Alessio Allegrini (Horn and Conductor)

Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma - 11 gennaio 2014 Orchestra, Coro e Voci Bianche dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Cornelius Meister, direttore Alessio Allegrini, corno Maria Chiara Chizzoni, soprano Eugene Villanueva, baritono Marco Santarelli, tenore © Riccardo Musacchio & Flavio Ianniello

© Riccardo Musacchio & Flavio Ianniello

  • Founder, Artistic Director – Human Rights Orchestra
  • Principal Conductor – Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese (L’Aquila)

Founder of the Musicians For Human Rights and music director of the Human Rights Orchestra, Alessio Allegrini has performed as solo or principal horn with virtually all of the world’s leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Daniel Barenboim, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Myung-Whun Chung, Mariss Jansons, Jeffrey Tate, Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle, Antonio Pappano and Riccardo Muti.

Winner of prizes in both the Prague Spring International Competition and the Munich International Competition, he held the first chair in the Orchestra of La Scala for eight years, and subsequently served as guest principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic for one year. For many years he was also principal horn of the Orchestra Mozart under Claudio Abbado, which culminated in the live recording of the complete Mozart’s Horn concertos, Sinfonia Concertante, and Bach’s second Brandenburg concerto for Deutsche Grammophon.

As a soloist, he premiered Carter’s Horn Concerto in Europe and performed Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Ian Bostridge at the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia. Other concerto engagements include Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Philhamonie Baden-Baden, Orchestra Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Hamburger Symphoniker, Orchestra della Scala, Filarmonica Teatro La Fenice and Orchestra of Teatro Lirico in Cagliari.

As a conductor he made his debut at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari with a symphonic concert with Wagner and Brahms compositions in 2013, which was highly acclaimed. Since then, in Italy he started to play and conduct orchestras such as the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, I Solisti Aquilani, Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano and others and collaborated with Maria Joao Pires, Helene Grinoud, Isabelle Faust, Ilya Gringotls, Imogen Cooper, Teo Gheorghiu.

Recently, he led the Tokyo City Philharmonic (All Mozart Horn Concertos) and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, appeared as a conductor with the Hamburger Symphoniker to replace Maestro Jeffrey Tate (Elgar, Haydn and Beethoven). The Orchestra immediately re-invited him for the 2019 subscription. As a soloist, he performed with the Vienna Symphoniker, Hiroshima Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic.

In 2020-21, he appeared as a soloist with Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia and Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana (R.Strauss 2nd Horn Concero).

Since 2004, Allegrini has been the solo principal horn of the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also is the solo first horn of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He is a professor at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.