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:: Sebastiano De Filippi

Sebastiano De Filippi is considered by the press as one of the most interesting conductors among the young maestros emerged in recent years from South America.

He is a licenciate of London’s Royal Academy of Music in symphony orchestra music direction, with the highest marks ("with distinction"). He has perfected his studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, at the Escuela de Altos Estudios Musicales in Huelva and at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He had the privilege to complete his background by watching conductors like Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta 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 and singing, developed between Italy, Spain and Argentina. His experience also embraces fifteen years of work as vocal soloist (baritone) on Latin America’s main stages, including Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

 After some years as a music coach in opera and ballet, also working as chorus master and assistant conductor in the symphonic repertoire, he was a finalist in several international conducting competitions. He started his podium work in front of the Orquesta Lírica de Buenos Aires (with which he also performed in the Argentine provinces of Córdoba and La Pampa) and its Camerata Lírica, and of the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Mar del Plata, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Mendoza and the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Avellaneda.

 His work caught the attention of music programmers abroad; this marked the beginning of an international activity that took him as a guest conductor to Ecuador with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca, to Spain with the Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de Valladolid, to Italy with the Orchestra da Camera delle Marche and the Orchestra Giovanni Caboto in Rome. Upcoming engagements include his debut performances in front of the symphony orchestras of La Serena (Chile), Cairo (Egypt), Budapest (Hungary), Grosseto and Legnago (Italy).

 After some years of career, because of the breadth of his interests and of his training, he was entrusted with his first management responsibilities. 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 and honorary director at the Asociación Cultural "Antonio Salieri".

 With an experience in a symphonic, choral-symphonic, chamber and ballet repertoire that ranges from baroque to world premieres of contemporary music, he is also 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" by the same composer earned him the Stimulus Prize awarded by of the Music Critics Association of the Argentine Republic.

 In parallel with his career as performer, he is very active as a teacher and writer in the field of music, including collaborations with Teatro Colón’s Magazine in Buenos Aires.


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