November 2008OFI is chosen to represent Italy with the RAI national orchestra by the London Symphony Orchestra. For the YouTube online teaching project. OFI sided 23 main international orchestras to improve musical education around the world.
November 2012OFI participates to the homage to Jules Massenet with a concert at the Monaco Cathedral in the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death.
November 2013OFI tours in Florence, Padova and Rome with Serj Tankian, polyhedric founder of the renowned rock band System of a Down and author of three symphonic rock projects: Elect The Dead Symphony (2007), Orca (2013), Jazz-iz Christ (2013).
A selection of meaningful projects for the career of the Orchestra
Ofi sulla stampa
(Zofingen – Svizzera, una notte italiana)
A Swiss success for the orchestra of Piacenza. “A proper triumph with over 2.000 people in the audience at the Zofingen Auditorium for the concert “Una notte italiana” (…). An apotheosis of emotions with a climax of fifteen-minute applauses and standing-ovation. For the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, celebrating in 2007 its 30 years, Zofingen is not just another international success: it is a special achievement, reached together with Maestro Vito Lombardi, from Piacenza as well.”R. S. “LIBERTÀ” (2007)
(Roma – Brescia, messa da requiem – Dessì Armiliato)
“Double 'enplein' in just a few days for the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana of Piacenza. After two exhibitions in Rome the ensemble performed in Brescia, gathering two important applauses from the audience that add up to its already consistent list of trophies (…). Conducted by Marco Fracassi, the OFI performed in Rome the Requiem Mass of Gaetano Donizetti in the splendid frame of theSanta Maria in Ara Coeli basilica (…). The basilica was filled with a competent audience who showed their appreciation with many ovations (…). OFI conquered a second round of applause (…) at Teatro Grande of Brescia the concert starred Daniela Dessì and the tenor Fabio Armiliato. Conducting by Maestro Marcello Rota. A 'magical evening' according to the local press, starring two exceptional vocals, a valuable orchestra, an extremely sensitive conductor and a fascinating program that charmed the audience of the sold-out Teatro Grande. After the final standing-ovation, the audience was then awarded for its enthusiasm with the Waltz of Gattopardo by Verdi-Rota, performed by OFI and M° Rota with extraordinary lightness and precision, completing eventually a definitely magical evening”“LIBERTÀ” (2007)
(Piacenza – Brescia, Bella Addormentata)
“(…) the performance of the OrchestraFilarmonica Italiana with the conduction of Viktor Ploskina enhanced the magic of the evening (…) The professionality and and competence of OFI musicians was highlighted by M° Ploskina, who complimented the ensemble personally”ARIANNA BELLI “LIBERTÀ” (2007)
(Piacenza, Concerto di capodanno - L’ofi per i commercianti: successo. tutto esaurito e calorosi applausi)
“(…) the audience rediscovered with pleasure the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana. The ensemble of Piacenza, conducted by M° Marcello Rota, (…) achieved an international level of consideration, and it is still working on several projects all around the world (…) OFI celebrates its 30 years of activity in its natal city, delighting its audience with longing and celebratory harmonies (…)”E. BAG. “LIBERTÀ” (2007)
(Firenze, Requiem Donizetti)
“After the exciting evening “all waltz” (…) at the Teatro Municipale of Piacenza (…) and after the success of the last performance at Teatro “La Pergola” in Florence, where (…) it performed for the 50th anniversary of the death of Arturo Toscanini, the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana (…) this year celebrates 30 years of activity (…)”M.R. “LIBERTÀ” (2007)
(Brescia – Teatro grande, Dessì Armigliato)
Dessì and Armigliato, a golden couple “Excellent protagonists together with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana”(2007)
“(…) to the the singers from Florence it is recognized the ability to perform almost equally with the professors of the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana (…) as far as OFI is concerned, it is enough to recall the impeccable soloist performances (violins, flutes, clarinets, piccolo) and the brilliant, but mellow sound of the ensemble (…)”MAURO BARDELLI “LIBERTÀ” (2006)
(Piacenza, Concerto di Natale)
“(…) The incipit of the performance saw the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana and the virtuoso of the trumpet Dante Daniele Pasciuta in an entirely instrumental track, the Sonata for trumpet, strings and bass in D minor by G. P. Telemann, a close dialogue with some strong tones between strings and soloist instruments(…)”ALESSANDRA GREGORI “LIBERTÀ” (2006)
(Lajatico, Andrea Bocelli in concerto)
The Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana and Bocelli: a success at Teatro del Silenzio “(…) sided by the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, which the tenor has already collaborated with both in tour and in recording studio.”“IL TIRRENO” (2006)
(Egypt, Winds Ensemble OFI)
“Many applauses and great admiration in the land of the pharaohs for OFI, the philarmonic orchestra Piacenza that concluded a mini-tournée in the Cairo and in Ain Soukhna (…). Performing as a brass ensemble (…) OFI presented a seductive repertoire of great impact entirely dedicated to Italian works (…). The author of the transcriptions is Fabrizio Francia, violinist and composer of OFI who is an active collaborator of Andrea Bocelli, for whom he realized arrangements for big orchestra of his soloist works.”R. M. “LIBERTÀ” (2006)
More than classical.
L’Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana breaks the boundaries of the classical institutions that are always so rigorously respected. The ensemble provides an artistic service beyond such canons and exploring projects regardless genres or any stylistic restriction.