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Andrew
Battistoni

Among the most important young Italian orchestra conductors, Andrea Battistoni embarked on a rapid international career that took him to prestigious theaters and to the podium of important orchestras. Since 2016 he has been Chief Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Andrea Battistoni made his debut in 2008, just twenty-one years old, and in 2012, at just 24 years old, he became the youngest conductor ever to stand on the podium of the Teatro alla Scala;; among other positions, from 2017 to 2019 he was Principal Conductor of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. He boasts a large discography and is the author of a volume published by Rizzoli.

Born in Verona in 1987, Andrew Battistoni he is one of the most interesting conductors of his generation, and is among the young emerging artists on the international music scene. Since 2006 he has embarked on a rapid conducting career which has led him to perform, with the respective orchestral ensembles, in important theaters such as the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Palau de les arts in Valencia, the Bunka Theater Kaikan in Tokyo, Semperoper in Dresden, Royal Opera in Stockholm, National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, Sydney Opera House, Arena in Verona, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Regio in Turin, Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa, Verdi Theater in Trieste, Lyric Theater in Cagliari, Teatro Massimo in Palermo; he has also conducted prestigious ensembles such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Padua and the Veneto, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Marches, the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, the Italian Youth Orchestra, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, the Orchestra of Italian Switzerland
 
In 2012, at the age of just 24, he became the youngest conductor ever to climb the podium of the Teatro alla Scala, with Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, followed by the acclaimed symphonic debut with the Filarmonica della Scala.
 
In the three-year period 2014-2016 he was appointed First Guest Conductor of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa which will see him protagonist in both the operatic and symphonic repertoire. From 2017 to 2019 he was Chief Conductor of the Genoese theater.
 
In 2015 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he performs frequently at Suntory Hall and in major concert halls and opera houses in Japan. After just one year, in 2016 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic, reinforcing the relationship that binds him to this renowned ensemble.
 
He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Regio di Parma in the two-year period 2011-2012, conducting its ensembles in numerous symphonic and operatic productions, during the Verdi Festival and in prestigious tours abroad.
 
He has several operatic titles to his credit: The Barber of Seville, The Journey to Reims (G.Rossini), Nabucco, Attila, Macbeth, Luisa Miller, Stiffelio, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destiny, Aida, Otello, Falstaff (G.Verdi), La Bohéme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La fanciulla del West, Turandot (G.Puccini), Carmen (G.Bizet), Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea), Mefistofele (Boito) , Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), Cavalleria Rusticana, Amico Fritz, Iris (Mascagni), Billy Budd (Britten).
 
Andrea Battistoni has participated in various festivals including the "AB Michelangeli" International Festival of Brescia and Bergamo, the Rossini Opera Festival, the Valle d'Itria Festival, the Spoleto Festival dei 2 Mondi, the Stresa and Lake Maggiore Music Weeks, the Spiele Festival Sudtirol , Stars of the White Nights Festival of St. Petersburg, Maifest Spiele Wiesbaden; he has collaborated with many well-known soloists, including Placido Domingo, Diana Damrau, Ivo Pogorelich, Enrico Dindo, Mariella Devia, Leo Nucci, Anja Arteros, Sergej Krylov, Mario Brunello, Luis Lortie, Emmanuel Pahud, Vadim Repin, Pinchas Zuckerman.
 
He boasts a large recording catalog of live and studio recordings for the Denon, MDG and Opera Rara labels. In 2021 the Denon-MDG CD with music by Dvorak and Ifukube performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic wins the prestigious Opus Klassik Award; also in 2021 the CD Anima Rara (Opera Rara-Warner Classics) with Ermonela Jaho and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana wins the ICMA Award in the Vocal Music category.
 
Convinced that art belongs to everyone, and should address the broadest and most transversal audiences, he has often taken music to unusual places: he recently conducted the Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the Assago Forum in Milan in front of 8,000 spectators; he was the protagonist, with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, in the concert for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy in Piazza Castello in Turin, for an audience of over 25,000 people; he directed, for the first time in the modern era, an opera production at the Farnese Theater in Parma; inaugurated the new Opera House in Muscat, Oman; every summer he leads a symphony orchestra in the Veronese mountains, to bring a young audience closer to great music.
 
His curiosity towards other musical genres has led him to numerous collaborations with international artists of the rock, pop, jazz and dance scene such as Brian May, Pat Metheny, Makoto Ozone, Jeff Mills, Whitfield Crane, Lee Richards and Tim McMillan.
 
In 2012, his first book, "Non è musica per vecchio", was published by Rizzoli and translated and published in 2015 in Japan by Ongaku no tomo.
 
Andrea Battistoni began his musical studies at the age of seven with Petra and Zoltan Szabò, continuing his preparation at the "Dall'Abaco" Conservatory of his city, where he obtained a diploma in cello in 2006. He then perfected himself in Germany with M.Flaksman and in 2008 he obtained a two-year specialist degree.
 
He began studying orchestra conducting in 2004; subsequently he perfected himself with Ennio Nicotra in Russia, with Gabriele Ferro at the Music School of Fiesole, with Gianandrea Noseda at the Music Academy of Stresa; he was also assistant to Piercarlo Orizio.
 
In June 2008 he made his debut at the “AB Michelangeli” International Festival in Brescia and Bergamo and in October 2008, thanks to Maurizio Barbacini, of whom he was assistant, his operatic debut took place with Puccini's La bohème at the Basel Theater.
 
Alongside his work as conductor, Andrea is working alongside that of composer with growing commitment: he graduated in Composition with honors from the Conservatory of Verona in 2012, he already has various works for the theatre, symphonic and chamber music to his credit, the first performances were greeted with great enthusiasm by the public.
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