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Conducting Teacher

The Italian conductor Giuseppe Montesano recently attracted attention for his debut in Theater Basel (Switzerland) with La Boheme e Le Nozze di Figaro and for his live recording of the lost opera Spontini’s „Le Metamorfosi di Pasquale“ (Dynamic/Naxos 2019).

In the last few years he was regular guest of the Orchestra Toscanini di Parma, Theater Basel, Teatro Pergolesi di Jesi and recent engagements include Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Wexford Opera Festival and Festival della Valle d´Itria (Fabio Luisi, artistic director).

Music Director of the Opera Studio of the Conservatorio di Milano in 2019, Giuseppe Montesano is gaining also an international reputation both as conducting teacher and vocal coach. Since the summer 2018 he is faculty member in the opera and conducting departments of the Vienna Summer Music Festival.

Born in Turin (Italy) studied piano, composition and choir conducting at his home town conservatory and orchestra conducting in Vienna and in Milano.

After his degree he became assistant conductor of Philippe Jordan at the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and assistant of Walter Kobera at the Neue Oper Wien, the Viennese company of contemporary music.

Giuseppe Montesano won several prizes in national and international festivals and competitions both in choral and in orchestra conducting and has been scholarship holder of the prestigious foundation „Associazione per la Musica De Sono”.

Been always an eclectic person Giuseppe Montesano  is finishing his degree in General Management (MBA) and a training course in business coaching.

For further information visit www.giuseppemontesano.com

Orchestra in Residence

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.


Read more about the orchestra on the orchestra´s page.