Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
Bach: Performances and recordings
The activity of Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone has always been deeply connected to the world of J.S. Bach, on two different levels: directly, through performances and editions of his scores, and in an indirect way, through the understanding and the study of the influence which Bach had on his contemporaries first and on the generations to come, thus representing a reference in the History of Music for any scholar, music-lover and performer.
Accademia Bizantina was founded in Ravenna in 1983 with the intention of “making music like a large quartet”. A number of prominent personalities in the musical world supported the orchestra’s development and growth, among them Jorg Demus, Carlo Chiarappa, Riccardo Muti and Luciano Berio. Gradually the orchestra developed a distinguished voice by adopting its own interpretative style based on a common language and shared performance practice, reflecting the noblest tradition of Italian chamber music. In 1989 Ottavio Dantone joined the group as harpsichordist and in 1996 he was appointed musical and artistic director, guaranteeing the prestige and artistic quality of the ensemble. Under his expert guidance Accademia Bizantina has merged philological research and an aesthetic approach to the interpretation of music from the Baroque period. Dantone’s competence, imagination and sophistication have united with the enthusiasm and artistic empathy of each member of the group, giving their interpretations the depth which makes them one of the most prestigious ensembles on the international musical scene today. The ensemble performs in concerts halls and festivals worldwide. Their many recordings, most notably for Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, Outhere have won numerous awards including the Diapason d’Or, Midem, Gramophone Award and a Grammy Music Award nomination. Of particular significance are their collaborations with violinists Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola and with countertenor Andreas Scholl with whom they have had major international tours and recording projects (for Onyx Harmonia Mundi and Decca).