Il Pomo d'Oro
Il Pomo d'Oro was founded in 2012 with a special focus on opera, but is equally committed
to instrumental performance in various forms. The musicians united in this group are among
the best to be found worldwide for authentic and vivid interpretation on period
instruments. They form an ensemble of outstanding quality, combining stylistic knowledge,
the highest technical skills, and artistic enthusiasm. Their collaboration with violinist
and conductor Riccardo Minasi led to an award-winning first recording; their second
recording, with Dmitry Sinkovsky as soloist and conductor, received a Diapason d'Or.
In 2012, Il Pomo d'Oro recorded three albums with three different countertenors:
Venezia with Max Emanuel Cencic, Bad Guys with Xavier Sabata, and
Arias for Caffarelli with Franco Fagioli--all under the direction of Mr. Minasi.
There is also a 2013 recording of Vivaldi's concertos for two violins, played and directed
by Mr. Minasi and Mr. Sinkovsky. In conjunction with Gondola, a book by American
writer Donna Leon, Il Pomo d'Oro recorded a collection of ancient Venetian barcaroles, sung
by Vincenzo Capezzuto. A compilation of arias from Handel's Agrippina--most of
them world premieres on CD--with Swedish mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg was released in 2015,
followed by Arie Napoletane, a collaboration with countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic
that was directed by Maxim Emelyanychev.
Il Pomo d'Oro has recorded four operas: Handel's Tamerlano, Partenope,
and Ottone; and Leonardo Vinci's Catone in Utica. Additional instrumental
recordings include Haydn's concertos for harpsichord and violin, co-directed by Mr.
Emelyanychev as harpsichord soloist and Mr. Minasi as violin soloist.
Il Pomo d'Oro performs in all of the most important venues and at all of the most
acclaimed festivals in Europe. In 2015, the ensemble accompanied Joyce DiDonato on her tour
of Asia and this season joins her on the recording and corresponding tour of In War
& Peace. There will also be tours of Handel's Partenope and
Rinaldo; concerts with Edgar Moreau, and Katia and Marielle Labèque; and return
visits to Carnegie Hall as part of La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian
Republic, a citywide festival in February.
Last January, Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev was appointed principal conductor of Il
Pomo d'Oro. In the future, the orchestra will also work with conductors Stefano Montanari
and George Petrou.
Maxim Emelyanychev is an outstanding representative of the rising generation of young
conductors. Born in 1988 to a family of musicians, he first studied conducting at the
Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, before continuing his education in the conducting class
of Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, and in the
fortepiano and harpsichord class of Maria Uspenskaya.
He is a prizewinner of numerous competitions, among them the International Hans von Bülow
Piano Competition (2012), International Competition Musica Antiqua (2010), and
International Volkonsky Harpsichord Competition (2010).
Mr. Emelyanychev made his conducting debut at the age of 12 and has since conducted both
Baroque and symphonic orchestras. In addition to Il Pomo d'Oro, he leads the Novosibirsk
Musica Aeterna Ensemble, and is the creator and leader of the Veritas chamber orchestra.
Last season, he conducted Il Pomo d'Oro in an outstanding concert performance of Handel's
Tamerlano in Hamburg, Vienna, and Cologne, as well as at Versailles.
He regularly collaborates with such renowned artists as Riccardo Minasi, Max Emanuel
Cencic, Xavier Sabata, Julia Lezhneva, Sophie Karthäuser, Franco Fagioli, Dmitry Sinkovsky,
Alexei Lubimov, and Teodor Currentzis.
Mr. Emelyanychev's international career includes appearances with the Sofia Sinfonietta,
Sinfonia Varsovia, and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, who invited him to conduct a
production of Don Giovanni at the Teatro de la Maestranza. He has also conducted the
Orquesta Nacional de España and the Real Filharmonía de Galicia.
Mr. Emelyanychev earned a Golden Mask--Russia's highest theater award--as harpsichordist
in a production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro by Perm Opera Theatre.