Il Giardino Armonico, founded in 1985 and conducted by Giovanni Antonini have long been established as one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles, bringing together musicians from some of Europe’s leading music institutions.
The ensemble’s repertory is mainly focused on the 17th and 18th centuries. Depending on the demands of each programme, the group will consist of anywhere from 3 to 35 musicians.
After many years as exclusive group of Teldec Classics, achieving several major awards for their recordings of works by Vivaldi and other 18th century composers, the group has signed in 2008 an exclusive recording agreement with DECCA/L’Oiseau-Lyre.
With this record label the ensemble has released Haendel’s Concerti Grossi Op VI and the cantata Il Pianto di Maria, with mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink.
In 2009 a new cooperation with Cecilia Bartoli lead to the project Sacrificium, including il Giardino Armonico’s last Decca recording (awarded the Platinum Disc in France and Belgium within the first three months) and a long European tour.
Their CD of Vivaldi’s opera Ottone in Villa, released by Naive, was awarded with the Diapason d’Or in January 2011. Il Giardino Armonico's last recording, the CD Alleluja, with young soprano Julia Lezhneva, released by Decca in march 2013, has been unanimously acclaimed by public and critics.
Il Giardino Armonico is regularly invited to festivals all over the world, performing in the most important concert halls, and has received the highest acclaim both for their concerts and for their staged opera productions, like Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Handel’s Agrippina, Il Trionfo del Tempo del Disinganno and La Resurrezione, Vivaldi's Ottone in Villa and, most recently, Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare, during last editions of Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festival.
The ensemble can regularly be heard performing with such acclaimed soloists as Giuliano Carmignola, Christophe Coin, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Bernarda Fink, Viktoria Mullova, Giovanni Sollima and Cecilia Bartoli. Their future projects include a second recording, followed by an European tour, with Julia Lezhneva, a tour in Far East with the chamber music ensemble, a collaboration with cellist Sol Gabetta, and performances of Bach and Vivaldi's Magnificat in collaboration with the Bayerische Rundfunk Chor.