Hailed as ‘one of Italy’s most vibrant and exciting groups dedicated to period-instrument performance of 18th century music’ (Fanfare Magazine), Concerto de’ Cavalieri was founded by Marcello Di Lisa at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. The orchestra performs at some of the most prestigious international venues such as Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Festival d’Ambronay among others, collaborating with soloists such as Ann Hallenberg, Vivica Genaux, Kristina Hammarström, Sara Mingardo, Mari Eriksmoen, Daniela Barcellona, Lawrence Zazzo, Maurice Steger.
Intensely involved in the rediscovery of forgotten works, Concerto de’ Cavalieri recently premiered Alessandro Scarlatti’s serenata Erminia, Nicola Porpora’s serenata La Iole and Vivaldi opera Tito Manlio (1720).
Concerto de’ Cavalieri also enjoys a busy recording activity for Sony. In 2011 it started The Baroque Project, a multi-year recording project with Sony Classical on Italian Opera in the 18th century. The first CD of the series, Alessandro Scarlatti-Opera Arias (2011) with the mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, features sinfonias and arias from Scarlatti’s last six operas, including many world premiere recordings. The second CD (2012), devoted to Pergolesi again with Daniela Barcellona, received critical acclaim and was also named to Fanfare magazine annual ‘Want List’. The third one, with the Swedish mezzo-soprano Kristina Hammarström, is entirely dedicated to Vivaldi’s opera arias and concertos. It was published in 2014 and included in the Opernwelt Yearbook, among the best recordings of the year. In the latest CD (2015) with soprano Ana Quintans, Concerto de’ Cavalieri premiered several opera arias by Tomaso Albinoni.
Marcello Di Lisa studied composition, harpsichord and fortepiano, and received his PhD in Greek and Latin Philology from the University of Pisa with a dissertation on the manuscript tradition of Archimedes’ works. He founded Concerto de’ Cavalieri at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and since then he has conducted the ensemble at festivals and venues throughout Italy and abroad, in collaboration with renowned soloists. His recordings for Sony have received critical acclaim by the international press. Artist of the Month of Musical America, in recent years his musicological research has focused on Alessandro Scarlatti’s unpublished works.