The Concerto Italiano ensemble was founded 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 early music. In 33 years of their artistic activitiy, Concerto Italiano have become one of the most acclaimed early music ensembles in the world.
Concerto Italiano have appeared on many festivals and events around the world: in Utrecht, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Leuven, London, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Glasgow, Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Sevilla, San Sebastián, Salamanca, Santander, Oslo, Bergen, Vantaa, Turku, Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Montpellier, Metz, Ambronay, Saintes, Cologne, Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Rome, Milan, Ravenna, Ferrara, Turin, Spoleto, Palermo, Perugia, Bologna, Naples, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Warsaw, Krakow, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Washington and Tokyo.
Concerto Italiano has been recently involved in the complete Monteverdi opera cycle at La Scala (Milan) and Opéra Garnier (Paris) with the stage director Bob Wilson.
In 2016, Concerto Italiano made their debut in Australia and New Zealand performing Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610”. The group has also been touring together with RIAS Kammerchor with a monumental program of Roman sacred music and Scarlatti’s oratorio. In 2017, they performed Monteverdi’s music all over the world, including “Vespers of 1610”, “L’Orfeo” and “L'incoronazione di Poppea”, among others in China and Japan, Australia, New York (debut concert at Carnegie Hall) and many European cities.
Concerto Italiano records for Naïve. Recent releases include Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo”, a collection of sacred music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Monteverdi’s complete eight book of madrigals, “Brandeburg Concertos” by Bach, Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610” 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 17th and 18th century music. These include among others: five Gramophone Awards, ten Diapasons d’Or and two Diapason d’Or de l’année, two Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, many Repertoire awards, Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Cannes Classical Award, Le Monde’s Disques de l’Année 1995 and 1997, Premio Internazionale del Disco Antonio Vivaldi, the Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Academie du Disque and Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, Prix Caecilia and Amadeus Austrian Music Award.
The “Brandenburg Concertos” recording has been awarded by “BBC Music Magazine” as the best version ever recorded. The group has been also awarded in Italy with the Premio Abbiati in 2003.