Europa Galante has performed in many of the world's major concert halls and theaters,
including La Scala in Milan, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in
Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in
Vienna, Lincoln Center, and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has toured throughout
Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, the US, and South America.
Europa Galante's repertoire includes works by Handel, Vivaldi, and Scarlatti, as well as
instrumental works of the 18th century and chamber works that include string sonatas by
17th-century Italian composers. The ensemble often collaborates with the Fondazione
Musicale Santa Cecilia in Rome, and has rediscovered such little-known 18th-century Italian
operas as Antonio Caldara's La passione di Gesù Cristo, Leonardo Leo's
Sant'Elena al Calvario, and Francesco di Mayo's Gesù sotto il peso della
croce. The ensemble recently presented Francesco Geminiani's La foresta
incantata alongside an animated film by Mr. Biondi and director Davide
Ever since the release of its first record dedicated to Vivaldi concertos, Europa Galante
has received worldwide recognition, gaining an impressive list of awards in its first five
years. After working with the French record company Opus 111, the ensemble now collaborates
exclusively with Virgin Classics, a partnership that has lasted 15 years. The ensemble has
been nominated twice for a Grammy Award, first in 2004 for a CD of Vivaldi's Concerti
con molti strumenti and in 2006 for its recording of Vivaldi's Bajazet.
This season, Europa Galante tours Europe (including Switzerland, Romania, Poland, France,
and Spain), Asia, and the US with instrumental and vocal repertoire, such as Handel's
Imeneo, Veracini's opera Adriano in Siria, and Donizetti's Anna
Bolena. Europa Galante is the resident orchestra of Fondazione Teatro Due in
Born in Palermo, Fabio Biondi began his international career at age 12, performing his
first solo concert with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra. At age 16, he was invited by
the Musikverein of Vienna to perform Bach's violin concertos. Since then, he has performed
with ensembles that include Cappella Real, Musica Antiqua Wien, Il Seminario Musicale, La
Chapelle Royale, and Les Musiciens du Louvre, all of which specialize in the performance of
Baroque music using original techniques and instruments.
In 1990, Mr. Biondi founded Europa Galante. They have since been invited to perform at the
most important festivals and concert halls around the world, from La Scala in Milan to the
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in
Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New
York, and the Sydney Opera House.
The ensemble's first recording with Mr. Biondi, featuring Vivaldi's concertos, was awarded
the Premio Cini of Venice and the Choc de la Musique, and was soon followed by many more
honors, including five Diapason d'Or awards and one Diapason d'Or de l'Année, and record of
the year nominations in many countries. In 2006, their recording of Vivaldi's opera
Bajazet was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Mr. Biondi's varied discography includes Vivaldi's Four Seasons; Corelli's
concerti grossi; oratorios, serenatas, and operas by Scarlatti; Handel operas; and works by
Veracini, Vivaldi, Locatelli, Tartini, as well as sonatas by Bach, Schubert, and Schumann.
Mr. Biondi has collaborated as soloist and conductor with such orchestras as the Accademia
Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, European Union Baroque
Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Halle Opera, Zurich Chamber Orchestra,
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, and Mahler Chamber
Orchestra, among others. In addition, he has performed in duo recitals with piano,
harpsichord, or fortepiano at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Cité de la musique in
Paris, Hogi Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, and Wigmore Hall in London.
Since 2005, Mr. Biondi has served as artistic director for Baroque music of the Stavanger
Symphony Orchestra. Since 2011, he has taught at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Mr. Biondi plays an Andrea Guarneri violin (Cremona, 1686) and a 1766 Carlo Ferdinando
Gagliano violin, which is owned by his teacher, Salvatore Cicero, and kindly lent to him by
the Salvatore Cicero Foundation in Palermo.