Sir Antonio Pappano

Since 2005 Sir Antonio Pappano is Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and since 2002 Music Director of the Covent Garden in London. In the past he held other prestigious positions: in 1990 he was appointed Music Director of the Norske Opera in Oslo and from 1991 to 2002 he held the same role at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie of Brussels.

Born in London in 1959 to Italian parents, he studied piano, composition and conducting in the United States. Among the most prestigious stages of his career are debuts at the Vienna State Opera in 1993, at the Metropolitan in New York in 1997 and at the Festival of Bayreuth in 1999. Pappano has conducted many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Wiener and the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden and Staatskapelle Berlin.

In 2005 he was nominated «Conductor of the Year» by the Royal Philharmonic Society and won the Abbiati Award of the Italian Music Critics for the performance of Brahms, Britten and Verdi's Requiems made with the artistic ensembles of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. In 2015 the Abbiati award was given to the Les Troyens performance conducted by Pappano at La Scala in Milan. Sir Antonio Pappano records for Warner Classics and with the Orchestra and Choir of Santa Cecilia he has recorded several CDs. Among the most recent recordings are Verdi's Aida (awarded with the Gramophone Classic Music Award 2016 and with ECHO Klassik Preis 2016 as «Conductor of the Year»), the Brahms Violin Concerto and the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Bartók performed by Janine Jansen, Anna Netrebko’s «Verismo» (DGG), Schumann's Second and Fourth Symphony, Elgar's First Symphony (Ica Classics), the Third Symphony and Carnival of the Animals (with Martha Argerich) by Saint-Saëns and a box set with Bernstein’s symphonies, that has just been released.

In 2007 Antonio Pappano was nominated Effective Academic Member of Santa Cecilia. In 2012 Queen Elizabeth II named him Knight for services rendered to music; in the same year he was also named Knight of the Grand Cross in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary degree in Music and Performance by the Tor Vergata University of Rome and the RPS Gold Medal — the highest honor of the Royal Philharmonic Society — becoming the 100th RPS Gold Medallist since the establishment of the award, in 1870.

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