In 1994 the Foundation created the Academia Montis Regalis Orchestra to promote the Baroque and Classical repertoire from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries according to historical criteria and by using original instruments.
It has soon become one of the most well-respected professional ensembles in Italy and abroad.
Since the beginning, it was conducted by the most important specialists in the Early Music field: Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, Christopher Hogwood, Reinhardt Goebel, Monica Huggett, Luigi Mangiocavallo, Enrico Gatti, Alessandro De Marchi, to mention but a few.
The orchestra has regularly appeared in some of the most important concert institutions and festivals such as: the Unione Musicale di Torino, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Amici della Musica in Perugia, Florence and Padua, the MiTo/Settembre Musica festival in Turin, the Théâtre de l’Opera in Lille, the Théâtre Municipal in Lausanne; the Montreux Festival; the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Théâtre Poissy, the Early Music Festival in Lyon; the Vancouver Festival, the Halle Festival, the Innsbruck Festival and Turin’s Teatro Regio.
The orchestra has taken part in the acclaimed Vivaldi Edition to record all of Vivaldi’s original manuscripts, held in Turin’s National Library.
The first CD recorded by the orchestra, Juditha Triumphans, conducted by Alessandro De Marchi, was a great international success. Four more recordings followed, among which the opera Orlando Finto Pazzo and a series of violin and orchestra concerts with Enrico Onofri. Successively, the orchestra recorded three oratorios from the Roman School of the beginning of the XVIIIth century, for the British label Hyperion: Haendel’s Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Alessandro Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista and Alessandro Scarlatti’s Davidis Pugna et Victoria. It has had an intense recording activity with other prestigious international labels such as OPUS 111, Naïve, Hyperion e Sony, winning many international awards, such as the Diapason d’Or, the Choque du Monde de la Musique, and the Gramophone Choice.
From 2010 to 2018 the Academia Montis Regalis has been the resident orchestra of the prestigious Innsbrucker Festwochen Festival, performing every year a Baroque opera as well as various chamber music projects. The first two operas performed at the Landestheater in Innsbruck were L’Olimpiade by Pergolesi and Flavius Bertaridus by Telemann, both acclaimed and recorded live by Sony Classics.
In 2005 the Academia Montis Regalis was awarded the prestigious Italian Music Critics’ Abbiati Prize for its artistic achievements in the field of Early Music.