Born in Palermo, FABIO BIONDI began his international career at the age of twelve, performing his first solo concert with the RAI symphony orchestra. Driven early on by an inexhaustible cultural curiosity, Fabio Biondi was introduced to pioneers of the new approach to Baroque music, an opportunity that was to expand his musical vision and change the direction of his career.
When he was sixteen, he was invited by the Musikverein of Vienna to perform Bach’s violin concertos. Since then, Biondi has performed with ensembles including Cappella Real, Musica Antiqua Wien, Seminario Musicale, La Chapelle Royale, and Les Musiciens du Louvre (ever since its foundation), all specialized in the performance of Baroque music using original technique and instruments.
In 1990, Fabio Biondi founded Europa Galante, an ensemble that, in just a few years thanks to their worldwide concert schedule and extraordinary recording successes, became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian ensemble of Baroque music. Biondi and his ensemble have been invited to play at the most important world festivals and concert halls, from La Scala in Milan to the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Sydney Opera House.
Their first record (Vivaldi's concertos) was awarded the Premio Cini of Venice and the Choc de la Musique, and was soon followed by a number of other awards, such as five Diapasons d’Or, Diapason d’Or de l’Année in France, RTL Prize, “Record of the Year” nominations in many countries, and the Prix du Disque, “ffff” by the review Télérama. In 2006 their recording of Vivaldi's opera Bajazet was nominated for a Grammy.
Fabio Biondi’s musical development, taking in both the universal repertoire plus the rediscovering of minor composers, includes three centuries of music. This is illustrated in his varied discography: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons; Corelli’s Concerti Grossi; the oratorios, serenatas, and operas of Alessandro Scarlatti (La Messa di Natale; Clori, Dorino e Amore; Massimo Puppieno; and Il trionfo dell'onore); Handel’s operas (Poro); and the 18th-century Italian violin repertoire (Veracini, Vivaldi, Locatelli, Tartini), as well as sonatas by Bach, Schubert, and Schumann. Biondi embodies the perpetual pursuit of style, free from dogmatism, and he remains intent in his quest for the original language. It is due to this very approach that he can collaborate as soloist and conductor with many varied orchestras, including Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, the European Baroque Orchestra, the Opera of Halle, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Norway, the Orchestre Nationale of Montpellier, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, to name but a few.
Fabio Biondi also performs in duo with piano, harpsichord, or fortepiano in prestigious venues around the world, including the Carnegie Recital Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Hogi Hall in Tokyo, Auditorium Nacional in Madrid, and the Wigmore Hall in London.
Since March 2005 Biondi has taken on the role of artistic director for baroque music of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Next season he will conduct L’Orchestre de Montpellier, the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Orquesta de la Coruña, and the Camerata of Patras. Since 2011 he is a member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome).
Fabio Biondi plays an Andrea Guarneri violin (Cremona, 1686). He also plays a 1766 Carlo Ferdinando Gagliano violin, owned by his teacher Maestro Salvatore Cicero and kindly lent to him by the Salvatore Cicero Foundation in Palermo.