A chamber orchestra distinguished by the excellence of its national and international performances.

It was the 9th of December when the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich accepted the Honorary Chair of the brand-new chamber orchestra, I Solisti di Pavia, born of the passion of Enrico Dindo and the commitment of Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lombardia.

In June 2002, I Solisti went on their first international tour, holding concerts in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Vilnius. In 2004, they had two important appointments in Beirut and Algiers, followed in 2006 by a long tour of the main South American theatres. In 2008 and 2009 they opened the “Malta Festival” in Palace Cluyard, and in November 2011, they made their debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and the Hermitage Theatre in St Petersburg. Between 2012 and 2014 I Solisti di Pavia performed in the most important concert seasons in various Italian cities such as Ravello, Varese, Turin, Pistoia, Forlì, Treviso, Ravenna, Sassari, Siena, Brescia and Verona, as well as in Lausanne (CH) at Salle Paderewski, at the Basilica of Sant' Eustorgio in Milan and at Teatro Fraschini in Pavia.

On 21 November 2014 I Solisti di Pavia made their debut at the prestigious Salle Gaveau in Paris with an acclaimed response from audiences and critics, and on 21 December 2014 they celebrated their 13th birthday with a special concert, “Valentina! Un violoncello a fumetti”, which combines the comic strip art of Guido Crepax with the contemporary compositions of Jorge Bosso.

During 2015 I Solisti di Pavia participated in an important South American tour, where they held successful concerts in Santiago, Buenos Aires and Montevideo. In November 2017, I Solisti performed in the prestigious Great Hall of the "P.I. Tchaikovsky" State Conservatory in Moscow.

In December 2017 at the Fraschini Theatre of Pavia the strings of I Solisti di Pavia and the percussions of Simone Rubino created a unique and fascinating “conversation”, proposing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite no. 3 in C major in a version for cello and marimba, Rebonds B by Iannis Xenakis, and Emanuel Sejourné’s Concerto for vibraphone and strings.

 

 

In 2018 they had the honour of holding a concert among the pictorial works of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg for the inauguration of the exhibition "Lombards, a people who changed history". In the same year the chamber ensemble held three highly successful concerts on the Baltic Sea: at the Great Guild Gold in Riga, at the Klaipèda Concert Holl in Klaipeda and at the prestigious Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius. In 2019 they performed at a greatly appreciated concert in Munich in the Residence Church.

In the town where the orchestra was born, Pavia, they have often held autumnal monographic cycles of three concerts, performing the six Brandenburg Concertos of Bach, along with the six suites for solo cello, the 13 symphonies for strings by the young Mendelssohn, Handel’s 12 Grand Concertos and the 12 Grand Concertos op. 6 of Corelli, and chamber music by L.V. Beethoven and J. Brahms.

Traditionally held every year, the Cortili in Musica Festival is staged in more and lesser known settings of the city. Another important event is that entitled Bach in Città and dedicated to the great musician, which has been held in the most beautiful churches of Pavia for two years. On 9 December in Teatro Fraschini, I Solisti di Pavia celebrated the San Siro City Festival with a concert.

In almost twenty years of activity, thanks above all to the talent and enthusiasm of the conductor Enrico Dindo, I Solisti have become a consolidated reality in the Italian and foreign music scene as well as an important presence for Pavia.

I Solisti di Pavia began their recording activity with the Velut Luna label. This CD, which includes works by Tchaikovsky and Bartok, was followed by three more, featuring music by Rota, Respighi, Martucci and Puccini, compositions by Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Françaix, and works by some of the most important contemporary Italian composers (Carlo Boccadoro, Carlo Galante and Roberto Molinelli), who have dedicated their works expressly to the group.

Together with Enrico Dindo, I Solisti recorded six Concertos for cello and strings by A. Vivaldi for DECCA in 2011, the three Concertos for cello and strings by C.P.E. Bach, in 2013 the cello concerto by N. Kapustin and the Four seasons of Astor Piazzolla, and in 2015 the two Concertos for cello and orchestra by F.J. Haydn.

In December 2011 the Orchestra I Solisti di Pavia established the "I Solisti di Pavia Foundation" thanks to the commitment and support of the Banca del Monte di Lombardia Foundation, which has supported the musical activities of the ensemble for 10 years. The Foundation has the objective of enhancing musical culture both nationally and internationally as a formative tool and an opportunity for growth, and to promote, in Italy and abroad, knowledge of the city of Pavia and its artistic and cultural initiatives.

web-site: www.isolistidipavia.com