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Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most versatile British conductors of our time. He is a key figure in the development of historical performance practice, from the early Baroque up to and including the 20th century. He is also the founder and artistic director of The Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
In France he has been awarded the title of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as well as Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur; in 1998 he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in Great Britain and in 2005 he was awarded the German Verdienstkreuz.
Giovanni Antonini is a conductor and soloist on the recorder and baroque transverse flute. In 1985, along with Luca Pianca, he co-founded Il Giardino Armonico, a pioneering Italian early-music ensemble based in Milan, to play 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments. Like Gardiner, Antonini is regarded as one of the leaders of the period instruments movement.