Vivaldi’s Violins

A humble orphanage in Venice became home to a music academy and orchestra famous throughout Europe. Its young musicians were eminent virtuosi of the day and feted well beyond Italy. Their leader was Antonio Vivaldi, who composed hundreds of violin concertos for his charges, including some of the most beloved music of the Baroque.

Leading violinist Sophie Rowell joins members of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a concert dedicated to some of the most spectacular of these concertos, including concerti for two and four violin soloists and the dazzling concerto Grosso Mogul.

This concert will tour Victoria, supported by the Victorian Government through Touring Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria.



GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso Op 3 No 3: IV Allegro
VIVALDI Concerto for four violins RV550
RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 3
VIVALDI Violin Concerto in B flat major RV368
Concerto for two violins RV514
VERDI Andantissimo
VIVALDI Violin Concerto in D major RV208 Grosso Mogul

Performances by Sophie Rowell are supported by the Hamer Family Fund.


Explore & Discover

Meet the Soloist

Soloist Sophie Rowell talks to us about her career and these special Vivaldi concertos.

Concert Notes

Read the program notes for Vivaldi's Violins and understand more of the background to the music in this extraordinary performance.

Musician's View

MCO's Principal Cello, Michael Dahlenburg, gives his thoughts on Vivaldi's Violins.

Explore the music on Spotify

Curious about the music we’ll be playing in Vivaldi's Violins? We’ve put together a Spotify playlist with selected music. Have a listen! (Free Spotify account required.)


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