Violin & direction
Enrico Onofri was born in Ravenna, Italy. While still a student, he was invited by Jordi Savall to become leader of Capella Reial, and went on to work with various ensembles including Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaiques, Concerto Italiano and Il Giardino Armonico, where he has been leader and violin soloist since 1987.
In 2005, he became principal director of Divino Sospiro, the resident orchestra of the Belém Cultural Centre in Lisbon, also performing with the baroque ensemble he founded, Imaginarium.
Enrico Onofri has performed in the world’s biggest concert halls and festivals, such as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Berlin Philharmonie, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Theatre San Carlo in Naples, New York’s Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall, the Barbican and Wigmore Hall in London, Zurich Tonhalle, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Châtelet in Paris and the Auditorium in Madrid. He has performed
with artists such as Cécilia Bartoli, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Katia and Marielle Labèque and Christophe Coin.
In April 2012, he conducted the Lyon Opera Orchestra in a baroque programme with such success that he was invited back to conduct Handel’s Alcina in 2015.
In June 2012, Onofri conducted the Basel Chamber Orchestra, who invited him back for a series of concerts and recordings in 2014.
Enrico Onofri’s many acclaimed recordings on Teldec, Decca, Naïve, Astrée, Winter&Winter, Virgin, Opus 111, Zig Zag Territories and Nichion, have received many of the industry’s most prestigious international awards including the Echo-Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du disque, Gramophone Award, Diapason d’or, Choc de la Musique and Répertoire 10.
Since 2000, Enrico Onofri has been professor of baroque violin and early music performance at the Bellini conservatoire in Palermo. He is regularly invited to give master classes in Italy, Europe and Japan. The Juillard School in New York recently invited him to lecture on the baroque violin.