Claudio SCIMONE

Country / Pays : Management : France
Conductor : Conductor


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Claudio Scimone est avant tout le fondateur et le chef d’orchestre de « I Solisti Veneti » qu’il a formé en 1959 à Padoue, sa ville natale, et qu’il dirige depuis, lors des concerts qu’ils donnent dans plus de cinquante pays et dans les principaux festivals internationaux, élevant « I Solisti Veneti » au rang de l’un des ensembles les plus prodigieux et célèbres du monde. Après avoir achevé ses études de chef d’orchestre avec Dimitri Mitropoulos et Franco Ferrara, il acquiert vite une réputation internationale tant pour la musique symphonique que pour l’opéra et il est invité à diriger les orchestres les plus prestigieux du monde : Covent Garden à Londres, Rossini Opera Festival à Pesaro, Opéras de Zurich, de Rome, de Houston, de Mebourne etc...et parmi les orchestres symphoniques : le Philharmonia et le Royal Philharmonic de Londres, le Mostly Mozart Orchestra de New York, l’Orchestre de l’ORTF à Paris, le Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra de Tokyo, les Bamberger Symphoniker, les orchestres de Montréal, Dallas, Toronto, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Monte-Carlo, Nice, ainsi que l’English Chamber Orchestra, le Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra pour n’en citer que quelques uns. Invité habituel des plus importantes chaînes de télévision en Italie et à l’étranger, il a eu un rôle de premier plan dans les films et les programmes consacrés à la musique tels que : « Vivaldi, pittore della musica » de François Reichenbach et « Le Sette Ultime Parole di Cristo » de Haydn, tourné dans la Capella degli Scrovegni de Giotto à Padoue, dans une mise en scène de Ermanno Olmi. Son activité discographique au sein de maisons de disques de réputation internationale est des plus vaste (Erato-WEA, Philips, BMG-RCA etc). Elle comprend, entre autre, un nombre important d’oeuvres inédites de Rossini, enregistrées en première mondiale telles que « Mose in Egitto » (aves Ruggero Raimondi), « Maometto II », « Ermione », « Zelmira », « Armida » mais aussi « L’Italiana in Algeri » (avec Marylyn Horne) qui lui a valu le Prix Grammy de Los Angeles. Avec « I Solisti Veneti » il a notamment enregistré l’intégrale des oeuvres, éditées de leur vivant, de Vivaldi et Albinoni. Tout particulièrement les enregistrements de « Orlando Furioso » de Vivaldi mais aussi de « Catone in Utica », de « Pimpinone » et « Nascimento dell’Aurore de Albinoni ainsi que la « Caduta di Adamo » de Galupi ont suscité un très grand intérêt. Sa production discographique comprend également l’enregistrement de nombreuses compositions de Marcello, Tartini, Galuppi, Salieri, mais il a aussi révélé des oeuvres de compositeurs presque inconnus tels que Giannella, Mercadante et d’autres encore. Auteur de « Segno, significato, interpretazione » (Padoue 1970), il est aussi un musicologue de renommée internationale. On lui doit la redécouverte de Tartini, longtemps oublié, grâce à sa révision de la première édition moderne des oeuvres du compositeur. C’est Claudio Scimone qui a restitué sa popularité à la grande musique baroque de la Vénétie. Parmi les nombreux prix que Claudio Scimone a reçu on peut citer : la Reine Elisabeth Memorial Medal, la Médaille d’Or du Président de la République Italienne, le Prix Mondial du Disque de Montreux, le Diapason d’Or, le Caecilia de l’Association de la Presse Musicale de Belgique, le Prix de la Critique Discographique Italienne. Il a en outre obtenu plusieurs fois le Grand Prix International du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros et le Prix de l’Académie du Disque Lyrique. Juin 2005

Biography :

