Venice Baroque Orchestra & Giuliano Carmignola, violin

Venice Baroque Orchestra
Venice Baroque Orchestra

Thursday 20. 8. 2020  20:30

St. George's Church in Piran

Opening concert of the festival

Soloist: Giuliano Carmignola (violin)


  • Francesco Saverio Geminiani (1687 – 1762): Concerto grosso in d minor “La follia”
  • Giuseppe Tartini (1692 – 1770): Sonata a quattro in D Major for strings and basso continuo n.3     
  • Giuseppe Tartini (1692 – 1770): Concerto in B minor for violin, strings and basso continuo, D 125
  • Giuseppe Tartini (1692 – 1770): Concerto in A major for violin, strings and basso continuo, D 96    

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the very finest period instrument ensembles. The orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China.

Committed to the rediscovery of 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces, under Mr. Marcon’s leadership VBO has given the modern-day premieres of works by Cavalli, Vivaldi, Benedetto Marcello, Boccherini, Cimarosa and Galuppi.

2020 season includes one tour in USA with mezzosoprano Ann Hallenberg; performances through Europe with soprano Julia Lezhneva and Andrea Marcon; concerts in Germany with countrotenor Valer Sabadus and Andrea Marcon; a tour in Spain with violinist Giuliano Carmignola; performances in Europe with mandolinist Avi Avital.

Performance highlights include extensive tours of Europe, the United States and Asia with violinist Giuliano Carmignola, Philippe Jaroussky, Magdalena Kožená, Ann Hallenberg, Patricia Petibon, Franco Fagioli and Avi Avital. The VBO premiered Philip Glass’s violin concerto The American Four Seasons.

The VBO has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. The orchestra’s earlier discography on Sony with Mr Carmignola includes The Four Seasons, previously unrecorded Vivaldi concertos, and a collection of Bach arias featuring Angelika Kirchschlager. Their world-premiere recording of Andromeda liberata for Deutsche Grammophon was followed by violin concertos with Giuliano Carmignola; Vivaldi sinfonias and concertos for strings; Vivaldi motets and arias with soprano Simone Kermes, two discs with M. Kožená, Händel arias and Vivaldi arias; Vivaldi violin concertos with V. Mullova and Mr Carmignola, and Italian arias with P. Petibon. Among the other releases, Vivaldi concertos with Avi Avital was awarded Echo Classic 2015, while that one featuring Philippe Jaroussky in Porpora arias on the Erato label received a Grammy nomination. The orchestra’s latest recording, featuring Tartini violin concertos with violinist Chouchane Siranossian under the direction of Andrea Marcon, was released on February 2020 by Alpha.


Giuliano Carmignola, violin

Giuliano Carmignola

Born in Treviso, he studied with his father, then with Luigi Ferro and afterwards with Nathan Milstein and Franco Gulli at the Accademia Chigiana and Henryk Szeryng at the Geneva Conservatory.

He began his career as a soloist under the baton of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Eliahu Inbal, Peter Maag and Giuseppe Sinopoli and has performed in all the most prestigious concert halls of the world. He collaborated with conductors such as Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Daniele Gatti, Andrea Marcon, Christoph Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Franz Brüggen, Ivor Bolton, Richard Egarr, Giovanni Antonini, Ottavio Dantone and others.

Significant was his collaboration with the Virtuosi of Rome during the ‘70s and then orchestras such as Orchestra da camera di Mantova, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Kammerorchester Basel, Il Giardino Armonico, Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Concerto Köln, Accademia Bizantina.

The majority of his numerous discographic productions are produced for Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon. The latest is Sonatas and Partitas BWV 1001-1006 by J.S. Bach (Deutsche Grammophon - 2018). He also recorded various CD's with Erato rand Divox Antiqua. His recording releases have won many international awards.

For several years, and in addition to his concert activity, he taught at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena and at the Hochschule in Lucerne.

He has been awarded the title of academician of "the Royal Philharmonic Academy of Bologna" and "Academician of Santa Cecilia."


The concert is taking place under the Honorary Patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor.