History

duomo lgFounded in 1980, ORT was established under the tutelage of the Tuscan Regional Government, the Municipal Government of Florence, and the Provincial Administrations of Florence. While under the artistic direction of Luciano Berio, ORT was given national recognition for excellence by Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
In the historic Teatro Verdi in the heart of Florence, the Orchestra is composed of 45 musicians, divided into accomplished chamber groups: I Solisti dell’ORT, OrtEnsemble, Harmoniemusik - I Fiati dell’ORT. ORT's performances are broadcast nationally by RAI-Radiotre Suite and in Tuscany by Rete Toscana Classica.

From baroque to today’s music
Agile performer of a broad repertory that spans baroque to contemporary composers, the orchestra amply represents Haydn, Mozart, all of Beethoven's symphonies, and large selections from baroque instrumental music, with a special emphasis on the presentation of works rarely performed. In addition to choral masterpices, ORT has performed Mahler's Lieder, choral works by Brahms, and operatic selections with an emphasis on Rossini. The tuscan formation stands out in the Italian scene thanks to its aptitude for theearly 20th century music and a peculiar attention towards contemporary music. It has performed with renowned soloists and famous conductors worldwide; it has accompanied young performers at their débuts, and has also included in its programtheatrical and dance performances.
Invited by the main Italian Concert Societies, it has performed with great success at Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Teatro Comunale of Florence, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Carlo Felice of Genoa, Auditorium "G.Agnelli" of Lingotto of Turin, Accademia di S.Cecilia of Rome, Settimana Musicale Senese, Biennale of Venice. The Orchestra collaborates with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and with the Ravenna Festival, and since 1995 partecipates in the Rossini Opera Festival. Intenational tours since 1992 have included: Germany, Japan, Salzburg, Cannes, Buenos Aires, San Paolo, Montevideo, Strasbourg, New York, Edinburgh, Madrid, Hong Kong, Tokyo.

Among the renowned musicians who have collaborated with ORT:
Roberto Abbado, Salvatore Accardo, Martha Argerich, Rudolf Barshai, Bruno Bartoletti, Yuri Bashmet, George Benjamin, Luciano Berio, Frans Brüggen, Mario Brunello, Sylvain Cambreling, Kyung Wha Chung, Myung-Whun Chung, Alicia De Larrocha, Enrico Dindo, Gabriele Ferro, Eliot Fisk, Rafael Frübech De Burgos, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Irena Grafenauer, Natalia Gutman, Daniel Harding, Heinz Holliger, Eliahu Inbal, Kim Kashkashian, Ton Koopman, Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Gustav Kuhn, Alexander Lonquich, Andrea Lucchesini, Peter Maag, Eduardo Mata, Peter Maxwell Davies, Mischa Maisky, Sabine Meyer, Midori, Shlomo Mintz, Viktoria Mullova, Roger Norrington, David Robertson, Esa Pekka Salonen, Hansjoerg Schellenberger, Heinrich Schiff, Jeffrey Tate, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vladimir Spivakov, Uto Ughi, Maxim Vengerov, Radovan Vlatkovich.

Since 1988, ORT has recorded numerous performances: works by Schubert and Cherubini, conducted by Donato Renzetti for Europa Music, 'Peter and the Wolf' and 'L'Histoire de Babar' with actor Paolo Poli, conducted by Alessandro Pinzauti for Caroman, 'Cavalleria rusticana' conducted by Bruno Bartoletti for Foné, 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti for EMI Classics, 'Tribute to Mina and Orfeo cantando tolse' by Adriano Guarnieri conducted by Pietro Borgonovo for Ricordi, 'Stabat Mater' by Rossini conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, for Agorà, 'Tancredi' conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti for Foné, 'Holy Sea' by Butch Morris for Splasc(h), Richard Galliano with "I Solisti dell'Ort" for Dreyfus, 'Concertone' by Stefano Bollani for Blue Label, 'Omaggio a Giacomo Puccini' with Fiorenza Cedolins for Bongiovanni. Also 'Le Congiurate' by Schubert  conducted by Gérard Korsten and directed by Denis Krief for Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena; 'Requiem' by Mozart with Gianluigi Gelmetti; 'Le sette ultime parole del nostro Redentore in croce' by Haydn. Recently 'Play It!' contemporary music by Sylvano Bussotti, Carla Rebora, Riccardo Panfili for VDM Records.
  • Alessandro Franconi - viola

