Founded in Florence in 1980, the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) is considered one of the best orchestras in Italy. Its 44 musicians also divide into various chamber music ensembles performing around Tuscany in addition to their home base, the historical Teatro Verdi. The Artistic Director of the ORT is Daniele Spini and its Principal Conductor is Diego Ceretta. The orchestra performs regularly throughout Italy as well as in some of the most important concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires and venues in Hong Kong and Japan.

The ORT has collaborated with artists such as Salvatore Accardo, Martha Argerich, Rudolf Barshai, Yuri Bashmet, Frans Brüggen, James Conlon, Myung-Whun Chung, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Daniel Harding, Eliahu Inbal, Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Pahud, Daniele Rustioni and Uto Ughi. The ORT’s repertoire includes works from the Baroque to the present, with a particular focus on contemporary music, which the orchestra performs regularly at the Venice Music Biennale and the Strasbourg Music Festival.

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