Musicians of the ensemble posing on the stairs on an outdoor Roman theatre

il Pomo d'Oro


Founded in 2012, il Pomo d’Oro has established itself as an ensemble of outstanding quality in the field of historically informed performance. The ensemble is characterized by an authentic, dynamic interpretation of operas and instrumental works from the Baroque and Classical period. In 2022, il Pomo d’Oro celebrated 10 years of intense concert activity worldwide and an impressive list of 35 recordings, many of them award winning.

Since 2016 Maxim Emelyanychev has been Chief Conductor of il Pomo d’Oro. The ensemble has also worked with conductors Riccardo Minasi, Francesco Corti, Stefano Montanari, George Petrou and Enrico Onofri. Violinist Zefira Valova leads the orchestra in various projects.

Since they first collaborated in 2016, Askonas Holt has arranged over 35 tours with il Pomo d’Oro across Europe, North America, South America and Asia with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists, including Joyce DiDonato, Jakub Józef Orliński, Franco Fagioli, Alina Ibragimova and Edgar Moreau.

The discography of il Pomo d’Oro includes several opera recordings: Händel’s Theodora, Agrippina, Tamerlano, Partenope and Ottone, Vinci’s Catone in Utica, Recitals with Joyce DiDonato, Ann Hallenberg, Jakub Józef Orliński, Max Emanuel Cencic and Franco Fagioli. Among the instrumental albums the recordings of Haydn’s violin and harpsichord concertos as well as a cello album with Edgar Moreau received Echo Klassik Awards in 2016. With Maxim Ememlyanychev, the ensemble will release the complete Mozart Symphonies for the 21st Century over 6 discs. The first volume, “The Beginning and the End”, was released in February 2023.

il Pomo d’Oro is official ambassador of El Sistema Greece, a humanitarian project to provide free musical education to children in Greek refugee camps.

The ‘il Pomo d’Oro Academy’ was launched online during the first wave of the Covid 19 pandemic, offering free music lessons to music students worldwide. The Academy is now collaborating with El Sistema Venezuela, offering online masterclasses in Baroque music interpretation in cooperation with the “Inocente Carreño Itinerant Conservatory” in Caracas to the Baroque music ensembles of the El Sistema movement.

The ‘il Pomo d’Oro Academy’ is a longterm project that will start in their new residence, the monastery in Monte San Savino, Tuscany. Currently under construction, the monastery will be transformed into a state-of-the-art rehearsal and recording room, which can also serve as a small but very atmospheric concert venue. It will host masterclasses, workshops and educational programs for children.


  • Aug 2024 - Sep 2024

    Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano) Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor -Turku) Zefira Valova (conductor - Aalborg, Warsaw) Turku Concert Hall | Musikkenhus, Aalborg | Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, Warsaw EDEN

  • Aug 2024
    South America

    Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano) Zefira Valova (conductor) Santa Domingo | Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires | Sala Sao Paulo | Caracas EDEN

  • Jun 2024

    Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano) Zefira Valova (conductor) Hong Kong City Hall | Opera House of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Kaohsiung | Shanghai Grand Theatre | National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing EDEN

  • May 2024

    Francesco Corti (conductor) Cast: Sandrine Piau, Arianna Vendittelli, Paul Antoine Benos Dijan, Ann Hallenberg, Hugh Cutting, John Chest, Matthew Newlin Teatro Real, Madrid | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris Handel Berenice

  • Apr 2024
    North America

    Jakub Józef Orliński (countertenor) The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, La Jolla | Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley | Bing Concert Hall, Stanford | Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver | Peace Center Concert Hall, Greenville | University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Athens Beyond: a unique selection of rarely performed music from the XVII century, featuring works of Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Strozzi, Cavalli, Netti, Moratelli.

  • Jan 2024 - Feb 2024

    il pomo d’oro il pomo d’oro choir Maxim Emelyanychev (conductor) Cast: Joyce DiDonato, Fatma Said, Andrew Staples, Hugh Cutting, Beth Taylor, Carlotta Colomba Philharmonie, Luxembourg | Barbican Centre, London | Teatro Real, Madrid | Palau de la Musica, Valencia | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris | Musikkens Hus, Aalborg | Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg | Philharmonie, Essen Giacomo Carissimi Jephte, Henry Purcell Dido and Æneas

  • Oct 2023 - Dec 2023

    Jakub Józef Orliński (countertenor) Wroclaw Opera | Warsaw Philharmonic | Concertgebouw, Amsterdam | Cologne Philharmonie | Staadstheater, Arnhem | Essen Philharmonie | Gulbenkian, Lisbon | Luxembourg Philharmonie | Berlin Philharmonie | Landestheater, Linz Beyond: a unique selection of rarely performed music from the XVII century, featuring works of Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Strozzi, Cavalli, Netti, Moratelli.