Concerto de’ Cavalieri was founded in Pisa at the Scuola Normale Superiore by Marcello Di Lisa, bringing together some of Italy’s best performers devoting themselves to the baroque and classical repertory on period instruments.

Under Marcello Di Lisa’s direction, Concerto de’ Cavalieri has gained a solid reputation as one of the most interesting period instrument orchestras in Italy, both for the excellence and vitality of its performances, and for its historically informed interpretations, also opened to contemporary critical models.

The ensemble performs at some of the most prestigious venues throughout Italy and abroad, in collaboration with internationally renowned soloists (such as, among others, Daniela Barcellona, Vivica Genaux, Ann Hallenberg, Sara Mingardo) and its repertory ranges from the music of the late Seventeenth century to the early Romantic period.

Concerto de’ Cavalieri has recorded for Sony and Cpo, and its albums have been enthusiastically received by the Italian and international press: “A completely captivating interpretation. An absolutely first-rate ensemble. This recording sets a new standard” (Fanfare). “Concerto de’ Cavalieri’s technically sterling musicianship has vigor, thrust and eloquence” (Musical America). “Sensible historically and stylish artistically. Highly recommended” (Gramophone). “Un disque remarquable” (Diapason). “Une initiative d’une importance rare, un coup d’éclat, un manifeste plus qu’une compilation d’airs” (Muse Baroque). “Ein exquisites, mit viel Verve aufspielendes Ensemble” (Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk). “Ein pompöses klangliches Feuerwerk” (Norddeutscher Rundfunk). “Das Resultat ist exzeptionell. Die Rhythmik ist scharf wie ein Rasiermesser, die Dynamik phänomenal” (Pizzicato). “Una exhibición ininterrumpida de bravura y temperamento artístico” (Scherzo). “Un registro que transpira ingenio, rigor y efervescencia por todos sus poros” (Ritmo). “Una «prima» sensazionale” (Corriere della sera). “Elegante, ma soprattutto entusiasmante” (Classic Voice).

Concerto de’ Cavalieri also aims to bring the Roman musical heritage of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries back to life, with a focus on Alessandro Scarlatti’s unpublished scores, and since 2011 it has been involved with Sony Classical in a long-term project – The Baroque Project –of several recordings on the Italian Opera in the Eighteenth Century.