Lorenzo Colitto has been praised for his “juicy and robust tone” by The Boston Globe, and called “an exciting soloist” by The New York Times. A leading Baroque violinist in Europe and the founder of Archipelago, Mr. Colitto’s performances have taken him from Slovenia to Japan, from Australia to the Americas. He acts as a guest leader in Europa Galante, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Accademia Bizantina, Al Ayre Español, Elyma, Divino Sospiro, and is recently appointed concertmaster of New York Baroque Incorporated, a dynamic period-instrument ensemble based in New York City. Mr. Colitto can be heard on numerous recordings byHarmonia Mundi, Virgin EMI, Opus 111, Tactus, Ambroisie, K617, Brilliant, and Alpha.
As an educator, Mr. Colitto is on faculty in the Early Music Departments at Frosinone and l'Aquila Conservatories in Italy, and teaches Baroque violin in European Union Baroque Orchestra, and Joven Orquesta Nacional de España. He frequently leads master-classes in Spain, Hong-Kong, Australia, France and Portugal.
Born in Rome, Mr. Colitto studied violin at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia. In 1993, he discovered his passion and interest for the historical performance practice, and furthered his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland with Thomas Hengelbrock and Chiara Banchini.
A dedicated scholar, Mr. Colitto is currently researching on unknown operas by composers from Bologna, which has risen large interests in the music and publishing world. He is also dedicated to one of the national dishes of his country, and holds a degree in professional pizza making at the Associazione Pizzerie Italiane.