Europa Galante was founded thanks to Fabio Biondi's wish to draw the
international public's attention to a new and ultimate Italian presence
in the field of musical interpretation played on antique instruments
of the great baroque and classic repertoire. For this purpose, Biondi
gathered around him some of the best Italian musicians, with whom he
had already worked in the most famous international ensembles.
Europa Galante met with an immediate success: their first record, Vivaldi's
concertos, resulted in a big hit, and was awarded the Premio Cini of
Venice and the Choc de la Musique, soon followed in the subsequent years
by a remarkable number of further recognitions such as five Golden Diapasons,
Golden Diapason of the Year in France, RTL Prize, 'Record of the Year'
nominations in Spain, Canada, Sweden, France and Finland, Prix du Disque
(Locatelli's Concerti Grossi), 'ffff' of Telerama review (Humanità e
Europa Galante has performed worldwide in the major concert halls and
theatres: the Scala Theatre in Milan, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia
in Rome, the Suntory Hall of Tokyo, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the
Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Lincoln
Center of New York and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble regularly
tours through Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, USA and South America
(Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay).
Europa Galante collaborates with the Ente Santa Cecilia Roma in order
to recover and restore the XVIII century Italian operas, such as Antonio
Caldara's 'La Passione di Gesù Cristo' and Leonardo Leo's 'Sant'Elena
al Calvario'. This activity includes the ensemble presence at the Alessandro
Scarlatti Festival of Palermo with the first world performance of 'Clori,
Dorino e Amore serenata', 'Massimo Puppieno' and 'Il Trionfo dell'Onore'.
Europa Galante's repertoire ranges from the great XVIII century instrumental
operas to Haendel's (Poro) and Vivaldi's (Bajazet) operas, to Alessandro
Scarlatti's oratorios ('Maddalena', 'Humanità e Lucifero', 'Caino').
The ensemble describes itself as a 'varying structure', their approach
and method consisting of a close study and a sophisticated selection
of the chamber music.
This resulted in successful recordings of Luigi Boccherini's 'Quintetti'
and sonatas by Dario Castello's, Legrenzi's, Farina's and other XVII
century italian composers. After years of collaboration with the Opus
111 French record company, in 1998 Europa Galante signed an exclusive
contract with Virgin Classic which has already published their recordings
of Vivaldi's 'Estro Armonico' and 'Concerti per violino', Luigi Boccherini's
Recent recordings include arias from Bach Cantatas with tenor Ian Bostridge,
Vivaldi's Mottetti, with counter tenor David Daniels.
This season comprises concerts at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées
in Paris, the Palais des Congrès in Bruxelles and the Barbican Centre
in London, starting a extensive English tour; a tour in Spain and a
collaboration with the French Ballet Atlantique in the production 'Chair
Obscur' and the world (modern) premiere of 'La Santissima Trinità'