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Artist: Enrico Onofri, violino & Ensemble Imaginarium

Enrico Onofri – solo violin and musical direction
Alessandro Tampieri – archlute and violin
Alessandro Palmeri - cello
Margret Koell – harp
Riccardo Doni – harpsichord and organ

Artist description

Enrico Onofri was born in Ravenna, Italy. While still a student he was invited by J.Savall as concertmaster of La Capella Reial, and also performed with such ensembles as Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaïques, and Concerto Italiano. He has been concertmaster and solo violinist of Il Giardino Armonico since 1987. Since 2002 Enrico Onofri has also appeared with great success as a conductor, receiving invitations from orchestras and festivals throughout Europe and in Japan. In 2005 he became principal conductor of Divino Sospiro (the resident Baroque orchestra at CCB in Lisbon). In 2000 he founded the chamber ensemble Imaginarium. E.Onofri has performed in the world’s foremost concert halls alongside such artists as N.Harnoncourt, G.Leonhardt, C.Coin, C.Bartoli, K.&M.Labèque. Many titles in his extensive discography (Teldec, Decca, Naive, Zig Zag, Winter&Winter, Opus111, etc.) have received the most prestigious international prizes. Since 2000 he has taught Baroque violin and Baroque performing practice at the Conservatorio Bellini in Palermo. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses elsewhere in Europe and Japan; in 2011 the Juilliard School invited him to teach a masterclass in New York.

IMAGINARIUM Ensemble
Founded and directed by Enrico Onofri, the IMAGINARIUM Ensemble (Imaginarium: “the place of images”) brings together a group of musicians who all appear with key Early Music ensembles. In 2006 IMAGINARIUM Ensemble released with great success the CD “La voce nel violino”, dedicated to the great Italian Early Baroque repertoire for violin, and in 2010 a CD dedicated to the Vivaldi’s violin solo sonatas, in addition to the celebrated “La Follia”. Among the members of Imaginarium:

Riccardo Doni graduated from Conservatorio A.Boito in Parma as organist with L.Ghielmi. Then he graduated from Schola Cantorum Basel as harpsichordist and organist with J.C.Zehnder. He has been titular harpsichordist and organist of Il Giardino Armonico since 1994, performing in the world’s foremost concert halls, and alongside artists as C.Coin, G. Leonardt, G. Antonini, C. Bartoli, E.Mei, K.&M.Labeque, O.Dantone, V.Mullova, E.Onofri, G.Carmignola. He has been maestro collaboratore in many opera productions, and conductor of the Nuova Polifonica Ambrosiana and Madrigalisti Ambrosiani in period 1990-1998. Since 1984 he has been the titular conductor of the vocal ensemble Musica Laudantes, performing in many festivals and recording works by Vivaldi and Sarti, among others. Riccardo Doni is harpsichordist and organist with IMAGINARIUM Ensemble. He recorded for many international labels.

Margret Köll, harpist, initially studied piano and harp at the conservatory in Innsbruck. She continued her concert harp studies with N.Alberti at the Mozarteum in Innsbruck and with R.Inglefield in Baltimore, and finally in H.Storck’s class at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where she graduated. After the studies in historical harps with A.Lawrence-King and M.Galassi she got her degree at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan. From 2003 – 2006 she taught at the Hochschule in Munich. In 2008 she was awarded the Jakob-Stainer-Preis in Austria. As principal harpist she worked with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and the Philharmonie der Nationen, playing moreover in ensembles such as Il Giardino Armonico, Europa Galante, IMAGINARIUM Ensemble, Bayrische Staatsoper, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Akademie für Alte Musik, Collegium Vocale Gent, La Scintilla and C.Bartoli. In 2009 she was engaged at Teatro alla Scala in Milan for Händel´s Alcina.

Alessandro Palmeri is a representative member of the Palermo’s cello school. He specialized in contemporary music since beginnings. Driven by his interest for baroque music performed on original instruments, he attended the school at Fondazione Cini in Venice. Very soon he found himself playing as soloist and principal cello all over Europe, Russia, Canada, USA, Latin America, Israel and Japan, performing with Il Ruggiero, Auser Musici, Studio di musica antica Antonio Il Verso, La Venexiana, Cantica Simphonia, Les Elementes, Cosarara, Bozen Baroque Orchestra, L’Astrée and Academia Montis Regalis, alongside artists like J.Savall, B.Kuijken, C.Coin, E.Onofri, A. De Marchi. He founded Il Ricercar Continuo, dedicated to the baroque repertoire for bass instruments, and he’s principal cello with IMAGINARIUM Ensemble. He has been invited to lead master classes in Italy and Europe; in 2009 he has been invited as principal cello of Orchestra Mozart, conducted by C.Abbado. He plays a precious cello made in Rome in 1685, wich has been numbered among the instruments of Corelli’s orchestra.


Alessandro Tampieri was born in Ravenna. Since very young he has been a member of Accademia Bizantina, playing first as violinist and then as violist. Playing the viola he performed as soloist, with chamber ensembles, and with symphonic and opera orchestras like the Philarmonic Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan as well. He also dedicated himself to contemporary music, recording and performing premieres of works by composers such as L.Berio and A.Corghi. Driven by a passion for Early Music and by his aptitude for improvisation, he decided to devote himself to the music of the 17th and 18th centuries playing the violin, as well as the viola d’amore, the lute and the baroque guitar. He collaborated with Il Giardino Armonico, Academia Montis Regalis, Arpeggiata, Divino Sospiro, Artaserse and IMAGINARIUM Ensemble, performing in the most prestigious festivals in Europe, Americas, Australia and Japan. He recorded for many international labels. He’s professor at the Conservatorio Rota in Monopoli.
 
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Official website: www.enricoonofri.com