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
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.