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VANDELLI Claudio (conductor) /Italy/

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Italian conductor Claudio Vandelli was born in Milano, where he studied piano, clarinet and conducting. He then pursued his clarinet studies with Antony Pay and conducting with Sergiu Celibidache and Carlo Maria Giulini.

From the age of 20, part of his professional life has been devoted to recognizing and shaping young talented professional orchestral musicians. From 1989 to 1996 he was responsible of musician selections, assistant conductor and then guest conductor at the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. With this orchestra he led the first recording of "Mosaïques" by Iannis Xenakis and its Italian première at the Roma-Europa Festival.

In 1999 he formed the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra. He was its Director of Music Department and Music Director James Levine's assistant until 2007. During this period the orchestra was often recognized by the press as the leading training orchestra for young professionals worldwide.

Claudio Vandelli had the chance to work with a number of guest conductors in Verbier: Jiri Belohlávek, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Gianandrea Noseda, Michail Pletnev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Yuri Temirkanov.

He conducted the first International tour of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, in April 2005.

Regular guest of the Verbier Festival & Academy, he also conducted at the "Festival d'Aix-en-Provence", at "Bashmet" Festival in Minsk, at "BeMus" Festival in Belgrade, at the Sochi and Yaroslavl Festivals in Russia, at the European Classic Festival Ruhr in Germany, at the "Y4Y Music Festival" in Thailand.

As a guest conductor he has performed in Canada, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Montenegro, Rumania, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States.

He has worked with soloists such as Alena Baeva, Yuri Bashmet, Ksenia Bashmet, Khatia Buniatishvili, Gautier Capuçon, Alexander Chaushian, Gianluca Cascioli, Corey Cerovsek, Barbara Hendricks, Cyprien Katsaris, Denis Matsuev, Alexander Melnikov, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Anna Samuil, Isabelle van Keulen, Pavel Vernikov.

He is permanent guest conductor of the "Novaya Rossiya" State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, since 2004. He conducted with them at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Grand Hall works such as Mahler's Symphonies no. 1 and 5, Verdi's Requiem or Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra". A CD of the live recording of Igor Raykhelon's Viola Concerto with Yuri Bashmet and this orchestra will be published in September 2011 by Toccata Classics.

In Switzerland, his country of residence and second citizenship, he had his debut in 2010 with "Orchestre de Chambre de Genève" and "Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne".

Since 2009 he conducts a staged production of "Histoire du Soldat", with soloists from the "Suisse Romande" and Verbier orchestras. A new tour is planned in 2012.

Following a successful tour of concerts with Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott in December 2010, a number of new appearances with them are planned in the future.

His performance of the Dies Irae from Verdi's Requiem has been watched and commented by more than one million people on YouTube.

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