Recognized as one of the premier baroque ensembles in the world, Italy’s Venice Baroque Orchestra brings an all-Italian program, celebrating the rich musical history of their homeland. The Orchestra joins with Grammy nominated mandolinist Avi Avital who is hailed as “explosively charismatic” (New York Times). The Orchestra receives wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout the world and has appeared in more cities in the United States than any other Baroque orchestra in history.
VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Recognized as one of the premier baroque ensembles in the world, the Venice Baroque Orchestra tours throughout the world to wide critical acclaim. Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, under Mr. Marcon’s leadership, the VBO has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s Atenaide, Andromeda liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La morte d’Adone and Il trionfo della poesia e della musica, and Boccherini’s La Clementina. With Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Orchestra has staged Cimarosa’s L’Olimpiade, Handel’s Siroe, and Galuppi’s L’Olimpiade, and reprised Siroe in its first full staging in the U.S. (New York). Seen worldwide through television specials by the BBC, ARTE, NTR (Netherlands), and NHK, the Orchestra is also the subject of three recent video recordings. Additionally, the Orchestra’s performances were featured on Swiss TV in the documentary film Vivaldi in Venice.
Recipient of numerous awards including the Diapason d’Or, Echo Award, and the Edison Award, the orchestra has also received a Grammy nomination for its release of Philippe Jaroussky in Porpora arias. The orchestra’s latest recording of Vivaldi concertos was with mandolinist Avi Avital and released by Deutsche Grammophon. The orchestra has a long history of recording unknown works including the world-premiere recording of Andromeda liberata for DG followed by violin concertos with Giuliano Carmignola. Additionally, the VBO has released Vivaldi sinfonias and concertos, arias by Handel, Bach and Italian composers, as well as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos.
The Venice Baroque Orchestra is supported by Fondazione Cassamarca in Treviso.
“There’s a wildness in Vivaldi’s music that makes it so exciting, a sense of barely controlled fury in his huge, cascading waves of sound. But there’s also a heart-breaking vulnerability at its core, and the Venice players balanced them to perfection.” — Washington Post
AVI AVITAL, mandolin
The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Avi Avital is one of the foremost ambassadors for his instrument. Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (New York Times) in live performance, he is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. More than 90 contemporary compositions, 15 of them concertos, have been written for him, while his inspired re-imaginings of music for other instruments include the arrangements heard on his 2014 recording Between Worlds. Enhanced by his infectious spirit of adventure and the warm rapport he fosters with his audience, Avital’s championship of his instrument is taking the mandolin centre stage. Avital’s inspired music-making has electrified audiences in performances around the London’s Wigmore and Royal Albert Halls, the Berlin Philharmonie, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana, Paris Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, and New York’s Carnegie Hall, and is a favorite on the international circuit, having appeared at the Aspen, Salzburg, Tanglewood, and Spoleto festivals amongst others.
Avi Avital shares that “The exciting part of being a classical mandolin player is that it opens a wide field for creative freedom. When I commission new pieces and engage with different musical styles, I feel that I am bringing to light new faces of this unique instrument, uncovering what is hiding there.”