Considered "one of the most interesting and innovative conductors of the new Italian school", both in the opera repertoire and in the symphonic-choral and baroque one, Filippo Maria Bressan is one of the few Italian conductors to be regularly invited to conduct and collaborate with the most prestigious institutions such as Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra & Choir, Teatro La Fenice Orchestra & Choir, RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Turin.
Indicated by Maestro Giulini as a conductor "of noble and elegant simplicity", eclectic, discreet, unconventional, sporty, he has chosen to follow his own passions and work mainly in Italy. However, he also conducted in many theaters and concert halls of Europe and South America and he is usual guest of the greatest Italian Festivals of early, symphonic and contemporary music (Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Biennale di Venezia, Monteverdi Festival in Cremona, MiTo Settembre Musica, Sagra Musicale Umbra and many others).
Among the many and varied experiences, he worked alongside C. Abbado, F. Brüggen, M.W. Chung, C.M. Giulini, E. Inbal, N. Järvi, P. Maag, L. Maazel, G. Prêtre, M. Rostropovich, G. Sinopoli, J. Tate, and with L. Berio, G. Bonato, N. Campogrande, M. Nyman, A. Pärt, R. Vlad.
Permanent conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Savona, chief conductor of Orchestra Jupiter, has been guest conductor for five years at the Teatr Wielki in Poznàn and for two years at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, principal conductor of the Academia de li Musici and currently Voxonus. He headed, founded, and dedicated himself for nearly twenty years, Athestis Chorus&Orchestra – baroque ensemble with ancient instruments – by which he has become one of the protagonists of the early music revaluation in Italy and of the renewal of the choral and symphonic repertoires, until closing in 2009. Moreover, from 2000 to 2002 he was the conductor of Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome - the youngest music conductor in the 500-plus-year history of the choir - a position he will no longer want to hold in other lyric institutions.
He has conducted almost all the best Italian orchestras with a broad and selected repertoire spacing from the Ouvertures by J.S. Bach to Rendering by L. Berio, performing with soloists such as G. Andaloro, R. Baborák, A. Ballista, P. Berman, R. Brautigam, R. Buchbinder, M. Campanella, B. Canino, A. Carbonare, G. Carmignola, G. Cassone, C. Colombara, R. Cominati, P. De Maria, B. De Simone, E. Dindo, M. Fröst, B. Lupo, S.Mingardo, D. Nordio, M. Pletnev, G. Pretto, R. Prosseda, C. Sampson, G. Sollima and many others.
Also the opera repertoire is very wide: from Paride ed Elena by C.W. Gluck conducted at Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liége, Teatro del Giglio in Lucca and others, to Nabucco by Verdi conducted at Teatr Wielki in Poznàn, from Alcina by Händel conducted at Teatro Verdi in Trieste to Semiramide by Rossini conducted at Teatro of Pisa, Livorno; from Don Giovanni by Mozart conducted at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona and in other Theaters to Don Carlo by Verdi conducted at Teatro Politeama di Lecce, La Cecchina by Piccinni, Il Filosofo di campagna by Galuppi for the PiccoloFestival, besides unknown operas like Doña Flor by N. Van Westerhout conducted in Bari, Ifigenia in Tauride by Galuppi conducted in Venice, Il mondo della luna by Paisiello, conducted in Trieste, where he returned in 2015 with Gluck's Orfeo and Euridice.
An important chapter is that of chorality, which has always fascinated him and with which he maintained a constant bond, conducting prestigious ensembles such as the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Estonian National Male Choir, the World Youth Choir (in 2005 and 2016), the Italian Youth Choir (from 2003 to 2005), Le Choeur National des Jeunes (from 2014 to 2017 and winner of the Grand Prix of Tours in 2016), the Choir of the Theater of Poznàn, of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and of other Theaters - in symphonic or opera productions - and collaborating in various projects on behalf of Feniarco, A Coeur joie, ECA-Europa Cantat, IFCM.
Trained pianist, conductor by vocation and study, he was a student in Vienna of Karl Österreicher for orchestra conducting and of Jurgen Jürgens for choir conducting, later becoming his assistant. MasterClasses, among others, by J. E. Gardiner and F. Leitner, he also studied singing and composition. Scholar of musicology and historical performance practice, Bressan represents an extremely forceful synthesis - quite unique today - of great knowledgement of the vocal Italian tradition and of the great German symphonic school. This double pedigree, the experience matured in the various fields and a highly refined sensibility in the voices treatment, makes him an ideal conductor in XVIII and XIX centuries Opera and in the symphonic/choral repertoire, in which he is particularly specialized.
Among the many concerts, are to report the standing ovation at the Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, the performances of Alexander's Feast by Handel with the Choir and the Orchestra of Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia in the 2008 season at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, The Christmas Vespers, conducted in december 2006 in Venice Basilica di San Marco with Teatro La Fenice Orchestra & Choir, the worldvision concert for the Pope. He recorded various premiéres and live concerts by RAI (Italian radio-television) and radio-televisions of Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Holland, Slovenia and Brazil. He has recorded for Amadeus, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Virgin labels; Chandos Records has released 4 boxes (Benedetto Marcello’s Requiem and the oper Arianna, Baldassarre Galuppi’s Mass for San Marco, Antonio Calegari’s La Resurrezione di Lazzaro with important responses by critics and audience.
[Triathlon’s atlete for many years, he is also involved in teaching, solidarity and protection of trees. Far from the stereotypes of the globetrotter artist, he is an anti social network]
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