Lorenzo Castriota SKanderbeg
Lorenzo Castriota Skanderbeg, conductor, was born in Rome in 1964. He acquired graduate degrees in trumpet (1984), orchestral instrumentation and musical arrangement (1989), composition and conducting (1990) at the Conservatory of Music “Santa Cecilia” in Rome.
His career as conductor began at an early age of 17, when the famous M° Giuesppe Patané took him as assistant “under his wings”. From 1983 till the untimely death of M° Patanè he collaborated constantly with this great maestro and extraordinary tutor, perfecting himself in the Italian operatic repertoire. He also studied with M° F. Ferrara and M° L. Bernstein. He works as conductor and composer at various opera houses and symphonic institutions in Italy and abroad: Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Orchestra Filarmonica di Salerno, Orchestra Sinfonica di Lecce, Orchestra Sinfonica di Tirana, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Opera di Bonn, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Opera di Plovdiv, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Filarmonia di Roma, Teatro Lirico di Bari, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Lirico di Grosseto, Filarmonia Marchigiana
Filarmonica Marchigiana, Regionale del Lazio, I Solisti Aquilani, Filarmonici di Roma, Opera of Costanza (Romania), Opera of Spalato (Croatia), Teatro Cervantes of Malaga, Slovenian National Opera of Maribor (Slovenia), Teatro Pergolesi di Jesi, National Art Center, Daejeon (Korea) and the Symphonic Orchestra RTV Slovenia.
He received a special acknowledgement in the 1st International Competition of Conducting “Franco Ferrara”; Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (1995). Furthermore has he been entrusted with important artistic titles, such as:
Chief conductor of the “Novi Musici” orchestra of Napoli; “Direttore Stabile” of the Orchestra Sinfonica Umberto Giordano della Provincia di Foggia, of the Orchestra Sinfonica della Città di Grosseto, Sinfonica d’Alessandria, the opera season of the festival of Santa Margherita Ligure, the Teatro Lirico di Grosseto and the Lyric Festival del Verismo, Foggia, the Oderzo Opera Festival and the Slovene National Opera and Ballet Maribor. In 1994-95 M° Castriota S. was appointed as Musical Advisor of the Bonner Werkstattsbühne for Contemporary Music.
In December 2000 he made his debut in Japan, conducting Lyric Gala Recitals in Tokyo with Renato Bruson and the Filarmonici di Roma and conducted the Solisti Aquilani in a two week tournée in England. Again with I Solisti Aquilani, he conducted an important concert for the concert association “Baratelli” consisting of works by the famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. In writing M° Pärt has stated that “he was very impressed especially with the “conducting artistry” of M° Castriota” and has expressed great desire to work together internationally in future project. This opinion was shared by his publisher, Eric Marinitsch of the Universal Edition, Vienna, with whom M° Castriota has already begun an active collaboration. October 2002, the M° conducted I Solisti Aquilani in a tournée in Spain (Escorial, Festival of Segovia, Madrid). In December 2004 he was invited with his orchestra “Orchestra Città di Grosseto” to conduct at the 150th anniversary celebration of the Symphony Hall in Craiova (Romania), conducting Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner.
His activity as composer is equally important, totaling at present some 30 works, all publicly performed.
He collaborates with the recording company “Pentaphon” Italia. With Saturn Live Recordings he has produced “Il Trittico” (with Giuseppe Taddei), “La Traviata”, “Il Rigoletto”, “La Notte di un Nevrastenico” and “Compositions of the Great Symphonic Repertoire of the 1800”. In 2002 a CD with EMI has been produced, containing symphonic works by Mussorgsky and Respighi, live recorded with the Orchestra Sinfonica Umberto Giordano della Provincia di Foggia.
Not just a few of the great operatic singers who have sang under his baton, have praised him for his solid and profound conductorship and the sensibility of his interpretations, such as R. Kabaiwanska, G. Taddei, R. Panerai, R. Bruson, N. Martinucci, L. Carroli, G. Cebrian, M. Devia, C. Gasdia, K. Riccarelli, M.-P. Jonata, L. Bartolini, N. Rossi-Giorndano, S. Secco, G. Giuliacci, A. Rezza, E. Fiorillo and others and concert soloists such as P. Restani, G. Licata, G. Angeleri, F. Cloitroru, A. Salzai, M. Ungureanu, A. di Cristofano and others.
Together with Spalato Opera he was awarded with the National Culture Prize 2003, conducting a very well received Nabucco in the Spalato Summer Festival. In September 2002 he was given together with Sen. Susanna Agnielli and On. R. Buttiglione, the Culture-Prize “Premio Europe Leader “Rocca d’Oro” for his international achievements as conductor in the music field. He was entrusted with the Presidency of the well received International Competition “Cappuccilli-Patanè-Respighi” in Voice, Conducting and Composition organized by the national Chamber of Commerce of Italy (2nd edition 2007 in Zurich, Alessandria, Campobasso, Lecce and Grosseto). May 2008 he was give the prestigious Culture Prize “Sebetia-Ter” in merit to his career, a prize that among others had been given in other editions to the Maestri Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Mikkis Teodorakis and Aldo Ciccolini.
M° Castriota is tenured professor of conducting and orchestral tutorial and holds the university chair of conducting/orchestral tutorial at the University of Campobasso “Istituto di alta cultura Lorenzo Perosi”.