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Salvatore Accardo Edit Profile

conductor , violinist

Salvatore Accardo, Italian Violinist. Recipient 1st prize Geneva Competitionat age 15, 1st prize Paganini Competition at age 17, Caecillia prize, Brusssels, Italian Critics' prize for recording of Six Paganini Concertos, Diapuson d'Or for recording of Sibelius Concerto.


Accardo, Salvatore was born on September 26, 1941 in Turin, Italy. Son of Vincenzo and Ines Nea Accardo.


Student, Conserv S. Pietro a Majella, Naples. Student, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena.


the Paganini Concertos and Caprices (Deutsche Grammophon), concerts by Beethoven and Brahms, complete works for violin and orchestra by Bruch, concertos by Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky (Philips/Phonogram); Cavaliere di gran Croce 1982; numerous music prizes include CaeciliaHe gave his first professional recital at the age of 13 performing Paganini's Capricci. He has recorded Paganini's 24 Caprices (re-recorded in 1999) for solo violin and was the first violinist to record all six of the violin concerti by Paganini. He has an extensive discography of almost 50 recordings on Philips, DG, EMI, Sony Classical, Foné, Dynamic, and Warner-Fonit.

Notably, he has recorded an album of classical and contemporary works in 1995 on Paganini's Guarneri del Gesù 1742 violin, Il Cannone. Accardo founded the Accardo Quartet in 1992 and he was one of the founders of the Walter Stauffer Academy in 1986. He founded the Settimane Musicali Internazionali in Naples and the Cremona String Festival in 1971, and in 1996, he re-founded the Orchestra da Camera Italiana (OCI), whose members are the best pupils of the Walter Stauffer Academy.

He performed the music of Paganini for the soundtrack of the 1989 film Kinski Paganini. In the 1970s he was a leader of the celebrated Italian chamber orchestra "I Musici" (1972-1977). Accardo owns one Stradivarius violin, the "Hart ex Francescatti" (1727) and had the "Firebird ex Saint-Exupéry" (1718).


  • Monaco : Commander of the Order of Cultural Merit (November 1999).


  • Other Work

    • 1st professional recital, 1954. Repertoire includes concertos by Bartók, Beethoven, Berg, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky. Performed with Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, others.Appeared as soloist/director English, Scottish and Netherlands Chamber Orchestras. Artistic director Naples Festival. Recordings include Paganini Concertos and Caprices, concerts by Beethoven and Brahms, concertos by Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, others.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: electronics, sports, cooking.


Married Resy Corsi in 1973.

Vincenzo Accardo

Ines Nea Accardo

Resy Corsi