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Orchestra UniMi

Founded in 2000 the Orchestra UniMi has become – under its Music Director Alessandro Crudele – one of the leading orchestras in Milan, representing a new venture in the Italian music scene.

Nowadays the orchestra works regularly with internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists such as Petr Altrichter, John Axelrod, Paul Badura-Skoda, Mario Brunello, Davide Cabassi, Natalie Clein, Francesca Dego, Enrico Dindo, Ingrid Fliter, Bernhard Güller, Viviane Hagner, Martin Helmchen, Paul Mann, Gerhard Oppitz, Roberto Paternostro, Vadim Repin, Fazil Say, Ragna Schirmer, Sergio Tiempo, Bramwell Tovey, Milan Turkovic, Anika Vavic and Lilya Zilberstein, just to mention a few.

At the beginning, the Orchestra UniMi collaborated with a number of principals of the La Scala Philharmonic and, over the last seasons, also worked with principals or former principals of the Berliner Philharmoniker, such as Kolja Blacher, Stefan Dohr, Wenzel Fuchs, Karl Leister, Albrecht Mayer and Sarah Willis, and principals of the Staatskapelle Dresden, such as Céline Moinet and Yuki Manuela Janke.

The Orchestra UniMi also appeared in some of the most prestigious european concert halls, including the Tonhalle Zurich (2009) and the Gewandhaus Leipzig (2011).

In January 2005, the Orchestra toured Germany and enjoyed widespread success among critics and audiences alike. The concert in the Castle of Herten was recorded and broadcasted by WDR (West Germany Broadcasting Corporation).

Always sensible to contemporary music, from 2013 the Orchestra Unimi is the only Italian symphonic orchestra performing in all its concerts a piece of a living composer.

In 2014, at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the Orchestra performed, under John Axelrod, the world premiere of Love’s Geometries by Fabio Vacchi.

The Orchestra UniMi is regularly welcome guest at MITO Settembre Musica – the most important Music Festival in Italy.

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Don't be misled by the name: the Orchestra UniMi is a world-class chamber orchestra comprised of many of the city's finest musicians [...] they are one of the most special orchestras I have encountered anywhere in the world.

Star Paul Mann

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Playing with these young musicians is for me an unusual and authentic pleasure.

Star Gerhard Oppitz

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the sections are homogeneous, the sound of the violins is brilliant; balance and spontaneity do credit to the orchestra and to its conductor, Alessandro Crudele, who inspires a joyful freshness, with a sober and flowing gesture.

Star Gian Mario Benzing, Corriere della Sera

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The strings conducted with keen warmth by Alessandro Crudele made Pergolesi's masterpiece vibrate with touching elegance.

Star Angelo Foletto, La Repubblica

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This orchestra is not just a miracle...

Star ViviMilano – Corriere della sera

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I had the greatest pleasure to collaborate with the Orchestra UniMi in September 2014, at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, as part of a CultureALL Association event. Having heard them previously in a concert, I was impressed by their musicianship. After our rehearsals and concerts, I became more than simply a conductor of this orchestra, but also a great fan. (…) I am proud of our success together, and I do hope we will have the opportunity to make music again in the future.

Star John Axelrod

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