Andrea Solinas

The podium inspires fear but simultaneously conveys trust and respect; it always depends on your degree of preparation and level of experience.

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by Cristina Fieraru
March 20, 2023
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INTRODUCTION

One of the most exciting Italian conductors of his generation, Andrea Solinas talked with Cristina Fieraru about the beginning of his career, about the point where he finds himself right now on the way to conquering the most important podiums of the world and last, but not least, about his plans & dreams. “Being a musician, whether or not vou become a conductor, implies full acceptance of the condition of eternal ‘researcher’”, says Andrea in this interview, willingly sharing his experiences with us. We are looking forward to introducing the charming Andrea to you! Enjoy reading!

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Sassari in 1985, Andrea Solinas is one of the rising stars of his generation. Finalist of the 4th BMI International Conducting Competition in Romania in July 2022 and winner of the Special Prize of the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, Solinas graduated from the Conservatory in his hometown at 21 with top marks and honours as a pianist. He approached the study of orchestra conducting at 22, simultaneously attending the composition course at the same institution. In 2012, he continued his preparation with a Master’s degree at the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory in Milan, under the guidance of Vittorio Parisi, graduating with top marks.

As a pianist, Solinas was admitted to the Pinerolo Academy of Music masterclasses and at the Fiesole School of Music, continuing his studies under the guidance of great pianists such as Enrico Stellini, Pietro de Maria and Andrea Lucchesini, pursuing a solo career both in Italy and abroad.
Starting an intense collaboration with opera singers, Solinas worked as a substitute maestro in theatres such as the “de Carolis” concert hall in Sassari, the “Vittorio Emanuele” Theatre in Messina, the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, and the Arena di Verona among the most important.

In 2014, Solinas had his debut conducting Mozart’s Davide Penitente in Sassari at the “L. Canepa” Conservatory and “Santa Cecilia” Polyphonic Association of Sassari, where he was appointed Artistic Director between 2015-2017. From that moment on, the maestro has worked with the orchestras of Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, the orchestra of the “De Carolis” concert institution, the orchestra of the Milan Conservatory, the Benevento Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra of the Puccini Festival, the orchestra of the Serbian National Theatre, the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra, the Samsun Opera House Orchestra, the Antalia Opera House Orchestra, the Ankara Opera House Orchestra, the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Sinfonieorchester and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra in Budapest.

In June 2017, he was assigned Stage Music Director of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago and at the “De Carolis” Concert Society in Sassari.

In the last national symphonic opera seasons, he has assisted important conductors such as Bruno Nicoli, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Jordi Bernacer, Riccardo Frizza and John Axelrod. Since 2018 he has been working alongside Maestro Gianluca Marcianò, resulting in close collaboration at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad: in the same theatre, since June 2019, he holds the position of guest conductor, debuting in operas such as Rigoletto, Faust, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and Aida. In 2020, he went on tour in China with the Serbian National Opera Theatre Orchestra. In February of the same year, he signed a one-year contract as a conductor at the Samsun Opera House in Turkey. Since 2021 he has had a stable and continuous relationship as conductor at the prestigious Ankara Opera House, conducting titles such as Cavalleria rusticana, I Pagliacci, Un ballo in maschera and Tosca.

His most recent engagements include Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Teatro del Carmine in Tempio Pausania in collaboration with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in October 2022, Cavalleria rusticana, I Pagliacci and Tosca at the Ankara Opera Theater in November 2022, New Year Gala Concert with the CSO Presidential Symphonic Orchestra in Ankara, “Concerto di Natale” with the Orchestra dell’Ente in Sassari and L’Elisir d’amore at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in December 2022, Symphonic concert with the Orchestra of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari and Turandot at the Presidential Concert Hall in Ankara in January 2023.

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INTERVIEW

Hello, dear Andrea! Thank you for entering our charming musical family & allowing us to connect and get to know you better. It’s a pleasure! Let’s get started!When did you know that maybe becoming a conductor would fulfil your dreams & needs as a musician? There wasn’t an exact moment, and I think it all […]

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