Violin & ConductorBorn in Palermo, Fabio Biondi began his international career at the age of twelve, performing his first solo concert with the RAI Symphony Orchestra. Driven early on by an inexhaustible cultural curiosity, Fabio Biondi was introduced to the pioneers of the new approach to Baroque music, an opportunity that was to expand his musical vision and change the direction of his career. When he was sixteen, he was invited by the Musikverein of Vienna to perform Bach's violin concertos. Since then, he performed with many of the most prestigious Baroque ensembles before founding Europa Galante in 1990.
Europa Galante’s first recording, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, received world-wide recognition for its revolutionary, free and exciting interpretation - the Venice 'Premio Cini', 'Choc de la Musique' and Diapason d’Or de l’Année, the RTL Prize, 'Record of the Year' nominations in many countries, and the 'Prix du Disque ffff' in the French cultural review Telerama. Within a few years, thanks to their worldwide concert schedule and extraordinary recording successes, Europa Galante became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian Baroque ensemble, performing in the world’s most important festivals and concert halls, from La Scala in Milan and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, to the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Lincoln Center in New York and the Sydney Opera House.
Fabio Biondi's musical development, taking in both the universal repertoire plus the rediscovering of minor composers, includes three centuries of music. This is illustrated in his varied discography: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Corelli's Concerti Grossi, the oratorios, serenatas and operas of Alessandro Scarlatti (La Messa di Natale, Clori, Dorino e Amore, Massimo Puppieno and Il trionfo dell'onore) Handel's operas (Poro), and the 18th Century Italian violin repertoire (Veracini, Vivaldi, Locatelli, Tartini) as well as sonatas by Bach, Schubert and Schumann.
Fabio Biondi embodies the perpetual pursuit of style, free from dogmatism, and he remains intent in his quest for an original language. As well as performing mainstream repertoire, he has exhumed numerous works by lesser known composers, covering three centuries of music, from the 17th Century, via the great instrumental works of the 18th Century, the concerti and concerti grossi of Vivaldi, Corelli, Locatelli or Geminiani, to the oratorios, serenades and operas of Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel, Vivaldi, Veracini or Bellini, as well as the sonatas of Bach, Schubert and Schumann performed in recital in the world’s most prestigious venues.
Fabio Biondi also collaborates as soloist and conductor with numerous orchestras including the Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the European Baroque Orchestra, the Opera of Halle, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Norway, the Orchestre Nationale of Montpellier, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, to name but a few. Since March 2005 has been artistic director for Baroque music of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011 he was elevated to the position of Academician of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and in 2013 received the Keys to the Polish town of Kraków.
Fabio Biondi plays on a violin by Andrea Guarneri (Cremona, 1686). as well as a 1766 Carlo Ferdinando Gagliano, formerly owned by his teacher Maestro Salvatore Cicero and kindly lent to him by the Salvatore Cicero Foundation in Palermo.