Enrico Onofri


Founder & Conductor, IMAGINARIUM
Principal Guest Conductor, ORQUESTA BARROCA DE SEVILLA

… A fascinating performance made of flexibility, precision, sound and fantasy. (…) Onofri gave us much more than an interpretation, he played a music game, experimenting at every time, being amazing at every bar.  Andres Moreno Mengibar, Diario de Sevilla.

Enrico Onofri was born in Ravenna, Italy. His career began with an invitation from Jordi Savall to be concertmaster of La Capella Real. Very soon he also found himself working with groups such as Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaïques and Concerto Italiano. From 1987 to 2010, he’s been concertmaster and soloist with Il Giardino Armonico.

His conducting career began in 2002 to great critical acclaim, receiving invitations from orchestras and festivals in Europe, Japan and Canada. From 2004 to 2013 he has been principal conductor of Divino Sospiro. Since 2006 he has been guest conductor with Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. He conducts as well Camerata Bern, Festival Strings Lucerne, Kammerorchester Basel, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Cipango Consort Tokyo, Bochumer Symphoniker, Euskadi Orchestra, Real Orquesta de Sevilla, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, etc

He founded the chamber group Imaginarium Ensemble to perform the Italian baroque repertoire.

Enrico Onofri has performed in the world’s most famous concert halls including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Philarmonie and Unter den Linden Operahouse in Berlin, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, Tonhalle in Zurich, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Oji Hall in Tokio, Osaka Simphony Hall, Colon in Buenos Aires, with artists like Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Cecilia Bartoli, and Katia and Marielle Labèque.

During the 2015-2016 season, he was invited, among others, by the Arion Orchestra in Montréal, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, the Riga Sinfonietta, the Santiago Orquesta Filarmonica, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, as well as for the revival of the highly acclaimed production of Lucio Silla presented at Halle Händel Festival 2015.

Many of Enrico Onofri’s recordings have been awarded prestigious international prizes, such as the Grammophone Award, Grand Prix des Discophiles, Echo-Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Premio Caecilia, Premio Fondazione Cini of Venice, La Nouvelle Academie du Disque and numerous Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique, 10 de Répertoire des disques compacts. His concerts are broadcasted by European, American, Asian and Australian networks.

Since 2000, Enrico Onofri is professor of baroque violin and baroque music interpretation at the Conservatorio Bellini in Palermo and gives master classes throughout Italy, Europe and Japan. He has been tutor and invited conductor with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and recently invited to teach a master class at the Juilliard School in New York.

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