Italian conductor Massimo Gualtieri has developed a vast operatic and choral-symphonic repertoire with Italian and international orchestras.
As co-Musical Director of the Orchestra del Teatro Verdi, and the Summer Opera Season in Terni’s Roman Amphitheater, he has conducted Carmen, La Bohème, Tosca, Carmina Burana and symphonic and choral works.
Gualtieri has been Musical Director of the Orchestra da Camera Gli Archi di Roma (1988 – 1993), Orchestra dell’Accademia Briccialdi (1986 – 1993), Orchestra Sinfonica delle Marche (1994 – 1996), and Orchestra da Camera I Solisti Umbri (2002 – 2003).
As Guest Director, Gualtieri has conducted Italian and International orchestras, including Orchestra Sinfonica Marchigiana, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Craiova, Orchestra Filarmonica Nazionale di Timisoara, Orchestra Filarmonica Oltenia di Craiova, Orchestra Sinfonica Russa di Ihjevsk, Orchestra Filarmonica Nazionale Moldava, Orchestra Sinfonica di Bacau, Orchestra Filarmonica di Plovdiv, Orchestra da Camera dell’Accademia di Tirana, Orchestra dell’Accademia statale di Plovdiv.
He also conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra at the Festival Internacional de Ushuaia.
From 1986 to 1993 he assisted Carlo Frajese and has served as Principal Conductor of the choral-symphonic concerts of the St Valentine’s Day Festivals of Terni. This annual event is held in honour of the patron Saint of Terni, protector of lovers across the world. In association with this Festival Valentiniano, he conducted the winners of the International Competition for Flute and Clarinet dedicated to Giulio Briccialdi, the celebrated virtuoso born in Terni, and reputed as the 18th century Paganini of the flute.
Gualtieri graduated in Piano and Choral Music and Choir and Orchestra Conducting at the Conservatories of Music in Terni, Bologna and L’Aquila. He is a professor for the Academic Courses and the choral and orchestral courses at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Briccialdi. He also is member of the Academic Council of the “Briccialdi”.
Educationally, his approach promotes development as well as musical and historical curiosity both in the students and in the public, through concerts and training courses. An enthusiast and almost ‘utopian dreamer’, Gualtieri is convinced that music is ‘for all’. With a passion for choral music dating back to the beginning of his studies, he has initiated since the 1980’s an extensive and involving socio-cultural dynamic of music appreciation in his city. This includes adults who have no formal preparation in music.
His eclecticism has also led to a close collaboration with Roberto Benigni and Nicola Piovani for the creation of music and music scenes in the film La vita è bella (Academy Award winner), Pinocchio, La Tigre e la neve. He has served as music consultant at the Cinecittà Studios of Papigno (Italy) working with various film productions: Tosca, e altre due (2002, directed by Giorgio Ferrara), Il servo ungherese (2003, directed by Massimo Piesco and Giorgio Molteni), La terra del ritorno (2003, directed by Jerry Ciccoritti), Mine ha ha – L’educazione fisica delle fanciulle (2004, directed by John Irvin).
Gualtieri has inherited from his teachers the most authentic tradition of the Italian operatic repertoire and has had among its teachers also Richard Zama, conductor and piano accompanist of Beniamino Gigli.