Accademia degli Astrusi

The Accademia degli Astrusi, with the musical direction of Federico Ferri, has gained increasingly significant success during the last several years and has become one of the most significant ensembles of the international baroque scene. In 2013 it has become a Sony artist. Many reviews, television and radio broadcasts – including BBC and Rai Radio 3 – testify the success gained in important events and venues including Berlin Konzerthaus, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Festival MiTo, Wigmore Hall, Festival Rota dos Monumentos, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent, Amici della Musica di Firenze, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti di Roma, Monteverdi Festival in Cremona, Perugia Musica Classica, Stresa Festival, Unione Musicale di Torino and Concerti del Quirinale in Rome. The Accademia degli Astrusi carried out a project based on the rediscovery of the instrumental opera omnia of Giovanni Battista Martini, mostly unpublished despite their musical importance. These notable works of the bolognese composer are being made available both in a discographic edition and in the critical edition carried out by Federico Ferri and Daniele Proni, published by Suvini-Zerboni. This project has included, since now, three editions of the Martini Festival. The Accademia degli Astrusi presented, in co-production with the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, two rare intermezzos by G.B. Martini, performed together with Laura Polverelli and Aldo Caputo: the scenery was based on some original drawings made specifically for the occasion by Nobel Laureate Dario Fo. The Accademia’s projects include collaboration with soloists such as Anna Caterina Antonacci, Sara Mingardo, Stefano Montanari. Many productions have been broadcasted by Sky Classica Tv, Rai Uno and Rai Tre. The recordings of the Accademia degli Astrusi have been broadcasted through EBU Network (Radio Catalunya, ERR Klassika, NRK, BR Klassik, Concertzender). Recently, it gained success with its return to Wigmore Hall, and represented Bologna, as a musical ambassador of the city, at the Unesco Music Days in Gent. In 2014, the Accademia will perform at La Monnaie, Auditorium Nacional of Madrid, Auditorio Principe Felipe in Oviedo, Festival MITO.