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Curriculum of the Orchestra of I Solisti Veneti

    I Solisti Veneti, established in 1959 by Claudio Scimone, are the most famous Orchestra in the world playing Chamber Music. They performed more than 5.500 concerts in more than 80 countries and in main International Music Festivals (among all, they held more than 30 concerts at Salzburg Festival), they recorded more than 350 works in CD, LP, DVD and they also published a very wide range of issues besides many cultural, educational and promotional activities.     Not only they are habitual guests of the major Italian and foreign broadcasts, but also they participated to some of the most important films and TV programmes about music, such as "Vivaldi, the music painter" by Franois Reichenbach and "The Last Seven Words of Christ" with the music of F. J. Haydn, directed by Ermanno Olmi in the Chapel of Scrovegni by Giotto.     Moreover, they recorded the unabridged edition of the works of Vivaldi and Albinoni published during lifetime and they brought to international success some masterpieces by big but forgotten compositors such as Giuseppe Tartini, Baldassarre Galuppi, Alessandro Rolla, etc. The great success of the performance "Orlando Furioso" by Vivaldi (held in Verona, at the Teatro Filarmonico and in Paris, at Thatre du Chatelet, with the lead singers Victoria de Los Angeles and Marylin Horne, directed by Pierluigi Pizzi) revealed worldwide the magnificence of the theatrical works of Vivaldi.     They are now completing the publication of the opera omnia of Giuseppe Tartini (ed. Carisch). Filling a gap in the Italian music publishing, I Solisti Veneti published a fundamental range of thematic catalogues of the works of main Venetian composers (Albinoni, Bonporti, Tartini, Galuppi, Platti, Torelli, Dall'Abaco, M. Lombardini).     I Solisti Veneti have been the first Orchestra Group in Italy to held concerts in primary and secondary schools performing special programmes. This zealous propaganda of classical music was awarded in 1970 when they won the modern music contest "Festivalbar", thanks to the votes of 350.000 young people. Many composers dedicated to Claudio Scimone and to I Solisti Veneti works composed just on purpose, starting in this way a new literature meant for 12 or more solo strings: among them there are Bussotti, Chailly, Constant, Corghi, De Pablo, De Pirro, Donatoni, Guaccero, Malipiero, Manzoni, Morricone, Scelsi and many others.

Claudio Scimone
    Claudio Scimone, attended the course of orchestra conduction under the masters Dimitri Mitropoulos and Franco Ferrara, and reached a worldwide reputation on the pulpit as symphonic and opera conductor working at Covent Garden in Londra, at the "Arena" Theatre in Verona, at "La Fenice" Theatre in Venezia, for the Opera House of Rome at the Thermae of Caracalla, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, at the Opera House of Zurich, New York, Paris, Macerata ("Sferisterio"), Houston, Melbourne, Aspen, etc.     He has the merit of having executed the first modern unabridged performances (and the relevant CD or DVD records) of many works of Rossini, such as "Mos in Egitto", "Maometto II", "Edipo a Colono" (all these works for the "Rossini Opera Festival"), "Zelmira", "Armida", "Ermione", of the "premires" of "Orlando Furioso" by Vivaldi (Verona, Teatro Filarmonico") and of "Catone in Utica", as well as many other works such as "Le Jugement Dernier" by Salieri, "Il Nascimento dell'Aurora" and "Pimpinone" by Albinoni, "La caduta di Adamo" by Galuppi, etc.     The discography of Scimone is very wide and it counts more than 350 titles for the major record companies world-wide (Erato - WEA, Philips, BMG - RCA, etc.) and together with various Orchestras, which he conducted also in concerts, such as the London Philharmonia, the Orchestre Philarmonique de Montecarlo, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Royal Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de l'ORTF of Paris, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Orchestra of RAI of Turin, the Orchestra Gulbenkian, not to mention, of course, I Solisti Veneti.     He actively devoted himself to the creation of a new public for classical music and to the training of new musicians. He was teacher of Orchestral Training at the Conservatory of Venice and, for 27 years, he was the Director of the Conservatory of Padua.     Among the great number of awards he received, there are the Los Angeles Grammy Award, the Grand Prix du Disque of the Paris Academie Charles Cros (several times), the Award of the Acadmie du Disque Lyrique and about thirty other awards. Scimone received form the Italian President of the Republic the honour of "Cavaliere di Gran Croce" and a golden medal for school, artistic and cultural merits. For the moment he his the only artists who received by the Regional Council of Veneto Region the award of "Leone Veneto" with unanimous vote. Claudio Scimone and I Solisti Veneti were assigned in 2008 at La Fenice Theatre in Venice the Prize "A Life in music" by the Foundation Arthur Rubinstein, which is considered the most prestigious music award in Europe.

