Diego Fasolis studied in Zurich, Paris and Cremona where he obtained four diplomas with distinction. He began his career in the 80s as a concert organist, performing regularly complete works by Bach, Buxtehude, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Franck and Liszt.
Having acquired worldwide recognition, Maestro Fasolis was appointed Chief conductor of the Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles of Swiss Radio and Television in 1993. In 1998 he began conducting I Barocchisti, a Baroque orchestra with period instruments, which he founded with his wife Adriana Fasolis-Brambilla. After her premature death in 2013 he established a charitable foundation in her name to support young musicians. He also works as a guest teacher with leading groups and singers internationally.
Diego Fasolis is renowned as an interpreter of historically informed music. His versatility and virtuosity are combined with a rigorous style which is highly appreciated by the public and by international critics and press both in Europe and in the US.
He has been working with the acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano Cecilia Bartoli since 2011 and has been involved in projects including audio and video recordings as well as major concert tours around the world. Their latest project is dedicated to the works of Italian and German composers discovered in the St. Petersburg archives. Maestro Fasolis also conducted Bellini’s Norma in Monte Carlo featuring Cecilia Bartoli in the title role.
A regular guest at the Salzburg Festival for concerts and opera engagements, the latest being Iphigenie en Tauride, Diego Fasolis conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Vienna Musikverein, with the Concentus Musicus Wien and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir.
In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music.
He has conducted at some of the most prestigious opera houses including La Scala (La Finta giardiniera, Idomeneo), Teatro Regio Torino (Così fan tutte), Teatro La Fenice (Orlando furioso, Dorilla in Tempe), Berlin Staatsoper (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Versailles Royal Opera (Orfeo ed Euridice), Zurich Opernhaus (Le Comte Ory), Lausanne Opera (La Clemenza di Tito, Orphée et Eurydice), Staatsoper Hamburg (Il Barbiere di Siviglia).
With more than 120 CDs released by major international recording companies such as EMI-Virgin, Naïve, Universal Music and Warner Classics, Maestro Fasolis received numerous prizes for his commitment in the rediscovery of the operatic repertoire: the Disco d’Oro, the Grand Prix du Disque for his work on Handel and Vivaldi, and the Echo Klassik for the opera Artaserse by Leonardo Vinci. In 2014 and 2015 he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for both the triumphant “Mission” project with works by Agostino Steffani and the “St. Petersburg” project with Cecilia Bartoli.
La Scala entrusted him with the creation of an orchestra using period instruments to perform Handel’s Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno. In 2017 he conducted Tamerlano with Placido Domingo at the Teatro alla Scala.
In 2019 Maestro Fasolis has been nominated for “Conductor of the Year” at The International Opera Awards.
Recent and future engagements include La Finta giardiniera and Die Zauberflöte at the Shanghai Grand Theatre, Meyerbeer’s Gli Amori di Teolinda at the Lausanne Opera, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with I Barocchisti in Lugano, Rossini’s Turco in Italia at La Scala, Vivaldi’s Farnace at the Venice Malibran Theater, Händel’s Alessandro with the Kammerorchester Basel in Göttingen, Paris and Basel.
In Lugano, Diego Fasolis will record the complete Beethoven Symphonies of which one will be broadcast live by ARTE.