Driven by a deep cultural curiosity, Fabio Biondi is a musician ceaselessly in pursuit of a style free from constraints. From his early development, guided by period performance pioneers, his work has incorporated repertoire spanning three centuries. His enthusiasm and determination to put music first mark him out in his quest for an “original language,” both in globally known works and in his commitment to researching and illuminating lesser-known masterpieces.
In 1990 Mr. Biondi founded Europa Galante, regarded as the foremost Italian period ensemble. It has a reputation for breathing new life into Baroque, classical, and early romantic repertoire, and performs at leading international festivals and venues. This season they bring staged performances of Handel’s Silla to China and Japan.
Mr. Biondi brings this authentic and engaging approach to modern symphony and chamber orchestras, which he both conducts and directs from the violin. Recent and future highlights include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Torino, NDR Radio Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg.
This season, Mr. Biondi’s experience in and passion for opera takes him to the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden. As a violinist, he performs in recital across the world, including at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, and Paris’s Cité de la Musique.
His broad discography has earned numerous awards, including the Diapason d'Or de l’année and Choc de Musique. His recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was named Disc of the Year by organizations in more than five countries, and his recent recording of Paganini’s Sonatas for Violin and Guitar was named Editor's Choice by Gramophone magazine and BBC Music Magazine.
Fabio Biondi has been an academician of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2011; he was named an Officer of the National Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture (in 2015) and awarded the medal of Courage and Veracity by the Polish Government in recognition of outstanding cultural achievements (2019). He plays an Andrea Guarneri and a 1766 Carlo Ferdinando Gagliano, owned by his teacher, Salvatore Cicero, and kindly lent to him by the Salvatore Cicero Foundation in Palermo, where he was born.
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