrid, Wigmore Hall in London, and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Since March 2005 Fabio Biondi has taken on the role of artistic director for baroque music at the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. With the SSO, he has released a recording of Scarlatti's opera Carlo Re d'Alemagna (diapason d'or winner) and in 2015 a new Glossa recording of the Antonio Caldara oratorio Morte e Sepoltura di Christo. As of September 2015, Biondi is musical co-director of the Orchestra del Palau de Las Artes in Valencia, where he will perform Handel’s Silla and Mozart’s Idomeneo and Davidde Penitente in his opening season.

Biondi has been an academician of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome) since 2011; in 2015 he was nominated Officer of the National Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

Fabio Biondi plays an Andrea Guarneri violin (Cremona, 1686 ). He also plays a 1766 Carlo Ferdinando Gagliano violin, owned by his teacher Maestro Salvatore Cicero and kindly lent to him by the Salvatore Cicero Foundation in Palermo.