Enrico Fagone is described by the classical music press as “one of today’s most promising musicians with an international reach, among the best in the world, despite his youth”. The quality and breadth of his musical experience (ranging from the Grammy Awards to the Juilliard school in New York) supports this claim.”
His meteoric career at a very young age has placed him among the best double bass players in the world, and he has received critical acclaim from the public and the press as an orchestral conductor.
He has already conducted all over the world with major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin, LaVerdi the Milan Symphony Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi, the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Padova e del Veneto, the Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra, I Virtuosi Italiani, the Mendelsshon Chamber Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Kammeroper in Munich, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Italian Opera Bruno Bartoletti (Verdi Festival), Orchestra of the Serbian national theater, National Simphony of Paraguay, Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, Cagliari Lyric Theatre Orchestra.
In addition he serves as Music Director of the Long Island Concert Orchestra in New York.
His debut in January 2019 at the helm of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra with world famous solo pianist Martha Argerich was received with outstanding reviews from both the public and critics alike and was broadcast on RAI5 Italian National TV (currently available on RaiPlay and with half a million web visits).
Mr. Fagone graduated in double bass at the Piacenza Conservatory under the guidance of Leonardo Colonna and completed his studies with Franco Petracchi at the “Walter Stauffer” Academy in Cremona. For additional refinement he also studied with Klaus Stoll, first double bass of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Subsequently he then undertook studies in conducting at the Claudio Abbado Civic School in Milan, completing his training with the legendary Maestro Jorma Panula in Helsinki (who encouraged him to embark on a career as conductor). At the same time he continued his studies in composition with Jorge. A. Bosso and Ivo Antognini.
He has served as principal double bass of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (OSI) since 2004 and professor at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana since 2010.
His multifaceted artistic activity has placed him on stages all over the world both as a solo double bass player and as an orchestra conductor.
He is regularly invited to the most prestigious international festivals alongside great musicians such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vadim Repin, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Katia and Marielle Labèque, etc.
He has recorded for record labels such as EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and among his recently released recordings, two CDs have attracted particular attention from music critics.
The first, “ASPIRE”, published by Musica Solis, features him at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra (with soloists clarinetist Seunghee Lee and JP Jofre in the double role of composer and bandoneonist) and it received a Grammy Nomination for the finals of the 2023 GRAMMY AWARDS, in the ” classical compendium” category.
The second disc, “Las estaciones del Angel” published by Da Vinci publishing, features a series of interpretations for solo double bass based largely on compositions by Astor Piazzolla created in different locations and times, from 2008 to 2015. This CD also includes additional Argentinian music featuring participating artists such as Luis Bacalov, Martha Argerich, Fernando Suarez Paz, Nestor Marconi as well as many others.
Enrico Fagone is a musician always in search of “new collaborations” and one who works closely with composers in creating new compositions as well as bringing back to life compositions that are rarely performed and yet of undisputed value.
His position as Ambassador of the Martha Argerich Presents Project throughout the world leads him to devote much of his energies in support of the younger generations of musicians. In fact, in 2016, together with Francesco Daniel Donati, he revived the famous Giovanni Bottesini Competition (of which he is now the artistic director).
He is regularly invited to give masterclasses in the world’s greatest musical institutions such as the Juilliard School (New York), the Royal College of Music (London), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Royal Danish Academy, the Toho Gakuen (Tokyo) the Conservatory of Paris CNSMDP and the Colburn School (in Los Angeles, CA).
“He has been defined by the classical music press as one of the most promising musicians at the international level.
Even at his early age, the quality and experience of Enrico Fagone’s (ranging from Martha Argerich to the Juilliard school of New York )I am determined to back this statement.”