Salvatore Accardo gave his first professional recital in 1954 at the age 13, performing a programme that included Paganini Capricci. In 1956, when he was 15, Accardo won the Geneva Competition and in 1958 was the winner of the first Paganini Competition in Genoa. His vast repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music; composers like Sciarrino, Donatoni, Piston, Piazzolla and Xenakis have written for him.
Accardo plays regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and directors, alternating solo concerts and recitals as conductor; in this role he has recorded extensively, most notably with London Philarmonia Orchestra.
Following his strong inclination towards chamber music and an equally strong desire to promote young performers, in 1986 he founded a Master Course of studies at the Fondazione Walter Stauffer together with Bruno Giuranna (viola), Rocco Filippini (cello) e Franco Petracchi (double bass), and in 1992 he founded Quartetto Accardo. In 1971, he was at the inception of the Festival “Le Settimane Musicali Internazionali” di Napoli, where, for the first time in an international music festival, the audience was admitted to rehearsals, and at Festival di Cremona, entirely dedicated to arcs.
In 1987 Accardo made a highly-praised debut as an opera conductor in a new production of Rossini L'occasione fa il ladro at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, directed by Ponnelle. In the following years he conducted at the Rome Opera House, Monte Carlo Opera, Opéra de Lille and Naples Opera House.
In 1992, in celebration of 200th anniversary of Rossini's birth, he conducted both in Pesaro and Rome the first-ever modern edition of the Messa di Gloria (recorded live by Warner Fonit), which he repeated in 1995 in Vienna with the Wiener Symphoniker.
In addition to the recordings for DGG label of Paganini Capricci and Concertos for violin with Charles Dutoit and several recordings for Philips (such as Bach Sonatas and Partite, Max Bruch works for violin and orchestra with Kurt Masur, Čajkovskij, Dvořák and Sibelius Concerts with Colin Davis, Mendelssohn Concert with Charles Dutoit, Brahms and Beethoven Concerts with Kurt Masur), Salvatore Accardo recorded for ASV, Dynamic, EMI, Sony Classical, Collins Classic e Foné. Among these recordings are: Beethoven Concerto in D major and Two Romances with Accademia alla Scala Orchestra conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini for Sony Classical; Brahms Sonatas for violin and piano, Schubert Quartets, Paganini Capricci and Homage to Heifetz and Homage to Kreisler for FONÉ, in which he plays the legendary violins from the collection of Palazzo Comunale di Cremona; for a Dynamic recording Accardo plays Paganini's violin. Furthermore, Foné re-masterised the Mozart Complete works for violin in 13 CDs, using high quality valve technology.
Salvatore Accardo was awarded the Premio Abbiati by the Italian critics in recognition of the exceptional standard of his playing and interpretation. Italy's highest honour, the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, was bestowed upon Accardo by the Italian Republic President of Italy in 1982. In 1996 the Beijing Conservatoire named him "most hourable Professor". In 1999 he was granted the order of "Commandeur dans l'ordre du mérit culturel", the highest honour of the principality of Monaco and in 2002 he received the prestigious "Una Vita per la Musica" Award.
In 1996 Accardo re-founded the Orchestra da Camera Italiana (O.C.I.), whose members are the best pupils and ex-pupils of Cremona "Walter Stauffer" Academy. In 1997, he registered two CDs with them: The virtuoso violin in Italy and Masterpieces for violin and strings for Warner Fonit Cetra, marking the recording debut of the Orchestra da Camera Italiana. In 1999 Accardo and O.C.I. registered the complete Paganini Concerti for violin and orchestra for EMI Classics, the Concerto per la Costituzione and, in 2003, the complete Astor Piazzolla works for violin in 3 SACDs for Foné. Since 2007 up to now he has realized for Foné the second recording of J. S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the third recording of Paganini 24 Capricci (Urtext) and the third recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with O.C.I. (Urtext).
A box set entitled L’Arte di Salvatore Accardo: una vita per il violino (Salvatore Accardo's art: a lifetime devoted to the violin) has been released in 2011 by Deutsche Grammophon. It is a musical portrait of the artist and collects some of the most famous pieces in the violin literature of all the ages. Edizioni Curci has recently published Mozart's violin concertos (reduction for violin and piano) as part of a large editorial project, with revision and fingering by Salvatore Accardo. Other concertos by Čajkovskij, Brahms and Beethoven will follow.
Accardo plays a Stradivarius violin (Hart ex Francescatti 1727) and a Guarneri del Gesù (Reade 1733).
The Master Comes Back!---Italian Violin Virtuoso Salvatore Accardo’s Recital
1、莫扎特：奏鸣曲一首W. A. Mozart - one Sonata
2、舒伯特：小奏鸣曲 F. Schubert, one Sonatina
3、比才：卡门狂想曲 Carmen Fantasy on Bizet themes
4、帕格尼尼：威尼斯狂欢节 N. Paganini - The Carnival of Venice
5、克莱斯勒：爱之喜，爱之悲，美丽的罗丝玛琳 F、Kreisler - Three pieces (Liebesfreud, Liebesleid, Schoen Rosmarin)
6、何占豪/陈钢：《梁祝》选曲 Zhanhao He/ Gang Chen-Butterfly Lovers selection
上海演出地点（Venue）：上海东方艺术中心Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
时间（Date & Time）：9月21日晚 September 21, 19：30 票价（Admisssion）：￥180, 280, 380, 580, 880, VIP1280
北京演出地点：北京音乐厅 Beijing Concert Hall
时间（Date & Time）: 9月23日晚 September 23, 19：30 票价（Admisssion）: ￥180, 280, 480, 680, 880, VIP1280