Beatrice Venezi

Music can't be only about technique! We still need to get excited!


by Viviana Nebuloni
April 14, 2021


OPERA Charm Magazine is honoured to interview Beatrice Venezi, a renowned conductor, pianist, composer, and celebrated public figure. Despite a plethora of academic qualifications that has always aroused great admiration in the world of classical music and beyond, the persistent opinion that her professions must be of primarily male competence led her on several occasions to underline that setting differences in work and merit in 2021 is scandalous. And since music lovers and opera enthusiasts mainly read our magazine, we do not say it lightly when we state that the qualifications obtained by M. Venezi are undoubtedly a more than adequate response to those who still believe they must make distinctions between the male and female gender.


Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra della Toscana and Principal Conductor of Milano Classica Orchestra, Beatrice Venezi, has been a Women’s Council of the Pontifical Council for Culture member for the three years 2019-2021. She is among the few women in the world to conduct orchestras at an international level, from Japan to Belarus, from Portugal to Lebanon, from Canada to Argentina, and from the United States to Armenia. She has collaborated with internationally renowned performers such as Bruno Canino, Stefan Milenkovich, Valentina Lisitsa, Carla Fracci, and Andrea Bocelli and with prestigious orchestras such as Teatro La Fenice Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic. In 2021 she made her debut at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole, and she will make her debuts with the Orquesta Filarmónica del Teatro Colón, with OSESP, with Nagoya Philharmonic and at Opera Holland Park. She has won several awards in the music sector for her brilliant career, especially for her impressive artistic skills and commitment to spreading musical culture to younger generations - including the historic Scala d’Oro award, received in 2017, and the Leonia Award for Audacity, received in 2019. Corriere della Sera listed her among the 50 women of 2017, and in 2018 Forbes placed her among the 100 young leaders of the future under 30. The UTET / DeAgostini publishing house has published her “Allegro con fuoco” (April 2019), where she explains why everyone should fall in love with classical music, and “Le sorelle di Mozart” (November 2020), dedicated to brilliant and innovative female musicians forgotten from the official historiography of music. In 2019 she became a Warner Artist. In October 2019, her debut album “My Journey” for Warner Music was released worldwide, dedicated to symphonic pieces by Giacomo Puccini, recorded at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca with Orchestra della Toscana.

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Hello, Maestro! You graduated in piano under the guidance of M ° Norberto Capelli and later specialized with the Masters Lucchesini, De Maria and Balzani. You then joined Maestro Piero Bellugi’s conducting class and graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan with full marks cum laude under the guidance of Maestro Vittorio Parisi. Lastly, […]

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