Giuseppe Stillitano

I think it's not you who chooses this path but that, somehow, the music chooses you, and you can't help but follow it.


by Cristina Fieraru
June 27, 2023
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This issue’s protagonist of the Conductors of the future rubric thinks that, sometimes, it is music that chooses you, and he couldn’t help but follow it. Keep reading his interview by Cristina Fieraru and discover the story of the young but promising conductor Giuseppe Stillitano.


Giuseppe Stillitano approached music at the age of 7 thanks to his mother. The choral training, always active since childhood, is combined with violin and singing studies at the Liceo Musicale in Cinquefrondi (RC). At the Conservatorio di Musica "Francesco Cilea" of Reggio Calabria, he obtained the Academic Diploma of I and II level in Piano with honors under the guidance of Maestro Roberto Giordano, and at the same institute he studied Composition with Maestro Massimo Donadello. In 2022, as a pupil of Maestro Donato Renzetti, he graduated from the Conducting Academy of Saluzzo (CU) in union with the Filarmonica del Teatro Regio of Torino. From 2021 he studies at the Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" of Milano in the conducting class of Maestro Daniele Agiman, in collaboration with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano. As Assistant conductor, he followed Maestro Francesco Di Mauro for the diptych Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci at the Teatro Antico in Taormina (August 2019); M° Donato Renzetti in Tosca at the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata (July 2022). Currently, he is Assistant to M° Gianluca Marcianò who he followed in the production of Manon Lescaut at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari (October 2022) and in the production of Tosca at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville (May 2023). He was a guest of the television studios of ReggioTV for the transmission "Il Salotto dell'Editore" and of the radio studios of RadioLibertà for the transmission "L'angolo della Musica Classica". Among the awards we remember two Scholarships for Culture (2007 and 2013), the Culture Award "Mick Bagalà" 2018, the Special Prize "Calabria-America" 2019, the "First Prize Marcello Abbado 2021". In 2019, Prof. Franco Gallo – former Minister of the Italian Republic – awarded him the title of "Patron of Culture". In 2021 he obtained the highest level of scholarship from the Vienna Opera Academy for the study and performance of Mozart's Opera Così fan tutte. In March 2023 he officially became Music Director of the Marble Foundation in Milan - Florence - Naples, an association whose purpose is the continuous research and promotion of deserving young artists. He has done English language internships at several universities in the United Kingdom, including Harcourt Hill College in Oxford, Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Sparsholt College in Winchester and Mackenzie School in Edinburgh.

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Dear Giuseppe, I would like to thank you for accepting my invitation and welcome you as the newest member of our charming Conductors of the Future family. The whole team and our readers look forward to getting to know you better and discovering your musical origins and plans as much as possible. First, I would […]

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