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The Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia was the first in Italy to concentrate exclusively on the symphonic repertoire. Since 1908, it gave around 15 000 concerts, collaborating with the most important musical figures of the twentieth century and was conducted, among others, by Mahler, Debussy, Strauss, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Sibelius, Toscanini, Furtwängler, De Sabata and Karajan.
Bernardino Molinari, Franco Ferrara, Fernando Previtali, Igor Markevitch, Thomas Schippers, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Daniele Gatti e Myung-Whun Chung were stable conductors and Leonard Bernstein was Honorary President from 1983 to 1990.
Thanks to Maestro Antonio Pappano, Music Director since 2005, the prestige of the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has gained extraordinary momentum and international recognition both during the numerous tours, both for recordings.
After a long association with some of the most famous international, under the baton of famous directors like De Sabata, Solti, Maazel, Schippers, Giulini, Sinopoli, Bernstein, Gatti e Chung, the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia boasts an exclusive relationship with EMI Classics (now Warner Classics). Among the most recent publications directed by Sir Antonio Pappano, remember the Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, the Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, the Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle and Britten’s War Requiem.
Chamber music was always one of the activities of the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia; in recent years has acquired even greater importance and the musicians of the Orchestra regularly form different ensembles.
After the great success, in 2013, in the chamber season of Santa Cecilia, during a concert of Schubert music, the String Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia launched a permanent collaboration for three years with Luigi Piovano, first cello soloist of the Orchestra.

In March 2014 the French label Eloquentia released the first studio CD of the group under Mr. Piovano's baton with the same program of the debut concert: the "Arpeggione" Sonata, transcribed for cello and strings by Luigi Piovano (who is soloist too), and the "Death and the Maiden" Quartet, transcribed for strings by Gustav Mahler. The CD has been received with much critical acclaim by international press.

In January 2015, immediately after a new concert in the chamber season of Santa Cecilia, the String Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia conducted by Luigi Piovano will be recording a new CD for Eloquentia with the two Serenades of Ciaikovskij and Dvořák.

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