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De Filippi

Sebastiano De Filippi is considered by the press as one of the most interesting conductors among the maestros emerged in recent years from Latin America. Unanimously praised for his interpretation of the great classics of Western music, he is also highly respected for his work towards presenting lesser known pieces, and for his commitment to Argentina’s and Italy’s cultural life.

He studied with a pupil of Antonino Votto, who was Arturo Toscanini’s main assistant and Riccardo Muti’s only teacher. He is a licentiate of the United Kingdom’s Royal Schools of Music in symphony orchestra music direction, with the highest marks (“with distinction”). He attended specialization courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy), at the Escuela de Altos Estudios Musicales in Cordova (Spain) and at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Argentina). He completed his background by following Claudio Abbado, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Riccardo Muti in rehearsal.

His musical training –acquired while also studying humanities at the university– includes studies in choral conducting, composition, chamber music, piano, violin and voice, developed between Italy, Spain and Argentina. His experience also embraces fifteen years of work as vocal soloist on South America’s main stages, among them Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, singing with artists like Nadine Secunde, Chris Merritt, Marcelo Álvarez, José Cura, Juan Pons and Kurt Rydl.

He was a finalist in international conducting competitions. He started his work in front of the Orquesta Lírica de Buenos Aires (with which he also performed in Córdoba and La Pampa) and its Camerata Lírica, and of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Mendoza, the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Mar del Plata, the Orquesta de Cámara Municipal de Rosario, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Río Negro, the Orquesta de Cámara de la Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Avellaneda and the Camerata Académica del Teatro Argentino de La Plata. In 2014 he made his debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Argentina, in 2017 he conducted at Teatro Colón and in 2018 he performed for the first time with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires.

His international career took him to Paraguay with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Congreso Nacional, to Chile with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de La Serena, to Ecuador with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca, to Mexico with the Orquesta de Cámara de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, to the United States with the Winchester Orchestra of San José, Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra,  Symphony Irvine, Cadek Orchestra in Chattanooga and La Sierra University Orchestra in Riverside, to South Korea with the Millenium Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, to Egypt with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, to Germany with the Sinfonietta Ratingen, to Czechia with the Komorní Filharmonie Pardubice, to Holland with the Hanze Symfonieorkest Zwolle, to Spain with the Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de Valladolid, to Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, Orchestra da Camera delle Marche in Fermo and John Cabot Chamber Orchestra in Rome.

These experiences allowed him to work with soloists like Hana Kotková, Alberto Nosé, Rodolfo Mederos, Gianfranco Bortolato, Daniel Binelli, Carlo Guelfi and Adelaide Negri. Recent successes were Henning Brockhaus’ production of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, the Anaheim Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the City National Grove of Anaheim and his debut at the CCK’s symphony hall with the Coro Polifónico Nacional. Engagements for upcoming seasons include concerts with the Anima Musicae Kamarazenekar in Budapest, with the Hrvatski Komorni Orkestar in Zagreb, with the Orchestra Sinfonica Metropolitana di Bari and with the Orquesta Nacional de Música Argentina in Buenos Aires, along with international tours at the helm of the American National Opera Company.

He served as programming director at the Teatro Municipal Roma de Avellaneda, music director for the Ópera de La Pampa, artistic director of the Festival Pergolesi de Buenos Aires, honorary director at the Asociación Cultural “Antonio Salieri” and associate conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Giovanile di Legnago, and also as artistic consultant for several State institutions. Since September 2013 he is Music Director of the Orquesta de Cámara del Congreso Nacional in Argentina, position for which he was selected among more than seventy applicants through an international tender organized in collaboration with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, with a jury chaired by Pedro Ignacio Calderón. Under his leadership, this ensemble was awarded the Stimulus Prize from the Music Critics Association of Argentina and was named “best Argentine chamber orchestra” of the 2017 season.

With an experience in a chamber, symphonic, choral-symphonic and ballet repertoire that ranges from early baroque to world premieres of contemporary music, including cross-over pieces, he is particularly well-known for his operatic performances. Among the twenty opera productions he was responsible for, the South American premiere of Verdi’s Un giorno di regno received praise from the international press and a new production of Aida earned him the first Stimulus Prizes awarded by of the Music Critics Association of Argentina.

He is very active as a researcher, teacher and speaker. He has been invited to teach, lecture and work with youth ensembles at educational and cultural institutions of Germany (Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf), Italy (Accademia Salieri Mozart in Legnago), Spain (Casa de Zorrilla in Valladolid), Czechia (Dum Hubdy in Pardubice), the United States (San José State University, Valparaiso University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, La Sierra University in Riverside, Covenant College in Lookout Mountain), Ecuador (Ministerio de Cultura y Patrimonio in Cuenca), Chile (Universidad de La Serena) and Argentina (Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Universidad Maimónides, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Centro Universitario de Estudios, Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel de Falla, Teatro Colón, CCK, Congreso Nacional in Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste in Resistencia, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto). His presence in printed, radio, TV and internet media is also important.

As a writer, he collaborated with the the Argentinian Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional’s program books and currently he writes for Teatro Colón’s magazine and program books, among other publications. He was a researcher for Corresponding with Carlos: a biography of Carlos Kleiber by Charles Barber and is co-author of Alta en el cielo: vida y obra de Héctor Panizza, the first book about the renowned conductor who was Toscanini’s right hand during his first season as artistic director at the Teatro alla Scala, also published in Italy as Il bravo Ettore: l’altro Toscanini and soon to appear in the United States.

He is a member of both the Conductors Guild and the League of American Orchestras. In 2017 the President of Italy named him Knight in the Merit Order of the Italian Republic.

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