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"Music was my North Star" (Salvatore Accardo)

Salvatore Accardo is one of the most extraordinary violinists on the world scene, an artist with a legendary career

Salvatore Accardo he made his debut at the age of 13 by performing Paganini's Capricci in public. At the age of 15 he won first prize at the Geneva Competition and two years later, in 1958, he was the first overall winner since the time when the Paganini Competition in Genoa was established.
His vast repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. Composers such as Sciarrino, Donatoni, Piston, Piazzolla, Xenakis have dedicated their works to him.
He plays regularly with the major orchestras and the most important conductors, alongside his activity as a soloist with that of conductor. In this capacity he has worked with the most important European and American orchestras. As a conductor he has also made recordings with the London Philharmonia Orchestra.
His passion for chamber music and his interest in young people led him to the creation of the Accardo Quartet in 1992 and to the establishment of the specialization courses for string instruments of the W. Stauffer Foundation of Cremona in 1986 together with Bruno Giuranna, Rocco Filippini and Franco Petracchi.
It also gave birth in 1971 to the Festival "The International Music Weeks" in Naples where - the first absolute example - the public was admitted to rehearsals, and to the Cremona Festival, entirely dedicated to string instruments.
In 1987 he made his debut with great success as conductor and subsequently conducted, among other things, at the Rome Opera, at the Opéra di Monte Carlo, at the Opéra in Lille, at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, as well as numerous symphonic concerts.
In addition to the recordings for the DGG of Paganini's Capricci and Violin Concerts with Charles Dutoit, Salvatore Accardo has recorded for Philips the Sonatas and Partitas of Bach for solo violin, the complete work for violin and orchestra by Max Bruch with Kurt Masur, the concerts of Čajkovskij, Dvořák, Sibelius with Colin Davis, the Mendelssohn concert with Charles Dutoit and those of Brahms and Beethoven with Kurt Masur. Various other recordings are the result of collaboration with the labels ASV, Dynamic, EMI, Sony Classical, Collins Classic and Foné.
During his prestigious career, Salvatore Accardo has received numerous awards, including the Abbiati Award from Italian critics for his outstanding interpretations.
In 1982 the President of the Republic Pertini made him a Knight of the Grand Cross, the highest honor of the Italian Republic.
On the occasion of the celebrations of the Paganinian Bicentenary he performed all over the world playing the 24 Capricci with the “Cannone”, a Guarneri Del Gesù violin that belonged to Niccolò Paganini.
During his tour in the Far East in November 1996, the Beijing Conservatory named him Most Honorable Professor. In 1999 he was awarded the order Commandeur dans l'ordre du mérit culturel, the highest honor of the Principality of Monaco. In 2002 he was awarded the prestigious Una vita per la Musica prize.
At the end of 1996 Accardo revived the Italian Chamber Orchestra (OCI), made up of the best students and former students of the specialization courses of the W. Stauffer Academy of Cremona. With them he recorded, in 1997, for Warner Fonit "The virtuous violin in Italy" and "I Masterpieces for violin and strings," records that mark the debut of the OCI.
During 1999 Accardo made, in collaboration with EMI Classics and the Italian Chamber Orchestra, the recording of the complete Paganini Concerts for violin and orchestra; for Foné the Concerto for the Constitution and in 2003 the complete works for violin by Astor Piazzolla in 3 super audio cd.
Since 2007 he has made for Foné the second recording of JS Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the third recording of Paganini's 24 Capricci (original edition) and the third recording of A. Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Urtext edition) with the OCI.
In 2011/2012 for Deutsche Grammophon two box sets entitled "The Art of Salvatore Accardo: a life for the violin", a musical portrait of the artist that collects some of the most famous pieces of violin literature of every era.
As part of a vast publishing project, Edizioni Curci recently published the Violin Concerts n. 3, 4 and 5 by Mozart (reduction for violin and piano), the Concerto op. 35 by Tchaikovsky and the Concerto op. 61 by Beethoven in the revision and fingering by Salvatore Accardo. The other Mozart concerts and the Concerto op. 77 by Brahms.
Salvatore Accardo plays a Stradivari violin (“Hart ex Francescatti” 1727) and a Guarneri del Gesù (“Reade” 1733).
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