ALESSIO ALLEGRINI

BIOGRAPHY

Italiano

Il percorso artistico di ALESSIO ALLEGRINI inizia all’età di 23 anni, quando viene scelto da Riccardo Muti come Primo corno solista presso il Teatro alla Scala di Milano. Negli anni successivi svolge il ruolo di Primo corno ospite in prestigiose orchestre internazionali tra le quali i Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks e Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Attualmente è Primo corno solista dell’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, della Lucerne Festival Orchestra e dell’Orchestra Mozart fondata da Claudio Abbado. Vincitore di importanti riconoscimenti e premi internazionali, tra i quali il Prague Spring Competition e il concorso A.R.D. di Monaco di Baviera, ha eseguito numerosi concerti solistici sotto la direzione di illustri direttori quali Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Jeffrey Tate e Sir Antonio Pappano. Nel 2008 ha eseguito con l’Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, diretta da Antonio Pappano, la “prima”europea del Concerto per corno di Elliott Carter e nel febbraio 2013, con la Kammerakademie Potsdam, diretta da Antonello Manacorda, la première di “Out di Riccardo Panfili, brano commissionato dallo stesso Allegrini.
È Presidente del Movimento Musicians for Human Rights e Direttore Artistico della Human Rights Orchestra che si occupa di sostenere lo sviluppo della cultura dei Diritti Umani attraverso la musica; diretta da Allegrini, l’orchestra si è esibita per il terzo anno consecutivo presso la prestigiosa sala del KKL di Lucerna, con solisti prestigiosi quali Maria João Pires, Hélène Grimaud e Isabelle Faust. Alessio Allegrini ha inoltre debuttato al Teatro Lirico di Cagliari dirigendo musiche di Wagner e Brahms con grande successo di pubblico e critica e recentemente ha debuttato anche alla guida degli Hamburger Symphoniker in un concerto alla memoria di Jeffrey tate. Nel 2006 ha ricevuto in Italia, dalla Fondazione Exodus di Don Mazzi, il “Premio Nazionale la casa delle Arti”per aver saputo coniugare impegno professionale e stile di vita. Ha inciso per Deutsche Grammophon i Concerti per corno e orchestra e la Sinfonia Concertante di Mozart e i Concerti Brandeburghesi di Bach (Orchestra Mozart diretta da Abbado) e per la rivista “Amadeus” il Trio op. 40 di Johannes Brahms. Nel maggio 2013 “Amadeus” ha invece pubblicato il debutto discografico di Allegrini nelle vesti di direttore, con il Concerto per oboe e orchestra di R. Strauss e brani di Lebrun e Salieri eseguiti da Francesco Di Rosa – primo oboe solista dell’Orchestra di Santa Cecilia – e dalla Filarmonica Marchigiana.

English

French horn virtuoso ALESSIO ALLEGRINI is one of Europe’s most sought-after solo and orchestral performers. Born in Sabina on the outskirts of Rome, at 23 Alessio won the position of solo horn with La Scala under the direction of Riccardo Muti, where he served from 1995-2002. A prize winner of both the ARD Munich Horn and Prague Spring competitions, he made his debut as solo horn with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Claudio Abbado in 2000, and was subsequently invited as guest solo horn for an entire season. Esteemed for his solo horn performances of the symphonic repertoire, Alessio has worked with many of the world’s pre-eminent conductors, including Carlo Maria Giulini, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Marek Janowski, Myung-Whun Chung, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Muti.
Alessio has performed Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with Ian Bostridge, Brahm’s Horn Trio with Salvatore Accardo, and the Mozart horn concertos with Orchestra Mozart and Claudio Abbado. Performances of the concerto literature have included appearances with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester, and the orchestras of La Scala, La Fenice, and Santa Cecilia in Rome, in addition to first horn engagements with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Alessio’s discography includes La Grande Fanfare: an album of chamber music with I Solisti della Scala Milano (Tudor Records), as well as DVD recordings of Mahler Symphonies 3, 6, and 7 with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. He appeared in the documentary L’altra voce della Musica following the travel of Claudia Abbado between Havana and Caracas, as well as in the movie Rhythm Is It, featuring the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle. His forthcoming collaboration with Orchestra Mozart under Abbado will culminate in the live recording of the complete Mozart horn concertos for Deutsche Grammophon, as well as a DVD of Bach’s second Brandenburg concerto.
Alessio studied with Professor Michael Holtzel at the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany. He was awarded the top qualifying score in his appointment as Professor at the National Conservatory of Santa Cecilia. He also has a special bond with Japan, inspired by the longstanding friendship between his family and sociology professor Shizuo Matsumoto (formerly of Osaka University).

