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Paolo Mancini, violín I
Giacomo Scarponi, violín II
Enrico Celestino, viola
Francesco Parazzoli, violonchelo
Founded in 2008 by the will of the professors of the Bologna Theatre Orchestra, the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna proposes, since its inception, concert cycles at the Teatro Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna, in collaboration with the best international artists and performers, immediately establishing it as one of the most important Italian institutions and always recording a sold-out.
Over the years, the Philharmonic has collaborated with soloists such as Gerd Albrecht, Philippe Entremont, Gidon Kremer, Alexander Lonquich, Louis Lortie, Mischa Maisky, Ivo Pogorelich, Alexander Romanovsky, Baiba Skride, Daniil Trifonov, under the direction of Michele Mariotti, Sir Neville Marriner, Mikhail Pletnev, Alexander Vedernikov just to name a few. Always attentive to young talents, it was
responsible for the success of the young conductor Aziz Shokhakimov.
Active in the recording field, it boasts a valuable collaboration with the Deutsche Grammophon label with which the Philharmonic regularly records. We remember the two CDs, winners of the ECHO KLASSIK 2009 and 2013, recorded with the prestigious German label, starring mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča Bel Canto under the direction of Roberto Abbado and Romantique, director Yves Abel.
New forms of expression
Attentive to new forms of artistic expression, she has collaborated with Toni Servillo and Giorgio Battistelli in the production SCONCERTO – Teatro di Musica, debuting in Bologna in October 2011 at the Teatro Arena del Sole.
The meeting with Hirofumi Yoshida
In February 2014, Hirofumi Yoshida became the orchestra’s artistic director and the fruits of this collaboration were immediately realized in the orchestra’s first Japanese tour. In fact, since 2014 the Philharmonic has been invited to perform in Japan every year at the most prestigious halls such as Suntory Hall in Tokyo. The relationship
with Japanese audiences was also strengthened thanks to the successful tour in September 2017, which touched the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto.
The Philharmonic and social projects
Strengthened by its deep ties with the city, the Filarmonica also stands out for its concrete social commitment. It is worth mentioning the charity concerts held for San Petronio on the day of the patron saint of Bologna, in favor of FANEP (Associazione Famiglie Neurologia Pediatrica) on June 2, 2010, the concert for the restoration of the Basilica of Santo Stefano and for the restoration of the Neptune Fountain. This vocation has also been demonstrated on the national territory, as evidenced by the concert in L’Aquila, in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck the city in April 2009 and the benefit concert, in collaboration with RAIUNO and Andrea Bocelli, at the Basilica of Assisi.