Dante Anzolini possesses a broad conducting repertoire, encompassing Baroque to Romantic operas, and the symphonic literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. Dante Anzolini is known as a strong advocate of contemporary music and has already conducted several world premieres in the fields of opera and symphonic music. The New York Times has called him an “impressive young conductor.”
He is also a composer and arranger of orchestral pieces. His arrangement of Arnold Schoenberg’s Variations for Orchestra for Solo Piano, op. 31, published by Belmont and distributed by Universal Edition, is the first-ever arranged piano version of this orchestral piece. He has also written several pieces for piano, violin solo, chamber music, and orchestra. Mr. Anzolini has worked extensively with the composer Philip Glass on several projects including his operas The White Raven, Akhnaten, Satyagraha, his Symphony No. 5, “Requiem, Bardo and Nirmanakaya,” and his Symphony No. 8.
His first engagements in Europe led Dante Anzolini to Bonn, Germany, as Solorepetitor and Dirigent of the Bonn Opera in 1993. In 1995, he became Kapellmeister of the Stadttheater Bern, Switzerland. He further worked with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Symphony Orchestras of Basel, Bochum, and Bern, the Brussels Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Mátav Symphony Orchestra Budapest, and the Symphony Orchestras of Asturias, Granada, and Valencia in Spain. At the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, he conducted an acclaimed production of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins featuring Ute Lemper.
From 1998 to 2006, he was Music Director of the MIT Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in Boston, Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2008, Dante Anzolini was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Teatro Argentino Opera in La Plata, Argentina. In 2001, Dante Anzolini gave his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Composers Orchestra. The year 2006 he led the MIAGI Ensemble of South Africa in Johannesburg and Cape Town, in a program that featured world music singer Miriam Makeba.
He then took the Brucknerorchester on tour to Innsbruck, Dornbirn, Stuttgart, Köln, and Düsseldorf. At the Landestheater Linz he conducted Verdi’s Otello, Un ballo in maschera and Il trovatore, as well as the ballets Cinderella and Coppelia with the choreography of Jochem Ulrich. In September 2007, he gave his debut at Vienna’s Musikverein conducting a concert with the Wiener Symphoniker. The season 2009/10 saw his debut at Munich Symphoniker, and his debut at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf in April 2010 conducting Morton Feldman’s Neither with the choreography of Martin Schlaepfer.
He has conducted the Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Ecuador, Peru and Mexico during two consecutive tours in 2010 and 2011. Dante Anzolini was born in Berisso, Argentina, of Italian and Chilean parents. He studied piano, composition, and conducting in Argentina with Mariano Drago Sijanec, and later at the Yale University School of Music, with Eleazar de Carvalho. He acknowledges a strong influence from Maestro Dennis Russell Davies, and has participated in masterclasses with Lorin Maazel, Erich Leinsdorf, and Kurt Sanderling. He also studied piano, harpsichord, violin, viola, oboe, and percussion, as well as studying languages, literature, and mathematics.
Future performances include two ballet productions led by Martin Schlaepfer at the Oper am Rhein.