Vittorio Parisi studied at the G. VERDI CONSERVATORIUM in Milan with Azio Corghi in composition, with Piero Rattalino in piano studies and with Mario Gusella and Gianluigi Gelmetti in conducting; he has been the only Italian to study with the renowned Russian conductor, Kirill Kondrashin and has studied under Terence Lovett and George Hurst in England. Following his graduation he was immediately appointed teacher of the student orchestras of the G VERDI CONSERVATORIUM and worked as assistant to his his former teacher, Gianluigi Gelmetti in Italy and Europe.
TEATRO PETRUZELLI in Bari and went on to work in theatres and with symphonic and chambers orchestras including TEATRO DELL’OPERA in Rome, TEATRO SAN CARLO in Naples, LA FENICE in Venice, and with PICCOLA SCALA in Milano and with all the Italian radio orchestras in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.
In recent years he has conducted Poulenc’s LA VOIX HUMAINE with Raina Kabaivanska and Monteverdi’s IL COMBATTIMENTO DI TANCREDI E CLORINDA and Stravinsky’s HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT staged by Roberto De Simone in the ROME OPERA HOUSE where he is frequently invited to conduct operas and concerts.
ORCHESTRA DELL’ ANGELUM in Milano, or GRUPPO NUOVA CONSONANZAof Milan and Artistic Director and conductor of the well-known Italian chamber orchestra, I SOLISTI AQUILANI and of the DEDALO ENSEMBLE, well-known for its performance of 20th century repertoire.
Vittorio Parisi has appeared in international festivals in Germany, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Slovakia, The Netherlands and Albania and conducted concerts in the presence of His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
During 2004 he made his Australian debut conducting the SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and, during 2006, he made his debut in New Zealand, conducting the opening concerts of the main subscription series of the AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA. Of his conducting of Dvorak’s NEW WORLD SYMPHONY, William Dart, writing in the NEW ZEALAND HERALD said, … the first movement swings so confidently into action and the Scherzo is as good as a breath of country air. Best of all, the famous slow movement is no self-indulgent Largo, but delivered at a pace that keeps solo work to the fore and sentimentality well at bay., and of Schubert’s “GREAT SYMPHONY IN C MAJOR, Parisi has full measure of this mammoth score…the strings gave welcome heft to the surging sequences of the Scherzo and propelled the work to a magnificent conclusion.
Always interested in discovering new forms of music and in rediscovering the symphonic works and operas of bygone eras, he has conducted many premieres and first performances in modern-times including Da Ponte’s L’APE MUSICALE, an opera pastiche by the librettist of many of Mozart’s operas, based on the music of Rossini, Mozart and others and recorded live for commercial release at the TEATRO LA FENICE in Venice. He also conducted the first complete performance since its original premiere of Kurt Weill’s opera, MARIE GALANTE at the ROME OPERA HOUSE. Of This performance, IL MESSAGGERO has written, Parisi declares his love for this little jewel conducting with extreme sensibility but also with vigour and insightful charm. He has conducted the world premieres of other works by Petrassi, Lindberg, Castiglioni and, at the composer’s own invitation, the premiere of Corghi’s opera, PIA at the prestigious CHIGIANA ACADEMY in Siena. He has also collaborated with Luciano Berio and John Cage
Under his baton have appeared such distinguished international soloists as Paul Badura-Skoda, Joerg Demus, Richard Goode, Michele Campanella, Francois Joel Thiollier, and Lilya Zilberstein.
During 2008, Vittorio Parisi conducted a season of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at TIRANA OPERA HOUSE, in Albania and he has returned during 2010, to conduct five performances of RIGOLETTO.
Other engagements during 2010 have included concerts for the GENOVA OPERA and CAGLIARI OPERA, orchestral concerts of Schumann, Reimann and Spohr in Germany for the JENAER PHILHARMONIC and of Schumann and Bruckner for the BACAU PHILHARMONIC in Rumania and seasons of Lennox Berkeley’s opera, FOR YOU, in both Winterthur, Switzerland and at the ROME OLYMPIC THEATRE.