Bio: Sebastiano De Filippi is considered by the press as one of the most interesting conductors among the maestros emerged in recent years from South America. Unanimously praised for his interpretation of the great classics of Western music, he is also highly respected for his work towards presenting lesser known pieces and for his commitment to his community’s cultural life.
He is a licentiate of the United Kingdom’s Royal Schools of Music in symphony orchestra music direction, with the highest marks ("with distinction"). He has perfected his studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy), at the Escuela de Altos Estudios Musicales in Cordova (Spain) and at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Argentina). He had the privilege to complete his background by watching conductors like Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti in rehearsal.
His musical training – acquired while also studying humanities at the university - includes studies in choral conducting, composition, chamber music, piano and voice, developed between Italy, Spain and Argentina. His experience also embraces fifteen years of work as vocal soloist (bass-baritone) on Latin America’s main stages, including Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
After some years as a music coach in opera and ballet, also working as chorus master and assistant conductor in the symphonic repertoire, he was a finalist in several international conducting competitions. He started his podium work in front of the Orquesta Lírica de Buenos Aires (with which he also performed in Córdoba and La Pampa) and its Camerata Lírica, and of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Mendoza, the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Mar del Plata, the Orquesta de Cámara Municipal de Rosario and the Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Avellaneda. During the 2014 season he made his successful debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Argentina at the Belgrano Auditorium.
His work caught the attention of music programmers abroad; this marked the beginning of an international career that took him as guest conductor to Chile with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de La Serena, to Ecuador with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca, to Egypt with the Orkestra el-Qāhera el-Semfōni, to Czechia with the Komorní Filharmonie Pardubice, to Holland with the Hanze Symfonieorkest Zwolle, to Spain with the Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de Valladolid, to Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto, the Orchestra Filarmonica Veneta, the Orchestra da Camera delle Marche, the Orchestra Giovanni Caboto in Rome and the Accademia Giovanile Salieri in Legnago.
Upcoming engagements include his debut performances in the cities of Saint Petersburg (Russia), Budapest (Hungary), Constanta (Romania), Reggio Calabria (Italy), New York (United States), Monterrey (Mexico), Asunción (Paraguay) and Resistencia (Argentina).
After some years of activity, because of the breadth of his interests and of his training, he was entrusted with his first management responsibilities. He served as programming director at the Teatro Municipal Roma de Avellaneda, music director for the Ópera de La Pampa, artistic director of the Festival Pergolesi de Buenos Aires and honorary director at the Asociación Cultural "Antonio Salieri".
With an experience in a symphonic, choral-symphonic, chamber and ballet repertoire that ranges from early baroque to world premieres of contemporary music, he is also well-known for his operatic performances. Among the twenty opera productions he was responsible for, the South American premiere of Verdi’s "Un giorno di regno" received praise from the international press and a new production of "Aida" by the same composer earned him the Stimulus Prize awarded by of the Music Critics Association of the Argentine Republic.
In parallel with his career as a performer, he is very active as a researcher, teacher and popularizer in the field of classical music. He collaborates as a writer with the program books for Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, for the argentine Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and with articles published by Teatro Colón Magazine (www.revistateatrocolon.com.ar).
Since September 2013 he is Associate Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica Giovanile Salieri Mozart in Italy and also Music Director of the Orquesta de Cámara del Congreso Nacional in Argentina, position for which he was selected among more than seventy applicants through an official tender organized in collaboration with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, with a jury chaired by maestro Pedro Ignacio Calderón.