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Fabio Biondi

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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
Cavalli: La Virtu De’ Strali D’amore / Biondi, Nicotra, Bertagnolli, Sancho, Invernizzi
Release Date: 10/25/2011   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 2110614   Number of Discs: 2
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    Scarlatti: Carlo Re D'alemagna / Biondi, Invernizzi, Basso, Allemano, Kiellland
    Label: Agogique   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti
    Performer:  José Maria Lo Monaco,  Carlo Allemano,  Marina De Liso,  Romina Basso  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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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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    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,  Giovanni Porta,  Geminiano Giacomelli,  Giuseppe Maria Orlandini  ... 
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Anna Netrebko,  Nabil Suliman
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Alan Curtis,  Kazushi Ono,  Edoardo Müller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Lyon National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    The Voice / Philippe Jaroussky
    Label: Virgin Classics   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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  • 11.
    Vivaldi: L'oracolo In Messenia / Biondi, Genaux, Basso, Gottwald, Hallenberg
    Label: Virgin Classics   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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  • 13.
    Telemann: Quixotte & La Changeante / Biondi, Europa Galante
    Label: Agogique   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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  • 14.
    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,  David [Pipe Organ] Briggs,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque  ... 
    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: 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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    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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  • 18.
    Vivaldi: Best Loved Adagios
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84030 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  Janet See,  David Daniels,  Patrizia Ciofi  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Andrew Parrott,  Fabio Biondi,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Taverner Players,  Europa Galante
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  • 19.
    Moonlight Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82161 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Claude Debussy,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Sonia Maurer,  Giovanni Scaramuzzino  ... 
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Fabio Biondi,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Pierre Dervaux  ... 
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Bellini: Norma / Anderson, Barcellona, Biondi
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107235 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
    Performer:  June Anderson,  Shin Young-Hoon,  Ildar Abdrazakov,  Svetlana Ignatovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Festival Chorus,  Europa Galante
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  • 24.
    Opera 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 96666 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Caldara,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Edgaras Montvidas,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Kazushi Ono,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Antonio Pappano,  Eugene Kohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  L'arpeggiata
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    Classical 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97577 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gioachino Rossini,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Placido Domingo,  Joyce DiDonato,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Kohn,  Eduardo Müller,  Robert Prizeman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Quatuor Ebène
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