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LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Il Giardino Armonico

Giovanni Antonini, conductor and flute

RécitalEaster programme

The long-awaited return to Lugano of one of the greatest Baroque groups in recent years.

Giovanni Antonini conductor and flute
Stefano Barneschi violin
Marco Bianchi violin
Paolo Beschi cello
Riccardo Doni harpsichord

Si suona a Napoli
Works by Andrea Falconieri, Pietro Marchitelli, Nicola FiorenzaAlessandro Scarlatti, Francesco Mancini, etc.

Il Giardino Armonico
Founded in 1985 and conducted by Giovanni Antonini, it has long been established as one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles, bringing together musicians from some of Europe’s leading music institutions.
The ensemble’s repertory is mainly focused on the 17th and 18th centuries. Depending on the demands of each programme, the group will consist of anywhere from 3 to 35 musicians.
After many years as exclusive group of Teldec Classics, achieving several major awards for their recordings of works by Vivaldi and other 18th century composers, the group has signed in 2008 an exclusive recording agreement with DECCA/L’Oiseau-Lyre.
In 2009 a new cooperation with Cecilia Bartoli lead to the project Sacrificium, including il Giardino Armonico’s last Decca recording (awarded the Platinum Disc in France and Belgium within the first three months) and a long European tour.
Their CD of Vivaldi’s opera Ottone in Villa, released by Naive, was awarded with the Diapason d’Or in January 2011.
Il Giardino Armonico’s last recording, the CD Alleluja, with young soprano Julia Lezhneva, released by Decca in march 2013, has been unanimously acclaimed by public and critics.
Il Giardino Armonico is regularly invited to festivals all over the world, performing in the most important concert halls, and has received the highest acclaim both for their concerts and for their staged opera productions, like Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Handel’s Agrippina, Il Trionfo del Tempo del Disinganno and La Resurrezione, Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa and, most recently, Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare, during last editions of Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festival.

Giovanni Antonini
Born in Milan, he studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica and at the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva. He is a founder member of the Baroque ensemble “il Giardino Armonico”, which he has led since 1989. With this ensemble he has appeared as conductor and soloist on the recorder and Baroque transverse flute in Europe, United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Japan and Malaysia.
He has performed with many prestigious artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Isabel Faust, Viktoria Mullova, Giuliano Carmignola, Giovanni Sollima, Sol Gabetta, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Kristian Bezuidenhout.
Antonini’s achievements have led him to be in great demand as a guest conductor with many of the leading orchestras. He is a regular guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouworkest, Tonhalle Orchester, Mozarteum Orchester, Orquesta Nacional de España, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester.
His opera productions have included Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Handel’s “Alcina” at Teatro alla Scala in Milano; he conducted “Alcina” again in the 2013/14 season at the Zurich Opera. In 2012 he conducted Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” with Cecilia Bartoli at the famous Salzburg Festival.
Since 2013 Giovanni Antonini has been the Artistic Director of the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans in Wrocław (Poland). As one of the most important classical music festivals in Europe, Wratislavia Cantans concerts feature world-famous artists of classical music every year and attract music lovers to the historical venues of Wroclaw and Lower Silesia.

At 19.00
Pre-concert introduction & dialogue with Enrico Parola and Etienne Reymond, reservation required