About workshop’s leader
Giuseppe Montesano, born in Turin (Italy) studied piano and composition at his hometown conservatory while simultaneously deepening his literary and philosophical interests at the University of Turin.
He studied orchestra conducting (Bachelor and Master of Arts) under Professor Georg Mark at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität and in Milano at the Conservatorio G. Verdi with Maestro Vittorio Parisi.
Directly after his education he became assintant conductor of the Houlencourt Soloists Chamber Orchestra, where he worked together with artists like Guy Braunstein, Boris and Evelyn Berezovsky and Richard Galliano.
In the seasons 2013-15 he served as assistant conductor of Walter Kobera for the Neue Oper Wien (Vienna) and in the season 2015-16 he was assistant conductor of Philippe Jordan at the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for several projects.
2017 he was appointed music director of the Wiener Hofburg Orchester and Wiener Residenzorchester.
He conducted several concerts, operas and operettas in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Irland, Italy, Romania, Russia, Hungary and USA.
Recent engagements include his appearances with the Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Orchestra Filarmonica Toscanini, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra Rossini di Pesaro, Festival Pergolesi Spontini, Teatro GB. Pergolesi di Jesi, Orchestra da Camera Polledro, Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Szolnok Symphony Orchestra (Hungary) and Orchestra Filarmonica de Stat Arad (Romania).
In the Season 2019/20 he will debut in the Theater Basel (Switzerland) with „La Boheme“ and „Le Nozze di Figaro“. Further performances are also planed at the Landestheater Niederbayern in Passau, Germany.
Two very important debuts will take place in 2020. In July he will conduct a concert during the Festival della Valle d´Itria (Martina Franca, Italy) and in October he will Conduct Verdi ́s „Falstaff“ within the Wexford Opera Festival.
Since the summer 2018 he is faculty member in the opera and conducting departments of the Vienna Summer Music Festival, where he worked on the productions „La Boheme“ (2018) „Gianni Schicchi“, „Suor Angelica“ (2019) and „Le Nozze di Figaro“ (2020).
Active as mentor for young conductors and coach for singers, 2019 he was guest conductor in the Opera Studio of the Conservatorio di Milano for the production of „Don Giovanni“.
Giuseppe Montesano won several prizes in national and international festivals and competitions both in choral and in orchestra conducting (Among them: 1st prize at the International Competition for Orchestra Conductors in Graz 2011, 1st prize at the International Competition for Opera Conductors in Costanta 2016, „Premio dell ́istituzione concertistica Magna Grecia“ 2017)
He has been scholarship holder of the foundation” Associazione per la Musica De Sono”.
More info www.giuseppemontesano.com
About workshop’s orchestra
According to historical newspapers the Szolnok Symphony Orchestra held its first concert in 1927 on the occasion of commemorating the centenary of Beethoven’s death. However, after various attempts of establishing, the orchestra in its current formation officially was founded in 1965 by conductor József Bali. As the only professional orchestra in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County it fulfills an irreplaceable role in the region’s musical and cultural life.
Izaki Masahiro has been the orchestra’s chief conductor and principle artistic director of City of Szolnok since 2007. Under his leading the orchestra soon got recognized by the Hungarian government and by 2012 reached the highest classifications in performing arts distributed among professional orchestras.
The orchestra has a wide ranging repertoire that includes music from the Baroque, Romantic and Modern Era. The orchestra plays a very important part on both secular and religious events organized by the City of Szolnok and it also contributes to the musical productions of local Szigligeti Theater. Since its establishment the orchestra has been traditionally playing an important role in the musical education of the youth by frequently performing in elementary and secondary schools.
In the last fifty years the orchestra has successfully toured in many European countries including Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Finland as well as it has performed in Japan in many occasions to display the cultural heritage and qualities of the country and the City of Szolnok.
More info www.szolnokiszimfonikusok.hu