Winner of prizes in both the Prague Spring International Competition and the Munich International Competition, he held the first chair in the Orchestra of La Scala for eight years, and subsequently served as guest principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic for a year. For many years he was also principal horn of the Orchestra Mozart under Claudio Abbado, which culminated in the live recording of the complete Mozart’s Horn concertos, Sinfonia Concertante, and Bach’s second Brandenburg concerto for Deutsche Grammophon.

As a soloist, he premiered Carter’s Horn Concerto in Europe and played the most important horn concerto repertoire. His cncerto engagements include Orchestra  Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Philhamonie Baden-Baden, Orchestra Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Hamburger Symphoniker, Filarmonica Teatro La Fenice, Orchestra of Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Filarmonica Marchigiana, Hiroshima Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Philarmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
He made his debut as a conductor at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari with a symphonic concert with Wagner and Brahms compositions, which was highly acclaimed. In 2017  he played and conducted the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana and I Solisti Aquilani and in the season 2018, he appeared as a conductor with the Hamburger Symphoniker to replace Maestro Jeffrey Tate (Elger, Haydn and Beethoven), and leaded the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (Haydn and Beethoven) and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra (All Mozart Concertos).
Since 2004, Mr. Allegrini has been the solo principal horn of the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also is the solo first horn of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Deutsch

Bereits mit 23 Jahren kam der 1972 in Poggio Mirteto geborene Italiener ALESSIO ALLEGRINI an die von Riccardo Muti geleitete Mailänder Scala, wo er erster Solo-Hornist wurde. 2000 debütierte er bei den Berliner Philharmonikern. Heute spielt er als Solohornist im Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rom und ist häufiger Gast als Solohornist bei den Berliner Philharmonikern. Oft trat er mit dem Lucerne Festival Orchestra unter der Leitung von Claudio Abbado auf. Zudem gibt er Konzerte als Solist und mit Kammermusik-Ensembles in verschiedenen Ländern. Er studierte an der Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rom sowie an der Accademia Chigiana in Siena und mehrere Jahre bei Michael Höltzel in Detmold. 2008 spielte er mit dem Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia unter der Leitung von Antonio Pappano die Europa-Premiere des Hornkonzerts von Elliot Carter. Er spielte unter Dirigenten wie Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons und Sir Simon Rattle. Es liegen einige hochgelobte CD-Einspielungen mit Alessio Allegrini vor. Etwa von Mozart die vier Hornkonzerte und die Sinfonia concertante (beide bei der Deutschen Grammophon). Johann Sebastian Bachs Brandenburgische Konzerte spielte das Orchestra Mozart unter der Leitung von Claudio Abbado mit Allegrini ein. Er ist Präsident der »Musicians for Human Rights« und künstlerischer Direktor des »Human Rights Orchestra« und gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Hornisten Europas.
2015 spielte er bei den Symphonikern Hamburg Benjamin Brittens Serenade op. 31 unter Sir Jeffrey Tate. 2016 kehrte er mit Hornkonzerten von Mozart und Strauss zurück. In den vergangenen Jahren hat er bereits zahlreiche Orchester dirigiert – unter anderem in Japan.

PRESS

Allegrini can take the spotlight because he is an exceptional artist…Abbado’s resilient rhythms and themes shrewdly differentiated in the first movement of K417 offer Allegrini a framework for remarkably secure playing. Remarkably varied in colour too, changing cast as the music modulates

GRAMOPHONEMozart Horn Concertos 1-4 (Deutsche Gramophone) cd review

In tune with Claudio Abbado’s bracing “new-old” approach to Mozart — sparing use of string vibrato, astringent, wind-dominated textures — Allegrini’s slightly rougher-edged way with this famous music could hardly be less like Brain’s suave cantabile. Especially in the “hunting call” allegro finales, the two Italians bring a rude, rollicking alfresco quality.

THE SUNDAY TIMESMozart Horn Concertos 1-4 (Deutsche Gramophone) cd review

[Allegrini] is certainly a suave instrumentalist, while once again Abbado conducts with a wonderfully light touch. The orchestra and Allegrini all play modern instruments, but there’s a period sensibility about the way the textures are balanced and the phrasing shaped.

THE GUARDIANMozart Horn Concertos 1-4 (Deutsche Gramophone) cd review

Allegrini’s [sound] is a marvel – mellifluous, supple and ripe…Fluency and expressive grace are equal partners here. Abbado is ever-ready with a pertinent orchestral comment, an apt emphasis or a perfectly tailored phrase. Allegrini radiates the music’s joy, lyrical allure and poise…A hugely enjoyable disc.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPHMozart Horn Concertos 1-4 (Deutsche Gramophone) cd review

[Allegrini’s] tone is full but flexible, sustained but lyrical, and he manages to impart a certain wistfulness to even the jolliest rondos…The orchestra…throughout, is a model of sophistication.

THE OBSERVERMozart Horn Concertos 1-4 (Deutsche Gramophone) cd review

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