Laura Pontecorvo has been performing for years in some of the most important concert seasons in the world with various orchestral and chamber music groups such as Rinaldo Alessandrini’sConcerto Italiano(for which she has been first flute since 1998), Accademia Bizantina(Ottavio Dantone), Divino Sospiro(Enrico Onofri), Accordone(Guido Morini), L’Arte dell’Arco(Federico Guglielmo) with which she has participated in numerous festivals and concert seasons: the Het Concertgebouwin Amsterdam, the Gotham Early Music Foundation at Lincoln Center in New York, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, La Folle Journeein Tokyo, the Theatre des Champs Elyseesin Paris, the Accademia Nazionale di S. Ceciliain Rome, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Colon Theater in Buenos Aires, the Teatro Municipalin Santiago Chile and Rio de Janeiro, the Sociedad de Cultura Artisticain Sao Paulo, the Theatre des Bouffes du nordin Paris, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Festival Internacionald e Musicain Cartagena (Colombia), the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra Season in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the ORF Radio Season in Vienna, the Stagione e Dias de Musicain the Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon, the Accademia Chigianain Siena, Concertos Portugal Telecomin Lisbon, The Lufthansa Festival of Ancient Music in London, the Flanders Festival, the Festival of Beaune and others). She has performed as soloist in Japan, the United States, Columbia, Holland, France, Israel, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Austria; she has recorded for Opus 111, Naïve, Stradivarius, Brilliant, Dynamic, Inedita. In 2018 a new CD has been released by Arcana-Outhere featuring Bach sonatas for flute and cembalo obbligato performed with Rinaldo Alessandrini. This recording is having great appreciation from international critics and public.
Ms. Pontecorvo is professor of Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Music in Ferrara and of Baroque Transverse Flute at the Institute of Higher Education Giulio Briccialdiin Terni. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 she was invited to hold master classes at the Escola Superior de Musicain Lisbon and at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Músicain Madrid and in 2013 at the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunstin Vienna.
In addition to his activities as Founder-Director of Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini is renowned as a recitalist on the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ, and is considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Monteverdi worldwide. His profound knowledge and love of the Italian repertoire is naturally reflected in programmes in which he seeks to reproduce the essential, but often elusive, expressive and cantabile elements so fundamental to Italian music in the 17th and 18th centuries.
He has performed in Japan, Canada, USA and throughout Europe, and is in increasing demand by the world’s leading orchestras: Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Freiburger Barockorchester, Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Italian Radio Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Ciudad de Granada,Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Orchestra Toscanini, Orchestra of Montpellier Radio France, Orchestra of Bordeaux Opera House, Oviedo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Lyon Opera House, Munich Radio Orchestra, Koeln Radio Orchestra, Copenhagen Radio Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra, Liverpool Royal Philarmonic, Orchestra Haydn Bolzano, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Washington Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, Orchestra of Santiago Opera House (Chile), Capitole Orchestra in Toulouse, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Basel Kammerorchester, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Italian Radio Orchestra, Genéve Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philarmonich Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin.
Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano have been performing for the Monteverdi year all over the world: Spain, France, Italy, Germany, China, Australia, Japan, USA.
His recordings (now exclusivily for Naïve) include not only Italian music, but Bach and his contemporaries as well. He has garnered the highest critical plaudits including five Gramophone Awards, two Grand Prix du Disque, three Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Prix Caecilia, the Premio Cini and four Midem Awards in Cannes.
Rinaldo Alessandrini was nominated Chevalier dans l’ordre des Artes et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and together with Concerto Italiano he was awarded the Italian music critics’ prestigious Premio Abbiati. He has been the editor for the editions of Monteverdi Orfeo and Ulisse at Baerenreiter.