Born in Padua, he attended the course of orchestra conduction under the masters Dimitri Mitropoulos and Franco Ferrara, and reached a worldwide reputation on the pulpit as symphonic and opera conductor working at Covent Garden in Londra, at the "Arena" Theatre in Verona, at "La Fenice" Theatre in Venezia, for the Opera House of Rome at the Thermae of Caracalla, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, at the Opera House of Zurich, New York, Paris, Macerata ("Sferisterio"), Houston, Melbourne, Aspen, etc. He conducted as well, during concerts or during recordings, the Philarmonia and the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Orchestras of the French Radio in Paris, the New York Mostly Mozart Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic of Tokyo, the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberger Symphoniker, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony, the Salzburger Mozarteum Orchestra and many others, from Toulouse to Strasburg, and from Montreal to Ottawa, Houston and Dallas, etc. He is honorary conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon.
    He has the merit of having executed the first modern unabridged performances (and the relevant CD or DVD records) of many works of Rossini, such as "Mosè in Egitto", "Maometto II"(in both Neapolitan and Venetian versions, this last one on occasion of the opening celebrations of the newly restored Theatre La Fenice), "Edipo a Colono" (all these works for the "Rossini Opera Festival" of Pesaro) "Zelmira", "Armida", "Ermione", the Opera "L'Italiana in Algeri" (this performance with I Solisti Veneti, Marylin Horne, Sam Ramey, Kathleen Battle won the Los Angeles Grammy Award in 1980), as well as many others among which "Le jugement dernier" by Salieri, "Il Nascimento dell'Aurora" and "Pimpinone" by Albinoni, "La caduta di Adamo" by Galuppi, etc. The important premières" of "Orlando Furioso" by Vivaldi (Verona, Teatro Filarmonico" and Paris, Châtelet, with I Solisti Veneti, Marylin Horne, and Victoria de Los Angeles, under the direction of Pierluigi Pizzi) let the world to know the greatness of theatrical production of Antonio Vivaldi.
    In 1959 he established in Padua the Group of I Solisti Veneti, that are going to celebrate during 2009 their 50th anniversary, and that rapidly became the Orchestra of Chamber Music most famous in the world, performing more than 5.500 concerts in more than 80 countries and in main International Music Festivals (among all, they held more than 30 concerts at Salzburg Festival), they recorded more than 350 works in CD, LP, DVD and publishing a very wide range of issues besides many cultural, educational and promotional activities.
    With Scimone, I Solisti Veneti have been habitual guests of the major Italian and foreign broadcasts, but also they participated to some of the most important films and TV programmes about music, such as "Vivaldi, the music painter" by François Reichenbach and "The Last Seven Words of Christ" with the music of F. J. Haydn, directed by Ermanno Olmi in the Chapel of Scrovegni by Giotto.
    The discography of Scimone is very wide and it counts more than 350 titles for the major record companies world-wide (Erato - WEA, Philips, BMG - RCA, etc.) and together with the various above mentioned Orchestras, not to mention, of course, I Solisti Veneti. With I Solisti Veneti he recorded also the unabridged edition of the works of Vivaldi and Albinoni published during lifetime, the Symphonies of Mozart, and he brought to international success some masterpieces by big but forgotten compositors such as Giannella, Mercadante, Rolla, and others.
    Recently, the DVD collection by I Solisti Veneti "Le Stagioni di Vivaldi nelle Ville Venete" (Arthaus), "Il Gloria e la musica sacra di Antonio Vivaldi in San Marco a Venezia e nella Cappella di Giotto a Padova" (Dynamic) and, in 2008, "Concerti per flauto e orchestra di Vivaldi nel Palazzo Ducale di Venezia" with James and Jeanne Galway (Hardy Classic).
    Together with I Solisti Veneti, from more than 40 years, Scimone performs a very important action in order to divulgate classical music among young people and in order to select a new public: I Solisti Veneti were the first orchestra in Italy to execute concerts in school premises. This activity had an enormous acknowledgement already in 1970 thanks to the victory in the music contest of Festivalbar obtained with more than 350.000 votes expressed by a young public.
    Filling a gap in the Italian music publishing, I Solisti Veneti, under the direction of Scimone, published a fundamental range of thematic catalogues and of "facsimiles" of the works of main Venetian composers (Albinoni, Bonporti, Tartini, Galuppi, Platti, Torelli, Dall'Abaco, M. Lombardini).
    Scimone cooperated with the Foundation Rossini of Pesaro in order to edit the opera omnia of Rossigni and devoted himself with passion to the training of young musicians. He was teacher of Orchestral Training at the Conservatory of Venice and, for 27 years, he was the Director of the Conservatory of Padua.
    Among the great number of awards he received, there are the Los Angeles Grammy Award, the Grand Prix du Disque of the Paris Academie Charles Cros (several times), the Award of the Académie du Disque Lyrique and about thirty other awards. Scimone received form the Italian President of the Republic the honour of "Cavaliere di Gran Croce" and a golden medal for school, artistic and cultural merits. For the moment he his the only artists who received by the Regional Council of Veneto Region the award of "Leone Veneto" with unanimous vote. Claudio Scimone and I Solisti Veneti were assigned in 2008 at La Fenice Theatre in Venice the Prize "A Life in music" by the Foundation Arthur Rubinstein, and which was assigned in the past to Rubinstein, Rostropovitch, Bernstein and, recently, to Pizzi, Raimondi, Mehta and Brendel.
    Many composers dedicated to Claudio Scimone and to I Solisti Veneti works composed just on purpose, starting in this way a new literature meant for 12 or more solo strings: among them there are Bussotti, Chailly, Constant, Corghi, De Pablo, De Pirro, Donatoni, Guaccero, Malipiero, Manzoni, Morricone, Scelsi and many others.

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