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Benedetto Montebello

 

 was born in Rome, where he graduated at the “S. Cecilia” conservatory in Guitar, band strumentation, composition and orchestra conducting, with first class honours.

 

            He completes his studies obtaining his Bachelor with top marks in Litterature at the “La Sapienza University” in Rome

 

He improves his conducting skills, among others, with Gustav Kuhn at the “Pomeriggi Musicali” and Daniele Gatti at the National Academy of S.Cecilia

 

In 1995 he is awarded the “Rinaldi Prize” as the best Conductor of the conservatory of S.Cecilia

 

In 2006 he wins the 1° prize of the “First International orchestra conducting competition “G.Patané”

 

He conducted prestigious orchestra in Italy and foreign countries like e.g. :

Orchestra of the National Academy of S.Cecilia

Orchestra of Petruzzelli Opera House

Sanremo symphonic orchestra

Orchestra of the Opera house of Rome

Istituzione sinfonica abruzzese

Regional Orchestra of Rome and Lazio

Symphonic Orchestra of Radio Sofia

National Orchestra of Burgas

National Filarmonic Orchestra od Oradea

Filarmonic Orchestra Oltenia of Craiova

Orchestra of the Opera House of Stara Zagora

 

            venturing into a rich repertoire, including symphonic and lyrical masterpieces of the history of music, from baroque to contemporary, including numerous first absolute orchestrations.

 

He particularly prefers late romantic Authors and Composers of the first half of the Nineteenth Century of whom he performed various masterpieces like: Stravinskj: Firebird andHistoire du soldat; Mussorgskj-Ravel: Pictures at an exhibitione; Rimskj-Korssakof: Sheherazade; Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije, Respighi: The pines of Rome andThe fountains of Rome as well as numerous symphonies and concerts of Brahms, Schumann, Shostakovic, Dvorak, Ciaikovskj, Bruckner, Rachmaninoff, Milhaud, Poulenc, Ibert, Chopin, Strauss. etc.

 

His recent activities include the performance of  Verdi’s Requiem, the debut at the Stara Zagora’s Opera House  with Puccini’s Tosca and at the Theater “Mediterraneo-Giordano” in Foggia with Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia.

Also the debut at the Auditorium “ Parco della musica” in Rome with a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Traviata, Serva Padrona, Tosca, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Cinderella of Rossini as well as Doninzetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Cavalleria rusticana are to be mentioned, wich aroused remarkable consensus from the audience and the critics.

 

In November 2009 he made his debut at the Rome Opera house, conducting F. Herold’s Ballet “ La Somnambule” with the Rome’s Opera house Orchestra and their corps de ballet directed by Carla Fracci. On that occasion he took care of a new orchestration of Herold’s original score, wich hasn’t been performer for almost a century, granting him with outstanding appreciation for both the composing and the conducting aspect.

 

In 2006 he conducted a lyric-symphonic concert for solo, choir and orchestra in honour the former italian President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in occasion of his official visit to the city of Foggia.

 

He recorded as an absolute first time recording the full-lenght opera for orchestra of G. Guaccero and the Concert for guitar, marimba and orchestra written by Ennio Morricone with the S. Cecilia National Academy Orchestra.

 

He has been teacher of the orchestra conducting class at the “U. Giordano” conservatory of Foggia, as well as lasting Director of the symphonic Orchestra of the same conservatory from 1996 to 2008. At present he is a teacher of the conducting class of the “O. Respighi” conservatory of Latina.

  • Dvd Video avaliable on request ( symphonic, and lyric repertoire). Some videos available on web-site  www.youtube.it (search: Benedetto Montebello)

 

  

   

 
Benedetto Montebello - Via dei Laterani, 36 - 00184 Roma - Italy