Fabio Biondi

Biography

Fabio Biondi is Italy's leading period instruments and Baroque violinist, and is one of the leading European violinists.

He began violin lessons with Salvatore Cicerto at the age of five in his native Palermo. At the age of 12 he appeared as a concerto soloist with the Italian Radio (RAI) Symphony Orchestra in several concerts. At that time, he played modern violin, but in his early teens, he began to take an interest in period
Read more instruments and performing styles and began to play Baroque and Classical violin as well as the modern instrument. (The distinction between these types of string instruments is how they are set up -- what kinds of strings, bridges, and bows are used, for instance.)

In the 1970s, when Biondi was polishing his technique, period instrument performance flourished in Europe and America, although Italy was not in the forefront of it. He studied at the Conservatory of Rome with Mauro Lo Guercio, winning first prize in violin in 1981.

By then Biondi had already began establishing himself as a Baroque violinist, having made his first appearance in that capacity in a concert at the Musikverein in Vienna at the age of 16. After graduation, he formed a string quartet, the Stendahl Quartet, which gave concerts from the quartet repertory from the Classical through contemporary times. What set the Stendahl Quartet apart was that any work that it performed was always played on instruments appropriate to the period, and in a stylistically informed manner. Several Italian composers composed for the quartet.

Biondi worked during the 1980s with several of the leading original instruments ensembles of the continent, including Hesperion XX, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Musica Antiqua of Vienna, the Clemencic Consort, the Chapelle Royale, and the Camerata di Lugano. He recorded the earliest of violin concertos, those by such Italian masters as Veracini, Locatelli, and Tartini.

In 1989, he founded La Europa Galante, Italy's first dedicated Baroque original instruments orchestra. Since then, he has served as its conductor and music director, as well as its solo violinist. Where appropriate, he conducts from the violin, as was often done during the era.

Biondi and La Europa Galante have often appeared at major international music festivals, and the ensemble has functioned as the orchestra in several productions of Baroque opera. These include the modern premiere of the opera Poro by Handel, and in the oratorios La Maddelena and Humanità e Lucifero by Alessandro Scarlatti and La Passione di Gèsu Cristo by Caldara. He has led La Europa Galante in opera productions at Monte Carlo, the St. Cecilia Academy in Rome, the Baroque Music Center in Versailles, the Nice Opera, and Wigmore Hall in London.

He often guest conducts with standard orchestras, which include the Radio France Philharmonic, the Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra, and chamber and period orchestras including the Collegium Orchestra of New York, the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris.

Biondi has won numerous recording prizes including the Diapason d'Or of the Year, the Priz Cini of Italy, the ffff de Telérama, and Choc de Musique. His widely acclaimed recording with La Europa Galante of Vivaldi's Four Seasons was named Disc of the Year by organizations in Canada, Sweden, France, Spain, and Finland. He is an exclusive artist for Virgin Classics. Read less
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  • 1.
    Vivaldi: I Concerti Dell'addio - The Farewell Concertos
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923402 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 2.
    Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619520 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Maurizio Naddeo,  Enrico Casazza,  Fabio Biondi,  Isabella Longo  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
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  • 3.
    Vivaldi Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94840 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 66
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Dowland,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Federico Guglielmo,  Roberto Loreggian,  Mario Folena,  Stefania Marusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Krijn Koetsveld,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arte dell'Arco,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble,  Anciuti Ensemble  ... 
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  • 4.
    Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings / Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 672258 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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    G.p. Telemann: Trio Sonatas For Recorder, Violin And Continuo
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7667 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripla Concordia
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  • 6.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40018 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2503 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 8.
    Indispensable Vivaldi: Highlights From La Senna Festegiante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5273 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  Sébastien Marq,  Sandrine Piau,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Diego Fasolis,  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Matheus,  Europa Galante  ... 
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  • 9.
    Antonio Vivaldi: Il Prete Rosso
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 233318 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolas Chédeville
    Performer:  Ettore Pellegrino,  Alberto Martini,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Martini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Sandro Volta,  Federico Maria Sardelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Doron Ensemble,  Respighi Ensemble  ... 
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  • 10.
    Leclair: Premier Livre De Sonates
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 361 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Marie Leclair
    Performer:  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabio Biondi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Pascal Monteilhet
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  • 11.
    Vivaldi: Xii Suonate A Violino Solo, E Basso Per Il Cembalo
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 422 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabio Biondi,  Rolf Lislevand,  Rinaldo Alessandrini
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  • 12.
    Vivaldi: Concertos / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40014 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Antonio Fantinuoli,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabrizio Cipriani,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 13.
    Les Classiques Au Soleil
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5195 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giovanni Paolo Foscarini,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Rolf Lislevand,  Veronica Cangemi,  Grigory Sokolov  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Mosaïques String Quartet,  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Violon X - Exteme Violin - Biondi, Buskov, Ivanov, Khachaturian / Biondi, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5189 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Fritz Kreisler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Marcelle Dedieu-Vidal,  Evgueni Bushkov,  Régis Pasquier  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Bartholomée,  Alessandro De Marchi,  Emmanuel Krivine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Communauté Française de Belgique Orchestra,  Academia Montis Regalis  ... 
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  • 15.
    Instant Classics - Vivaldi: Les Quatre Saisons
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5112 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
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    Vivaldi: Concerti Per Viola D'amore / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 95146 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Giangiacomo Pinardi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 17.
    Tous Les Matins Du Monde - Original Soundtrack / Jordi Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9821 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Marin Marais,  Jordi Savall,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Rolf Lislevand,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Montserrat Figueras  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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  • 18.
    Italian Violin Sonatas / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45588 Release Date: 07/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michele Mascitti,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Francesco Maria Veracini  ... 
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 19.
    Vivaldi: Concerti Per Mandolini, Etc /Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45527 Release Date: 01/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Giovanni Scaramuzzino,  Sonia Maurer,  Gili Rinot,  Lorenzo Colitto  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 20.
    Tous Les Matins Du Monde - Original Soundtrack / Jordi Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9821 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Marin Marais,  Anonymous,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Montserrat Figueras,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Violin Sonatas / Fabio Biondi, Olga Tverskaya
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30216 Release Date: 03/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Olga Tverskaya
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  • 22.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Fabio Biondi, L'europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 569120 Release Date: 12/06/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 23.
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: TC672201 Release Date: 01/01/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Paolo Pandolfo,  Rosa Segreto,  Maurizio Naddeo  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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