Salvatore Di Vittorio

Salvatore Di Vittorio

Salvatore Di Vittorio (born October 22, 1967 in Palermo, Italy) is a composer and conductor of orchestral music.

Biography

Salvatore Di Vittorio graduated in composition with Ludmila Ulehla at Manhattan School of Music, while studying orchestration and later conducting with Giampaolo Bracali; he also graduated in aesthetics philosophy at Columbia University in New York City. He then continued conducting in Rome with Francesco Carotenuto (Conservatory of Music “S. Cecilia”), in Florence with Piero Bellugi (Conservatory of Music “L. Cherubini”), and in London with John Farrer and Neil Thomson (Royal College of Music).

Of his American symphonic debut with the Danbury Symphony (20 March 2005), James Pegolotti of the Danbury Times wrote: “Di Vittorio’s leadership evidenced a natural and significant talent!”

Salvatore Di Vittorio has attracted considerable attention as Music Director and Founder of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, established in honor of Ottorino Respighi. Working together with Acting President Evan N. Wilson (Former Principal Violist, Los Angeles Philharmonic) and an elite Board of Directors, Di Vittorio and the Audition Committee selected the forty-five musicians of the Chamber Orchestra following hundreds of applications. Founded (27 January 2006) on the 250th anniversary of the birth of W. A. Mozart, the Chamber Orchestra of New York is the first professional orchestra in the history of New York to be dedicated to leading young professionals and all five boroughs of New York City. Its much anticipated Inaugural Season debut, held on 11 October 2007 at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, was a triumphant success.

Di Vittorio also serves as Assistant Conductor to Christopher Lyndon-Gee of the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra at Adelphi University. Former positions include Accademia Musicale Siciliana (Palermo), Chamber Ensemble of Rome, Florence Symphonietta, Loyola Orchestra and Chorus, and Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Mondiale at Manhattan School of Music. He has also conducted the Vancouver Island Symphony, State Symphony Orchestra of Sofia (Bulgaria), Danbury Symphony, Royal College of Music Symphony (London), and Festival Sinfonietta Umbra di Perugia.

Praised by renowned Italian conductor Piero Bellugi for his elegance on the podium, other European conductors have hailed Di Vittorio a “serious, lyrical, and romantic composer…worthy of serious consideration.” His music is inspired by philosophical-programmatic themes and captivates each listener with long tonal melodies and interesting orchestrations. His symphonies have been premiered by such orchestras as Orvieto Musica Festival Orchestra, Accademia Musicale Siciliana, Teatro Massimo Opera of Palermo, Orchestra Filarmonica Franco Ferrara, Ragusa Chamber Orchestra, Carnevale di Venezia Musica, Brussels Chamber Ensemble, Festival Sinfonietta Umbria di Perugia, El Hanager String Orchestra of Cairo, Florence Symphonietta, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Chamber Ensemble of Rome, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Sinfonica Del Teatro Mondiale. While his first opera “Romeo e Giulietta” has been presented to companies, Di Vittorio has received permission from the Thomas Mann estate and publisher S. Fisher Verlag (Frankfurt) to compose his second opera “Fausto” based on Mann’s novel Dr. Faustus. Di Vittorio has received grants and honors from various institutions including ASCAP Foundation, Italian Cultural Institute of New York, Ibla-Italy Grand Prize in Music Composition (Judge), and Manhattan School of Music Alumni Council (Member). Reviews about the Maestro have been written in La Repubblica of Rome, Il Mediterraneo and Giornale di Sicilia of Palermo, La Nazione of Florence, Arts San Francisco Observer and Classical Voice, New Music Connoisseur of New York, and Danbury News Times of Connecticut, including highlights on RAI (Italian National) TV and UN French International Radio.

Salvatore Di Vittorio is published exclusively by Edizioni Panastudio/Carisch of Warner Bros. in Italy (since 2000). Recordings of his symphonic suites are available on the Panastudio Label in Italy.

External links

* [http://www.salvatoredivittorio.com/ Salvatore Di Vittorio official website]
* [http://www.chamberorchestraofnewyork.org/ Chamber Orchestra of New York official website]
* [http://www.panastudio.com/ Edizioni Panastudio/Carisch of Warner Bros. official website]


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