Pier Giorgio Morandi
Italian conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi studied composition at Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan, and orchestra conducting at Salzburg Mozarteum. In 1987 he studied in Tanglewood, USA, with M° Leonard Bernstein and M° Seiji Ozawa. For ten years, he played as principal oboist in Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he also was assistant conductor of M° Riccardo Muti and later of M° Giuseppe Patanè. In 1989 he became Deputy Principal Conductor at Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. From 1991 and for the following five years, he was Principal Guest Conductor at Budapest National Opera House.
Morandi has a wide Italian operatic repertoire and he has been working as regular guest conductor since 1990 in all the major opera houses in Italy, Europe and worldwide. Operatic highlights include Rigoletto at Metropolitan Opera, La Fanciulla del West, Tosca and Un Ballo in Maschera at Stockholm Royal Opera House (where he held the position of Principal Guest Conductor), Aida and Madama Butterfly in Oslo and in Qatar, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Bohème, Rigoletto and Don Carlo in Dresden, Maria Stuarda and La Fanciulla del West in Frankfurt, Macbeth, Don Carlo, Aida and Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala, Attila at the Palace of Arts in Budapest, Rigoletto in Naples, a symphonic concert at Musikverein in Graz.
A prolific recording artist, Morandi appeared in several releases, including the Verdi Gala DVD with tenor José Cura and the London Symphony Orchestra, and two Sony Classic CD’s of the European tour with tenor Vittorio Grigolo.
He is at present Principal Guest Conductor at Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.