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Fabio Mastrangelo

Music Director of the Orchestra of the "Concert's Society of Bari".

Fabio Mastrangelo was born in Bari and began his piano studies there under his father at the age of 5. He went on to study at the Conservatorio Piccinni in Bari under Pierluigi Camicia, at the Conservatory of Geneva under Maria Tipo, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He attended masterclasses with Aldo Ciccolini and Paul Badura-Skoda and won 1st prize in the piano competitions of Osimo (1980) and Rome (1986). He accepted an invitation from the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as a repetiteur working with conductors including Donato Renzetti and Evelino Pidò and singers such as Katia Ricciarelli and Piero Cappuccilli. Consequently he studied conducting with Gilberto Serembe in Pescara and at the University of Toronto. He studied further with Leonard Bernstein and Karl Österreicher in Vienna, and Gustav Meier at Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended the masterclasses of Neeme Järvi and Jorma Panula.
In 1996 Fabio Mastrangelo founded the chamber orchestra Virtuosi di Toronto with several members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, of which he is currently Music Director. In addition he spent nine years as Music Director of the University of Toronto Hart House Chamber Strings. As a guest conductor he has led the National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton), the Windsor Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottowa), the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Brantford Symphony, as well as the Szeged Symphony (Hungary), the Pärnu Symphony (Estonia), The Tampere Philharmonic (Finland), the Wiener Festival Strings (Heiligenkreuzer Herbst Festival), and the National Symphony of Ukraine (Keiv). In Italy, he has conducted the symphony orchestras of Bari, (Principal Guest Conductor since 2005), Taranto, Palermo, and Pescara, the Filarmonica di Roma, the Filarmonica del Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari), and ‘I solisti di Napoli’. In Russia, since 1999 he has conducted the St Petersburg Orchestra ‘Klassika’, the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Camerata, the Karelia Philharmonic, the Kislovodsk Symphony, and the Arkhangelsk State Chamber Orchestra. He has led the Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic regularly since his debut with them in 2001. He moved to St Petersburg in 2002 and the same year marked his debut with the St Petersburg Philharmonic. Since August 2001, he has been Artistic Director of the festival Etoiles du Chateau de Chailly (Chailly-sur-Armancon, France) where he performs chamber music.
As a pianist Fabio Mastrangelo has performed an extended cycle of Mozart Piano Concertos with the Hart House Chamber Strings, conducting from the keyboard. He gives regular concerts with the Russian ‘cellist Sergei Slovachevsky, with whom he has released 2 CDs for the Japanese label Ongaku-no-Tomo. As a conductor he has recorded the complete orchestral works of Elisabetta Brusa with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine for Naxos.
Fabio Mastrangelo made his operatic debut at the Mussorgsky State Theatre, St. Petersburg, with ‘La traviata’ which led to an invitation to conduct a staged production of Verdi’s Requiem during the same season and regular engagements for the following seasons. In 2002 he made his debut with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Caucasus (Kislovodsk) who immediately offered him the position of Principal Guest Conductor. His most recent production was a reprise of Mariss Jansons’ ‘La boheme’ at the St Petersburg Conservatory Bolshoi Theatre.
Most recently, he has been appointed Artistic Advisor of the Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari and the Music Director of the Orchestra della Società dei Concerti di Bari. Two years ago he was also appointed Principal Conductor of the newly created St. Petersburg Festival Chamber Orchestra, comprising members of the two orchestras affiliated with the State Philharmonic. Highlights of the current season include return appearances as a guest conductor with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (also on tour in Italy), the Symphony Orchestra of Bari, the “Società dei Concerti” Orchestra (Bari), the State Hermitage Orchestra (St. Petersburg), a production of ‘Tosca’ at the Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, the Heiligenkreuzer Festival (Vienna), and the Symphony Orchestras of Nizhni-Novgorod and Kislovodsk. Future plans include new productions of ‘Evgeny Onegin’, ‘Attila’, La voix humaine’ and ‘Gianni Schicchi’ in Bari.
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