Award winners at the 2021 Victoires de la Musique Classique, I Giardini is a collective of inspired and committed artists united around a common sensibility, an unusually strong unity of purpose, and a shared joy in onstage ensemble performance.
Giving priority to the musical dimension, the group’s two co-founders and artistic directors, cellist Pauline Buet and pianist David Violi have made a space for freedom and for the exploration of a unique romantic world, inspired by the past, from Fauré and Bonis to Chausson, Poulenc and Schumann, but also rooted in the present through their collaboration with leading international women composers, such as the American Caroline Shaw and Anglo-French Joséphine Stephenson.
Concerts, operatic projects, dance, new forms of language such as virtual reality... Music is first and foremost a constant exchange, to be shared among themselves and with the audience.
Since its foundation, I Giardini has appeared in all major venues in France (at the Musée D’orsay, Théâtre Des Bouffes Du Nord, Auditorium – Orchestre National de Lyon, Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre du Chatelet, Le Lieu Unique de Nantes, Tap Poitiers, and the Opera Houses of Lille, Avignon, Montpellier and Bordeaux, etc.) as well as abroad: in Belgium at La Monnaie de Munt, Canada (Salle Bourgie, Festival Classica), China (NCPA Beijing, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center), Germany (Beethovenfest, Heidelberg Frühling) and Italy (Bologna Festival, and the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, with which they maintain a steady partnership).
Their recent recordings Nuits with Véronique Gens and Bleu – both for Alpha Classics – have been hailed by the critics, with distinctions such as a Diapason d’or for 2020, a Choc Classica, and a ffff rating on Télérama.
I Giardini would like to thank its major sponsors: the Mécénat Musical Société Générale and La Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.