The Orchestra Giovanile Italiana was created by Piero Farulli within the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in 1984. During its 30 years of orchestral training it has made a vital contribution to musical life in Italy, with more than 1,000 former members employed by Italian and foreign symphony orchestras. Christened by Riccardo Muti, OGI has been invited to the world’s most prestigious national and international festivals. Composers such as S. Bussotti and G. Battistelli have dedicated compositions to the ensemble.
Conductors who have collaborated with OGI include: C. Abbado, R. Abbado, S. Accardo, Y. Ahronovitch, P. Bellugi, L. Berio, A. Boreyko, G. Ferro, D. Gatti, C.M. Giulini, E. Inbal, R. Muti, G. Noseda, N. Paszkowski, K. Penderecki, G. Sinopoli and J. Tate. The Orchestra has made recordings for Nuova Era, Aulos, Fonit Cetra and Stradivarius and has also recorded for RAI, Radio France and for the European Radio Broadcasting Union.
Supporters of the Orchestra’s educational activities include the Region of Tuscany and the Ente Cassa di Risparmio banking foundation of Florence, as well as the Italian Ministry of Culture. The Compagnia di San Paolo banking foundation provides scholarships the Orchestra’s principals.
Alain Meunier was appointed Artistic Director of OGI in 2016, Giampaolo Pretto has served as its Conductor since 2013.
In March, 2014, OGI performed Mozart’s final opera, La clemenza di Tito, in Salzburg, and subsequently at the Teatro Romano of Fiesole, Italy, together with a vocal cast from the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.