The conductor, chorus master, harpsichordist, and organist Diego Fasolis, who was born in 1958 in Lugano, completed his course of studies at the Conservatory and the Music Academy in Zurich; he studied piano with Jürg Vintschger, organ with Erich Vollenwyder, voice with Carol Smith, and conducting with Klaus Knall. He later supplemented his training with the organist Gaston Litaize in Paris and also took courses with Michael Radulescu in Cremona, who introduced him to historically informed performance practice. In 1986 he began his partnership with the ensembles of Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana (RSI), initially as an instrumentalist, and, starting in 1993, as the conductor of various ensembles, especially the Coro della Radio Svizzera. In 1995 Fasolis founded the Ensemble Vanitas, and in 1998 he was appointed to lead I Barocchisti, with whom he cultivates a repertoire ranging from Palestrina through Handel, Bach, and Vivaldi to Luigi Cherubini, all performed on historical instruments. Fasolis has conducted opera performances at La Scala in Milan, the Opera di Roma, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and has worked with the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, the Concerto Palatino, and the Concerto Köln. As an organist he has performed the entire organ oeuvre of Buxtehude, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and César Franck. More than 80 CDs document his artistic work. Fasolis has in addition composed several film scores, as well as works for organ and for voice and orchestra. In 2011 he was made an honorary doctor of the Papal Institute for Church Music, and in 2013 he received the ECHO Klassik Award for his recording of Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse.
One previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL appearance: on 10 September 2012, conducting an all-Vivaldi program with Cecilia Bartoli and his Ensemble I Barocchisti.