Diego Fasolis

Biography

Country: Switzerland  
Diego Fasolis is among the more important conductors associated with Baroque music and early music performance in general. He is primarily a choral conductor and is especially known for his interpretations of cantatas and other sacred works by J.S. Bach. His repertory also includes large chunks of the sacred outputs of Handel, Palestrina, Vivaldi, Buxtehude, and many other Baroque composers. But Fasolis has also led performances and recordings of Read more sacred music by Cherubini and Liszt and even the folk song arrangements of Beethoven. He is a multifaceted musician: as an organist he has been active and quite prolific in Europe in a range of repertory that includes the complete outputs of Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and Franck. In addition, the busy Fasolis has also composed film scores and works for organ and for voices with orchestra. He has made over 50 recordings that have appeared on a variety of labels, including EMI, Naxos, Chandos, Claves, Arts Music, Amadeus, Divox, and several others.

Born in Switzerland, Fasolis studied music at the Zurich Conservatory and the Zurich Musikhochschule. His most important teachers at these schools included Jürg Vintschger (piano), Erich Vollenwyder (organ), Carol Smith (voice), and Klaus Knall (conducting). Fasolis later studied organ in Paris with Gaston Litaize and had further instruction in Cremona with Michael Radulescu, who schooled him in early music performance.

Fasolis' first important post came in 1986 when he began a long relationship with the Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana (RTSI) as a musician and (part-time) conductor. In 1993 he was appointed permanent conductor there, a post that included oversight and conducting of several vocal and instrumental ensembles serving under the RTSI, among which was the Coro della Radio Svizzera.

In 1995 Fasolis founded Ensemble Vanitas in Lugano, a historic-instrument group largely devoted to Baroque repertory. He has remained the ensemble's principal conductor over the years. In 1998 Fasolis accepted the appointment of principal conductor of another historic-instrument ensemble committed to Baroque music, I Barocchisti.

In the new century Fasolis has remained active not only with I Barocchisti, but as a freelance conductor with several European ensembles, including the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala, the Berlin RIAS-Chamber Choir, and other groups in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Among Fasolis' more recent recordings are a pair of 2007 releases on the Arts Music label containing the Bach Brandenburg Concertos and the Tripelkonzert, BWV 1044. Read less
Galuppi: Il Mondo Alla Roversa / Fasolis, Et Al
Release Date: 09/25/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 676   Number of Discs: 2
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Gossec: Le Triomphe De La République / Fasolis, Et Al
Release Date: 05/23/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 727   Number of Discs: 1
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    Vinci: Artaserse /  Jaroussky, Fagioli, Cencic, Fasolis, Concerto Cologne
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 632323 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leonardo Vinci
    Performer:  Daniel Behle,  Valer Barna-Sabadus,  Max Emanuel Cencic,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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    Pergolesi: Stabat Mater / Philippe Jaroussky, Julia Lezhneva, Diego Fasolis
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 19147 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  Julia Lezhneva
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    Steffani: Danze & Ouvertures / Fasolis, I Barocchisti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001894802 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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    Steffani: Stabat Mater / Bartoli, Pregardien, Fasolis
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001894702 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Salvatore Vitale,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Daniel Behle,  Franco Fagioli  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swiss Radio Chorus,  I Barocchisti
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    Mission / Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001769159 Release Date: 12/18/2012  
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Rosario Conte,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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    Mission / Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti [DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001769009 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Rosario Conte,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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    Lugano Concertos / Martha Argerich [Limited Edition 4-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725602 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francis Poulenc,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Alexandre Gurning,  Paul Gulda,  Rico Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Erasmo Capilla,  Alexander Vedernikov,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus,  Lugano Percussion Group
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    Vinci: Artaserse / Fasolis, Jaroussky, Cencic, Behle, Fagioli
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2869 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leonardo Vinci
    Performer:  Franco Fagioli,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Max Emanuel Cencic,  Valer Barna-Sabadus  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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    Mission / Cecilia Bartoli
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742002 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Rosario Conte,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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    Mission / Cecilia Bartoli, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti [Deluxe Limited Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742002 Release Date: 10/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agostino Steffani
    Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli,  Rosario Conte,  Philippe Jaroussky
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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  • 12.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Fasolis, Sonatori De La Gioiosa Marca
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94359 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Roberta Invernizzi,  Gloria Banditelli,  Lynne Dawson,  Christoph Prégardien  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus,  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass In B Minor, Easter & Christmas Oratorios / Cleobury, Fasolis, Schweizer
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94382 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael George,  Martyn Hill,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Diego Fasolis,  Rolf Schweizer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus  ... 
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    Arde El Furor Intrepido
    Label: Obs (Classical)   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan Frances de Iribarren,  Jayme Torrens,  Ernest Torrence
    Performer:  Maria Espada,  José Hernández-pastor
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Symphony Orchestra
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    Opera 2012
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 70954 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Joyce DiDonato,  Rolando Villazón,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Dan Ettinger,  Kazushi Ono,  Marcello Viotti  ... 
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    Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium / Lynn Dawson, Bernhard Landauer, Charles Daniels, Klaus Mertens
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94275 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Bernhard Landauer,  Klaus Mertens,  Charles Daniels
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
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    Monteverdi: Vespers / Fasolis, Concerto Palatino, I Barocchisti
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94252 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Marinella Pennicchi,  Anna Simboli,  Fabian Schofrin,  Roberto Balconi  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus,  More Antiquo Ensemble  ... 
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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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  • 19.
    Vivaldi: Il Farnace / Fasolis, Cencic, Hallenberg , Gauvin, Behle, Maniaci, Nesi
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 70914 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Emiliano Gonzales Toro,  Ruxandra Donose,  Daniel Behle,  Ann Hallenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
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  • 20.
    Best Handel 50
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 70822 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Jane Gilchrist,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Joyce DiDonato,  Max Emanuel Cencic  ... 
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Alan Curtis,  Diego Fasolis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco,  I Barocchisti,  Seminario Musicale
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    Liszt - His Life & Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558214-15 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Kemal Gekic,  Oxana Yablonskaya,  Diego Fasolis,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Crivellaro,  Michael Halász,  Diego Fasolis
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  • 22.
    Furstenau: Masonic Music
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 8002 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Caspar Fürstenau
    Performer:  Aldo Martinoni,  Mario Carbotta
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Chorus
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    Vivaldi: Arie Per Tenore / Topi Lehtipuu, Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30504 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Topi Lehtipuu
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti,  Swiss Radio Chorus
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  • 24.
    Bach Edition - Complete Works Of J. S. Bach
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94050 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 157
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christine Schornsheim,  Dmitri Sitkovetsky,  Menno Van Delft,  Mark Lubotsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Robert Haydon Clark,  Burkhard Glaetzner,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion,  Consort of London,  Leipzig New Bach Collegium Musicum  ... 
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    Handel: Mezzo-Soprano Opera Arias / Max Emanuel Cencic
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 94574 Release Date: 04/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Barocchisti
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