Fabio Biondi

Fabio Biondi © Emile Ashley

Fabio Biondi’s work has incorporated repertoire spanning three centuries. On his quest for an ‘original language’ through period performance, he interprets  globally known works and also commits to researching and illuminating lesser-known masterpieces.

In 1990, following extensive work with specialist ensembles including Les Musiciens du Louvre and The English Concert, Biondi founded “Europa Galante”, which quickly became the foremost Italian period ensemble. With Baroque, Classical and early Romantic repertoire, they performed at leading international festivals and stages including the Berlin Pierre Boulez Saal, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wiener Konzerthaus, Enescu Festival and Edinburgh International Festival.

Biondi’s conducts and directs modern symphony and chamber orchestras from the violin. Recent and future highlights include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Torino, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Mahler Chamber orchestras and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. He was Artistic Director for Baroque Music at the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra for eleven years until 2016.  In November 2021, he will make his debut with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB).

Biondi’s passion for opera takes him to major houses including the Opernhaus Zürich, Berlin’s Staatsoper unter den Linden and in 2020 to the Grand Théâtre de Genève for Luk Perceval’s new production of Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”. He was Music Director of Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (2015–18). As a violinist, he performed in recitals across the world including at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid and Cité de la Musique.

His broad discography on Warner Classics, Virgin and Glossa has earned Biondi numerous awards, including the Diapason d’Or de l’Année and Choc de Musique; his widely acclaimed recording with Europa Galante of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” was named Disc of the Year by organizations in over five countries. His recent recording of ‘Paganini Sonatas for Violin and Guitar’ was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine.

Biondi has been an academician of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2011, he was named in 2015 an Officer of the National Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture, and in 2019 was awarded the medal of Courage and Veracity by the Polish Government, in recognition of outstanding cultural achievements. He plays an Andrea Guarneri and a 1766 Carlo Ferdinando Gagliano, owned by his teacher Maestro Salvatore Cicero and kindly lent to him by the Salvatore Cicero Foundation in Palermo, where he was born.