Paolo Paroni, hailed by European critics as “…a true star of the international emerging music scene…”, “...a learned, cultured and extremely musical conductor...”, “...genius baton...”, “...a splendid young maestro, (…) who conducts with a very expressive technique and clear and stirring gestures…”, Paolo Paroni continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding Italian conductors of his generation.
A conductor of exceptional versatility, Paolo is equally at home in the concert hall and the opera house, with a repertoire ranging from historically-informed performance of music of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods to cutting-edge contemporary works and projects that explore common ground between different musical genres.
Principal Guest Conductor of the renowned Capella Savaria Baroque Orchestra from 2000 to 2006, Associate Conductor of the Friuli Venezia-Giulia Symphony Orchestra from 2005 to 2009, Permanent Guest Conductor of the FVG Mitteleuropa Orchestra from 2010, Paolo Paroni has worked with orchestras, opera houses and ballet companies of international distinction. In recent seasons, Paolo’s guest engagements have included the New York City Ballet, the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra (Zagreb), the Sofia Festival Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Sofia), the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi of Trieste, the Big Band and Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Zagreb, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (Ljubljana), at venues including David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Stadt-Casino Concert Hall in Basel, Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Lisinski Centar in Zagreb, Ljubljana Philharmonic Hall, Radiokuturhaus of Vienna, Philharmonic Theater of Verona, and the Teatro Olimpico of Rome.
This season Paroni will return to the New York City Ballet, the FVG Mitteleuropa Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Described by the Swingle Singers as an “incredibly precise and clear conductor” (Berio, Sinfonia for Eight Voices and Orchestra) and by the Altenberg Trio Wien as “an outstanding musician, resolute and delicate, assertive and considerate, strong-minded and perceptive at the same time” (Beethoven, Triple Concerto), Paolo Paroni has appeared on the stages of leading music festivals, including the Zagreb Music Biennale, the Music Weeks of Sofia, Musica e Poesia a S. Maurizio in Milan, Zemplen Festival (Hungary) and Mittelfest (Italy). Soloist collaborations include Stefan Milenkovich, the Altenberg Trio Wien, Teresa Berganza, Luciana D'Intino, Daniela Mazzucato, Bonaldo Giaiotti, to name a few.
Keen to promote and support new music, Paolo Paroni has conducted and recorded over 40 world and national premieres by emerging and established composers. Paolo is renowned for inventive programming, innovative collaborations and cross-cultural/cross-genre repertoire. In this capacity he has collaborated closely with international artists from a variety of stylistic and cultural backgrounds, such as jazz musicians Enrico Rava and Kenny Wheeler (premiere of his Oratorio I giorni dell'Uomo), singers Lena Chamamyan (Syria), Ghada Shbeir (Lebanon) and The Swingle Singers, World Music figures, Rock instrumentalists and Middle Eastern musicians. He is also devoted to rediscovering and performing forgotten music: he has recorded the world premiere of Paisiello's opera Lo Sposo Burlato (for Bongiovanni) and recorded for BNR (Bulgarian National Radio), RAI (Italian Radio-Television), ORF (Austrian Radio-Television), HRT (Croatian Radio-Television), Koper (Slovenian Radio-Television).
Paolo Paroni was born in Italy and attended the Udine Conservatory of Music, where he earned his degree in Organ and studied Composition under Daniele Zanettovich. Winner of several Organ, Composition and Choir Conducting competitions, he completed his conducting studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he graduated cum laude. His conducting teachers include Gilberto Serembe and Uroš Lajovic.