Rinaldo Alessandrini

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 among 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, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Rome Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfónica Ciudad de Granada, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Orchestra della Toscana, Toscanini Orchestra, Orchestra of Radio France Montpellier, Opéra de Bordeaux, Oviedo Symphony Orchestra, Opéra National de Lyon, Munich Radio Orchestra, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Liverpool Royal Philharmonic, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Washington Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra (Chile), Toulouse Capitol National Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Turin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Tonkunstler Orchestra in Vienna.

His recent engagements as opera conductor have included Handel’s “Orlando” at Welsh National Opera and at Semperoper in Dresden, Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” at Berliner Philharmonie and at BOZAR in Brussels, Mozart’s “La finta semplice”, Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” and Mozart’s “Le Figaro” in Oslo and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in Liège. He has also conducted the complete Monteverdi cycle at La Scala and Opéra national de Paris directed by Bob Wilson.

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 five 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 Franco Abbiati. He has been the editor for the editions of Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” and “Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria” at Baerenreiter Verlag.