Enrico Onofri, guest director and violin

The Tempestuous Violin

Thu Feb 7, Fri Feb 8, Sat Feb 9 at 8pm, Sun Feb 10, 2019 at 3:30pm Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre Map

Tue Feb 12, 2019 at 8pm George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts Map
Enrico Onofri, guest director and violin
Embrace music’s power to incite human passions and unleash the force of Mother Nature.
“Is there anything more powerful than music?” asks Enrico Onofri. The charismatic wizard of the baroque violin and close collaborator/teacher of Music Director Elisa Citterio makes his Tafelmusik debut with this concert exploring music’s role in inciting human passions and unleashing the power of Mother Nature.
Enrico and Elisa appear as soloists in orchestral music both collaborative and confrontational. Batten down your hatches and experience the musical battleground that is the “concerto grosso”—where every instrument must prove its worth.

What's interesting about this concert?

  • Enrico Onofri is one of the world's most-renowned baroque violinists. He also happens to be one of Music Director Elisa Citterio's teachers. 
  • Onofri curated this concert as an exploration of "tempests and battles" both literal (using instruments to create the sounds of storms and warfare) and conceptual. 
  • The word "concerto" has its origin in Latin words meaning both "to join together" and "to compete." Instrumental concertos exemplify both: soloists compete with each other and with the orchestra, and yet all unite in harmonious accord. 
  • The program starts with works from the early 17th century, with music exploring the 'new' baroque style, and moves chronologically through the years to more familiar works by Corelli and Vivaldi. 


  • Kapsberger Sinfonia Ottava & Settima ♫
  • Gabrieli Sonata for three violins & continuo ♫
  • Scheidt Die VII Symphonie aus dem D ♫
  • Castello Sonata XV a quattro ♫
  • Gabrieli Canzon Duodecimi Toni ♫
  • Scheidt Battalia ♫
  • Castello Sonata XVI a quattro
  • Legrenzi Sonata for 4 violins & continuo 
  • Corelli Concerto grosso in D Major, op. 6, no. 7*
  • Locke Music for The Tempest
  • Vivaldi Concerto in A minor for 2 violins, op.3 no.8*
    (Enrico Onofri & Elisa Citterio, soloists)
  • Corelli Concerto grosso in D Major, op. 6, no. 4

* Recorded by Tafelmusik
♫ First performance by Tafelmusik
NOTE: Vivaldi Concerto op.3 no.8 recorded with Jeanne Lamon & Geneviève Gilardeau as soloists

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Join us for a free pre-concert chat one hour before the show with Tafelmusik violinist Christopher Verrette.

Guest Artist Masterclass with Enrico Onofri: Sat Feb 9, 2019 from 2–4:45pm MORE INFO

 Concert run time: approximately 2 hours including a 20 intermission.

Watch Enrico Onofri perform Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D major, RV 208  'Grosso Mogul'