In 1952, twelve young and promising italian musicians, mainly roman and mostly graduates of the master classes at the Accademia di Santa Ceacilia, got togeter "inter pares" to create a unique chamber orchestra comprising six violins, two violas, two cellos, one double bass and one harpschord, with the intention of revitalizing the string repertory, particulary that of the italian composers of the "settecento".
They choose the simple, yet nice, name I MUSICI and they deliberately decided to shape the ensemble without conductor, in order to establish among the twelve colleagues and friends, an egalitarian relationship thus bringing ti their rehearsals as well as to their concerts, a unanimous decision on technical and interpretative problems of the scores; a rather unconventional but unexpectedly suitable procedure. It was quite symbolic that Arturo Toscanini upon hearing them while they were rehersing in april 1952 at the italian Radio formulated the first enthusiastic reaction in front of journalists and musical personalities, even dedicating his portrait to the group with the words "bravi, bravissimi...no! la musica non muore".
A few weeks earlier, on the 30th of March 1952, their public debut was an enormous success at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia; it was the starting point of an astonishing career, which in a schort time catapulted them among the ranks of the great international performers.
In several European countries I MUSICI are known with a different name: I MUSICI DI ROMA. This curious anomaly was the idea of a Munich impresario to whom they had asked to be their manager for Germany and Austria. He suggested them, that they should add the atrributive DI ROMA in those countries, because central European audiences, at all times in love widh Mediterranean classicism, would immediately know their roost and olso will be a good pubblicity, for this unknown (then) Italian orchestra.
After some initial puzzlement they accepted: the results were so positive that their new name I MUSICI DI ROMA was permanently adopted for the cult and exsigent central European audiences.
Today, any international concertgoer can hear I MUSICI at the Mozarteum in Buenos Aires or at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona as well as I MUSICI DI ROMA at Musikverein in Vienna and will know that olways is no other than the same famous roman chamber orchestra.
The chamber playing and the unchanging sound of I MUSICI has been patent for alf a century of total dedication, of respect for the style and taste af each composer and, at the same time, a free interpretative liberty alien to any academic dogmatism.
With these ductile qualities I MUSICI devolp and narrate the aspirations, sentiments and emotions of those composers who lived in an epoch full of conventions and bonds and nevertheless trasmit with their sublime art a universal and eternal message.
GIOVANNI BATTISTA GUADAGNINI - MILANO 1751
NICOLA AMATI - CREMONA 1676
NICOLA AMATI - CREMONA 1661
GIOVANNI BATTISTA CERUTI CREMONA 1796
GOFFREDO CAPPA SALUZZO 1691
GIOVANNI PRESSENDA TORINO 1821
PIETRO GUARNIERI MANTOVA 1697
-SILVIO DI ROCCO:
LORENZO E TOMMASO CARCASSI FIRENZE 1748
LORENZO STORIONI CREMONA 1791
LORENZO CARCASSI FIRENZE 1780
ANONIMO MILANO 1790
Francesco Buccarella Garatti
CLAVICEMBALO JOAN MARTI BARCELLONA 1989
Robert Sherman in the NEW YORK TIMES:
"I MUSICI are ever since a model for all similar groups. They play without a conductor annd each member is a soloist - It means that every performance the give is a true expression spontaneous and meticulously polished of the talent of 12 artists - In every style they bring the essential impulse of life - The result is playng of verve, stylistic purity and impeccable artistry - One is constantly impressed by their ability to achieve the full sonority of a string orchestra without sacrificing the clarity and the utter precision of a string quartet - I MUSICI achieve the most delicate nuances of shading, of balance, of phrasing - Never those the rhythmic impulse falter, never is a note out of place."
Verniero Rizzardi in the NUOVO DI VENEZIA:
"I MUSICI, nowadays, still represent one of the best axamples of the italian instrumental civilization."