LocksBridge Welcomes Accademia Bizantina!

LocksBridge Welcomes Accademia Bizantina!

We are very pleased to announce a new collaboration with the multiple award-winner Accademia Bizantina!

Accademia Bizantina's Conductor Ottavio Dantone / Photo credit: Giulia Papetti
Accademia Bizantina's Conductor Ottavio Dantone / Photo credit: Giulia Papetti

Accademia Bizantina was founded in Ravenna in 1983 with the intention of “making music like a large quartet”.

Accademia Bizantina, which plays on period instruments, is specialised in 17th, 18th and 19th century repertoire. Gradually the orchestra developed a distinguished voice by adopting its own interpretative style based on a common language and shared performance practice, reflecting the noblest tradition of Italian chamber music.

In 1989 Ottavio Dantone joined the group as harpsichordist and in 1996 he was appointed musical and artistic director, guaranteeing the prestige and artistic quality of the ensemble. Under his expert guidance Accademia Bizantina has merged philological research and an aesthetic approach to the interpretation of music from the Baroque period. Dantone’s competence, imagination and sophistication have united with the enthusiasm and artistic empathy of each member of the group, giving their interpretations the depth which makes them one of the most prestigious ensembles on the international musical scene today.

Accademia Bizantina's Concertmaster Alessandro Tampieri / Photo credit: Giulia Papetti
Accademia Bizantina's Concertmaster Alessandro Tampieri / Photo credit: Giulia Papetti

In 1999 Accademia Bizantina performed their first staged opera, Giuseppe Sarti’s “Giulio Sabino”. The orchestra has gone on to specialise in the rediscovery and performance of Baroque operas, ranging from major works to operas which have never been performed in modern times.

The ensemble performs in concerts halls and festivals worldwide. Their many recordings, most notably for Decca, Harmonia Mundi and Naïve, have won numerous awards including the Diapason d’Or, Midem and a Grammy Music Award nomination for Purcell’s “O Solitude” with Andreas Scholl. Of particular significance are their collaborations with violinists Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola and with countertenor Andreas Scholl with whom they have had major international tours and recording projects (for Onyx, Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi and Decca).

At LocksBridge, we are looking forward to planning future tours and projects with the Accademia Bizantina and would like to take this opportunity to welcome them to the LocksBridge family.

The Accademia Bizantina performs Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings in B-flat major, RV 167 - allegro:


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