Salvatore Percacciolo


Salvatore Percacciolo loves to live musical expression from different perspectives as an opera and symphonic conductor as well as a pianist in several chamber ensembles, ranging from baroque to contemporary music. He recently conducted Rossini's The Barber of Seville at the Nationaltheater in Mannheim, an opera with which he also opened the 2021/22 season of the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania. He conducted the world premiere of the musical installation The World to Come by German composer Birke Bertelsmeier, directed by Tilman Hecker, at the Vollgutlager in Berlin with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, meeting with great public and critical acclaim. He has collaborated with the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto for which he inaugurated the 75th season with Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and conducted Rossini's The Barber of Seville, directed by Paolo Rossi. With the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, of which he has also conducted its youth orchestra, he conducted De Falla's El Retablo de Maese Pedro with the Figli d'arte Cuticchio at Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo. Invited as assistant conductor to the Castleton Festival in Virginia (USA) by Lorin Maazel, the Maestro named Salvatore as his substitute in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the festival he founded and directed. At the same festival he also conducted Ravel's L'Heure Espagnol and the world premiere of Derrick Wang's opera Scalia/Ginsburg. He also conducted Lucia di Lammermoor directed by Denis Krief at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Teatro Greco in Lecce, Don Giovanni at the Teatro Bellini in Catania, Tosca and Madama Butterfly at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, and La Bohème at the Tirana Opera Theatre. He began his career as an opera conductor at ASLICO where he conducted Mozart's La finta semplice and The Magic Flute (opera domani), performed also at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. His symphonic activity with orchestras such as La Toscanini in Parma, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, the Orchestra di Padova and del Veneto, the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and the Cagliari Lirico Orchestra, and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester in Berlin has been particularly intense in recent years. He has also worked with internationally renowned soloists such as Roberto Cominati, Francesco D'Orazio, James Galway, Calogero Palermo, Giovanni Sollima, and Uto Ughi. Since 2020 he has also collaborated with the Philharmonische Camerata of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Salvatore has always devoted special attention to youth orchestras, through collaborations in Italy, Germany, the United States and Brazil. An active supporter of contemporary music as well as of projects of contamination between different music genres, Salvatore has conducted works by Nicola Campogrande (Concerto for public and orchestra), Michael Daugherty (Fire and Blood), Paolo Marzocchi (Variazioni inverse), Giovanni Ferrauto (Persistenze di memoria), as well as seldom performed scores by Gian Francesco Malipiero (Sinfonia del mare), Ildebrando Pizzetti (Concerto per arpa), and Eliodoro Sollima (Cantata sacra e profana). He graduated in piano at the "A. Corelli" Conservatory in Messina, he studied composition at the "A. Scarlatti" Conservatory in Palermo and earned his master’s degree in Advanced Orchestral Conducting at the "U. Giordano" Conservatory in Foggia. A student of Piero Bellugi in Florence, in 2010 he graduated with merit at the School of Italian Opera in Bologna where he had the opportunity to deepen his knowledge of the opera repertoire with the Maestros Bruno Bartoletti and Nicola Luisotti. He also studied with Jorma Panula in Finland and Lorin Maazel in the United States.

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