Riccardo Minasi - violin
Riccardo Minasi was born in Rome in 1978. He regularly has performed in all of Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Japan, in the most prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Barbican in London, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Chatelet and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, S. Cecilia in Rome, Teatro S. Carlo in Naples and many more.
Specializing in the musical repertoire from the Renaissance to the Classicism period, he is among the most frequently invited concertmaster in Europe by conductors such as Jordi Savall for Le Concert des Nations, Ottavio Dantone for Accademia Bizantina, Rinaldo Alessandrini for Concerto Italiano, Giovanni Antonini for Il Giardino Armonico, José Lopez-Banzo for Al Ayre Español and collaborates both as soloist and as leader with ensembles and orchestras like New Seasons (Albrecht Mayer), Arte Musica (Francesco Cera), Zefiro (Alfredo Bernardini), La Risonanza (Fabio Bonizzoni), Elyma of Geneva, La Sfera Armoniosa of Amsterdam, Musica Aeterna of Bratislava, Collegium 1704 of Prague, Assemblée des Honnéstes Curieux, Ensemble Kapsberger (Rolf Lislevand), Les Basses Réunies (Bruno Cocset), Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Ente lirico of Cagliari, Orchestra Sinfonica di S. Remo. He has also worked with Concerto Vocale of René Jacobs, the piano-duo of Katia and Marielle Labèque, Ensemble 415 of Chiara Banchini, in duo with the lute player Luca Pianca and playing also with Viktoria Mullova, Christophe Coin, Sergio Azzolini and Dmitry Sinkovsky.
From 2004 he regulary conducts the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, of which he is the associate director since 2008, and the Harmony of Nations Orchestra with whom he debuted at the Styriarte Festival in Graz and the Trigonale Festival of Klagenfurt in 2007. In 2006 he was invited to conduct the opening concert of the Camerata Strumentale Fiesolana- the most recent formation created at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole of Piero Farulli. In 2008 he worked with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome as concertmaster, and was invited by Kent Nagano to be the historical advisor for the Montrèal Symphony Orchestra, Canada. In 2009 he will return there to be his assistant and concertmaster at the next season of the Belcanto Festival of Knowlton.
Since 2005 he teaches chamber music at the Conservatorio V. Bellini of Palermo. He has also given violin and baroque orchestra Master-classes, and lectures in historical practice at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge (USA), the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, the Chinese Culture University of Taipei (Taiwan), the Kùks Residence in the Czech Republic and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. His recording of Biber's Rosenkranz Sonaten published by Arts has been enthusiastically received by international press (Grammophone, FonoForum, Pizzicato, Musicweb International). He plays a violin made by Antonius & Hieronymus Amati in Cremona in 1627.