23 December 1934
Padua, Padova, Veneto, Italy
6 September 2018 (aged 83)
Claudio Scimone (Padua, Italy, 23 December 1934 – 6 September 2018) was an Italian conductor and the founder of I Solisti Veneti (the ensemble with which most of his recordings have been made).
Claudio Scimone studied conducting with Dmitri Mitropoulos and Franco Ferrara. He has established an international reputation as a conductor, as well as a composer. He has revived many baroque and renaissance works. His discography includes over 150 titles, and he has won numerous prizes, including the Grand Prix du Disque of the Académie Charles Cros.
Scimone was the honorary conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal.
With the Philharmonia of London, he conducted the first recording of Muzio Clementi’s Symphonies.
Scimone led the world to discover the importance of Vivaldi’s theatrical works, beginning with the first modern performance of Orlando furioso, featuring Marilyn Horne and Victoria de Los Angeles.
In the reborn Fenice Claudio Scimone directed the first modern revival of the Venetian version of Maometto secondo by Rossini.
He also gave the modern premieres of Moses in Egypt and Oedipus at Colonus by Rossini, and The Last Judgement by Salieri.
Claudio Scimone was awarded the title of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (the highest ranking honour of the Republic). He was also awarded an honorary law degree from the University of Padua.
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