Venice Baroque Orchestra

Biography

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognised as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance.

  • The Orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Japan.
  • Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, the VBO has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s Atenaide and Andromeda Liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La Morte d’Adone and Il Trionfo della Poesia e della Musica.
  • With Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Orchestra staged Handel’s Siroe in 2000, followed by equally successful stagings of Cimarosa’s L’Olimpiade in 2001 and Galuppi’s L’Olimpiade in 2006. The Orchestra reprised Siroe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in its first full staging in the United States. In Spain in 2009, the VBO gave the modern-day premiere of Boccherini’s La Clementina.
  • The VBO has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. Their world premiere recording of Andromeda Liberata for DGG was followed by two recordings of violin concertos with Giuliano Carmignola; an album of Vivaldi symphonies and concertos for strings; Vivaldi motets and arias with soprano Simone Kermes, two discs with Magdalena Kožená— Handel arias and Vivaldi arias, and Vivaldi concertos for two violins with Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola.
  • Their latest album is of Italian arias with Patricia Petibon. The Orchestra’s earlier discography on Sony includes The Four Seasons, two albums of previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos, Locatelli violin concertos, and a collection of Bach arias featuring Angelika Kirchschlager.

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For its recordings, the Orchestra has been honoured with the Diaspason D’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Echo Award and the Edison Award.

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