One of the most outstanding Baroque violinists of his generation, author of the Baroque Violin Method published by Carisch.
Stefano Montanari is also a conductor, working with both modern and period instruments orchestras. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of Purcell’s O Solitude (Decca) with Andreas Scholl, and his recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas was published for the Italian music magazine Amadeus.
In Venice, where he regularly appears both in opera and concert, he conducted Cavalli’s Eritrea (first performance in modern times), Caldara’s Dafne, Rossini’s L’inganno felice and Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni, and a new production of Die lustige Witwe. At the Terme di Caracalla in Rome he conducted Il barbiere di Siviglia, an opera he also presented at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona. Always active as a virtuoso violinist, Stefano Montanari had played the whole series of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas at the Opéra de Lyon and at the Settimane Musicali in Stresa. After a successful concert with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the ensemble invited him to conduct Dido and Aeneas, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and series of symphonic concerts. His most recent engagements include: Il viaggio a Reims (dir. Damiano Michieletto) in Amsterdam and Rome, Don Giovanni in Arena di Verona and Oman (Opéra de Lyon on tour), Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Lombardia and in Cagliari; La clemenza di Tito in Moscow, Agrippina in Antwerp, Brandenburg Concertos in Lyon, a series of Haydn concerts for MiTo Festival, and performances with the I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan and in Florence, Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Warsaw, Così fan tutte, La clemenza di Tito, Don Giovanni (concert version) at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. After the success of Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Alceste at the Opéra de Lyon, the artist was offered the position of Music Director of I Bollenti Spiriti, the new baroque ensemble of the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, where he then conducted Don Giovanni and Rodelinda. His recent engagements have also included Mosé in Egitto in Naples, La clemenza di Tito in Antwerp, new production of Le nozze di Figaro and La Cenerentola in Rome, Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera House in London, Iphigénie en Tauride in Stuttgart, and concerts of Baroque music with Marie-Nicole Lemieux in Europe. Plans include Juditha triumphans in Stuttgart, Le nozze di Figaro in Lyon, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Die lustige Witwe in Rome, Mozart’s Requiem in Valencia, Orphée et Euridyce in Zurich, and La Cenerentola in Geneva. His new collaboration with young and excellent Baroque orchestra Il pomo d’oro will lead him to conduct many concert and opera projects all around Europe.
The artist graduated cum laude in violin (with Carlo Chiarappa in Lugano) and piano (with Pier Narciso Masi in Florence). Stefano Montanari regularly collaborates and records with jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Gianluigi Trovesi.