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Enrico ONOFRI, Conductor & Violonist

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Founder and conductor, Imaginarium
Principal guest conductor, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla

A fascinating performance made of flexibility, precision, sound and fantasy (…) Onofri (…) gave us more than an interpretation, he played a music game, experimenting at every time, being amazing at every bar. - Diario de Sevilla

Onofri and Labeque sisters electrifying public at Festival Mozart
Enrico Onofri conducts without baton, with gesture more easy-going than nervous, and quick fast tempos which underline his historic way of performing. The Galicia Symphonic Orchestra, last Saturday has been one more time the best instrument for Mozart’s music. Playing with great precision, many colours and musicality, they did their best version of Symphony n°40. Onofri was able to take out all dramas from the score, since first modulations of the molto allegro.
- El Pais

Enrico Onofri’s vivid, refined and stylistically irreproachable direction at the head of the Lyon Opera Orchestra, celebrated in the pit the sacred union of music and drama. - Le Monde

Born in Ravenna, Italy, Enrico starts his career as concertmaster of Jordi Savall’s Capella Real then with renowned groups such as Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaiques, Concerto Italiano, Il Giardino Armonico. From 2004 to 2013 he is principal conductor of Divino Sospiro and, since 2006, principal guest conductor with Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. He is the founder of the remarkable Imaginarium Ensemble.

Soon after his conductor’s debuts in 2002 to great critical acclaim, he received invitations from numerous festivals and orchestras in many prestigious venues throughout the world.

His 2016-17 season includes invitations by the Ambronay Festival (with Imaginarium and Philippe Jaroussky), with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, the Camerata Bern, the Basel Kammerorchester. He appears in Madrid, Budapest, in Japan for a tour with Kanazawa Ensemble and, in November 2016, he embarks into a 3-year collaboration with the Bochumer Symphoniker, including three different programmes every year.

Enrico is also a sought after opera conductor: Glück Orfeo ed Euridice (2015) at Opera de Lyon, Lucio Silla at Halle Haendel Festival (2015 & 2016). In August 2016, he conducts the world premiere of the comic opera Le Nozze in Sogno by Cesti at Innsbruck Festival of Early Music

In 2017-18 Onofri conducts a tour of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, l’Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, l’Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana and l’Orchestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. The orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro invites him to conduct an instrumental recording (Warner Classics/Erato), which leads to future concerts tours and a recording with Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Many of Enrico’s recordings have received international acclaim and awards, such as the October 2016 Diapason d’or attributed to the Volume II of Corelli’s Sonatas op V.

Enrico Onofri is also professor of baroque violin and baroque music interpretation at the Conservatorio Bellini in Palermo. He has been invited to give master classes throughout Italy, Europe and Japan; he’s been tutor and invited conductor with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and, in 2015, the Juilliard School invited him to teach a master class in New York.

2016-17 Season - Not to be altered without permission. Please contact VJAM for HD pictures
Photo credit © Maria Svarbova

Complete biography

Founder and conductor, Imaginarium
Principal guest conductor, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla

Enrico Onofri was born in Ravenna, Italy. His career began with an invitation from Jordi Savall to be concertmaster of La Capella Real. Very soon he also found himself working with groups such as Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaïques and Concerto Italiano. From 1987 to 2010, he’s been concertmaster and soloist with Il Giardino Armonico.

His conducting career began in 2002 to great critical acclaim, receiving invitations from orchestras and festivals throughout the world. From 2004 to 2013 he has been principal conductor of Divino Sospiro. He is the founder of the remarkable chamber group Imaginarium Ensemble devoted to the Italian baroque repertoire and, since 2006 he has been guest conductor with Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla.

He conducts as well Camerata Bern, Festival Strings Lucerne, Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Cipango Consort Tokyo, Euskadi Orchestra, Real Orquesta de Sevilla, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, etc.

Enrico Onofri has performed in the world’s most famous concert halls including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Philharmonie and Unter den Linden, Operahouse in Berlin, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Tonhalle in Zurich, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Oji Hall in Tokio, Osaka Simphony Hall, Colon in Buenos Aires, with artists like Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Katia and Marielle Labèque, or Cécilia Bartoli.

Sought after as opera conductor, he is invited to high public and critical acclaim for two series of performances of Lucio Silla at Haendel Festival in Halle and a production of Glück Orfeo ed Euridice at Opéra de Lyon in 2015. In June 2016, he is re-invited in Halle for a revival of Lucio Silla and, in August, he conducts the world premiere of the comic opera Le Nozze in Sogno by Cesti at Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. International press hailed the playfulness and stylistic quality of his interpretation.

During the 2015-2016 season, he is invited, among others, by the Arion Orchestra in Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne, the Riga Sinfonietta, the Real Filarmonica de Galicia, the Lisbon Orquestra Metropolitana, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Zurich Kammerorchester.

His 2016-17 season includes invitations by the Ambronay Festival with his Imaginarium Ensemble in a program of Italian music featuring Philippe Jarrousky, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, the Bern Camerata and the Basel Kammerorchester. He appears in Madrid, Budapest, in Japan for a tour with Kanazawa Ensemble and, in November 2016, he embarks into a 3-year collaboration with the Bochumer Symphoniker, including three different programmes every year.

In 2017-18 Onofri conducts a tour of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, l’Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, l’Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana and l’Orchestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. The orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro invites him to conduct an instrumental recording (Warner Classics/Erato), which leads to future concerts tours and a recording with Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Many of Enrico Onofri’s recordings have been awarded prestigious international prizes, such as the Grammophone Award, Grand Prix des Discophiles, Echo-Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Premio Caecilia, Premio Fondazione Cini of Venice, La Nouvelle Academie du Disque and numerous Chocs de la Musique, 10 de Répertoire and Diapasons d’or, such as the October 2016 Diapason d’or attributed to the Volume II of Corelli’s Sonatas op V.

Since 2000, Enrico Onofri is professor of baroque violin and baroque music interpretation at the Conservatorio Bellini in Palermo and gives master classes throughout Italy, Europe and Japan. He has been tutor and invited conductor with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and recently invited to teach a master class at the Juilliard School in New York.

2016-17 Season - Not to be altered without permission. Please contact VJAM for HD pictures
Photo credit © Maria Svarbova

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