I Musici

I Musici ( older Italian for " The Musician " ) is an Italian chamber orchestra. In some countries of Central Europe (especially in Germany and Austria ), they also occur under the name of I Musici di Roma.


The ensemble I Musici was founded in 1951 in Rome by students of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. It consists of 11 strings (6 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass) and a harpsichord player and plays without a conductor. A certain line function, the respective first violinist held ( 1958-67 Félix Ayo, Roberto Michelucci 1967-72, 1972-77 Salvatore Accardo, 1977-86 Pina Carmirelli, 1986-92 Federico Agostini, 1992-2003 Mariana Sîrbu, since 2003 Antonio Anselmi ).

Their debut concert gave I Musici on 30 March 1952 in Rome. The great success - the admirers of the ensemble was, inter alia, Arturo Toscanini - they soon made known, and it was followed by concert tours throughout Europe, North, Central and South America, South Africa, Australia and Japan. By 1977, the ensemble remained unchanged; Since then, all the musicians were gradually replaced. The longest active founding member was the bassist Lucio Buccarella.


I Musici contributed significantly to the rediscovery of Italian Baroque composers such as Albinoni, Bononcini, Corelli, Geminiani, Locatelli, Scarlatti, Torelli and Vivaldi. Particularly well known they were in their interpretation of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, which they took up six times from 1955 to 1995 in total on record or CD. Many of her recordings have won awards.

The repertoire of I Musici next include works from the 20th century, for example, by Barber, Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Martin and Respighi.


The musical style of I Musici is characterized by firmness and brilliance. The historical performance practice, they stood for a long time skeptical because they saw the danger of " academic dogmatism " or even the " fetishism"; this brought them since the 1990s, a noticeable popularity and reputation loss a ( between 1999 and 2006 published no new CDs of them). Meanwhile, they are increasingly taking any evidence of historical performance practice in their game on.