Gaetano D'Espinosa


Born in Palermo in 1978, GAETANO D’ESPINOSA studied piano, violin, and composition in his hometown with Mihal Spinei and Turi Belfiore, and later with Salvatore Accardo in Milan. Gaetano d’Espinosa worked as Concertmaster at the Staatskapelle Dresden from 2001 until 2008 when he resigned to focus on his conducting career, taking on the role of musical assistant of Fabio Luisi. In 2010, d’Espinosa conducted La Traviata at the Semperoper Dresden to resounding acclaim and, as assistant to Fabio Luisi, travelled to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan to conduct the performances of La Bohème. This has been a sudden start of a successful career that took him, in less than three years, to be invited by major orchestras and theatres, such as Kremerata Baltica, Opera de Lyon, the Chamber Orchestra Berlin, Prague Philharmonia, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Roma, Orchestra della Fenice of Venice, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Opera de Limoges, Bamberger Symphoniker, to mention only some of them. In January 2012, at a short notice last call, he has been called by the Opera de Lyon to conduct Puccini’s Trittico replacing a sick maestro; this event has been received with greatest acclaim by international press, astonished for his command of both orchestra and stage. Recently Gaetano d’Espinosa has recorded with great success a Haydn, Shostakovich and Ravel programme with the Bamberger Symphoniker for the Bayerische Rundfunk. He has also conducted Rigoletto ar Teatro dell’Opera in Rome in 2015 and has had a residence of two months at Teatro la Fenice in Venice, conducting La Traviata and Norma.


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