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Marzio Conti, Conductor

Music Director of the Oviedo Philharmonic (OFIL) in Spain since 2011, Marzio Conti has earned recognition and the acclaim of audiences and critics for his achievements in guiding the growth of the orchestra to new artistic heights.  He has earned  numerous awards and has been named a juror for the arts prize of the prestigious Premios Asturias. This season brought a major critical success with recording of the complete symphonic works of Saint-Saens for Warner Classic. This year, he will record the music of De Falla and Turina for Decca. At the community level, Mr. Conti has earned praise for his  special projects at local centers and for a joint project with the University of Oviedo to offer films with music, projects for families, musical projects related to sports and outdoor summer projects designed to spotlight historic parts of the city.

Since his arrival in Oviedo, the symphonic season of OFIL has established a standard of excellence for the musical world of Spain, presenting notable artists such as Midori, Christian Zimermann, Gregory Kunde, Elina Garanca, ElissoVissaladze, Sabine Mayer, Cecilia Bartoli, Natalia Gutman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Katia  and Marielle Lebeque, Grigory Sokolov and as hosts to the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Salonen), St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Gergiev), Gothenburg Symphony (Dudamel), and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (Gardiner).

Mr. Conti has appeared as a guest conductor in Italy with the Rome Opera, Maggio Musicale of Florence, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Massimo of Palermo,  Teatro La Fenice of Venice Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Teatro Donizetti Bergamo, Teatro di Ravenna, Teatro di Bolzano , Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, Teatro Bellini Catania, Teatro Verdi Pisa, Teatro Comunale di Livorno, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Orchestra Haydn, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto.  In Spain, he has conducted Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid,  Teatro de la Zarzuela, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orquesta de Tenerife, Orquestra de Extremadura, Orquestra de la Gran Canaria, Orquestra de las Baleares, Teatro Arriaga Bilbao, and Orquesta de Navarra.  In Germany, he has conducted at the Dortmund Staatsoper, Saarbrücken Staatsoper, Dessau Stadtsoper, Monchegladbach Stadtoper, and Brandemburger Symphoniker.  In France, he has conducted the Orchestra Regional de Cannes e de la Cote d’Azur, Orchestre da La Picardie, Opera de Marseille, and Orchestre d'Avignon.

Elsewhere, he has conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Korean National Symphony Orchestra and Pusan Philharmonic (Korea), National State Orchestra of Athens, Teatro del Bicentenario (Mexico), Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Opera de Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Orquesta Sinfonica de Porto and Orquesta Metropolitana de Lisboa (Portugal), and the Haifa Symphony Orchestra (Israel).

He has conducted his orchestras at important European venues such as The Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Queen Elisabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Palau de la Musica de Barcelona, Parco della Musica Rome, Teatro Megaron Athens, Finlandiatalon Helsinky, Musikalle Hamburg, Munich Theatre (Germany), King David Auditorium Tel Aviv.

Formerly one of his generation’s leading exponents of the flute following a debut at the Salzburg Festival with I Soloist Veneti at the age of 20, Marzio Conti performed with major orchestras and made numerous recordings through the middle 1990's after which he devoted himself full-time to conducting. A student of Piero Beluggi, Mr. Conti quickly received engagements as a permanent director of various Italian and foreign orchestras. He conducts both opera and the symphonic repertoire, and collaborates with leading international dance companies, as well as major soloists.

From 1998 to 2002 he was principal conductor at the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese in Italy, responsible for a major period of artistic growth and international prestige that led to a series of recordings and frequent tours in Italy, France, and Spain.

From 2001 until 2004, Mr. Conti was music director of the  Philharmonic Orchestra of Turin. He infused the programming with new life and helped bring about a growth in subscriptions, and began a series of initiatives that brought the orchestra more in touch with civic life in Turin.  His recordings with the orchestra drew praise from critics, and he and the orchestra toured France, Germany and Spain. He forged a partnership with the French city of Lyon which lead the orchestra in a historic Requiem Dvorak National Auditorium of the same city. Under his leadership, the orchestra became known throughout Europe with frequent tours in Italy, France, Germany and Spain.

