Carlo Ponti (conductor)

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Carlo Ponti
Carlo Ponti, Jr.

Carlo Ponti, Jr. (born December 29, 1968[1]) is an Italian orchestral conductor working in USA. His parents are film producer Carlo Ponti, Sr. and Italian movie star Sophia Loren.


Ponti worked at the Conductor's Institute in Hartford, USA, under the direction of Harold Farberman from 1994 to 1996, worked with Mehli Mehta, Zubin Mehta and Andrey Boreyko in Los Angeles from 1997 to 1999 and furthered his studies at the Vienna Musikhochschule from 1999 to 2001 under Leopold Hager and Erwin Accel.[2]

He has guest conducted internationally, was the recipient of various awards for fostering the growth of young musical talent through music education and serves as associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra since 2000.[3] In 2013 he founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, an ensemble emphasizing music's educational value. [4]

Ponti has released two recordings with the Russian National Orchestra on the Pentatone label and his work has been profiled by NPR, NBC and Fox News, ABC News, CBS Insider, Dennis Miller, Leonard Lopate, Symphony Magazine and the Associated Press. His performances have also been broadcast on public radio stations across the United States by American Public Media's Performance Today and America's Music Festivals programs.

Maestro Carlo Ponti is married to violinist Andrea Meszaros. They have two children, both born in Geneva, Switzerland: Vittorio Leone Ponti (born April 2, 2007) and Beatrice Lara Ponti (born March 15, 2012).[5]

Orchestral ensembles conducted by Ponti[edit]

Listed alphabetically

Festival appearances[edit]

Listed alphabetically

  • Bratislava Spring Music Festival, Slovakia
  • Festival d'Echternach, France
  • Festival del Sole, United States
  • Festival de Villena, Spain
  • Festival Vancouver, Canada
  • Koln Musik Triennale, Germany
  • Lake Tahoe Music Festival, United States
  • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Italy
  • St.Petersburg Palaces Festival, Russia
  • Taichung Music Festival, Taiwan
  • Tuscan Sun Festival, Italy


  • 2006 : Premio Galileo Award for exceptional musical achievement.[6]
  • 2008 : Artistic Achievement Award from the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.[7]
  • 2009 : Spirit of Hope Award from the Childhelp Foundation for his acclaimed work with young musicians.[8]
  • 2011 : Lupa Di Roma Award (co-recipient) from the Roman City Council.[9]
  • 2014 : Premio Civitas, XVIII edition, Pozzuoli[10][11]


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