Since its foundation in 1994, the Ensemble L’Arte dell’Arco has gained international recognition for its concerts and recordings. Founded in Padua by Giovanni and Federico Guglielmo, L’Arte dell’Arco includes some of the best Italian musicians, who are specialized in performing with ancient instruments. These musicians collaborate with the most important European baroque orchestras and appear in major European concerts. The Ensemble has played with renowned artists (such as Christopher Hogwood, Gustav Leonhardt, Pieter Wispelwey, Michaela Petri, Sigiswald Kuijken, Bob van Asperen) and has recorded with Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Sony/BMG Classics, Chandos, ASV Gaudeamus, CPO, Brilliant, Stradivarius, Dynamic, Musicaimmagine and Rai Trade, focusing on the Italian Baroque repertoire. Arte dell’Arco has received awards such as the Premio Internazionale del Disco «Antonio Vivaldi» in Venice (1995, 1996) and major credits from specialized reviews (Diapason, Le Monde de La Musique, Repertoire, Gramophone, Classic CD, BBC Music Magazine, International Record Review, The Strad, Fanfare, American Record Guide, Fono Forum, Klassik Heute, Alte Musik Aktuell, Luister, Scherzo, Ritmo, Record Gejiutsu) and from the international press (The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Irish Times, etc). In 1997 L’Arte dell’Arco started the first complete recording of all of Tartini’s Concertos, which was concluded after fifteen years. In 2015 Brilliant Classics published the Vivaldi Edition in which L’Arte dell’Arco recorded 19 CDs with all the works published by Vivaldi during his life time.
Federico Guglielmo received his diploma at Conservatorio “Benedetto Marcello”, Venice. He then attended violin master classes with Salvatore Accardo, Vladimir Spivakov, Isaac Stern, as well as chambre music master classes with Trio Beaux Arts, Trio di Trieste, Quartetto Amadeus, Quartetto Italiano, La Salle Quartet, and finally a master class in orchestral conducting with Gianluigi Gelmetti. When he was still very young he performed as first violin for ten years, playing in the most important Italian symphonic orchestras. Today he still performs this role with Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. Federico Guglielmo was awarded many prizes in national competitions (Vittorio Veneto) and international competions (Paris, London, Canada). Since then, he has appeared in major theatres such as Grosses Musikverein, Vienna, Wigmore Hall, London, Società del Quartetto, Milan, Accademia Santa Cecilia, Rome, Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Herkulessaal, Munich, Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York, Suntory Hall, Opera City and Bunka Kaikan Tokyo, Izumi and Symphony Hall, Osaka, Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, and City Recital Hall, Sydney. Starting from 1990, as first violin of the string group I Solisti Filarmonici Italiani, every two years Guglielmo has been making concert tours in Japan and the USA and has done more than 35 recordings for Denon Nippon Columbia. In the past few years Guglielmo has also performed as conductor, reaching a remarkable success.