Enrico Onofri, conductor and violinist

Founder and Director of Ensemble Imaginarium

Enrico Onofri was born in Ravenna, Italy. His career begins with an invitation from Jordi Savall to be concertmaster of La Capella Real. Then, he works with various ensembles such as the Concentus Musicus Wien, the Ensemble Mosaics and the Concerto Italiano. He is concertmaster and soloist of Il Giardino Armonico from 1987 to 2010.

In 2002, Enrico Onofri makes his debut as a conductor with great success and critical acclaim, and he is regularly invited to conduct numerous ensembles and orchestras in Europe, Japan and Canada. From 2005 to 2013, he is principal conductor of Divino Sospiro, resident orchestra of the Belém Cultural Centre in Lisbon. The same year, he founds the chamber ensemble Imaginarium to perform the Italian baroque repertoire.

Enrico Onofri performs in the world’s most famous concert halls including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Philarmonie and Unter den Linden Operahouse in Berlin, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Tonhalle in Zurich, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Oji Hall in Tokio, Osaka Symphony Hall, Colon in Buenos Aires, with artists such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Cecilia Bartoli or Katia and Marielle Labèque.

In 2012/13 season he conducts the Opéra de Lyon Orchestra with such success that he is immediately invited again to conduct a concert in May 2014 and eight performances of Orfeo and Eurydice in March 2015. He also conducts a series of concerts with the Kammerorchester Basel, which also invites him again for a European tour and recordings in December 2014. He conducts regularly the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Camerata Bern, Festival Strings Lucerne, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Cipango Consort in Tokyo and others. For the 2013/14 season, Enrico Onofri conducts the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, which invites him again immediately for other concerts on May 2015, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Kammerorchester Basel. He will be resident artist during the Ambronay Festival 2014.

Many of Enrico Onofri’s recordings with Teldec, Decca, Naïve, Astrée, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony, Passacaille,Winter & Winter, Virgin, Opus111, Zig Zag Territoireset Nichion have received prestigious international awards such as the Gramophone Award, Grand Prix des discophiles, Echo Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Premio Caecilia, Premio Fondazione Cini of Venice, La Nouvelle Académie du Disque and numerous Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique, 10 Répertoire. His concerts are often broadcasted by American, European, Asian and Australian networks.

Since 2000, Enrico Onofri is professor of baroque violin and baroque music interpretation at the Conservatorio Bellini de Palermo. He is regularly invited to give master classes throughout Italy, Europe and Japan. Recently, the Juilliard School invited him to teach a master class in New York.

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