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Giovanni  Antonini

Giovanni Antonini

Giovanni  Antonini

*1965 Mediolan

An Italian conductor and virtuoso of the recorder and Baroque transverse flute. Born in Milan, he studied in his home town and at the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva. Co-founder and artistic director of the legendary Il Giardino Armonico, he has appeared with that ensemble as conductor and soloist in Europe, South America, Australia, the US, Canada, Japan and Malaysia. He has also performed with such artists as Cecilia Bartoli, Isabelle Faust, Viktoria Mullova, Giuliano Carmignola, Giovanni Sollima, Sol Gabetta, Katia and Marielle Labèque and Kristian Bezuidenhout. Highly regarded for his interpretations of Classical and Baroque repertoire, Antonini has worked as a guest conductor with such excellent orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam, Tonhalle Orchester in Zurich, Mozarteum Orchester in Salzburg, Orquesta Nacional de España and Leipzig Gewandhausorchester. He has conducted Alcina at Milan's La Scala, Guilio Cesare in Egitto and Norma at the Salzburger Festspiele and also Alcina and Le nozze di Figaro at the Opernhaus Zürich. His rich discography contains many recordings with Il Giardino Armonico, including instrumental works on Teldec, such as Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and works by Biber, Locke and Italian composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; in recent years, he has recorded with his ensemble for Decca Classics, Harmonia Mundi and Alpha Classics (Outhere Music Group). He conducted Bellini's Norma released on Decca Classics and with the Kammerorchester Basel recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies for Sony BMG (eight released thus far). Since 2013, he has been artistic director of the Wratislavia Cantans festival. He is also artistic and musical director of the prestigious project Haydn2032, as part of which he is planning to record for Alpha Classics all the Haydn symphonies with Il Giardino Armonico and the Kammerorchester Basel.



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