Founded in October 1966, in forty years of activity Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto has established itself as one of the principal Italian chamber orchestras with an optimum reputation both at home and abroad. The composition of the Orchestra is based on the complement of the “classic” symphony orchestra. The eminent mozartian Peter Maag was principal conductor of the Orchestra from 1983 to 2001.
Artistic Directors have been, in succession, Claudio Scimone, Bruno Giuranna, Guido Turchi, Mario Brunello (2002-2003). Filippo Juvarra (that was awarded the “Franco Abbiati” Italian Music Critics Prize in 2002). Clive Britton is currently Artistic Director of the Orchestra.
During its long artistic existence the Orchestra has collaborated with celebrated international concert artists, including: Accardo, Anderszewski, Argerich, Ashkenazy, Barbirolli, Bashmet, Bream, Buchbinder, Campanella, Carmignola, Chailly, Desderi, Gavazzeni, Goebel, Gutman, Hamar, Hewitt, Hogwood, Kavakos, Koopman, Lonquich, Lupu, Maisky, Melles, Mullova, Mutter, Nanut, Perahia, Perlman, Quarta, Rampal, Richter, Rostropovich, Santi, Shelley, Starker, Stoltzman, Szeryng, Ughi, Vegh, Zehetmair, Zimerman.
The Orchestra gives around 120 concerts every year, with a season in Padua and concerts in the Veneto Region as well as for leading Concert Societies and Festivals in Italy and during tours abroad. Since 1987 the Orchestra has embarked on a large-scale recording activity with over fifty recordings for various major labels.