A summarised Chronology

1959 Padua, April. In the Hall of Theological Studio for Lays at the Basilica of Saint Antonio a group of young musicians, conducted by Claudio Scimone held for the first time a concert under the name of "I Solisti Veneti".
Vicenza, 26 October. At 18.30, at the Olympic Theatre, the first official concert of I Solisti Veneti was held on occasion of the National Congress of Italian National Society of Ophthalmology. The programme included works by Tartini and Rossini.
Roma, February. In the Main Hall of the University, the primo big success of I Solisti Veneti, which obtain unanimous approvals with the sextet Verklrte Nacht by Schnberg.
Hamburg, November. In the Kleine Musikhalle, the first concert abroad of I Solisti Veneti. Die Welt speaks about a "surprising musical style".
Bruxelles, December. The first international tour goes on. Libre Belgique considers the Group as "les aristocrates de leur art".
1962 Budapest, March. I Solisti Veneti achieve a great success with their performance of Entertainment for Strings by Bela Bartk and they meet Zoltn Kodly.
London, November. They held a concerto at Victoria and Albert Museum: the London Times defines them "the best foreign group that we have heard in recent years".
Stockholm, November. I Solisti Veneti are invited to play on occasion of the 80-years birthday of the king of Sweden.
1964 Tokyo, October. Extraordinary success for the debut at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Klaus Pringsheim considers them as an "admirable example, even if it seems a paradox, of collective soloistry".
1965 In order to disseminate classical music among youth, I Solisti Veneti start a concert tour for schools, directly in the school premises, with special programmes and preceded by short formal introductions.
1966 New York, February. First concert of I Solisti Veneti at the Metropolitan Museum. New York Times uses the term "very high style".
Salzburg, July. Debut of I Solisti Veneti at the International Festival, where in the course of several years the shall held more than thirty concerts.
I Solisti Veneti start recording the Concerts for Flute by Vivaldi with Jean-Pierre Rampal. This is the first step of their cooperation with the music company Erato and with its artistic Director Michel Garcin, for which they shall record more that 200 titles in the course of years.
1967 They are assigned the Grand Prix du Disque de l'Acadmie Charles Cros. The award was assigned for the Unabridged Edition of Concerts for oboe by Vivaldi, solo Pierre Pierlot.
1968 In order to promote classical music among young people they start the series of "Television I Solisti Veneti". The group participate to popular television programmes, such as "Canzonissima", and they present works of Vivaldi and Marcello.
1970 The popular music event of "Festivalbar" opens up to classical music. I Solisti Veneti win the first prize for this category obtaining more than 300.000 votes for the Adagio for two mandolins and strings by Antonio Vivaldi.
1970 On occasion of the second centenary from the death of Giuseppe Tartini, the "Master of Nations", I Solisti Veneti start the publication of the "opera omnia" of Tartini, which counts by now 30 volumes.
1970 Second Gran Prix du Disque de l'Acadmie Charles Cros for the unabridged edition of Sonate for Strings by Rossini.
1973 - 1975 The Group of I Solisti Veneti participates to the Contemporary Music Festival in Royan in France and in Venice (Biennial Festival) performing programmes including especially works dedicated to I Solisti Veneti. Among the composers there are Sylvano Bussotti, Franco Donatoni, Luis de Pablo, Marius Constant. After those, also other artists shall dedicate their compositions to I Solisti Veneti, for example Azio Corghi, Giacomo Manzoni, Giacinto Scelsi, Bepi De Marzi, Domenico Guaccero, Carlo De Pirro and Ennio Morricone (2008).
1978 Under the direction of Franois Reichenbach, French Television produces the film "Vivaldi peintre de la musique" with the participation of I Solisti Veneti.
The Solisti reveal to the world theatrical work of Vivaldi performing the "Orlando Furioso" at Philharmonic Theatre of Verona (and after at the Thatre du Chatelet of Parigi) and recording it for the music company Erato; the leading singers are Marilyn Horne and Victoria de Los Angeles, thee director is Pier Luigi Pizzi.
