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Frederick Mary
Sardelli

He is conductor, flautist, musicologist, composer. Protagonist of the Vivaldian Renaissance, he conducted modern premieres of rediscovered works and other productions in major European festivals and theaters. He has collaborated with important orchestras and has performed throughout Europe with the Modo Antiquo ensemble he founded

He boasts a prestigious discography of over 40 recordings for labels such as Naïve, Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi. He is co-founder of the Giovanni Battista Lulli Institute in Florence, member of the International Musicological Committee of the Italian Antonio Vivaldi Institute (Cini Foundation) and director of the Vivaldi Werkverzeichnis (RV).

Federico Maria Sardelli he is one of the most interesting and eclectic artists of today. He is a conductor, virtuoso flautist, musicologist, composer, painter, engraver, satirist and best-selling author with The Vivaldi Affair.
 
One of his main passions is composition, in the style and spirit of his beloved Baroque era. His works are not formal writing exercises, but recreations of the bold originality and vibrant passion of the time, alive through the spirit of discovery. His catalog includes more than 280 compositions, some of which are published on CD.
 
In 1984 he founded the early music ensemble Modo Antiquo with which he has appeared, both as soloist and conductor, at major festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Monteverdi Festival in Cremona, the Handel Festival in Halle.
 
As guest conductor, Sardelli has collaborated with orchestras throughout Europe, in particular the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic, the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Baroque Academy, Staatskapelle Halle, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Russian National Orchestra.
 
A protagonist of the Vivaldian Renaissance, Federico Maria Sardelli conducted numerous world premieres and modern premieres of unearthed works by the Red Priest, such as the operas Motezuma, rediscovered after 270 years, at the De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam and L'Atenaide at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. For the Naïve label, he recorded Vol. 1 & 2 in the “New Discoveries” series with world premiere recordings of Vivaldi scores recently discovered in Europe, as well as the world premiere of the newly rediscovered and reconstructed Vivaldi Orlando 1714 offered Rome and Beaune. He also recorded the world premiere of Salieri's Dynamic World.
 
In 2007 he was appointed principal conductor of the Handel Festival in Halle where he conducted Ariodante. Other opera productions include Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Handel's Theseus at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Cavalli's Jason at the Opera Vlaamse in Antwerp, Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans at the Beaune Festival, and Donizetti's Olivo and Pasquale at the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo. For La Fenice he conducted Handel's Rinaldo, Rossini's Barber of Seville and Scipio's Dream and Mozart's Il Re Pastore.
 
He enjoys a close collaboration with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino where he conducted Lully's Acis et Galatée, Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice and Alceste, Vivaldi's Farnace, Jacopo Peri's Dafne and Mozart's Clemenza di Tito.
 
Federico Maria Sardelli records for Naïve, Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Glossa and many other labels. He has made more than forty recordings as soloist and conductor, some of them in co-production with the German television company Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR 3). He was nominated twice for the Grammy Awards: in 1997 for the album “Concerti per molti stromenti” and in 2000 for the recording of Corelli's twelve Concerti Grossi reconstructed by Sardelli himself.
 
He is a member of the International Musicological Committee of the Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi at the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice for which he has published numerous essays, critical editions and monographs, including La Musica per flute di Antonio Vivaldi (Olschki, 2001), translated into English by Michael Talbot (Ashgate, 2007), and the Catalog of Vivaldian Musical Concordances (Olschki, 2012). Sardelli is director general of the series of facsimile editions “Vivaldiana” (SPES, 2001). In July 2007 Peter Ryom chose him to continue his monumental work of cataloging the music of Antonio Vivaldi; since then Sardelli has been director of the Vivaldi Werkverzeichnis (RV).
 
On 28 November 2009, the Tuscany Region awarded him its highest award, the Gonfalone d'Argento, for his exceptional artistic eclecticism and cultural achievements.
 
In the 2022/2023 season he offers an exceptional concert in Florence dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Lully at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducts Vivaldi's Cato in Utica at the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara and opens the review "Mozart l'Italiano" at the Carlo Felice Theater . In Ljubljana Sardelli takes the helm of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra for a series of symphonic concerts and returns to Parma to conduct the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic. With his ensemble Modo Antiquo, he presents Handel's Acis, Galatea and Polyphemus at the Halle Festival and a series of concerts for the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
 
Federico Maria Sardelli is co-founder of the Giovanni Battista Lulli Institute in Florence which aims to disseminate, study and enhance Lulli's music in Italy through concerts, operas, recordings, master classes and conferences.
 
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(Photo above, credit ©Enrico Amante, below ©Michele Monasta)
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