Raffaele Livio Ponti2017-06-14T19:04:36-04:00


Raffaele Livio Ponti

Visiting Instructor in Orchestral Conducting & Director of the FIU Symphony

Tel: 305.348.2896

Email: rponti@fiu.edu



Italian – American Conductor Raffaele Livio Ponti is an artist of dynamic personality, charismatic performances, and superb musicianship. His trademark is the breadth of his vision, the clarity of his interpretation, and the rich beauty of his sound. The Chicago Courier News Writes, “Maestro Ponti brings an exhilarating energy level to center stage. It’s an electrifying swagger empowering and enabling him to pull music from light to darkness and back again. He is a rising star!”

Raffaele is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Music Director and Conductor of Florida’s Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Visiting Instructor in Orchestral Studies & Director of the FIU Symphony Orchestra: Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Ponti has worked with world class artists Glenn Dicterow, David Kim, Ilya Kaler, Fabio Bidini, Terrence Wilson, David Halen, Michael Ludwig, Gary Levinson, Juana Zayas, Philippe Quint, Elena Urioste, Jeffrey Biegel, Robert Bonfiglio, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Marvin Stamm, Allen Vizzutti, Ettore Nova, Ambra Vespasiani, Paola Romano, Vittorio Grigolo, Maurizio Graziani, Stefano Algieri, Mariana Paunova, Silvja dalla Benetta, Wilfredo Deglans, George Petean, Claudia Marchi, Salvador Carbo’, Tatiana Lisnic, Carlos Almaguer, Patrizia Cigna, Michela Sburlati, Galina Kalinina, Mina Tasca, Stanislas Arraez, Alessandro Busi and Mauro Augustini.

Recently Raffaele led the Buffalo Philharmonic and Erie Philharmonic with immediate return engagements. He is also the former Principal Conductor and Music Director and now Regular Guest Conductor of Italia Konzert Opera International in San Gimignano, Italy, Founding Director of Festival di Musica da Camera in Ripatransone, Italy, and continues to appear with other prominent orchestras around the United States and Europe including the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Sofia Symphony, Varna State Opera, Orchestra di Pescara, Austin Symphony, Siena Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Billings Symphony, Italia Konzert Opera, Utica Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Syracuse Symphony and repeated tours of Italy with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, and Varna State Opera Orchestra, of Bulgaria.

Raffaele began his training on violin, piano and trumpet. At the age of 17, he began playing with the Rochester Philharmonic and at 19, with the Cleveland Orchestra. After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ponti went to Italy to study conducting in Siena, and later, in Rome with Giuseppe Sinopoli. Beginning as an opera conductor he had instant success conducting operas throughout Italy with productions of Aida, Il trovatore, La traviata, Carmen, La boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Pagliacci and L’elisir d’amore.

Artist Information at http://www.rponti.com