Europa Galante was founded in 1990 following the desire of its musical director, Fabio Biondi to form an Italian ensemble playing on period instruments to interpret baroque and classical repertoire. The ensemble has a varying structure and often performs chamber music such as the string sonatas of Italian composers of the seventeenth century.
Europa Galante has performed in many of the world's major concert halls and theatres including: La Scala in Milan, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has toured throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, Canada, Israel, the USA and South America.
Europa Galante's repertoire includes the works of Handel Agrippina, Imeneo and Vivaldi Bazajet, Ercole sul Termodonte, Oracolo in Messenia and many pre- eighteenth century instrumental works.
The group has shown a great interest in the works of Alessandro Scarlatti such as the oratorios (Maddalena, La Santissima Trinità), serenatas (Clori, Dorino e Amore) and operas such as Massimo Puppieno, Il Trionfo dell'Onore, La Principessa Fedele and Carlo Re d'Allemagna. Europa Galante often collaborates with the Fondazione Santa Cecilia in Rome to rediscover and restore eighteenth-century Italian operas such as Antonio Caldara's La Passione di Gesù Cristo, L. Leo's Sant'Elena al Calvario, or Gesu sotto il peso Della Croce by F.di Mayo. This year in Rome the ensemble presented La Foresta Incantata by Francesco Geminiani.
Ever since he release of its first record dedicated to Vivaldi concertos, the ensemble has received great recognition, gaining an impressive list of awards in their first five years: Choc de la Musique , 5 Diapason d’Or, Diapason d’Or of the year, nominations for record of the year in Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Finland and the Grand Prix du disque de l'académie Charles Cros. In 1998, after years of collaboration with the French record company Opus 111, Europa Galante signed a contract with Virgin Classics.
The ensemble has been nominated twice for a Grammy, first: in 2004 with its record of Vivaldi's Concerti con molti strumenti and then in 2006 for its recording of Vivaldi’s Bajazet. The most recent release, Vivaldi's opera L'Oracolo in Messenia has received the Diapason D'Or and has been critically acclaimed. Their next recording project is the Francesco Maria Veracini’s opera Adriano in Siria which will be recorded live with an amazing cast: Genaux, Hallenberg, Prina and Basso.
This season, Europa Galante will tour in Mexico and United States and, as usual, will perform in Europe extensively: Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Poland. The ensemble will perform various works from the instrumental repertoire including Telemann and Geminiani, and will commemorate the 300th anniversary of Corelli’s death by playing his concertos.
Next season Europa Galante will tour Europe, Asia and the U.S. with instrumental and vocal repertoire such as Haendel's Imeneo (Germany, Poland), Veracini's opera (Austria, France) and Donizetti's Anna Bolena (Spain, Italy).
Europa Galante is the resident orchestra of the Fondazione Teatro Due in Parma.