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: Ercole sul Termodonte / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 532061 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rolando Villazón,  Diana Damrau,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Vivica Genaux  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Vivaldi: Concerti per la Pieta / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923414 Release Date: 02/07/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Andrea Rognoni,  Paola Poncet,  Alessandro Andriani  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Verdi: Macbeth / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923411 Release Date: 11/16/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nadja Michael,  Giovanni Meoni,  Fabrizio Beggi,  Valentino Buzza
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Feo: San Francesco di Sales / Biondi, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923409 Release Date: 03/23/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Feo
    Performer:  Delphine Galou,  Roberta Mameli,  Monica Piccinini,  Luca Tittoto
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
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    Handel: Lucio Cornelio Silla / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923408 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sunhae Im,  Sonia Prina,  Vivica Genaux,  Martina Belli  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 6.
    Elina Garanca Sings Mozart & Vivaldi / Langree, Biondi, Camerata Salzburg, Europa Galante
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 558210 Release Date: 06/09/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Frank Braley
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg,  Europa Galante
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    Leclair: Violin Concertos, Op. 7 Nos. 1, 3, 4 & 5 / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 923407 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Marie Leclair
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Vivaldi: Concerti / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 559988 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Giangiacomo Pinardi,  Giovanni Scaramuzzino,  Sonia Maurer  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    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,  Anne Queffélec  ... 
    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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    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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    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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  • 13.
    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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    Caldara: Morte e Sepoltura di Christo / Biondi, Stavanger Symphony
    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 / Biondi, Europa Galante
    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 / Biondi, Europa Galante
    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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    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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  • 20.
    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, Europa Galante
    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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  • 22.
    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 [Soprano Vocal] Augér,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Véronique Gens,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Fabio Biondi,  Christophe Rousset,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
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  • 23.
    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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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317512 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Johann Pachelbel,  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Kalafusz,  Gerald Finley,  Janet See,  Giovanni Scaramuzzino  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Europa Galante,  Seminario Musicale  ... 
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    Cavalli: La Virtu De’ Strali D’amore / Biondi, Nicotra, Bertagnolli, Sancho, Invernizzi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110614 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pier Francesco Cavalli
    Performer:  Donatella Lombardi,  Monica Piccinini,  Marco Scavazza,  Roberto Abbondanza  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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