Riccardo Minasi
Conductor / Violin

“Riccardo Minasi's conducting is second to none ... This is one of the great Handel recordings and very highly recommended.” (Guardian)

Contacts

Iarlaith Carter +44 (0)20 3725 9162
Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118

Biography

Chief Conductor: Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

 

Described by the Guardian as “an outstanding musician”, conductor and violinist Riccardo Minasi has quickly established a reputation as one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the European scene in recent years.

Recent and upcoming engagements include several projects with Operanhaus Zurich (Don Giovanni and Il matrimonio segreto, as well as a new ballet by Christian Spuck and concerts with La Scintilla), Iphigénie en Tauride for the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Carmen for l’Opéra national de Lyon, Rinaldo at Theater an der Wien, and orchestral conducting/directing engagements with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, London Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz and Stavanger Symfoniorkester.

Chief Conductor: Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

 

Described by the Guardian as “an outstanding musician”, conductor and violinist Riccardo Minasi has quickly established a reputation as one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the European scene in recent years.

Recent and upcoming engagements include several projects with Operanhaus Zurich (Don Giovanni and Il matrimonio segreto, as well as a new ballet by Christian Spuck and concerts with La Scintilla), Iphigénie en Tauride for the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Carmen for l’Opéra national de Lyon, Rinaldo at Theater an der Wien, and orchestral conducting/directing engagements with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, London Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz and Stavanger Symfoniorkester.

Minasi is in enormous demand as a recording collaborator with many of the world’s top soloists. He features on four 2016 ECHO Klassik award-winning albums including his ‘Haydn Concertos’ album (Concert Recording - 19th century music category) and Leonardo Vinci’s Catone in Utica with Max Emanuel Cencic (Opera Recording - 17th/18th century music category) as well as the International Opera Awards Recital Disc of the Year: Agrippina with Ann Hallenberg. 

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Iarlaith Carter +44 (0)20 3725 9162
Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118

Reviews

“Directed by violinist Riccardo Minasi and harpsichordist Maxim Emelyanychev the performances sport a vivid character - not Rococo airs and graces, but earthy energy and truculent humour.” (Financial Times, March 2016)

“The music sparkles in this quick-witted and imaginatively embellished performance from Il pomo d’oro, conducted by Riccardo Minasi.” (Financial Times, December 2015) 

“Never knowingly understated, Minasi and his musicians offered vibrant playing to underpin those gymnastics, with surging violins and thudding bass lines. But they showed a calmer, more fluid side in arias such as Hasse’s Ebbi da te la vita from Siroe, re di Persia. The instrumental contributions between arias were more than just filler: they included concertos and sonatas by little-known Neapolitan composers.” (Guardian, November 2015)

“Directed by violinist Riccardo Minasi and harpsichordist Maxim Emelyanychev the performances sport a vivid character - not Rococo airs and graces, but earthy energy and truculent humour.” (Financial Times, March 2016)

“The music sparkles in this quick-witted and imaginatively embellished performance from Il pomo d’oro, conducted by Riccardo Minasi.” (Financial Times, December 2015) 

“Never knowingly understated, Minasi and his musicians offered vibrant playing to underpin those gymnastics, with surging violins and thudding bass lines. But they showed a calmer, more fluid side in arias such as Hasse’s Ebbi da te la vita from Siroe, re di Persia. The instrumental contributions between arias were more than just filler: they included concertos and sonatas by little-known Neapolitan composers.” (Guardian, November 2015)

“The symphonies continually ambush the ear, bristling with startling leaps of the imagination that resonate powerfully with Riccardo Minasi's visceral direction. The B minor Symphony's Presto is so incendiary that asbestos gloves might be in order…[but] playing it safe in these rollercoaster symphonies is never an option.” (BBC Music Magazine, September 2015)

“Il Pomo d’Oro is a wonderful ensemble, and Minasi an outstanding musician, who knows exactly how to let voice and accompaniment form a whole, but also allows himself and his players to shine when the opportunity arises. When Cencic was taking a breather, Minasi gave us concertos by Vivaldi and sinfonias by Brescianello, dancing as he played, communicating his joy in music-making to us and to his ensemble, and bringing the house down with his virtuosity.” (Guardian, December 2014)

“Few singers could tease so much pleasure and pathos from an evening of largely neglected bel canto arias. Even fewer could navigate Rossini’s Tanti affetti while throwing a tomato up into the air and catching it again without missing a beat. That her conductor, Riccardo Minasi, did the same before passing it on to the principal cellist of the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon says much about the snap, zest and flair of their first collaboration, Stella di Napoli. This much could be predicted from the CD. What could not was the expressive spontaneity and rapport with Minasi, an incredibly dynamic and stylish director, and the engagement of Lyon’s players, from the principal clarinettist Jean-Michel Bertelli to the back desks of the strings.” (Anna Picard, The Times, September 2014)

“The programme’s vocal intensities were balanced by the extrovert joy of orchestral overtures and interludes – the triangle all but stealing the show in a genial Ballabile from Rossini’s Le siege de Corinthe. Minasi’s energy is unrestrained and unabashed, happier to tip over into excess than risk too-tasteful restraint. But there was a baroque clarity here too, driving the Orchestre de l’Opera de Lyon with ferocious precision.” (Arts Desk, September 2014)

“The cast is of exceptional and even strength [and] Minasi’s experience as a violinist is evident throughout as he directs the period instruments ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro. The orchestral performance is dynamic, the bowing expressive.” (Anna Picard, July 2014)

“Conductor Riccardo Minasi's conducting is second to none, too, and the work's severity and sensuousness are wonderfully captured by Il Pomo d'Oro. This is one of the great Handel recordings and very highly recommended.” ***** (Guardian, May 2014)

“Minasi directs some vibrant playing from Italian ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro, which really sing in the open, resonant acoustic.” ***** (BBC Music Magazine, May 2013)

­­“Minasi’s strings offer percussive vehemence … and a foil to the richness of Sabata’s coloratura.” (Opera, April 2013)

“Concerto Italiano's intimate re-imagining of a Venetian Vespers using psalms from Monteverdi's Selve Morale drew a sizeable audience to the Usher Hall on Monday. Rinaldo Alessandrini has a cavalier approach to musicology - applying a double-bass to the propulsive continuo lines of Beatus Vir and Dixit Dominus - but taken on its own terms, this charming liturgical confection worked. Violinists Mauro Lopes and Riccardo Minasi were simply sensational, the singers lean and bright of blend.” (Anna Picard, The Independent, August 2005)