FCG Section: Music

Rinaldo Alessandrini


In addition to his activities as Founder-Director of Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini is renowned as a recitalist on the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ, and is considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Monteverdi and the baroque repertoire worldwide. His profound knowledge and love of the Italian repertoire is naturally reflected in programmes in which he seeks to reproduce the essential, but often elusive, expressive and cantabile elements so fundamental to Italian music in the 17th and 18th centuries.

He has performed in Japan, Canada, USA and throughout Europe, and is in increasing demand by the world’s leading orchestras: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Freiburger Barockorchester, Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Italian Radio Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Ciudad de Granada, the Orchestra of the Spoleto Festival, Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Orchestra Toscanini, Orchestra of Montpellier Radio France,  Orchestra of Bordeaux Opera House, Oviedo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Lyon Opera House,  Munich Radio Orchestra, Koeln Radio Orchestra, Copenhagen Radio Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra,   Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra, Liverpool Royal Philarmonic, Orchestra Haydn Bolzano, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Washington Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, Orchestra of Santiago Opera House (Chile), Toulouse Capitole Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Basel Kammerorchester, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Italian Radio Orchestra, Genéve Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philarmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Staatkapelle Dresden.

Recent engagements as an opera conductor included complete Monteverdi operas cycle in Milan (La Scala) and Opera Garnier – Paris.

His recordings (for Naive, Astrèe, Arcana, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) include not only Italian music, but Bach and his contemporaries as well. He has garnered the highest critical plaudits including five Gramophone Awards, two Grand Prix du Disque, three Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Prix Caecilia, the Premio Cini and four Midem Awards in Cannes.

Rinaldo Alessandrini was nominated Chevalier dans l’ordre des Artes et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and together with Concerto Italiano he was awarded the Italian music critics’ prestigious Premio Abbiati.  He has been the editor for the editions of Monteverdi Orfeo and Ulisse at Baerenreiter.