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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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    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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    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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    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: String Concerti
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 309004 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Adrian Chamorro,  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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    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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    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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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; String Concertos / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30517 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Fabrizio Cipriani,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Antonio Fantinuoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Telemann Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94104 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 29
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Theunis Van der Zwart,  Kate Clark,  Erwin Wieringa,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Nicol Matt,  Iona Brown,  Martin Haselböck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion,  Kurpfälzisches Chamber Orchestra,  Mannheim Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Boccherini: String Quintets; Guitar Quintets / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 96339 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Enrico Casazza,  Ernest Braucher,  Maurizio Naddeo,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante members,  Europa Galante
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    Vivaldi: La Stravaganza / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 19300 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    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,  Pascal Monteilhet,  Fabio Biondi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini
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  • 14.
    Essential Vivaldi
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07159 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Parkening,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Han-Na Chang  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Iona Brown,  Richard Tognetti,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Virtuosi of England,  Teatro Lirico  ... 
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    50 Best Bach
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57496 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Richard Boothby,  Peter Kooy,  Christoph Prégardien,  Catherine Patriasz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Andrew Parrott,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Musicum,  Taverner Players,  La Petite Bande  ... 
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    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:  Fabio Biondi,  Rolf Lislevand,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Maurizio Naddeo
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    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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    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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    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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    Vivaldi: Concerti For Strings / Biondi, Alessandrini
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93315 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano
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  • 21.
    Best Concertos 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Christian Zacharias,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Lawrence Foster,  Hans Vonk,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Best Vivaldi 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 10358 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Leonardo De Lisi,  Marina Comparato,  Dominique Labelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis,  Fabio Biondi,  Stephen Stubbs,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Europa Galante  ... 
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    100 Best Relaxing Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15606 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Europa Galante,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Alberto Lysy,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Erno Olah  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  Quartet of London,  Scottish Ensemble  ... 
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  • 24.
    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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