Founded in 1985 and led by co-founder and conductor Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico has been established as one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles, with the enemble primarily focusing on delivering pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Il Giardino Armonico are regularly invited to festivals all over the world performing in the most important concert halls and receive high praise for both their concerts and opera productions, such as Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa, Händel’s Agrippina, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, La Resurrezione and Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Cecilia Bartoli.
As well as their international success in live performances, Il Giovanni Armonico has also achieved great success in their recordings, with their two albums with Cecilia Bartoli, The Vivaldi Album and Sacrificum, both winning the ‘Best Classical Vocal Performance’ Grammy Awards. The ensemble have also won the International Classical Music Award ‘Baroque Vocal’ award for Serpent & Fire, with Anna Prohaska and a the Recording of the Year Gramaphone award for the Mozart Violin Concertos Nos 1 – 5 with Isabella Faust, with Gramaphone declaring that “you may find yourself hard-pressed to better this thought-provoking and eminently enjoyable” album.
Il Giardino Armonico work with many other acclaimed soloists such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Viktoria Mullova, Christophe Coin, Giuliano Carmignola, Sol Gabetta, Katia and Marielle Labèque and Giovanni Sollima.
Currently in the midst of a twenty-year long project, Haydn2032, with Kammerorchester Basel, the ensemble aims to both record and perform all of Joseph Haydn’s symphonies by 2032; marking the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth.