Carlo Ponti (conductor)

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Carlo Ponti
Carlo Ponti Jr. in 2008

Carlo Ponti Jr. (born 29 December 1968)[1] is an Italian orchestral conductor working in the United States. He is the son of late film producer Carlo Ponti Sr. and Italian movie star Sophia Loren and he is the older brother of film director Edoardo Ponti.


Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Ponti worked at the Conductor's Institute in Connecticut, under the direction of Harold Farberman from 1994–96, worked with Mehli Mehta, Zubin Mehta and Andrey Boreyko in Los Angeles from 1997 to 1999 and furthered his musical studies in Austria at the Vienna Musikhochschule from 1999 to 2001 under Leopold Hager and Erwin Acel.[2]

He has guest conducted internationally, was the recipient of various awards for fostering the growth of young musical talent through music education. Ponti has been associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra since 2000 and was music director and principal conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony from 2001-12.[2] In 2013 he founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, an ensemble emphasizing music's educational value of which he is artistic and music director. The Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra is currently performing its third concert season (2017-2018) at the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Ponti has released two recordings with the Russian National Orchestra on the Pentatone label and his work has been profiled by ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, PBS, Fox News, Leonard Lopate, Dennis Miller, 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.[citation needed]

Orchestral ensembles conducted by Carlo Ponti[edit]

Listed alphabetically

Festival appearances[edit]

Listed alphabetically

  • Bratislava Spring Music Festival, Slovakia
  • Festival d'Echternach, France
  • Festival Napa Valley, United States
  • Festival de Villena, Spain
  • Festival Vancouver, Canada
  • Koln Musik Triennale, Germany
  • Lake Tahoe Music Festival, United States
  • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Italy
  • Royal Days (Kiralyi Napok), Hungary
  • St.Petersburg Palaces Festival, Russia
  • Taichung Music Festival, Taiwan
  • Tuscan Sun Festival, Italy


  • 2006 : Premio Galileo Award for exceptional musical achievement.[4]
  • 2008 : Artistic Achievement Award from the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.[5]
  • 2009 : Spirit of Hope Award from the Childhelp Foundation for his acclaimed work with young musicians.[6]
  • 2011 : Lupa Di Roma Award (co-recipient) from the Roman City Council.[7]
  • 2014 : Premio Civitas, XVIII edition, Pozzuoli[8][9]



  1. ^ "Carlo Ponti - Filmweb". (in Polish). Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Carlo Ponti Homepage". Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, 2016". Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Virginia Waring International Piano Competition - News & Events". 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  6. ^ "California Childhelp Chapters". Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Tribute to Carlo Ponti". 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  8. ^ "Pozzuoli. Premio Civitas al maestro Carlo Ponti - #Napoli è su NapoliTime - Eventi, Cultura, Personaggi, Politica". Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  9. ^ "LOCATION: MACELLUM-TEMPIO DI SERAPIDE – Pagina 175 – Premio Civitas". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  11. ^ "Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade - Capriccio espagnol - Neapolitan Song: Carlo Ponti: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2016-08-02. 

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