Davide Monti, baroque violin
Davide Monti is a violinist who combines his infectious energy with the exceptional talent of being a completely natural performer. As a much-sought-after director, soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician his playing has been described as “phenomenal,” with “incredible freshness,” where “all appears extraordinarily spontaneous and organic.” His prize-winning recordings include his version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which has been reviewed as “definitely one of the best versions of the decade.”
With degrees from the Conservatories of Parma and Verona, Davide has been leader/soloist with many groups around the world, including the European Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), Il Tempio Armonico, Australia’s Accademia Arcadia, Ensemble Elyma, Tafelmusik in Toronto, Les Voix humaines in Montreal, Camerata Brisbane, and Arparla, with harpist Maria Christina Cleary.
Davide focuses on the art of improvising, where the experience of extemporaneous communication parallels other art forms such as theatre, dance, fencing, and dressage. He considers the score to be a canvas in which each performance is different and vital.
Davide has taught improvisation within historically informed practices in Europe, Canada, Asia, and Australia, and he is the Artistic Director of the International School of Improvisation’s Helicona project, which teaches musical improvisation with a multidisciplinary perspective, leading to a complex and fascinating system of strategies.
He teaches baroque violin at the Conservatory of Verona.
Davide loves to speak with his violin, a Giuseppe Guadagnini of the second half of the eighteenth century.