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Paroni Paolo

Appointed Regular Guest Conductor of the New York City Ballet in 2014, Paolo Paroni has worked with orchestras and opera houses of international standing, including the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Capella Savaria Baroque Orchestra, the Pannon Philharmonic, the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Festival Orchestra and the Big Band and Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio. Paroni has appeared in venues such as the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Müpa) in Budapest, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Stadt-Casino Concert Hall in Basel, Kodály Centre Concert Hall in Pécs, Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Radiokuturhaus of Vienna, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza and Philharmonic Theater of Verona.

Paolo Paroni is both an enthusiastic advocate of historical performance and a committed supporter of new music. His repertoire ranges from Baroque masterpieces to cutting-edge contemporary works. Paroni has conducted over 70 premieres, several of which have been commercially recorded. He is renowned for his inventive programming and for projects that explore the common ground between different musical genres. In this capacity Paolo has collaborated closely with international artists from a variety of stylistic and cultural backgrounds, such as soloists Stefan Milenkovich, Teresa Berganza, Mario Brunello, jazz musicians Kenny Wheeler and Enrico Rava, some of the most prominent dancers from Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theaters, Royal Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, New York City Ballet, World Music figures, Rock instrumentalists and Middle Eastern musicians. The Swingle Singers described Paolo Paroni as an “incredibly precise and clear conductor” (Berio, Sinfonia for Eight Voices and Orchestra) while the Altenberg Trio Wien portrayed him as “an outstanding musician, resolute and delicate, assertive and considerate, strong-minded and perceptive at the same time” (Beethoven, Triple Concerto).

Paolo Paroni was born in Italy, where he earned his degree in Composition and Organ. 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.