Pianist and harpsichordist, founder of Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini is conducting since more than twenty years specialized on the Italian of the 17. and 18.centuries. He works at worldwide festivals in the USA, Canada, Japan and Europe.
As a regular guest with his “Concerto Italiano” ensemble, he has led acclaimed performances in Utrecht, London (Queen Elisabeth Hall), Edinburgh, Wien (Wiener Konzerthaus), Graz (Styriarte), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Bruxelles, Madrid, Barcelona (Palau de la Musical), Valencia, Salamanca, Oslo, Paris (Citè de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville), Köln, Rome (Academia di Santa Cecilia, Academia Filarmonica Romana), Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Warsaw, Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), New York (Lincoln Center), Washington and Tokyo.
Rinaldo Alessandrini is a frequent guest conductor of the world’s great orchestral companies, such as the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Freiburger Barockorchester. In 2007 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of Norske National Opera in Oslo.
Starting from 2009 Rinaldo Alessandrini will conduct at Teatro alla Scala all Monteverdi Operas, L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea, a new production staged by Bob Wilson, which will later transferred to Paris. His discography has won critical awards, such as Grand Prix du Disque, the Award of Deutsche Schallplattenkritik, as well as three Gramophone Awards with the “Concerto Italiano” ensemble. With “Concerto Italiano” he has recorded a Rossini - Recital with Maria Bayo, Vivaldi’ s La Senna festeggiante, L’Olimpiade, the monumental reconstitution of Antonio Vivaldi’s Vespri, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespri and Bach’s Brandenburgische Konzerte. His recording of Monteverdi’s L'Orfeo (Naïve) has won the Diapason door prize and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
2003 he was constituted as “Chevalier” in the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic and he has won the ‘Premio Abbiati’ for his outstanding
Work with the ‘Concerto Italiano’ ensemble. Further he is Academic of the ‘Accademia Filarmonica Romana’.
Rinaldo Alessandrini is the editor of the critical edition of the Claudio Monteverdi’s main works. His book, Monteverdiana, is published in France by Actes Sud editon and L’Epos edition.