Salvatore Di Vittorio

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Salvatore Di Vittorio (born 22 October 1967 in Palermo) is an Italian composer and conductor. He is Music Director and Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of New York. He has been recognized by Luigi Verdi (Philharmonic Academy of Bologna) as a "lyrical musical spirit, respectful of the ancient Italian tradition… an emerging leading interpreter of the music of Ottorino Respighi".[1]

Biography[edit]

He began music studies with his father Giuseppe in Italy, then studied composition with the late Ludmila Ulehla and Giampaolo Bracali at the Manhattan School of Music in the U.S., and conducting with Giampaolo Bracali, Francesco Carotenuto, and the late Piero Bellugi in Italy, who later praised his conducting style - "follows the tradition of the Italian schools."[2]

His program music, focused on the program symphony or symphonic poem, is most influenced by Hector Berlioz, Richard Strauss and "follows in the footsteps of Ottorino Respighi"[3] (Mark Greenfast, New Music Connoisseur). His has worked with orchestras in Orvieto, Palermo, Perugia, Florence, Rome, Danbury, Sofia, Brussels, Ghent, Worcester, Cairo, Brazil, Basel, Prague, Vienna, Quebec, San Jose, Philadelphia, Vancouver, London, and New York. He has written works for the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Teatro Massimo Opera Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and others. He has taught at Loyola School (New York City) and Adelphi University.

In 2007, Di Vittorio gained considerable attention with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, when he was invited by Elsa and Gloria Pizzoli (Respighi's great nieces) and Potito Pedarra (Respighi archive curator and cataloger) to edit, orchestrate and complete several early works of Respighi including the first Violin Concerto (of 1903), for publication with Edizioni Panastudio in Italy. He premiered and then recorded three of these critical editions, together with his own Overtura Respighiana and first two program symphonies, in 2010 with the Chamber Orchestra of New York for Naxos Records. The recordings were released in 2011.

Other notable restorations of historical interest include: Respighi's 1908 orchestration of Claudio Monteverdi's Lamento di Arianna (from the lost opera Arianna, 1608) edited in 2012, and Di Vittorio's completion of Respighi's orchestration of the Tre Liriche (Three Art Songs, 1913) edited for its centennial anniversary in 2013.

In November 2012, Di Vittorio gave the world premiere of his Sinfonia No. 3 "Templi di Sicilia" in his debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana at the Teatro Politeama in Palermo."[4] RAI featured him in an interview during the evening news. The program also included the European Premieres of Di Vittorio's Overtura Respighiana and Respighi's First Concerto per Violino (in La Maggiore). Both Giornale di Sicilia and La Repubblica published reviews about the concerts, acclaiming his neo-classical works."[5] Soon after, Di Vittorio was awarded the Medal of Palermo from Mayor Leoluca Orlando who "recognized the great importance of Di Vittorio's work as a promoter of the city of Palermo around the world."[6]

The world premieres of Di Vittorio's Fanfara del Mare “Su un Tema di Monteverdi” with the San Diego Symphony, commissioned for the centennial of Balboa Park and its Organ Pavilion at Copley Symphony Hall in 2015, and Venere e Adone for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in 2016 received much critical acclaim.

During the summer of 2016, Salvatore Di Vittorio reached a significant milestone when he became the first native Italian composer to be invited to donate an autograph manuscript of his work to The Morgan Library & Museum music archive. La Villa d'Este a Tivoli was composed in 2015 for the Morgan on the occasion of its exhibition City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics, June 2016.

Di Vittorio is published by Panastudio, under exclusive distributor Casa Ricordi in Italy.

He resides with his family in New York and Palermo.

Works[edit]

List of Compositions[7]

Orchestral[edit]

Transcriptions and revisions of orchestral music of Ottorino Respighi[edit]

  • Tre Liriche, per mezzo-sorprano e orchestra (1913/Orchestration Completed 2013)
  • Lamento di Arianna, per mezzo-sorprano e orchestra (1908/Edited 2012) [Monteverdi - Respighi]
  • Serenata, per piccola orchestra (1904/Edited 2012)
  • Suite in Sol Maggiore, per archi ed organo (1905/Edited 2011)
  • Suite per archi (1902/Revised 2010)
  • Aria per archi (1901/Transcribed 2010)
  • Concerto per Violino (in La Maggiore) (1903/Completed 2009)[Respighi - Di Vittorio]

Other Transcriptions and Orchestrations[edit]

Opera[edit]

Choral and vocal[edit]

  • Stabat Mater Speciosa, Per la Nativita', per coro (a cinque) e piccola orchestra (2012)
  • San Michele Arcangelo, per baritono, coro e orchestra da camera (Prologue from opera "Fausto") (2005)
  • Ave Maria, per coro femminile (1995/Revised 1998)
  • Magnificat, per coro misto (1995)

Chamber[edit]

  • Castelli, per piccolo ensemble (2014)
  • Sonata No. 2 "Reflections on a Nursery rhyme", per pianoforte (1996)
  • Sonata No. 1, per clarinetto (1995/Revised 1998)

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