Enrico Onofri


Founder and conductor, Imaginarium
Principal guest conductor, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla
Conductor in residence, Bochumer Symphoniker

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

Enrico Onofri’s vivid, refined and stylistically irreproachable direction at the head of the Lyon Opera Orchestra, celebrated in the pit the sacred union of music and drama. - Le Monde

Born in Ravenna, Italy, Enrico starts his career as concertmaster of Jordi Savall’s Capella Real then with renowned groups such as Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaiques, Concerto Italiano, Il Giardino Armonico. From 2004 to 2013 he is principal conductor of Divino Sospiro and, since 2006, principal guest conductor with Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. He is the founder of the remarkable Imaginarium Ensemble.

Soon after his conductor’s debuts in 2002 to great critical acclaim, he received invitations from numerous festivals and orchestras in many prestigious venues throughout the world.

His 2016-17 season includes invitations by the Ambronay Festival (with Imaginarium and Philippe Jaroussky), with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, the Camerata Bern, the Basel Kammerorchester. He appears in Madrid, Budapest, in Japan for a tour with Kanazawa Ensemble and, in November 2016, he embarks into a 3-year collaboration with the Bochumer Symphoniker, including three different programmes every year.

Enrico is also a sought after opera conductor: Glück Orfeo ed Euridice (2015) at Opera de Lyon, Lucio Silla at Halle Haendel Festival (2015 & 2016). In August 2016, he conducts the world premiere of the comic opera Le Nozze in Sogno by Cesti at Innsbruck Festival of Early Music

In 2017-18 Onofri conducts a tour of the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico, Orchestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and the Bochumer Symphoniker. The orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro invites him to conduct an instrumental recording (Warner Classics/Erato), which leads to future concerts tours and a recording with Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

Highlights of his season 2018-19 include concerts with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Il Pomo d’Oro Orchestra, Orchestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Berner Kammerorchester, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Haydn Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Kanazawa Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie and Zürcher Kammerorchester among others.

Many of Enrico’s recordings have received international acclaim and awards, such as the October 2016 Diapason d’or attributed to the Volume II of Corelli’s Sonatas op V.

Enrico Onofri is also professor of baroque violin and baroque music interpretation at the Conservatorio Bellini in Palermo. He has been invited to give master classes throughout Italy, Europe and Japan; he’s been tutor and invited conductor with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and, in 2015, the Juilliard School invited him to teach a master class in New York.

2018-19 Season - Not to be altered without permission.