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Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini

Leave it to the Italians to teach us about beauty. Concerto Italiano’s performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers for the Blessed Virgin was all about effortlessly flowing beautiful singing. (The West Australian)

Concerto Italiano was born in 1984. Its history overlaps with that of the revival of early music in Italy. Monteverdi, Bach and Vivaldi were the main pins over which the group has been able to renew the language of ancient music, revealing completely a new aesthetic and rhetorical aspects. After 33 years the recordings of Concerto Italiano are still considered by critics and public, versions of reference, reflecting the definitive meaning that the group has been able to give to his efforts and his achievements.
Concerto Italiano have appeared in Utrecht (Oude Muziek Festival), Rotterdam (De Doelen, De Singel), Antwerpen e Leuven (Flandern Festival), London (Lufthansa Festival, Queen Elisabeth Hall), Edimburgh (Edimburgh Festival) Aldeburgh, Glasgow, Wien (Konzerthaus), Graz (Styriarte), Innsbruck, Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Bruxelles (Festival de Wallonie, Flandern Festival, Societè Philarmonique), Madrid (Liceo de Camara), Barcelona (Festival de Musica Antigua, Palau de la Musica), Valencia, Bilbao, Sevilla, S.Sebastian, Salamanca, Santander, Oslo (Chamber Music Festival), Bergen, Vantaa, Turku, Paris (Citè de la Musique, Theatre de la Ville, Theatre des Champs Elysèes), Beaune, Lyon, Montpellier (Festival de Radio France), Metz (Arsenal), Ambronay, Saintes, Chase-Dieux, Köln (Conservatorio e WDR),  Stuttgart, Darmstadt,  Roma (Accademia di S. Cecilia, Accademia Filarmonica Romana), Milano (Musica e Poesia a S. Maurizio), Ravenna, Ferrara, Torino, Spoleto (Festival dei Due Mondi), Palermo (Festival Scarlatti), Perugia, Bologna (Bologna Festival), Napoli (Teatro S. Carlo e Associazione Scarlatti), Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Gerusalemme, Warsaw, Krakow, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), Rio de Janeiro (Teatro S. Paolo), New York (Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center), Washington (Library of Congress) Tokyo,
Concerto Italiano has been recently involved in the complete Monteverdi opera cycle at La Scala (Milano) and Opera Garnier (Paris) during 2009/2016 with the stage director Bob Wilson.

Concerto Italiano made in 2016 his debut in Australia and New Zealand performing Monteverdi Vespers. The group has also been touring with RIAS Kammerchor a monumental program of roman sacred music and A. Scarlatti oratorio “Caino”. In 2017 they will be touring Monteverdi music all over the world, performing 1610 Vespers, Orfeo and Poppea, including China and Japan, Australia, New York (debut concert at Carnegie Hall) and many European cities.

Concerto Italiano record for Naïve. Recent releases include Monteverdi Orfeo,  a collection of sacred music by A.Scarlatti, Monteverdi complete Eight Book and Bach Brandeburg  Concertos. Monteverdi 1610 Vespers and Selva Morale e Spirituale. The impressive array of critical awards received for these recordings confirms the outstanding quality of their performances, now recognised as a unique force in the interpretation of seventeenth and eighteenth century music.  These include 5 Gramophone Awards (the only Italian ensemble to have been thus honoured), 10 Diapasons d’Or and 2 Diapason d’Or de l’année, 2 Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, 12 10 de Rèpertoire awards,  9 Choc de la Musique – including the Choc de l’année, the Cannes Classical Award – Disque de l’Annèe, Le Monde’s Disques de l’Année 1995 and 1997, Premio Vivaldi (Fondazione Cini), the Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Academie de Disque and Grand Prix de l’Academie Charles Cros, Prix Caecilia and Amadeus’ Disco dell’anno 1998.

Bach Brandenburg Concertos recording has been awarded by BBC Musica Magazine as the best version ever recorded.
The group has been also awarded in Italy with the Premio Abbiati in 2003.



In addition to his activities as Founder-Director of Concerto Italiano, RINALDO ALESSANDRINI is renowned as a recitalist on the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ, and is considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Monteverdi worldwide. His profound knowledge and love of the Italian repertoire is naturally reflected in programmes in which he seeks to reproduce the essential, but often elusive, expressive and cantabile elements so fundamental to Italian music in the 17th and 18th centuries.

He has performed in Japan, Canada, USA and throughout Europe, and is in increasing demand by the world’s leading orchestras: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Freiburger Barockorchester, Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Italian Radio Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Ciudad de Granada, the Orchestra of the Spoleto Festival, Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Orchestra Toscanini, Orchestra of Montpellier Radio France,  Orchestra of Bordeaux Opera House, Oviedo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Lyon Opera House,  Munich Radio Orchestra, Koeln Radio Orchestra, Copenhagen Radio Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra,   Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra, Liverpool Royal Philarmonic, Orchestra Haydn Bolzano, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Washington Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, Orchestra of Santiago Opera House (Chile), Capitole Orchestra in Toulouse, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Basel Kammerorchester, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Italian Radio Orchestra, Genéve Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philarmonich Orchestra.

Recent engagements as an opera conductor include Mozart Entfuerung in Cardiff and Strasbourg, Galuppi “Inimico delle donne” in Liege, Handel “Semele” in Toronto, Gluck “Orfeo” in Oslo
He has also conduct and direct a new production of Poppea in Salamanca.

He is conducting complete the complete Monteverdi cycle at La Scala, with several opera and concert productions in  Paris (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Bergen (Don Giovanni), Napoli (Jommelli, L’isola disabitata), Sao Paulo (Mozart, Requiem), Liege (Don Giovanni), Oslo (Nozze di Figaro) Lyon National Orchestra,  Toulon (Handel, Giulio Cesare), Muenchen Radio Orchestra (Mozart, La finta semplice), DSO Berlin, Hamburg Symphoniker…..

His recordings (for Opus 111, Astrèe, Arcana, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) include not only Italian music, but Bach and his contemporaries as well. He has garnered the highest critical plaudits including three Gramophone Awards, two Grand Prix du Disque, three Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Prix Caecilia, the Premio Cini and four Midem Awards in Cannes.

Rinaldo Alessandrini was nominated Chevalier dans l’ordre des Artes et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and together with Concerto Italiano he was awarded the Italian music critics’ prestigious Premio Abbiati.  He has been the editor for the editions of Monteverdi Orfeo and Ulisse at  Baerenreiter.


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