Attilio Cremonesi studied at the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza and at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. Winner of several international competitions, he worked for many years as musical assistant to René Jacobs in opera and oratorio productions, and accompanied him in recitals. In addition to his activity as harpsichordist and fortepiano soloist, he has dedicated himself to the discovery and performance of rare Baroque and Classical operas. He has also appeared in the major concert halls and festivals of Europe and South America with Ensemble Arcadia, which he founded in 1990.
Attilio has conducted operas and concerts in Basel, Berlin, Braunschweig, Innsbruck, Lausanne, Lucerne and at festivals in Brazil (Curitiba), Morocco (Fez) and Germany (Lörrach). Performance highlights have included conducting Handel’sRodelindaat Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Rameau’sDardanusfor Bonn Opera and Sartorio’sJulius Caesarin Egypt at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, and working with choreographer Joachim Schlömer on the award winning dance collaborationLes Larmes du ciel(The Tears of Heaven) at the Vienna Festival.
Recent engagements have included Rossini’sThe Silken Ladderon tour with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; an anthology of Da Ponte arias entitledL’ape musicaleat Festival Pergolesi–Spontini in Jesi; Pergolesi’sMarian Vesperswith the Vocal Consort of Berlin and Paisiello’sLa serva padronawith Baroque orchestra La Cetra at the Théâtre de Poissy; Monteverdi’sIl ritorno di Ulisse in patriaandThe Coronation of Poppea(Grand Théâtre de Génève);The Abduction from the Seraglioin Basel and Lucerne; and Purcell’sDido and Aeneasin a co-production between the opera houses of Luxembourg, Montpellier, Amsterdam, Ferrara, St Pölten and Berlin (Unter den Linden), featuring the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
Attilio’s extensive discography has attracted much popular and critical acclaim, including the German Record Critics Award, Choc de la Musique, Diapason d’Or and Belgium’s Cecilia Prize.
Attilio conducted Juditha Triumphans in 2007 for Pinchgut Opera.