The Accademia Bizantina, founded in 1983 in Ravenna, is today acknowledged as one of the world’s best period performance ensembles focussing on the interpretation of Italian music from the 17th and 18th century. The ensemble’s historically informed performances are particularly noted for their rigorous style and colourful interpretation.
Since January 1996 the ensemble has been conducted by Ottavio Dantone, the group’s harpsichordist since 1989. Under the direction of both Dantone and lead violin Stefano Montanari, the Accademia Bizantina has established itself as an orchestra of incredible vitality and energy, whose repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to Spontini.
Their recordings have been awarded prizes including the Diapason d’Or (2005), and their Decca recording of Arias for Senesino with Andreas Scholl was received with great acclaim. The Accademia Bizantina is regularly invited to prestigious international festivals including the Salzburg, Lucerne, Ravenna, Holstein and Cervantino festivals, and they have performed throughout Europe, Israel, Mexico, the United States and Japan.