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Fabio Biondi is an Italian violinist and conductor. He is one of the most important and influential figures when it comes to Baroque period-instruments. He studied the violin before making his concerto debut with the Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra when he was only twelve years old. He gave his first recital on a Baroque violin in Vienna’s Musikverein when he was sixteen and went on to work with highly acclaimed groups including La Capella Royalel, Musica Antiqua Vienna and Il Seminario musicale, before founding his own ensemble, Europa Galante, in 1989.
With Fabio Biondi as violinist and director, Europa Galante’s performances of Italian Baroque music in particular rapidly established them as one of the foremost ensembles in the world. Biondi’s desire to free period performance of stifling convention and musicological dogma has resulted in some of the most spontaneous and impassioned performances of this inexhaustible repertoire in modern times.
Europa Galante offers concert programmes ranging from chamber music to cantatas, involving between four and thirty musicians. The ensemble has performed the world premieres of Leonardo Leo's Sant' Elena al Calvario and Alessandro Scarlatti's Massimo Puppieno and Clori, Dorino e Amore.
Fabio Biondi’s recordings with Europa Galante are internationally acclaimed. The group’s many prestigious awards include the Académie Charles Cros, Diapason d'Or de l'Année, Prix RTL and Grand Prix du Discophile. ‘Listening to these performances [of L'estro armonico for Virgin]’, reported Gramophone magazine,‘I once again felt some of the thrill and excitement that affected me on hearing this music for the very first time, in the mid-1950s. It’s wonderful stuff, rejuvenating and immensely satisfying.’