Riccardo Bisatti

Competitions are important in the training phase in order to test yourself, be stimulated by the judgment of the jury, and compare yourself with other musicians.


by Cristina Fieraru
April 14, 2023
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We are very proud to present you the Conductors of the Future protagonist of this issue, he is one of the young rising stars that Italy has offered to the great international music stage, the one and only Riccardo Bisatti.
In an interview by Cristina Fieraru, Riccardo revealed his thoughts on what a young aspiring conductor should know before approaching this path of conducting, his hobbies and routines before a performance, his way of approaching a new score and practice habits and last, but definitely not least, he also shared with us a short funny stage story.
Grab your wine and take this little journey through Riccardo’s life with us by reading the interview below!


Riccardo Bisatti, pianist and conductor, graduated in piano with top marks and cum laude from the Conservatorio “G. Cantelli” in Novara with Alessandro Commellato and Renato Principe, also specializing in fortepiano and harpsichord. He furthers his conducting studies at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan under the guidance of Daniele Agiman, after having studied with Matteo Beltrami in Novara. He has participated in numerous prestigious masterclasses, both in piano and conducting, held by Fabio Luisi, Maria Grazia Bellocchio, Alexei Lubimov, Daniele Agiman, Jeffrey Swann, Roberto Prosseda, Maurizio Baglini, Pietro De Maria, Emilia Fadini, Marc Bouchkov. He also received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein. Selected by Divertimento Ensemble, he had the occasion to work with composers Luca Mosca, Marco Di Bari, Stefano Gervasoni and Alessandro Solbiati. He is a member of Ulysses Network, a European circuit for the dissemination of contemporary music. Riccardo has taken part in numerous international competitions, winning several prizes: Prize of excellence at the VII Concours international de piano junior in Orléans, the Serbian National Theatre - Novi Sad Prize at the IX International Competition for Opera Conductors “Luigi Mancinelli” and the First Prize (Conducting Section) of the Italian “Prize of the Arts”. He has performed and conducted for important festivals and associations, including: Lille Piano Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Milano Classica, Piano City Milano (Museo del Teatro alla Scala), Fazioli Milan, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Festival Brin d’herbe Orléans, Istituto italiano di cultura di Oslo, Società dei concerti di Milano, Bologna Modern. His passion for chamber music has led him to play with important soloists of the Berliner Philarmoniker, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and the Staatskapelle Berlin. He founded the “Goldberg Piano Trio” with Anna Molinari (violin) and Lucia Molinari (cello) and the “Ensemble Iri da Iri”, with the aim of researching and performing the larger chamber music repertoire with a particular focus on the Italian 20th century. At 18, Riccardo made his conducting debut with Pergolesi’s La serva padrona. He subsequently conducted Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi’s La Traviata (Teatro Coccia Novara), P. Viardot’s Cendrillon (Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa Savona), A. Mannucci’s Kiki de Montparnasse (first Italian performance at the Novara Conservatoire). In 2021 he conducted Giovanni Sollima’s Acquaprofonda in an AsLiCo production which toured many cities (Como, Cremona, Reggio Emilia, Lugano, Milan,  Messina), winning the 2022 Abbiati Prize “Filippo Siebaneck”. In 2022, he conducted Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire in Novara and Milan and a production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola for AsLiCo OperaDomani in Como, Modena, Fermo, Ascoli Piceno and Fano.

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Dear Riccardo, it is a great pleasure to have you in our Conductors of the future rubric! We are thrilled to have the chance to get to know you better and to find out more about your path & your thoughts on the beautiful world of opera. Thank you for accepting my invitation! You graduated […]

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