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Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. The Orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan and Korea.

Highlights of the current season have included a nine-city United States tour of the Orchestra’s Baroque concertos program featuring internal soloists; the seasonal opening concert of Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica chamber hall, and performances across Europe with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, violinist Giuliano Carmignola, mezzo-soprano Romina Basso, and cellist Gautier Capuçon.

Highlights of the 2011/12 season included Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater and Gloria at the Bruge Concertgebouw; concerts in Lisbon and France with soprano Patricia Petibon; performances of their pasticcio of Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade in London, Dijon, Brussels, Paris, Athens and Siena; performances with Mr. Carmignola at the Enescu Festival, and the Gstaad and Dubrovnik festivals; in Italy and Russia with Ms Basso, with recorder player Anna Fusek in the Czech Republic, and with Simone Kermes in Poland, as well as performances of Baroque multi-instrument concertos throughout Europe.

The 2010/11 season featured a 28-city tour of the United States with violinist Robert McDuffie in premiere performances of Philip Glass’s new violin concerto, The American Four Seasons; a tour of Japan and Korea with Mr. Carmignola; concerts in Austria and France with soprano Patricia Petibon; Vivaldi’s La senna festeggiante at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; Baroque cello concertos with Mr. Capuçon in Germany; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Théâtre des Champs Elysées with soprano Veronica Cangemi and contralto Sara Mingardo; a US tour with Mr. Carmignola and violinist Giulio Plotino; Vivaldi arias with Ms. Basso in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Monteverdi’s Vespers in Leipzig, and a tour of festivals in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland featuring mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená.

Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, the VBO has given the modern-day premieres of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione, Vivaldi’s Atenaide, Andromeda liberata, Benedetto Marcello’s La morte d’Adone and Il trionfo della poesia e della musica, and Boccherini’s La Clementina. With Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Orchestra has staged Cimarosa’s L’Olimpiade, Handel’s Siroe, and Galuppi’s L’Olimpiade, and reprised Siroe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in its first full staging in the United States.

The Orchestra’s recent disc for Naïve, a pasticcio of Metastasio’s L’Olimpiade featuring the recording premieres of many 18th-century opera arias, was released in 2012 and awarded Choc du Monde de la Musique. The VBO has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. Their worldpremiere recording of Andromeda liberata for DG was followed by recordings of violin concertos with Mr. Carmignola; Vivaldi sinfonias and concertos for strings; Vivaldi motets and arias with soprano Simone Kermes, two discs with Ms. Kožená—Handel arias and Vivaldi arias; Vivaldi violin concertos with Viktoria Mullova and Mr. Carmignola, and Italian arias with Ms. Petibon. The Orchestra’s earlier discography on Sony with Mr. Carmignola includes The Four Seasons, previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos, and a collection of Bach arias featuring Angelika Kirchschlager. The Orchestra has been honored with the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Echo Award and the Edison Award.

In addition to frequent radio broadcast of their concerts, the Orchestra have been seen worldwide through several television specials, including films by the BBC, ARTE, NTR (Netherlands), and NHK. They have been the subject of three recent video recordings, in Romania, Croatia, Lisbon. Their performances will also be featured on Swiss TV in an upcoming documentary on Vivaldi. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is supported by Fondazione Cassamarca in Treviso.


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© Anna Carmignola



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The Italian organist, harpsichordist and conductor Andrea Marcon is one of the most acclaimed musicians in early music. Born in Treviso he studied organ and harpsichord with Jean-Claude Zehnder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 1986 he won first prize at the organ competition in Innsbruck and in 1991 the first prize in the harpsichord competition in Bologna.

Mr. Marcon founded the Venice Baroque Orchestra in 1997. His dedication to the rediscovery of Baroque opera led to the first modern-day stagings of Francesco Cavalli’s L’Orione (1998), Handel’s Siroe (2000), Cimarosa’s L’Olimpiade (2001) and Galuppi’s L’Olimpiade (2006). In April 2004, Mr. Marcon conducted the United States premiere of Siroe at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has been heralded for his performances of Marcello’s Il trionfo della Musica e della Poesia; Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso, Atenaide, Tito Manlio, Gloria, Magnificat, and Juditha Triumphans; Cavalli’s Calisto and Giasone; Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Vespers; Handel’s Messiah, Ariodante and Alcina; and Bach’s Mass in B minor and cantatas.

Today Mr. Marcon is widely recognized as a leading interpreter of the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic periods. He has directed the German radio symphony orchestras WDR, HR, and NDR, the Danish Radio Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Mozarteum Salzburg, Camerata Salzburg, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Essen Symphony Orchestra and Bremen Philharmonic, among many others, in repertoire including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert symphonies and early Rossini operas.

Over the past six years he has been a frequent guest conductor at Theater Basel, leading La Cetra Baroque Orchestra in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Cavalli’s Calisto, Handel’s Ariodante, Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and Purcell’s Fairy Queen. At Opera Theatre in Frankfurt he has conducted Charpentier’s Medée, Orlando Furioso, Ariodante and Cavalli’s Giasone.

Mr. Marcon has led the Venice Baroque Orchestra in most of the prestigious concert halls and festivals around the world. In October 2012 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and in summer 2014 he will conduct at the Aix en Provence Festival.

Mr. Marcon has over 50 CDs to his credit. For his recordings as organist and harpsichordist he has been awarded four times with the Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik prize. His recordings as conductor have also received numerous accolades, including the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Vivaldi Award of the Cini Foundation, Germany’s Echo Award and the Edison Prize in Holland. Among his many CDs with the Venice Baroque Orchestra for Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon are albums with Magdalena Kožená, Patricia Petibon, Angelika Kirchschlager, Giuliano Carmignola, Simone Kermes and Viktoria Mullova. With La Cetra he has recorded Mozart overtures and arias with Mojca Erdmann.

Mr. Marcon is professor of organ and harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and since September 2012 artistic director of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (Spain).



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