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.
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.
Maxim Emelyanychev is among the new generation of conductors. He comes from a family of
professional musicians and began his music studies in his hometown of Novgorod, Russia,
where he concentrated on conducting and piano. He went on to study orchestral conducting at
the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, also focusing on harpsichord and fortepiano, as
well as Baroque cornetto, on which he performs with Moscow's Alta Capella Ensemble. As a
harpsichordist, he has worked with Maria Uspenskaya, Johann Sonnleitner, Zvi Meniker, and
Bart van Oort.
Mr. Emelyanychev has won several grants and scholarships from such organizations as the
Rostropovich Fund and the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation. He has also
been a prizewinner at a number of competitions and festivals, including the 2010
International Competition Musica Antiqua in Belgium.
As a conductor, he has worked with many orchestras in Russia, including the Veritas Youth
Orchestra, which he also founded.
Mr. Emelyanychev has worked with Musica Aeterna and Teodor Currentzis, as well as with Il
Pomo d'Oro, since 2011. In 2014, he conducted Il Pomo d'Oro's performance of Handel's opera
Tamerlano in Versailles, Hamburg, Vienna, and Cologne. He also will conduct
recitals with soloists Katia and Marielle Labèque, Max Emanuel Cencic, Xavier Sabata, and