Founded in 1985 and conducted by Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico has been established as one of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles. Its repertoire focuses on the 17th and 18th century. It has received high acclaim for both concerts and opera productions, like Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa, Händel’s Agrippina, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, La Resurrezione and Giulio Cesare in Egittowith Cecilia Bartoli during the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festival 2012. For many years it has been an exclusive ensemble of Teldec Classics, achieving major awards for the recording of works by Vivaldi and other 18th century composers. It cooperated with Cecilia Bartoli for several successful volumes like Vivaldi Album(Decca, 2000 – Grammy Award), Sacrificium (Decca, 2009 – Platinum Album and Grammy), Farinelli (Decca, 2019).
With Decca/L’Oiseau-Lyre the ensemble released acclaimed albums as Händel Concerti Grossi op. VI, Il Pianto di Maria with Bernarda Fink; later two albums with Julia Lezhneva on Decca (Alleluia in 2013 and Händel in Italy in 2015).
The recording of five Mozart Violin Concertos with Isabelle Faust (Harmonia Mundi, 2016) stands as the result of the prestigious cooperation with the great violinist, winning the Gramophone Award and Le Choc de l’année in 2017.
In co-production with NFM in Wroclaw the ensemble published Serpent & Fire with Anna Prohaska (Alpha Classics, 2016) winning the ICMA “Baroque Vocal” in 2017 and La morte della Ragione in 2019 winning the Diapason d’Or and le Choc Classica. The Telemann album won the Diapason d’Or de l’année and the Echo Klassik in 2017. A new Vivaldi Album Concerti per flauto has been published in March 2020, awarded with the Diapason d’Or. Again on Alpha Classics in October 2020 the ensemble published with Patricia Kopatchinskaja What’s next Vivaldi?, focused both on the famous composer and selected Italian contemporary ones. Il Giardino Armonico is part of the project Haydn2032 for the recording of the complete Haydn Symphonies (Alpha Classics) and a series of thematic concerts. In 2015 La Passione won the Echo Klassik while Il Filosofohas been “Choc of the year” by Classica. Solo e Pensoso was released in 2016 and Il Distratto won the Gramophone Award in 2017. La Roxolana has been published in Jan 2020, L’Addio in Jan 2021 winning the “Choc of the Year” by Classica and the Diapason d’Or, and Les Heures du Jour in July 2021. The series has been enriched by Die Schöpfung published in October 2020 with the Bavarian Radio Chorus.