Orchestral conductor, composer, flautist, musicologist, painter, engraver and satirist. He is the principal conductor of the Accademia Barocca di S. Cecilia in Rome and makes regular guest appearances at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Venice’s Teatro La Fenice and with the Moscow State Chamber Orchestra, among many others. He founded the baroque orchestra Modo Antiquo in 1984. He has made more than forty discs (for Naïve, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Glossa, Dynamic and Brilliant), has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award (1997, 2000), and has recorded the world premieres of numerous unpublished Vivaldi works. He is a member of the Instituto Vivaldi of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice and is responsible for the Vivaldi catalogue (RV). He has published numerous musical and musicological works for Bärenreiter, Ricordi, SPES and the Fondazione Cini. His best-selling novel L'affare Vivaldi (Sellerio, 2015) won the Comisso Prize for Literature and has been translated into many languages.