Enrico Onofri & Maria Cristina Vasi: Violin Duo

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Principal conductor of the Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma, principal guest conductor of the Haydn Philharmonie in
Eisenstadt, associated conductor of the Orchestre National d’Auvergne, since 2022 Associated Conductor of the Münchener
Kammerorchester, music director and conductor of the Academia Montis Regalis orchestra, Enrico Onofri is one of the most
respected violinists and conductors in the “historically informed practice” scene.

In this program he will share the stage with Maria Cristina Vasi, an excellent and refined violinist and violist, a member of the Ensemble Imaginarium.

Enrico Onofri Principal conductor of the Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma, principal guest conductor of the Haydn Philharmonie in Eisenstadt, associated conductor of the Orchestre National d’Auvergne, music director of the Academia Montis Regalis orchestra, Enrico grew up in the antique atelier of his parents in Ravenna. His career began with an invitation from Jordi Savall to be the concertmaster of La Capella Reial. Very soon he found himself working with groups such as the Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaïques, and Il Giardino Armonico, which he led as concertmaster from 1987 to 2010. In 2002 he began his career as a conductor, receiving great praise and numerous invitations from orchestras, opera houses and festivals all over Europe, Japan and Canada. He collaborates with: Akademie für Alte Musik, Camerata Bern, Bochumer Symphoniker, Wiener Kammerorchester, Festival Strings Lucerne, Kammerorchester Basel, Tafelmusik Toronto, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Orquesta de l’Opéra de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orquestra Metropolitana Lisbon, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, and Riga Sinfonietta. He conducted opera productions at the Lyon Opéra, Teatro de la Maestranza of Sevilla, Torino Teatro Regio, Halle Staatstheater, working with stage directors such as Alessio Pizzech, Mariame Clément, David Marton, and Stephen Lawless. Enrico Onofri collaborates with artists such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Cecilia Bartoli, Katia and Marielle Labèque and more. He founded the chamber group Imaginarium Ensemble, whose CDs have been awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2020. He also records for Teldec, Decca, Astrée, Naive, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony, Passacaille, Nichion, Pentatone, Winter & Winter, Opus 111, Virgin, and Zig Zag Territoires. Enrico was professor of baroque violin at the “Scarlatti” Conservatory in Palermo and currently teaches at the “Rossini” Conservatory in Pesaro. He has been invited to give master classes in Europe, Canada, USA (Juilliard School, New York) and Japan. He has been tutor and conductor with the EUBO. In 2019 he was awarded the Abbiati prize as best soloist of the year.

Maria Cristina Vasi Born in Ravenna, she began her violin studies in her hometown and then continued in Bologna and Milan with Carlo De Martini. She then specialized in Lyon with the violinist Annik Nicolas. Already during her studies, she showed a keen interest in the performance practices of classical and baroque music and began to collaborate with ensembles specializing in this repertoire. She then began an intense concert activity with groups such as the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Wiener Akademie, Armonico Tributo, Ensemble Matheus, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, and Il Quartettone.
Since 1990 she has been a permanent member of Il Giardino Armonico, with which she regularly performs in the most important halls of the world and has recorded numerous CDs for the Teldec and Decca labels, as well as for radio and television in Europe, Asia and America. Since 2001 she has been the first chair of the ensemble Le Musiche Nove, with which she performs at the most important European festivals together with mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli.