The Accademia degli Astrusi, with musical direction by Federico Ferri, following significant praise from the public and critics alike, has established itself as one of the most important ensembles on the international baroque scene, being represented by Sony from 2013.
Numerous reviews, radio and television broadcasts, including live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and RAI, testify to their success; they have performed in contexts such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Festival Rota dos Monumentos Lisbon, London’s Wigmore Hall, Bijloke Muziekcentrum Gent, MiTo Festival, Friends of the Music of Florence, IUC of Rome, Monteverdi of Cremona, Stresa Festival, Reate Festival, Perugia Classical Music, Mariani Association, Unione Musicale of Turin and Concerts of Quirinale.
The Accademia degli Strusi has undertaken a project over many years on the rediscovery of the complete instrumental works of Giovanni Battista Martini, who’s musical heritage is largely unpublished. The valuable work of the composer from Bologna is presented in the original record edition premiere, and also alongside a critical edition published by Suvini-Zerboni by Federico Ferri and Daniele Proni.
Within this project the Astrusi starred in the “Festival Martini” and have also staged two rare interludes of Francescano, Mozart’s teacher, in co-production with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, with Laura Polverelli and Aldo Caputo and with set design from the original sketches of Dario Fo.
The Accademia degli Astrusi perform regularly with soloists such as Anna Caterina Antonacci, Sara Mingardo and Stefano Montanari. Several productions were broadcast by Sky Classica, Unitel TV, Rai Uno, Rai Tre, Rai 5, and frequent appear in the Euroradio circuit (Radio Catalunya, ERR Klassika, NRK, BR Klassik, Concertzender).
They recently had great success as they returned to the Wigmore Hall, representing Bologna as the orchestral musical ambassadors of the city, in Ghent as part of Unesco Music Days.
In 2014 they performed in La Monnaie, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Auditorio Principe Felipe in Oviedo and a prestigious opera production at the MiTo Festival Settembremusica.