Accademia Bizantina specialises in the performance of 17th and 18th century music on original instruments and according to historical research. Ottavio Dantone has been the group’s director since 1996. The artists have given concerts at numerous festivals across Europe, both Americas, the Middle East, Mexico and Japan. Accademia Bizantina is now considered to be one of the best ensembles in the world.
Recently it has also strengthened its position as the leading ensemble in the interpretation of baroque opera in Italy.
Some of the group’s most spectacular achievements include the production of works by Pergolesi (L’Olimpiade), Handel (Orlando) and Monteverdi (L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), which they presented not only in Italy, but also France, Argentina, Brasil, Chile and Uruquay. The ensemble’s activities (focusing on their repertoire on Italian composers – Corelli, Frescobaldi, Galuppi, Marcell, Sarti, Scarlatti and Vivaldi) have been documented in recordings for Decca, l'Oiseau Lyre, Arts, Harmonia Mundi and Naïve, which have received numerous awards (the album with Vivaldi’s motets with Sandrine Piau was awarded the “Midem Classical Award 2007”).
Picture: Ribaltaluce Studio