    Alessandro Franconi - viola

  • Alessandro Giani - violino

    Alessandro Giani - violino

  • Alessio Galiazzo - oboe

    Alessio Galiazzo - oboe

  • Alfredo Ridi - palcoscenico

    Alfredo Ridi - palcoscenico

  • Alfredo Vignoli - ispettore

    Alfredo Vignoli - ispettore

  • Ambra Greco - segreteria

    Ambra Greco - segreteria

  • Andrea Albori - corno

    Andrea Albori - corno

  • Andrea Gianfaldoni - uff. personale

    Andrea Gianfaldoni - uff. personale

  • Andrea Tacchi - primo violino

    Andrea Tacchi - primo violino

  • Angela Asioli - violino

    Angela Asioli - violino

  • Angelo Del Rosso - servizi tecnici

    Angelo Del Rosso - servizi tecnici

  • Caterina Cioli - viola

    Caterina Cioli - viola

  • Chiara Foletto - violino

    Chiara Foletto - violino

  • Chiara Morandi - violino

    Chiara Morandi - violino

  • Cristina Ottanelli - amministrazione

    Cristina Ottanelli - amministrazione

  • Daniele Giorgi - violino

    Daniele Giorgi - violino

  • Donato De Sena - tromba

    Donato De Sena - tromba

  • Elisa Bonini - fundraising

    Elisa Bonini - fundraising

  • Flavio Giuliani - oboe

    Flavio Giuliani - oboe

  • Francesco Di Cuonzo - violino

    Francesco Di Cuonzo - violino

  • Francesco Vensi - servizi tecnici

    Francesco Vensi - servizi tecnici

  • Fulvio Palmieri - accoglienza

    Fulvio Palmieri - accoglienza

  • Giorgio Battistelli - direttore artistico

    Giorgio Battistelli - direttore artistico

  • Giovanni Simeone - violoncello

    Giovanni Simeone - violoncello

  • Luca Provenzani - violoncello

    Luca Provenzani - violoncello

  • Luigi Giannoni - contrabbasso

    Luigi Giannoni - contrabbasso

  • Marcello D'Angelo - violino

    Marcello D'Angelo - violino

  • Marco Ortolani - clarinetto

    Marco Ortolani - clarinetto

  • Marco Parri - direttore generale

    Marco Parri - direttore generale

  • Marian Elleman - violino

    Marian Elleman - violino

  • Michele Marasco - flauto

    Michele Marasco - flauto

  • Morgan Tortelli - timpani

    Morgan Tortelli - timpani

  • Paolo Faggi - corno

    Paolo Faggi - corno

  • Paolo Frassinelli - servizi musicali

    Paolo Frassinelli - servizi musicali

  • Paolo Gaiani - violino

    Paolo Gaiani - violino

  • Patrizia Bettotti - violino

    Patrizia Bettotti - violino

  • Patrizia Brogioni - uff. personale

    Patrizia Brogioni - uff. personale

  • Pierpaolo Ricci - viola

    Pierpaolo Ricci - viola

  • Simone Grifagni - amministrazione

    Simone Grifagni - amministrazione

  • Stefania Tombelli - segreteria

    Stefania Tombelli - segreteria

  • Stefano Battistini - violoncello

    Stefano Battistini - violoncello

  • Stefano Zanobini - viola

    Stefano Zanobini - viola

  • Susanna Pasquariello - violino

    Susanna Pasquariello - violino

  • Tiziana Goretti - segreteria

    Tiziana Goretti - segreteria

  • Umberto Codecà - fagotto

    Umberto Codecà - fagotto

  • Walter Sica - palcoscenico

    Walter Sica - palcoscenico

  • Amerigo Bernardi - contrabbasso

    Amerigo Bernardi - contrabbasso

  • Guido Guidarelli - tromba

    Guido Guidarelli - tromba

  • Marco Pistelli - violino

    Marco Pistelli - violino

  • Paolo Carlini - fagotto

    Paolo Carlini - fagotto

  • Stefano Bianchi - violino

    Stefano Bianchi - violino

  • Fabio Fabbrizzi - flauto

    Fabio Fabbrizzi - flauto

  • Paolo Malvini - ospitalità teatro

    Paolo Malvini - ospitalità teatro

  • Augusto Gasbarri - violoncello

    Augusto Gasbarri - violoncello

  • Gabriella Colombo - violino

    Gabriella Colombo - violino