Salvatore Accardo

Salvatore Accardo is universally regarded as the greatest Italian violinist
of modern times. Since his début recital in 1954, aged 13, he has performed
across the world with the greatest conductors and orchestras, himself
frequently taking the role of conductor. His extensive recordings for the
world’s most respected labels include works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms,
Mozart, Paganini, Schubert and Tchaikovsky. Astor Piazzolla, a close
friend of Accardo, dedicated a number of pieces to him. Italy’s highest
honour, the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, was bestowed upon Accardo by the
President of the Italian Republic in 1982. In 1996 the Beijing Conservatoire
named him ‘Most Honourable Professor’. In 1999 he was granted
the order of ‘Commandeur dans l’ordre du mérit culturel’, the highest
title of the principality of Monaco, and in 2002 he received the prestigious
‘Una Vita per la Musica’ Award. Th e Art of Salvatore Accardo: a Life
for the Violin, a boxed anthology, was recently released by Universal.
Accardo is also the founder of the internationally acclaimed Orchestra da
Camera Italiana, which brings together the best pupils and alumni of the
Stauff er Academy in Cremona. Salvatore Accardo plays the 1727 Hartex-
Francescatti Stradivarius, as well as a 1733 Guarneri del Gesù and a
1620 Giovanni Paolo Maggini.