Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (Italian Youth Orchestra)
The Orchestra Giovanile Italiana was founded by Piero Farulli at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. During its 36 years of educational training, the Orchestra has made a vital contribution to musical life in Italy. As a result, more than 1,000 former musicians have joined the ranks of both Italian and foreign symphony orchestras. Christened by Riccardo Muti, the Orchestra has been invited to some of the most important music venues including those in Montpellier, Edinburgh, Berlin, Ljubljana, Madrid, Frankfurt, Prague, Budapest, Turku and Buenos Aires. In April of 2010, the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana performed the concert in honour of the fifth anniversary of the Papacy of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, offered by the President of the Republic of Italy Giorgio Napolitano. In March, 2014, the OGI performed Mozart’s final opera, La clemenza di Tito, in Salzburg together with a vocal cast from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
Annually engaged for the orchestral conducting course held by Daniele Gatti at the Accademia Chigiana of Siena, the OGI recently benefitted from numerous study sessions with the esteemed conductor, held at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. Gatti furthermore accepted an invitation to conduct the Orchestra for the 2019 New Year's Concert held at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Upon invitation of the current President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana performed the Republic Day concert at the Quirinale on 1st June 2019, conducted by Marco Angius.
The OGI is regularly invited by numerous concert organisers and festivals, including the Amici della Musica of Florence, the Alto Adige Festival and the Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto, for which it has performed the Inaugural Concert on numerous occasions, including three world premieres of works by composer Silvia Colasanti.
The Orchestra Giovanile Italiana has been conducted by C. Abbado, R. Abbado, S. Accardo, Y. Ahronovitch, P. Bellugi, L. Berio, K. Blacher, A. Boreyko, G. Ferro, D. Gatti, C.M. Giulini, E. Inbal, Z. Mehta, R. Muti, G. Noseda, K. Penderecki, G. Sinopoli, J. Tate and many others. The Orchestra has made recordings for Nuova Era, Aulos, Fonit Cetra, and Stradivarius, and has also recorded for RAI, Radio France, and the European Radio Broadcasting Union. Angelo Faja, Nicola Paszkowski, Giampaolo Pretto and Daniele Giorgi have served as OGI’s preparatory conductors.
Composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, Giorgio Battistelli and Silvia Colasanti have dedicated compositions to the OGI.
In 2004 the orchestra was awarded the “Abbiati Prize” by the National Association of Music Critics as “Best Music Initiative, which since 1984 has trained thousands of professionals making it a true milestone in the development of today’s young musicians. It is one of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole’s most joyous educational activities in its irreplaceable role as an educator over the past thirty years.” In September of 2008 the Orchestra received the Praemium Imperiale - Grant for Young Artists from the Japan Art Association.
Supporters of the Orchestra include the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities, as well as the Region of Tuscany and the Cassa di Risparmio Banking Foundation of Florence.
The artistic direction of the OGI is currently entrusted to Alexander Lonquich.