Voted Conductor of the Year by the Paulistan Society of Critics of Arts and winner of the APCA Prize in 2016, Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi was appointed Resident Conductor of the OSESP Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Symphonic Choir in 2017.
Guest appearances in the past few months have included the Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra del Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Omaha Symphony and her debut with the Baltimore symphony, where she showed “abundant vitality and lyrical intensity” (Baltimore Sun). In South America this year she has conducted the Orquesta Sinfonica de Valdivia (Chile) and the Orquestra Filharmonica de Goias (Brazil). In June 2017 she was a participant in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s prestigious masterclasses under Daniele Gatti, streamed live to over 10,000 viewers. In 2018 she makes her debut in concerts with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and with the BBC Singers.
Ms Peleggi is passionately dedicated to Italian operas from bel canto to Verdi, and has assisted Bruno Campanella and Gianluigi Gelmetti at Teatro Regio di Torino, Opera Bastille Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro San Carlo.
Together with the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI she assisted at a live worldwide broadcast production of Rossini's Cenerentola, and a DVD recording for RAI - RADA Film. She has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich and the Orchestra della Toscana, and has collaborated with soloists such as Baiba Skride, Jan Liesecki, Alexander Melnikov, Boris Belkin and Yuri Bashmet.
Her duties with OSESP Orchestra in 2017 included 4 subscription programs (Haydn, Debussy, Schumann, Rimsky-Korsakov), special concerts (Beethoven 9, Tchaikovsky) and Sunday Morning concerts. As Principal Conductor of the OSESP choir, Ms Peleggi takes care of the artistic programming, leads the choir in subscriptions a cappella concerts (Part, Messiaen, Penderecki among others), and prepares the choir for symphonic repertoire ranging from Tristan und Isolde (concertante) conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong, to Bernstein’s Mass and Britten’s War Requiem with OSESP Music Director Marin Alsop.
The first Italian woman to enter the conducting programme at the Royal Academy of Music of London, she graduated with distinction and was awarded the DipRAM for an outstanding final concert, as well as numerous prizes along the way. She assisted Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Semyon Bychkov, Christian Thielemann and furthered her studies with David Zinman at the Zurich Tonhalle. She holds a Master in Conducting from the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome with honours, and in 2013 was awarded the Accademia Chigiana’s highest award.
Ms Peleggi nurtures strong connections with her fellow musicians. From 2005 to 2015 she was the Principal Conductor and Music Director of the University Choir in Florence, and remains their Honorary Conductor, receiving in 2011 a special award from the Government in recognition of her work there. She won the 2014 Conducting Prize at the Festival International de Inverno Campos do Jordão, received a Bruno Walter Foundation Scholarship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California, and the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship 2015-2017.
Peleggi shaped the score with abundant vitality and lyrical intensity, drawing a crackling response from the BSO.
Her enthusiasm was stunning. Her language with the ensemble portrayed the journey of the title characters with almost as much distinction as the interplay between the brass and strings.
Peleggi gave an excellent performance, effectively communicating its energetic and sparkling character… and yet also emphasising the more lyrical mood of the inner movements…a remarkable success.