The conductor and violinist Riccardo Minasi has swiftly gained a reputation as one of the most outstanding talents to emerge in recent years onto the European music scene.
In addition to his position as chief conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, his recent symphonic projects include debuts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Belgian National Orchestra. He also works regularly with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, was appointed the artistic director of the Orchestra La Scintilla in January 2022, and until 2024 will remain artist in residence with Ensemble Resonanz.
His recent opera conducting projects include Les Pêcheurs de perles at the Salzburg Festival, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Giovanni and Orlando Paladino at the Zurich Opera House, Alcina and Le nozze di Figaro with Hamburg State Opera, Rodelinda and Le nozze di Figaro with Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and Carmen in Lyon.
Concert performances include works by Beethoven with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Haydn and Mozart with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, a Mozart gala with Golda Schultz and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and also music by Haydn and Beethoven with Igor Levit and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Other projects in the 2021/22 season include Agrippina with Hamburg State Opera and Così fan tutte at Glyndebourne.
Riccardo Minasi has recorded extensively with renowned artists such as Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Ann Hallenberg and Philippe Jaroussky. He features on four albums that received ECHO Klassik Awards in 2016, and his recordings of C. P. E. Bach’s cello concertos with Jean-Guihen Queyras and of Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze for harmonia mundi, both with Ensemble Resonanz, won the Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2018 and 2019.
He has worked as an advisor on historical performance with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and together with Maurizio Biondi in 2016 curated and edited the critical edition of Bellini’s Norma for Bärenreiter Verlag. He performed this edition this year in a production at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
As a soloist and concert master Riccardo Minasi has performed with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, with Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, Le Concert des Nations, Al Ayre Español, the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, and has collaborated with performers including Veronika Eberle, Bryn Terfel, Franco Fagioli, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Viktoria Mullova, Reinhard Goebel, Luca Pianca, Christophe Coin and Albrecht Mayer.