The Colibrì Ensemble

The Colibrì Ensemble is the Pescara Chamber Orchestra, a stable part of the city scene with its own concert season. The orchestra was founded in 2013 by Andrea Gallo as a project of  the Associazione Libera delle Arti and took its cue from a children’s Fairy-Tale entitled “ the humming-bird fairy-tale”.

The members of the orchestra are all professional, high-ranking and experienced musicians who have played in prestigious theatres and orchestras such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Orchestra Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra del Teatro Regio in Turin, Haydn Orchestra of Trento and Bolzano, Bologna Opera Theatre,  Solisti di Pavia,  Orchestre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

It became a concrete reality thanks to the passion for music of Dr. Gina Barlafante, a doctor and osteopath, a real patron of the arts of bygone days, who supported the project economically both personally and through the AIOT Academy (Italian Traditional Osteopathy Academy).

He has collaborated with major artists of national and international renown such as Alexander Lonquich, Enrico Dindo,  Andrea Oliva, Anna Tifu, Francesca Dego, Alessandro Moccia, Klaidi Sahatci, Gilad Karni, Christophe Horak, Bruno Delepelaire, Calogero Palermo, Francesco Di Rosa, Felice Cusano, Daniele Rustioni, Pina Napolitano.

Remarkable is the partnership with the pianist Alexander Lonquich, now a regular guest of each season. With him the orchestra has realized a prestigious recording project dedicated to Schumann and Burgmüller. The Cd was released in May 2018 for the label Odradek Records and it has a worldwide distribution.

The Colibrì Ensemble has been invited in many concert seasons. Noteworthy is the Teatro Lauro Rossi 2016 season opening concert and the acclaimed concert at the Fazioli Concert Hall as the first orchestra playing on that stage. Frequently it has been invited at the Amici della Musica di Montegranaro Concert Season, together with the violinist Anna Tifu and recently with the Soloists of Berliner Philharmoniker.

The orchestra performs mostly without conductor reevaluating the role of the Concertmaster that was useful in the past centuries.

The Colibrì Ensemble includes chamber music group and the number of musician, in the symphonic orchestra, could reach up to 50 members.


The particularity of the orchestra….Fairy-Tale and Colibrì spirit

The Colibrì Fairy-Tale suggests participation as the main driving force for achieving a noble result.
In this sense, there is no better example than an orchestra, in which everyone must give their contribution, meaning commitment on the stage and role in the music score. All are indispensable, each single member needs the others.

One of the orchestra’s prerogatives in fact is that it is seen not as a simple place of work, but as a place to be shared, a place of stimulating social and cultural relationships. All its members are called upon to feel part of a common project in the name of music. All the Colibrì musicians know they are part of a special orchestra, that they must share certain specific ideals and be prepared to take part in a somewhat unusual experience.