I SOLISTI AQUILANI
I SOLISTI AQUILANI came into being in 1968 under the direction of Vittorio Antonellini. The ensemble comprises high-calibre musicians who have interchangeable roles within the organisation, enabling them to perform extremely demanding and virtuosic works. Their repertoire embraces a wide range of musical epochs, from the pre-Baroque to the contemporary.
It focuses on Italian composers and at the same time does just homage to operatic pieces. Owing to their excellent performance level, the high number of concerts (more than 2.000) they have given, the fact that they have played in such widespread locations and have won both public and critical acclaim, I Solisti Aquilani have established themselves as one of the most prestigious chamber orchestras in Italy.
As well as being billed at the most important national musical events (including Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Accademia S. Cecilia, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti di Roma, Concerti Aperitivo Italcable, Piccola Scala di Milano, Società del Quartetto di Milano, Unione Musicale di Torino, Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Teatro S. Carlo di Napoli), I Solisti Aquilani have made numerous highly-praised tours in Europe, the Middle and Far East, Africa and America.
They have played in the best concert halls in the USA, Canada, Central and South America, in Europe (Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Malta), in Asia (Lebanon,Turkey, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan).
I Solisti Aquilani have been invited to play on numerous occasions at international festivals in Berne, Bonn, Cannes, Helsinki, Lucerne, Ludwigsburg, Menton, Miami, Montreux-Vévey, Passau, Puebla, S. Sebastián, Toronto and Zurich, and at Italian festivals as Bologna, Fiesole, Porto Cervo, Ravello and Stresa. In 2009 I Solisti Aquilani have performed a concert in New York at the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium inside the UN building.
They have made a large number of records, and radio and television recordings in Italy, Central and South America, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the USA, Japan.
The ensemble normally performs with other internationally acclaimed musicians, including Maurice André, Felix Ayo, Paul Badura Skoda, Hermann Baumann, Renato Bruson, Cecilia Gasdia, Severino Gazzelloni, Jean Pierre Rampal, David Geringas, Ilya Grubert, Stefan Milenkovich, Quartetto d'Archi della Scala, Uto Ughi, Salvatore Accardo, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Peter Eötvös, Luis Bacalov, Krysztof Penderecki, Giovanni Sollima.
Since 2014, Daniele Orlando is the concertmaster of I Solisti Aquilani.