Antonello Manacorda - conductor
In 1997 Antonello Manacorda co-founded the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, in collaboration with Claudio Abbado and colleagues from the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. He held the position of Concertmaster for eight years until he decided to pursue a career as a conductor. He was awarded a scholarship by De Sono in Turin which enabled him to spend two years studying with Jorma Panula. Since then his conducting career has been developing rapidly but carefully. Manacorda is currently in his last season as Music Director of I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, where he is drawing good audiences, winning praise from the critics and demonstrating his talent for creating intelligent and interesting programmes.
Most recently he was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Kammerakademie Potsdam and his tenure with them starts from 1 September 2010. The musicians of the Kammerakademie Potsdam voted unanimously for Manacorda following his successful debut with the orchestra in March 2010.
Manacorda has worked with many orchestras in Europe including the Orchestra of La Fenice, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra of Scottish Opera and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Gelders Orkest and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburger Symphoniker and Staatskapelle Weimar.
Manacorda is also gaining a reputation as an opera conductor and his recent opera engagements include working with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra in Florence; performances of Paisiello’s opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan; Così fan tutte at the Teatro Comunale di Treviso, Falstaff with ASLICO in Pavia, Brescia and Cremona and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. In May 2010 Antonello conducted a new production of Don Giovanni at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.