Saturday September 29, 2018 | 7:30pm (Pre-concert talk 6:45pm)
Christ Church Cathedral | Map
Antonio Vivaldi, master and model of invention, inspired over a half-century of European music with his first published set of concertos for one, two, and four violins: L’Estro Armonico. The Pacific Baroque Orchestra offer selections from this seminal work and from La Stravaganza led by the imaginative and wildy virtuosic Italian violinist Enrico Onofri. Born in Ravenna, Italy, Enrico’s career began when he was still a student when he was named first violin at the Capella Reial de Catalunya under Jordi Savall. He has since regularly collaborated with and led groups such as Il Giardino Armonico, Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaiques and Concerto Italiano. Enrico Onofri is professor of baroque violin and interpretation of baroque music at the Conservatorio Bellini in Palermo.
“Onofri has made a life’s work out of reviving the violin’s sound in its early days in 17th-century Italy. He holds his violin like a fiddler and turns the instrument into a wordless voice, pleading, cajoling, lamenting. Compared to the extrovert, brilliant modern violin, Onofri’s sound seems as delicate as a reed, and yet it’s always impassioned and enticingly strange.” – The Daily Telegraph
This concert is generously supported by Bruce Wright
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A.Vivaldi Concerto Op.3 n.1 in D major for four violins, cello, strings and bc
Allegro–Largo e spiccato–Allegro
A.Vivaldi Concerto Op.4 n.4 in A minor for violin, strings and bc
A.Vivaldi Concerto Op.4 n.1 in Bflat major for violin, strings and bc
Allegro–Largo e cantabile–Allegro
A.Vivaldi Concerto n.10 in B minor for four violins, strings and bc
A.Vivaldi Concerto Op.3 n.8 in A minor for two violins, strings and bc
Allegro–Larghetto e spiritoso–Allegro
A.Vivaldi Concerto Op.3 n.9 in D major for violin, strings and bc
A.Vivaldi Concerto n.11 in D minor for two violins, cello, strings and bc
Allegro/Adagio e spiccato/Allegro – Largo e spiccato – Allegro
Enrico Onofri, Music Director
Enrico Onofri was born in Ravenna, Italy. His career began with an invitation from Jordi Savall to be the concertmaster of La Capella Real. Very soon he found himself working with groups such as Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaiques and Concerto Italiano. From 1987 to 2010 he was the concertmaster and soloist of Il Giardino Armonico.
In 2002 he entered upon a conductor’s career, which has brought him great critical acclaim and numerous invitations from orchestras, festivals and opera houses in Europe, Japan and America. From 2004 to 2013 he was the principal conductor of Divino Sospiro in Lisbon and since 2006 he has been a principal guest conductor with Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. He has conducted ensembles such as Camerata Bern, Festival Strings Lucerne, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Bochumer Symphoniker, Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Cipango Consort Tokyo, Real Orquesta de Sevilla, Orchestre de Clermont Ferrand, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia and more.
He founded the chamber group Imaginarium Ensemble to perform the Italian baroque repertoire.
Enrico Onofri has performed in the world’s most famous concert halls, alongside artists like Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Cecilia Bartoli and Katia and Marielle Labèque, among others.
Many of Enrico Onofri’s recordings with Teldec, Decca, Astrée, Naive, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony, Passacaille, Nichion, Winter&Winter, Opus111, Virgin, Zig Zag Territoires etc., have been awarded prestigious international prizes, and his concerts have been broadcast by European, American, Asian and Australian networks. Enrico Onofri has been the professor of baroque violin and interpretation of baroque music at the Conservatorio Bellini in Palermo since 1999. He has been invited to give master classes throughout Europe, Canada and Japan. He has been tutor and invited conductor with the EUBO, European Union Baroque Orchestra. In 2011 he’s been invited to give a master class at the Juilliard School in New York. https://www.facebook.com/onofri.enrico/
Pacific Baroque Orchestra
The Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) is recognized as one of Canada’s most exciting and innovative ensembles performing “early music for modern ears”. PBO brings the music of the past up to date by performing with cutting-edge style and enthusiasm. Formed in 1990, the orchestra quickly established itself as a force in Vancouver’s burgeoning music scene with the ongoing support of Early Music Vancouver.
In 2009, PBO welcomed Alexander Weimann as Artistic Director. His imaginative programming and expert leadership have drawn in many new concertgoers, and his creativity and engaging musicianship have carved out a unique and vital place in the cultural landscape of Vancouver.
PBO regularly joins forces with internationally celebrated Canadian guest artists, providing performance opportunities for Canadian musicians while exposing West Coast audiences to a spectacular variety of talent. The Orchestra has also toured BC, the northern United States and across Canada as far as the East Coast. The musicians of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra have been at the core of many large-scale productions by Early Music Vancouver in recent years, including many summer festival performances led by Alexander Weimann.