Luigi De Filippi
A violinist and conductor, Luigi De Filippi has studied violin, piano and composition, showing an early interest in jazz and contemporary music. He subsequently appeared as concertmaster in such orchestras as the Rome Opera House, La Fenice Theatre in Venice, the London Mozart Players, the Flanders Orchestra in Antwerp. In London he made his debut as conductor with the London Mozart Players, and he appeared as soloist – conductor at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. In 2007 he soloed in the Auckland Festival (New Zealand). He has conducted Antonio Salieri’s opera “Prima la musica, poi le parole” at the Minoritenkirche in Vienna, the very church for which Salieri wrote all his sacred music.
Luigi De Filippi is the violinist of the Voces Intimae piano trio, a leading ensemble which has performed extensively throughout Europe, has toured the USA and China and is among the official cultural testimonials of the Italian Republic. Voces Intimae records for Challenge Classics: the first Cd appeared in 2011, featuring two trios of Robert Schumann, and has won the “Period instrument choice” by BBC Radio 3 and “Cd of the month” by the Italian magazine “Suonare”; a second Schumann Cd is expected at the end of 2014, based on two more Robert trios together with the trio by Clara Schumann. In 2013 Challenge has released the piano trios of Théodore Gouvy. Voces Intimae has also recorded three Cds for the label Symphonia: the trios of Schubert and Mendelssohn, and a selection of Fantasias based on Vincenzo Bellini’s operas; in 2004 Warner Classics issued a double CD of the complete trios of Johann Nepomuk Hummel, which was elected “CD of the year” for 2006 by BBC Radio 3.
De Filippi is the music director of the Da Ponte Ensemble: with the DPE he has recorded Giacinto Cornachioli’s La Diana Schernita of 1629, for the label Bongiovanni. In 2012 a Cd of rare pieces of Ruggero Leoncavallo, Brise de mer, and in 2013 a selection of violin and orchestra Fantasias titled Il Violino & l’Opera – Hommage à Verdi, have been released by the label Mediterranea Classica. Luigi has taken part in the first ever recording of music of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, for the label Edipan; For Warner – Fonit he has recorded some orchestral music by Francesco Saverio Mercadante; for Gold & Lebet the violin Fantasias of Delphin Alard’s on five Giuseppe Verdi operas. In 2012 a Cd of Giuseppe Tartini sonatas for solo violin has been released by Challenge Classics. Luigi has also appeared in television and radio broadcasts, appearing in six programmes on contemporary music for the Italian Television, and in radio programmes for BBC Radio 3 and RAI Radio 3, with live performances and interviews.