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.
    20 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556102 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  Riccardo Muti,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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    40 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556099 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Maria Tipo,  Martha Argerich,  Dmitri Alexeev  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  William Christie,  John E. Gardiner,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Emmanuelle Haïm (Conductor/Harpsichord),  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    Bellini: Norma / Young-Hoon, Biondi
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109198 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Svetlana Ignatovitch,  Daniela Barcellona,  Shin Young-Hoon,  Ildar Abdrazakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Verdi Festival Chorus
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    Bellini: Norma / Young-Hoon, Biondi [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109199 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  June Anderson,  Ildar Abdrazakov,  Shin Young-Hoon,  Daniela Barcellona  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Verdi Festival Chorus
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    Handel: Imeneo / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923405 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Cristiana Arcari,  Ann Hallenberg,  Magnus Staveland,  Monica Piccinini  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    50 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553009 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  Nicolai Gedda,  Kerstin [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Meyer,  Gré Brouwenstijn  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Les Arts Florissants,  Concentus Musicus Wien
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    Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi / Genaux, Farcas, Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923404 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  Valentina Farcas,  Vivica Genaux,  Davide Giusti,  Fabrizio Beggi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Vivica Genaux - Arias
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552542 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Adolf Hasse,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Vivica Genaux
    Conductor:  Bernard Labadie,  John Nelson,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Violons du Roy,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Europa Galante
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    Antonio Caldara: Morte E Sepoltura Di Christo
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923403 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Caldara,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Joseph Fux
    Performer:  Silvia Frigato,  Ugo Guagliardo,  Maria Grazia Schiavo,  Martina Belli  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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    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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    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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    Veracini: Adriano In Siria  / Prina, Hallenberg, Invernizzi, Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Fra Bernardo   Catalog: 1409491 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Francesco Maria Veracini
    Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi,  Ann Hallenberg,  Sonia Prina,  Lucia Cirillo  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Il Diario Di Chiara / Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante [CD & DVD]
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923401 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Porta,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gaetano Latilla,  Andrea Bernasconi  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 14.
    Tutto Pergolesi - The Complete Opera Edition [12-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107538 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  Alessandra Marianelli,  Carlo Lepore,  Marina Rodríguez Cusí,  Antonio Lozano  ... 
    Conductor:  Corrado Rovaris,  Ottavio Dantone,  Fabio Biondi,  Alessandro De Marchi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Barocca De I Virtuosi Italiani,  Accademia Bizantina,  Europa Galante  ... 
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    ReJoyce - The Best of Joyce DiDonato
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 341212 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Porta  ... 
    Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi,  Joyce DiDonato,  Anna Netrebko,  Nabil Suliman
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis,  Christophe Rousset,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco,  Les Talens Lyriques,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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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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    Pergolesi: Lo Frate 'nnamorato / Alaimo, Belfiore, Biondi
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101652 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  David Alegret,  Jurgita Adamonyte,  Rosa Bove,  Elena Belfiore  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Pergolesi: Lo Frate 'nnamorato / Alaimo, Belfiore, Biondi [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108066 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  David Alegret,  Jurgita Adamonyte,  Rosa Bove,  Elena Belfiore  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Essential Opera Divas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234522 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Véronique Gens,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Fabio Biondi,  Christophe Rousset,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
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  • 20.
    100 Best Chamber Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972777 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Various,  Johann Pachelbel,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Natalie Clein,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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    The Voice / Philippe Jaroussky
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2704 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Nicolo Porpora,  Leonardo Leo  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  David Daniels,  Ian Bostridge,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Fabio Biondi,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Jérémie Rhorer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Artaserse Ensemble,  Europa Galante  ... 
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    Vivaldi: L'oracolo In Messenia / Biondi, Genaux, Basso, Gottwald, Hallenberg
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2547 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Ann Hallenberg,  Romina Basso,  Franziska Gottwald,  Julia Lezhneva  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Arias For Marietta Marcolini, Rossini’s First Muse / Ann Hallenberg
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5309 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr,  Giuseppe Mosca,  Carlo Coccia,  Joseph Weigl  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Hallenerg
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Classics For Your Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 623247 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  César Franck,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque,  David [Pipe Organ] Briggs  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Il Cimento Dell'armonia / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Erato   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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