The Hopkins Center for the Arts today announced that Filippo Ciabatti, who has served this year as guest conductor of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, will be the DSO’s new director.
“I couldn’t be more delighted in appointing Filippo Ciabatti as our DSO conductor,” said Hop Interim Director Marga Rahmann. “He has brought extraordinary energy and musicianship to the symphony, and I greatly appreciated his steadfast, approachable demeanor during a very competitive national search. On a personal note, he has the warmest but most incisive sense of humor, which I believe our students and audiences will grow to enjoy even more in the coming years. This is a wonderful conclusion to our search process.”
Said Ciabatti, “I am pleased and honored to have the opportunity to continue making music with the Dartmouth Symphony. The members of the orchestra have done excellent work this year and I am eager to continue the journey with them in coming years. I am very grateful for the commitment, intelligence and response of the students and for the support of the faculty, staff, administration, and community. I am filled with enthusiasm for the future.”
Ciabatti succeeds Anthony Princiotti, who left the DSO directorship last summer.
Ciabatti is a native of Florence, Italy, and holds degrees in orchestral conducting, choral conducting and piano performance from institutions in Italy and the US. A 2015 Opera North Young Artist (assistant conductor, pianist), he will make his debut as guest conductor this summer in ON’s production of Tosca. He will also serve this summer as the assistant music director and vocal coach for the Opera Academy at the Scuola Italia per Giovani Cantanti Lirici in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy.
Ciabatti was the guest conductor for all three DSO concerts this year, leading the ensemble in a program of Verdi, Mozart and Tchaikovsky in fall; Mendelssohn, Elgar and Respighi in winter; and Strauss, Sibelius and Beethoven—his Ninth Symphony, with singers from the Dartmouth College Glee Club and the Handel Society of Dartmouth College joining in—in spring.
Meanwhile, Ciabatti also has been completing his doctoral degree in orchestral conducting with Donald Schleicher at the University of Illinois.
Ciabatti’s experience as an opera conductor includes Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in February 2016 conducting for the Lyric Theatre at Illinois; the Universidad Central Symphony Orchestra in Bogota, Colombia, in May 2015, where he also taught masterclasses in orchestra and Italian opera; and Handel’s Rodrigo (2015) and Purcell’s King Arthur (2016) for La Nuova Aurora Opera (Illinois). As an orchestral conductor, he has guest-conducted many orchestras including the Sangamon Valley Symphony Orchestra, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Truman State Symphony Orchestra. He served as music director at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Champaign, IL.
Ciabatti has been a pianist and vocal coach at the Cherubini Conservatory, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Florence Opera Academy in Italy, and has performed with singers including Adriana Marfisi and Silvia Bossa. He has played for masterclasses of Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn, William Matteuzzi, Donald George and Isabel Leonard. He has studied with such prominent teachers as Mark Stringer, Michael Luig, David Effron and Lawrence Golan in conducting workshops in Europe and the US.