The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is one of the oldest musical institutions in the world. Officially founded in 1585, it has evolved over the centuries from an organization of largely “local” musicians to a modern academy and symphonic concert organization of international repute. Uniting an academic body of 100 of the most illustrious exponents of culture and music with a symphonic orchestra and chorus that are among the most internationally renowned, the Accademia carries out professional musical training and conserves an extremely rich historical patrimony, thus reflecting its own multi-century history.
Sir Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since October 2005; he had already become Music Director of London’s Covent Garden in September 2002.
October 2017 saw Askonas Holt’s first tour with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, in which the orchestra performed across the US with Sir Antonio Pappano, Martha Argerich and Beatrice Rana, in Boston, Rochester NY and Washington DC.