I Musici

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I Musici
Chamber orchestra
I Musici - Ashqelon 1962.jpg
Members of I Musici on a visit to Israel, 1962
Founded 1951 (1951)
Location Rome
Website www.imusicidiroma.com

I Musici (pronounced [iˈmuːzitʃi]), also known as I Musici di Roma, is an Italian chamber orchestra from Rome formed in 1951.[1] They are well known for their interpretations of Baroque and other works, particularly Antonio Vivaldi and Tomaso Albinoni.

In the 1970s, I Musici recorded the first classical music video and, later, the group was the first to record a compact disc for the Philips label.[1]

One of their founding members and first violin, Felix Ayo, is still active as of 2012.


I Musici consists of a group of string instruments and one harpsichord. The strings include 6 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, and one double bass.


I Musici is a conductorless ensemble; the relationships among the twelve musicians enable great harmony in their music-making.

I Musici today

  • Violins: Antonio Anselmi, Marco Serino, Ettore Pellegrino, Pasquale Pellegrino, Francesca Vicari, Gian Luca Apostoli
  • Viola: Massimo Paris, Silvio Di Rocco
  • Celli: Vito Paternoster, Pietro Bosna
  • Double bass: Roberto Gambioli
  • Harpsichord: Francesco Buccarella
Dedicated photo of early I-Musici orchestra 1956, on first of two acclaimed Southern Africa tours organised by Hans Adler. For 1967 tour members see:[1]

Former members

  • Violins: Salvatore Accardo, Federico Agostini, Felix Ayo, Arnaldo Apostoli, Claudio Buccarella, Pina Carmirelli, Italo Colandrea, Anna Maria Cotogni, Walter Gallozzi, Roberto Michelucci, Antonio Salvatore, Mariana Sirbu, Franco Tamponi, Luciano Vicari
  • Violas: Dino Asciolla, Aldo Bennici, Paolo Centurioni, Carmen Franco, Alfonso Ghedin, Bruno Giuranna
  • Celli: Enzo Altobelli, Mario Centurione, Francesco Strano
  • Double bass: Lucio Buccarella
  • Harpsichord: Maria Teresa Garatti


  1. ^ a b "I Musici di Roma" (PDF). A Celebration of Italian Art, Film, and Music. National Gallery of Art. 2012. p. 17. Retrieved 21 October 2012. [dead link]

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