Fabio Biondi

Italian violinist and conductor (Palermo, 1961 -)

Before he became a baroque music star, Fabio Biondi was a child prodigy. His artistic career has led him towards a re-acknowledgement of the 18th-century Italian violin repertoire.

Fabio Biondi started playing violin at age 5 and revealed a particularly advanced talent from age 11,  playing his first concerts with the I Giovani Cameristi ensemble for RAI. He then started to perform with many baroque ensembles. He was first violinist and worked as an artistic advisor with the most prestigious musical ensembles including Philippe Herreweghe’s La Chapelle Royale, Les Musiciens du Louvre with Marc Minkowski, Hespèrion XX and La Capella Reial with Jordi Savall, Clemencic Consort with René Clemencic, Il Seminario musicale founded by Gérard Lesne. In 1981, he founded the Stendhal quartet on period instruments and became professor at the Conservatory of Parma.

In 1990, widely supported by the record label Opus 111, he created his own ensemble, L’Europa Galante, gathering about 15 musicians playing period instruments. If his performances were the result of musicological research based on ancient manuscripts, they were also further characterised by poetic research through virtuosity and dynamism. His recording of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi was not "just" another recording of this work. It shifted the perspective on one of the most recorded works of the repertoire. Vivaldi may have been at the core of his works, but Biondi's aim has been to breathe new life into the whole Italian repertoire: Scarlatti, Tartini, Caldara, Boccherini, and many more. To this day, Biondi has been playing on a Paolo Antonio Testore violin (Milan, 1750).

6 landmark dates in the life of Fabio Biondi :

• 1981:  Founded the Stendhal Quartet

• 1990: Created L’Europa Galante

• 1991: Recorded Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

• 1998: Recorded La Passione di Gesù Cristo Signor Nostro by Caldara

• 2002: Recorded Stabat Mater by Vivaldi

• 2006: Recorded Stabat Mater by Pergolesi

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Biography by Radio France (March 2014)