Giovanni Antonini

Born in Milan, Giovanni Antonini studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica and at the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva. He is a founder member of the Baroque ensemble ’Il Giardino Armonico’, which he has led since 1989. With this ensemble, he has appeared as conductor and soloist on the recorder and Baroque transverse flute in Europe, United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Japan and Malaysia. Furthermore, he is Artistic Director of Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of Mozarteum Orchester and Kammerorchester Basel.

He has performed with many prestigious artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Isabelle Faust, Sol Gabetta, Viktoria Mullova, Katia and Marielle Labèque and Emmanuel Pahud. Renowned for his refined and innovative interpretation of the classical and baroque repertoire, Antonini is also a regular guest with Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouworkest, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, London Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

His opera productions have included Mozart’s ’Le Nozze di Figaro’ and Handel’s ’Alcina' at Teatro alla Scala in Milano and Opernhaus Zurich as well as Handel’s ’Giulio Cesare’ and Bellini’s ’Norma’ with Cecilia Bartoli at Salzburg Festival. During the season 2019/2020 Antonini conducts ’Giulio Cesare’ at La Scala and returns to Mozarteum Orchester, Tonhalle Orchester, Czech Philhamonic and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunk.

With Il Giardino Armonico, Antonini has recorded numerous CDs of instrumental works by Vivaldi, J. S. Bach (’Brandenburg Concertos’), Biber and Locke. With Kammerorchester Basel he has recorded the complete Beethoven Symphonies and a disc of flute concertos with Emmanuel Pahud entitled ’Revolution’.

Antonini is Artistic Director of the project Haydn2032, created to realise a vision to record and perform with Il Giardino Armonico and Kammerorchester Basel, the complete symphonies of Joseph Haydn by the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The first 7 volumes have been released with two further volumes planned for release every year.

Giovanni Antonini beim Beethovenfest