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From October 2023 Antonio Pappano will take on the position of Director Emeritus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia

Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia since 2005, is one of the most acclaimed conductors on the international music scene, highly regarded in both the symphonic and operatic repertoire for his inspired and charismatic interpretations.

Sir Antonio Pappano he has been Music Director of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia since 2005 and since September 2002 Music Director of Covent Garden in London.

In the past he held other prestigious positions: in 1990 he was appointed Music Director of the Norske Opera in Oslo and from 1991 to 2002 he held the same role at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Born in London in 1959 of Italian parents, he studied piano, composition and conducting in the United States. He has conducted many of the major orchestras in the world, including New York Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouw di Amsterdam, Chicago Simphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and among the most prestigious stages of his career to remember the Staatsoper of Vienna, the Metropolitan of New York at the Bayreuth Festival in 1999. In 2005 he was nominated "Director of the Year" by the Royal Philharmonic Society and won the Abbiati Award of the Italian Music Critics for the performance of Requiem by Brahms, Britten and Verdi made with the Artistic Complexes of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. In 2015 the Abbiati prize was awarded to the show Les Troyens directed by Pappano at La Scala in Milan.

Pappano records for Warner Classics and has recorded several CDs with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus. Among the recordings we remember Verdi's Aida (winner of numerous awards, including the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016, the ECHO Klassik Preis 2016 as "Director of the Year" and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Award of German record critics) , Tchaikovsky's First Concerto and Prokofiev's Second with Beatrice Rana on keyboard, Brahms' Violin Concerto and Bartók's First Concerto performed by Janine Jansen and Schumann's Piano Concerto with Jan Lisiecki (DG). In addition, she recorded the CD “Anna Netrebko. Verismo ”(DG) and, for the Ica Classics label, Schumann's Second and Fourth Symphony and In the South and Elgar's First Symphony, the Saint-Saëns Carnival of Animals with Martha Argerich (Warner Classics).

In February 2016 Pappano received the 58th Grammy® Award in the “Best Classical Solo Vocal Recording” category together with the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato for their cd “Joyce & Tony” (Erato). In 2018 he recorded with the Orchestra and the Choir of Santa Cecilia the complete of Bernstein's Symphonies on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth (Warner Classics). Last May the Sony label released Verdi's Othello with the participation of, among others, Jonas Kaufmann, Federica Lombardi and Carlos Álvarez.

On April 16, 2007, Sir Antonio Pappano was appointed Effective Academic of Santa Cecilia. In 2012, Queen Elizabeth made him a Knight for his services to music; in the same year he was also appointed Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary degree in Music and Entertainment by the Tor Vergata University of Rome and the RPS Gold Medal - the highest honor of the Royal Philharmonic Society - becoming the 100th RPS Gold Medallist since the foundation of the award, in 1870. On 14 April 2019, the National Association of Music Critics awarded the XXXVIII "Franco Abbiati" Prize as best conductor to Antonio Pappano for the performance of West Side Story, with which the Academy inaugurated on 12 October 2018 the 2018/19 Season, and for the Complete Bernstein Symphonies performed in February 2018 with the Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia.

In March 2021 the appointment of Antonio Pappano as the next Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (Chief Conductor Designate from the 2023/2024 Season) was announced.
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