21 December 2023
• Honoured Artist of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) (2016)
Fabio Mastrangelo was born in Bari (Italy). He began his piano studies under his father’s guidance at the age of five. Mastrangelo later graduated from the Conservatorio di Musica Niccolò Piccinni di Bari, the Conservatoire de musique de Genève under Maria Tipo and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has attended masterclasses of Aldo Ciccolini, Seymour Lipkin and Paul Badura-Skoda. Mastrangelo won 1st prize at the international piano competitions of Osimo (1980) and Rome (1986). Twice finalist in the Mario Gusella International Conducting Competition (Pescara, Italy, 1993 and 1995).
From 1996 to 2003 he was Director of the chamber orchestra Virtuosi di Toronto, founded by him. Between 2001 and 2006 Mastrangelo was Artistic Director of the festival Étoiles du Château de Chailly (Chailly-sur-Armançon, France). Moved to Russia in 2002 and made his debut at the Mikhailovsky Theatre where he conducted La traviata and Verdi’s Requiem. Since 2013 Mastrangelo has held the position of Artistic Director of the St Petersburg Music Hall Theatre (since March 2023 the Chaliapin St Petersburg State Musical Theatre); he is also Principal Conductor of its two orchestras – the St Petersburg Northern Sinfonia Orchestra (symphony orchestra; founded in 2016) and the St Petersburg Northern Sinfonietta Сhamber Orchestra (founded in 2015). His previous appointments include that of Principal Guest Conductor (2007–2009) and Principal Conductor (2009–2010) of the Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Principal Guest Conductor of the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Ensemble of Soloists Novosibirsk Kamerata (2007–2021), Principal Conductor of the State Hermitage Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra and Musical Advisor of the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (2021–2022).
In 2007 Mastrangelo started his collaboration with the Mariinsky Theatre, and he was its Guest Conductor for several years. In June 2008 the musician made his debut at the Stars of the White Nights festival. At the Mariinsky Theatre he conducted the productions of Aida, Rigoletto, La traviata, La forza del destino, Simon Boccanegra and I vespri siciliani.
Mastrangelo currently serves as Principal Conductor of the State Symphonic Orchestra Symphonica ARTica of the State Philharmonic of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) (since 2012) and the Russian Philharmonic – Moscow City Symphony (since 2018), Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulyanovsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra (since 2021; was also its Artistic Director from 2021 to 2022). He holds the position of Artistic Director of the festival All Together Opera in St Petersburg and the Music and Arts Festival Tremolo in Tolyatti (Samara Region).
Has appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow, the St Petersburg Philharmonia, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (has conducted performance of Aida staged by Robert Wilson), the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Court Theatre in the Royal Palace of Caserta, the Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella in Naples, the Arena di Verona, the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago and the Taormina Arte festival (Sicily) among many other venues. Has conducted the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Moscow Virtuosi State Chamber Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aarhus Symfoniorkester (Denmark), the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Television of Serbia Symphony Orchestra and the Thüringer Symphoniker among other ensembles.
On the Naxos label he has recorded Elisabetta Brusa’s works with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (2 CDs, 2002).
Recipient of the St Petersburg City Government Prize for Culture and Arts for 2017 (for organising and running the festival The Word and Music – for a Great City as part of the St Petersburg International Book Salon) and the Triumph International prize (2018); recipient of the Star of Academician Dmitry Sergeyevich Likhachev medal of the Galaxy of Talents International Competition (St Petersburg, 2019). President of the Fabio Mastrangelo Foundation for the Development of Musical Arts (since 2015).
Information for April 2023