The conductor and violinist Riccardo Minasi is co-founder and director of the Ensemble il Pomo d'oro from 2012 to 2015, since 2017 principal conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg and »Artist in Residence« of the Resonanz Ensemble of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. His most recent engagements include Christian Spuck's new ballet »Der Sandmann« with music by Schnittke and Schumann as well as »Don Giovanni«, »Orlando Paladino«, »Il Matrimonio Segreto«, »Iphigénie en Tauride«, »Carmen«, »Rinaldo« and engagements with the Orchestre National de Lyon, London Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Zurich Philarmonia, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, La Scintilla, NDR Radio Philharmonic Hamburg, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Stavanger Symfoniorkester.
As soloist and concertmaster he has performed with Le Concert des Nations of Jordi Savall, Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano, Il Giardino Armonico, Al Ayre Español, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and was invited by Kent Nagano to the Knowlton Belcanto Festival in Canada. He also worked with Concerto Vocale, Ensemble 415 and with artists such as Joyce Di Donato, Albrecht Mayer, Reinhard Goebel, Nils Mönkemeyer, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Cecilia Bartoli, Viktoria Mullova, Edgar Moreau, Gautier Capuçon, Christophe Coin.
In 2010 he worked as assistant conductor, concertmaster and curator of the critical edition of the opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini with Cecilia Bartoli and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble of Thomas Hengelbrock at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. In collaboration with Maurizio Biondi he published the critical edition of Norma for Bärenreiter in 2016. From 2004 to 2010 he was professor at the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory in Palermo. He has given seminars, master classes and lessons in historical performance practice at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover, the Musikhochschule Antwerp, Chinese Cultural University Taipei, Zurich Opera House, Kùk's Residence, Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Sydney Conservatory, the Baroque Orchestra of the European Union and as historical advisor to the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.
Among the many prizes he has received, the album »Stella di Napoli« with Joyce Di Donato (Diapason d'Or of the Year 2015, BBC Music Magazine Prize, Grammophone Choice, Grammy Award Nomination 2015), »Agrippina« with Ann Hallenberg (International Opera Prize 2016), »Partenope« with Philippe Jaroussky and Karina Gauvin (Grammophone Magazine - Recording of the Month), »Catone in Utica«, »Giovincello« and »Haydn Concerts« (Echo Classical Prize 2016), »Rosary Sonatas« by Biber (finalist at the Midem Classical Award Cannes as Album of the Year 2009)
Future projects include frequent collaborations with Ensemble Resonanz from Hamburg and the Orchestra La Scintilla from Zurich as well as recordings for ES-DUR, Harmonia Mundi France and Deutsche Grammophon.