Founded in 1984, Concerto Italiano's history overlaps with that of the revival of early
music in Italy. Monteverdi, Bach, and Vivaldi have been the primary composers over which
the group has been able to renew the language of ancient music, revealing new aesthetics
and rhetorical aspects. The ensemble has appeared throughout Europe, as well as across the
world in such cities as Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo,
New York, and Washington, DC.
Concerto Italiano has been recently involved in the complete Monteverdi opera cycle at La
Scala in Milan and the Palais Garnier in Paris. In 2016, the ensemble made its debut in
Australia and New Zealand, performing Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine. The
group has also been touring with the RIAS Kammerchor in a monumental program of roman
sacred music and Alessandro Scarlatti's oratorio Cain, overo Il primo omicidio. In
2017, Concerto Italiano will be performing works by Monteverdi--Vespro della Beata
Vergine, Orfeo, and L'incoronazione di Poppea--all over the world,
including stops in China, Japan, and Australia, as well as US and European cities.
Concerto Italiano records exclusively for Naïve. Recent releases include Monteverdi's
Orfeo and Madrigals of War and Love, Book VIII; a collection of sacred
music by Alessandro Scarlatti; and Bach's Brandenburg Concertos (hailed by BBC Music
Magazine as the best version ever recorded). The impressive array of critical awards
received for these recordings--from Gramophone to Diapason and many other
authorities--confirms the outstanding quality of Concerto Italiano's performances.
This April, Naïve will release Concerto Italiano's newest recording of works by
Monteverdi, Night: Stories of Lovers and Warriors, conducted by Rinaldo
Founder and artistic director of Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini is considered to
be one of the leading experts in interpreting Baroque works. He has also dedicated himself
to the symphonic repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries. A frequent guest conductor, he
has led orchestras in Europe, the US, Canada, and Japan, including the San Francisco
Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National du
Capitole de Toulouse, and Freiburger Barockorchester.
Recent opera highlights include Don Giovanni
at Bergen National Opera, Giulio Cesare at Opéra de Toulon, Orlando at
Welsh National Opera and Semperoper Dresden, Le nozze di Figaro at Norwegian
National Opera in Oslo, Così fan tutte at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, as
well as concerts with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Munich Radio Orchestra, Deutsches
Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Filarmonica Toscanini, and RIAS Kammerchor, with which he was
conductor-in-residence during the 2015-2016 season.
In 2016-2017, Mr. Alessandrini conducts the Munich Radio Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra
(Austria), hr-Sinfonieorchester, the ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe,
and Concerto Italiano.
His extensive discography includes Italian and German repertoire, which has earned him the
Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d'Or, and Preis der Deutschen
In addition to his activities as a conductor, Rinaldo Alessandrini performs as an
organist, cembalist, and pianist. He is a member of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana and
was appointed Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2003. He is also the
artistic director of the Purtimiro Festival in Lugo, Italy.