I Solisti Veneti

I Solisti Veneti
I Solisti Veneti

Saturday    21. 8. 2021   20:30

Franciscan Monastery in Piran

Opening concert of the festival
Concert on Tartini’s violin

Giuliano Carella, conductor

Massimo Mercelli, flute




  • Tomaso ALBINONI (1671–1750): Concerto op. 5 N 6 in C Major for Strings and b.c. per archi e basso continuo
  • Giuseppe TARTINI (1692–1770): Concerto in G Major for flute, strings and b.c.
                                Massimo MERCELLI, flute
  • Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741): Concerto in g minor for two cellos, strings and b.c. RV 531
                                Gianantonio VIERO, Giuseppe BARUTTI, cello
  • Giuseppe TARTINI (1692–1770): Concerto in D Major for flute, strings and b.c.
                                Massimo MERCELLI, flute
  • Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741): Concerto in D Major RV 208 “Grosso Mogul” for violin, strings and b.c.
                               Lucio DEGANI, violin
  • Giuseppe TARTINI (1692–1770): Concerto in G Major for flute, strings and b.c.
                              Massimo MERCELLI, flute


I Solisti Veneti

The popular Italian Chamber Orchestra, I Solisti Veneti, was founded by Claudio Scimone in 1959 and led by him til his passing in 2018. The orchestra has presented over 6,000 concerts in over 90 Countries, has participated in the most important International Festivals, recorded over 350 LPs, CDs and DVDs, and has a rich selection of cultural and promotional activities.

I Solisti Veneti and Claudio Scimone have obtained the highest awards in the musical field. In 2008 at the La Fenice Theatre in Venice, they received from the Arthur Rubinstein Association the “Una Vita per la Musica” award, that is considered in Italy as the Nobel Prize for music.

They have worked with the best singers and soloists of our era, among them Placido Domingo, José Carreras, June Anderson, to mention only a few. They have successfully revived hundreds of previously unknown concert and opera works from the Italian musical heritage, thus revealing several great composers of the past. Many among the most famous composers of our era, including Ennio Morricone who dedicated pieces to I Solisti Veneti.

To highlight the deep connection between Venetian music, architecture and figurative arts, they are recording a series of very important DVDs, among which is “Vivaldi’s Seasons in Palladio’s Villas” (Arthaus).

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2008 the European Parliament honored the Orchestra with an official plaque where they are praised as “Ambassadors of culture and music across the borders”.


Massimmo Mercelli, flute

Massimo Mercelli

studied flute with the famous flautists André Jaunet and Maxence Larrieu. At just nineteen years of age, he became the first flute at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and subsequently won the Premio Francesco Cilea, the Concorso Internazionale Giornate Musicali and the Concorso Internazionale di Stresa. He has performed as a soloist in some of the world most prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall of New York, Moscow Conservatory, Oslo's Conserthuset, Monaco's Herkulessaal and Gasteig, Colon Theatre of Buenos Aires, RAI Auditoriums at Turin and Naples, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, St-Martin-in-the-Fields of London, Mozarteum of Salzburg, Victoria Hall of Geneva, Parco della Musica of Rome and Saint Petersburg Philarmonic. Important festivals as well, such as Ljubljana, Berlin, Santander, Beethoven of Bonn, Saint Petersburg, Cervantino, Rheingau and Jerusalem. He has worked with many great artists including Yuri Bashmet, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, Peter-Luckas Graf, Maxence Larrieu, Aurèle Nicolet, Cecilia Gasdia, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Susanna Mildonian, Federico Mondelci and Patrizia Tassini, and with orchestras such as the Moscow Soloists, the Lituanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Soloists of Teatro alla Scala, the Roma Opera House Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Slovenian Radio and Television Orchestra and the Riga Philarmonic Orchestra. More recently he performed at London's Wigmore Hall and Salzburg's Mozarteum, held a Master Class at the Rostropovich Foundation and played a first performance of Philip Glass's composition "Façades" for flute and piano, with the author at the piano.