Enrico Onofri he is principal conductor of the Toscanini Philharmonic of Parma, principal guest conductor of the Haydn Philharmonie of Eisenstadt, associate director of the Orchester National d'Auvergne and from 2022 of the Münchener Kammerorchester, and is Music Director of the Montis Regalis Academy.
Born in Ravenna, Enrico Onofri began his musical career, while still a student, as first violin of Jordi Savall's La Capella Real. He then collaborates with ensembles such as Concentus Musicus Wien, Ensemble Mosaiques and Concerto Italiano and with Il Giardino Armonico, the ensemble of which he was first violin and soloist from 1987 to 2010.
In 2002 Enrico Onofri began his career as a conductor, receiving numerous invitations from orchestras, opera houses and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and Canada. From 2004 to 2013 he was principal conductor of Divino Sospiro in Lisbon, since 2006 / is guest conductor regularly conducts the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla and since 2021 he is principal conductor of the Real Câmara Baroque Orchestra of Lisbon.
He is invited as conductor or conductor in residence by orchestras such as Akademie für Alte Musik, Camerata Bern, Bochumer Symphoniker, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Kammerorchester Basel, Tafelmusik Toronto, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Orquesta de l'Opéra de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Riga Sinfonietta and more. In the lyric field he has directed opera productions at the Opéra in Lyon, Teatro ddla Maestranza in Seville, Teatro Regio in Turin, Staatstheater Halle among others, collaborating with directors such as Alessio Pizzech, Mariame Clément, David Marton, Stephen Lawless.
Enrico Onofri is the founder and director of Imaginarium Ensemble, a chamber group with which he dedicated himself to the great Italian violin repertoire, from the early Baroque to the Age of Enlightenment. The Ensemble's recordings have received numerous awards, including the Diapason d'Or 2020 awarded to the album Into Nature - Vivaldi's Seasons & other sound from Mother Earth, while the subsequent CD Seicento! was awarded with the Diapason d'Or of January 2021 and Choc de Classica February 2021.
Enrico Onofri has performed in the most important halls in the world, including Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Philharmonic and Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Center in London, Tonhalle Zürich, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Oji Hall and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Osaka Symphony Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires , alongside artists such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Cecilia Bartoli, Katia and Marielle Labèque and many others.
Numerous recordings by Enrico Onofri for Teldec, Decca, Astrée, Naive, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / Sony, Passacaille, Nichion, Pentatone, Winter & Winter, Opus111, Virgin, Zig Zag Territoires etc., many of which have been awarded prestigious international awards : Gramophone Award, Grand Prix des Discophiles, Echo-Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Caecilia Award, Cini Foundation Award of Venice, La Nouvelle Academie du Disque, as well as numerous Diapason d'Or, Choc de la Musique.
Enrico Onofri from 1999 to 2020 was professor of baroque violin and historical practice at the Scarlatti Conservatory of Palermo and from 2020 at the Rossini Conservatory of Pesaro; he is regularly invited to give seminars and master classes throughout Europe, Canada, USA (at the Juilliard School in New York) and Japan. He was tutor and director of the EUBO, European Union Baroque Orchestra.
In 2019 he was awarded the Abbiati Award as best soloist of the year.
Deep connoisseur of ancient performance practices, as a soloist and conductor Enrico Onofri explores a repertoire ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, seeking new interpretative ideas starting from historical practices, for him irreplaceable sources of inspiration capable of igniting the imagination.
(Enrico Onofri, photocredit Chico De Luigi)