1979 Spring. The Group of I Solisti Veneti go for the first time to Russia and Australia.
The Institution celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Olympic Theatre of Vicenza, with the presence of the President of the Republic Sandro Pertini.
1980 On occasion of the important recording of "L'Italiana in Algeri" by Rossini (performing artists Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, Ernesto Palacio, Kathleen Battle, Domenico Trimarchi) Claudio Scimone and I Solisti Veneti are assigned the Los Angeles Grammy Award.
1981 On 1st January Claudio Scimone has his debut at Covent Garden with the Opera "Elisir d' Amore". Both the public and the critics exalt the performance.
1983 I Solisti Veneti reveal to the world the importance of the vocal works of Tommaso Albinoni executing (and recording for Erato) "Il Nascimento dell'Aurora" for the first tie in modern times at the Olympic Theatre of Vicenza.
I Solisti Veneti start recording the works of Rossini with the first unabridged edition of the Opera "Armida".
Under the direction of Ermanno Olmi, they record television programme "The Seven Last Words of Christ" by Haydn in the Chapel of Scrovegni in Padua .
1984 On occasion of their 15th anniversary, I Solisti Veneti are assigned the golden medal of the Italian republic for school, artistic and cultural merits.
1985 The Body of I Solisti Veneti obtains legal entity by virtue of a Decree of the President of Veneto Region.
1989 I Solisti Veneti, being the only European group invited to the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Popular Chinese Republic, play in the Hall of National Assembly.
1990 Rome, November. At the palace of Quirinale, upon invitation by the President of the Republic Francesco Cossiga, the Group celebrates with the music of Vivaldi the assignment of "Premio Fiuggi" to Michail Gorbacev.
1995 Padua, february. In the Basilica of Saint Antonio I Solisti Veneti and the Ambrosian Singers Choir participate with the "Missa Solemnis" of Beethoven (executed for the first time in Veneto) to the celebrations for the eighth century from the birth of the Saint.
1999 The Group starts to record the series of "Editions of I Solisti Veneti" publishing Catalogues of the works of main composers of Veneto, edited by important musicologists. At the moment the Artistic Director of the publication is Franco Rossi and the collection includes the Catalogues of all the Sonate by Tartini and of the works of Platti, Bonporti, Albinoni, Torelli, Dall'Abaco, Maddalena Lombardini and Galuppi.
Rome, 21st June. On occasion of their 40th anniversary I Solisti Veneti are awarded in Campidoglio.
1997 - 1999 I Solisti Veneti officially open the Congress of Italian Government and of ICE "Italy in China" and "Italy in Argentina".
1999 On December 19th the President of the Republia Carlo Azeglio Ciampi assigns to Claudio Scimone the honour of "Cavaliere di Gran Croce al Merito" of the Republic.
2002 I Solisti Veneti make a new DVD "Le Stagioni di Vivaldi nelle Ville Venete", starting a new collection of DVD dedicated to arts in Venetian Civilization.
2005 Claudio Scimone is the first artist who receives the prize "Leone del Veneto" assigned by the Regional Council of Veneto with unanimous vote. On February 8th the acknowledgment is assigned to Scimone aand to I Solisti Veneti during an official ceremony at the Theatre La Fenice by the hands of the President of Council and by the President of Regional Government.
2006 The body I Solisti Veneti receives from the President of the Republic the golden medal for school, artistic and cultural merits.
2008 On occasion of the 50th anniversary of its first meeting, European Parliament officially establishes I Solisti Veneti, by means of a plate given to the Group, as "extraordinary promoters of culture ad music beyond barriers".
2008 On September 17th, at the Theatre La Fenice in Venice, the Association Arthur Rubinstein assigns to I Solisti Veneti the Award "A Life in Music", which is considered the Nobel Prize of Musica and which was assigned in the past to Rubinstein, Rostropovitch, Bernstein and, recently, to Pizzi, Raimondi, Mehta and Brendel. The Mayor of Venice Massimo Cacciari gives to Claudio Scimone the keys of the Town.


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