From 2003 until 2008 Mr. Conti was Music Director of the Teatro di Tradizione per l’Opera Italiana of Chieti.  He brought a series of recordings in collaboration with Naxos focused on  Italian opera: Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Donizetti’s La Figlia del Reggimento etc.  Chieti's theater participated in numerous television programs in the most important opera broadcasts nationwide and created a network of partnerships with other Italian theaters, including those of Pisa, Lucca, Livorno, Jesi, and Ravenna, that led to lower costs for the various opera productions.  Notable amongst these programs was"The Concert for Peace" from King David Auditorium Tel Aviv (Israel).

From 2004 to 2010 Mr. Conti also served as Artistic Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, taking over the orchestra at a time of economic crisis and image problems.  He raised funds, established connections with other institutions, and attracted a new, younger audience with raised the orchestra’s profile and quality enough to bring it to the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, secure a recording contract with Naxos and residency at the Nice Summer Festival, home of the prestigious international summer academy, where he had previously held the chair of flute studies after Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion. Another notable achievement in Sanremo was his creation of the musical West Side Story made exclusively with high school youth who had never made music.  Prepared during the school year, the work was a great success with audiences and critics and instrumental to adding  new subscribers to the orchestra.

Notable soloists with whom he has collaborated include Barbara Hendricks, Misha Maisky, Midori, Natalia Gutman, Lin Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Renato Bruson, Rudolph Buchbinder, Katia and Marielle Labeque, Elisso Vissaladze, Leo Nucci, Sabine Mayer, Jean Pierre Rampal, Maurice Andre, Maurice Bourgue, Max Chamaiou, Brigitte Engerer, Javier De Maistre; dancers and choreographers Carla Fracci,Yuri Grigorovich, Patrice Bart, Roland Petit, Frederic Flamand, Jean- Christophe Maillot; and directors such as Calisto Bieto, Emilio Sagi, the Fura del Baus, Lindsey Kemp, Ugo Gregoretti, Julia Pevzner .

His discography includes:

CAMILLE SAINT SAENS Symhony n3, n3 Violin Concert
WARNER CLASSIC (0825646281442 DDD) (2014)

NINO ROTA Symphonies 1 and 2
Symphony No. 1 in G major and Symphony No. 2 in F major
CHANDOS (CHAN 10546)  (2009)

G. DONIZETTI "The Daughter of the Regiment"
NAXOS (8.660161-62)  (2006)

Ottorino Respighi: The magic pot - The sensitive - Arethusa
CPO (777071-2) (2003)

G. ROSSINI "The turkish in Italy"
NAXOS (8.660183-84) (2005)

Suite from the ballet "The Road," Symphony on a love song, Ballabili from Gattopardo
Label: CHANDOS (2003)

Symphonies No. 1 and 2 "Andorrana"
Naxos (8.572039) (2008)

Scarlatti. Triple concert. Late at night
BRILLIANT (8997) (2009)

"Passio et Resurrectio"
Easter cantata for soloists, narrators, percussion, choir and orchestra on the text of Giuseppe De Vivo
Naxos (8.557733) (2005)

Gabrielliana - Serenata - Madrigals - Fables - Canzonette
CPO (777322-2) (2009)

Symphonies # 1, # 4, # 5, # 41 "Jupiter"
RS (CDCI-018) (2002)

Concertos for various instruments
CHANDOS Release Date: (2002)

C. DEBUSSY: Petit Suite
C. Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto op.33 n.1
M.Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
G.FAURE: Masque September bergamasques op.112
RS (051-0118)  (2003)

Next recording for Decca includes : Joaquin Turina Danzas Fantasticas, Sinfonia Sevillana, Manuel De Falla Noches en Los Jardines d'Espana.

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