Il Pomo d'Oro
The orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro was founded in 2012 with a special focus on opera, but it
remains equally committed to instrumental performance in various genres. The musicians of
this group are among the world's best, known for their authentic and vivid interpretation
on period instruments. Together with their primary conductor Maxim Emelyanychev, they form
an ensemble of outstanding quality that combines stylistic knowledge, high technical skill,
and artistic enthusiasm. The collaboration with violinist and conductor Riccardo Minasi led
to an award-winning first album of Vivaldi concertos. The ensemble's second recording,
featuring Vivaldi's "Per Pisendel" Violin Concerto with Dmitry Sinkovsky as soloist and
conductor, received a Diapason d'Or award. In 2012, Il Pomo d'Oro also recorded
three solo CDs under Mr. Minasi's direction with three countertenors: Max Emanuel Cencic,
Xavier Sabata, and Franco Fagioli. The album Arias for Caffarelli was awarded the
Choc de l'année in 2013 by French magazine Classica. Il Pomo d'Oro also released a
recording of concertos for two violins, with both Mr. Minasi and Mr. Sinkovsky.
In conjunction with a book project about Venetian gondolas by American writer Donna Leon,
Il Pomo d'Oro recorded a collection of early Venetian barcarole sung by Vincenzo Capezzuto.
In 2016, the ensemble recorded its first album with American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato,
In War and Peace, followed by a concert tour in Europe and the US conducted by Mr.
Emelyanychev. The musicians will also collaborate on upcoming recordings with Enrico Onofri
and the young Italian soprano Francesca Aspromonte.
Il Pomo d'Oro has recorded four complete operas: Handel's Tamerlano,
Ottone, and Partenope, and Vinci's Catone in Utica. The
ensemble's instrumental recordings include Haydn's concertos for harpsichord and violin,
and a violoncello recital with Edgar Moreau that includes works by Haydn, Boccherini,
Platti, Graziani, and Vivaldi. A new recording with Mr. Sinkovsky explores the repertoire
of baroque violin virtuosos, such as Locatelli, Tartini, Leclair, Pisendel, and others.
Dmitry Sinkovsky was groomed for an international career at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky
Conservatory, where he studied violin with Alexander Kirov, and the University of Zagreb's
Academy of Music, where he studied conducting with Tomislav Facini. While a student in
Moscow, curiosity led him to earlier repertoires. A meeting at that time with early-music
pioneer Gustav Leonhardt convinced him to change course and concentrate on historically
informed performance practice.
Mr. Sinkovsky has won prizes from the Premio Bonporti (International Baroque Violin
Competition) in Italy, the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, the
International Competition Musica Antiqua in Belgium, and the Austrian International H. I.
F. Biber Competition.
In 2007, after beginning a notable career as a violinist, Mr. Sinkovsky decided to pursue
his talent as a countertenor as well. He worked with vocal coaches Michael Chance, Marie
Daveluy, and Jana Ivanilova. His vocal repertoire includes roles from Handel operas and
oratorios (Rinaldo, Giulio Cesare, Silla, Arsace,
Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, Rodelinda, and
Ariodante); to Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice; Bach's Passions and cantatas;
and finally the serenatas and cantatas of Vivaldi, Leo, and Scarlatti. In 2014, he was
invited to perform eight highly acclaimed recitals in Sydney and Melbourne with the
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Mr. Sinkovsky regularly appears at the Göttingen
International Handel Festival, where he will be singing the title role in Silla,
accompanied by Ensemble 1700, this season.
As a conductor, Mr. Sinkovsky has collaborated with such groups as the Orquesta Nacional
de España, Seattle Symphony, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, B'Rock Orchestra, Klaipėda
Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, and Orchestra MusicAeterna. He heads the
ensemble La Voce Strumentale, which he founded in Moscow in 2011, and works with Baroque
orchestras that include Il Giardino Armonico, Accademia Bizantina, Il Pomo d'Oro, Casa da
Música, Concerto Köln, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Armonia Atenea, and Orquesta Barroca de
Sevilla. Between 2012 and 2015, he was a guest conductor for Il Complesso Barocco,
accompanying distinguished mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato on her concert tour for her album