I Solisti Veneti

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I Solisti Veneti is an Italian chamber orchestra founded in Padua in 1959 by Claudio Scimone.[1]


The ensemble was directed by Scimone until his last concert on 2 September 2018; he died on 6 September.[2] I Solisti Veneti made a reputation especially with Italian Baroque music, recording many works by Antonio Vivaldi, Tomaso Albinoni, Francesco Geminiani, Benedetto Marcello and Giuseppe Tartini.

I Solisti Veneti has toured the world, playing over 6,000 concerts in over ninety countries,[3] in places as diverse as Salzburg and Seoul.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2008 the European Parliament honoured the Orchestra with an official plaque where they are praised as “Ambassadors of culture and music across the borders”.[3] In April 2018 they gave a concert at the Embassy of Italy, Washington, DC.[4]


The ensemble has recorded with many world-famous artists, including Salvatore Accardo, Plácido Domingo, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Marilyn Horne, James Galway, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sviatoslav Richter, Paul Badura-Skoda, Heinz Holliger and Ugo Orlandi.[1]


The group has made over 350[3] recordings, many on the Erato record label, others on RCA, Sony, Arts, etc.[5] A number of these were first-ever recordings of works of Vivaldi, Albinoni and Rossini. However the repertoire of the orchestra is very wide and extends from 1585 (Giovanni Bassano) up to many works written in 2017. More than 70 composers of our times have dedicated works for Claudio Scimone and his Orchestra such as Bussotti, Donatoni, R.Malipiero, L.Chailly, Guaccero, Morricone, Constant, De Pablo, De Marzi, Cadario, Campogrande, Lucio Dalla, Donaggio and many women composers.

I Solisti Veneti has recorded for television and movies. The ensemble has won numerous awards including a Grammy (Los Angeles, 1980), three 'Grand Prix du Disque.' (Académie Charles Cros and Acadèmie du Disque Lyrique).[6] In 1970 they won the first prize in the original countest of Festival Bar (juke box recordings) with 350,000 votes of young listeners.[6]

List of current members (2017)[edit]

Giuliano Carmignola, Piero Toso, Lucio Degani are three soloists who have played in the ensemble.

The orchestra is drawn from a pool of freelance players, in 2017 regularly featuring the following:

  • Conductor: Claudio Scimone
  • Principal violin: Lucio Degani
  • Violins: Chiara Parrini, Francesco Comisso, Enzo Ligresti, Michelangelo Lentini, Walter Daga, Marco Bronzi
  • Violas: Giancarlo Di Vacri, Silvestro Favero, Fabio Merlini
  • Violoncello: Gianantonio Viero, Giuseppe Barutti, Federico Armellini
  • Double bass: Gabriele Ragghianti
  • Flute : Clementine Hoogendoorn
  • Oboe : Paolo Grazia, Rossana Calvi, Silvano Scanziani (all principals)
  • Clarinet : Lorenzo Guzzoni, Enricomaria Bassan
  • Bassoon : Roberto Giaccaglia, Christian Maria Galasso
  • Trumpet : Roberto Rigo
  • Hapsichord and Organ : Silvio Celeghin, Fabio Merlini


  1. ^ a b I Solisti Veneti listed at arkivmusic.com, accessed 26 September 2018
  2. ^ Morto Claudio Scimone, padre de I Solisti Veneti: aveva fatto conoscere Vivaldi nel mondo (Claudio Scimone, father of I Solisti Veneti, died: he had introduced Vivaldi to the world) at mail.corrierequotidiano.it, accessed 10 September 2018
  3. ^ a b c Notes regarding I Solisti Veneti tartinifestival.org, accessed 26 September 2018
  4. ^ I Solisti Veneti, Italian Cultural Institute @ Embassy of Italy 25 April 2018, dc-embassy-events.org, accessed 26 September 2018
  5. ^ 234 Recording listed on this page as at September 2018 discogs.com, accessed 26 September 2018
  6. ^ a b I Solisti Veneti – Claudio Scimone concertoclassics.it, accessed 17 July 2019

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