Stefano Nigro has begun his music education at the age of 7. After obtaining his Bachelorâ€™s degree in piano with highest honours in 2013 at the “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatoire of Como, Stefano has undertaken his conducting studies with Damian Iorio and continued his training with a Master at the “ZĂĽrcher Hochschule der KĂĽnste” in Zurich under the guidance of Christof Brunner.
Stefano has participated in several Masterclasses led by internationally renowned conductors as Giuseppe Lanzetta (“Florence Conducting Masterclass“, Florence 2014), Colin Metters (“International Masterclass for Orchestral Conductors“, Vilnius 2015 and, again in 2015, “Colin Metters International Masterclass” at the “Yehudi Menuhin School“, London), Sian Edwards (“Advanced Conducting Courseâ€ť, St Andrews 2016), Johannes Schlaefli (“Allegra International Summer Academy Orchestral Conducting Masterclass“, Ruse 2016) and Matteo Beltrami (“Conducting Specialization in Operatic Repertoire“, Novara 2018-2019).Â
In September 2014, Stefano won the prize for the best student of the “Florence Conducting Masterclass” debuting as conductor at the age of 23 with the “Florentine Chamber Orchestra“. In 2015, he conducted the same orchestra accompanying the Italian trumpet virtuoso Gabriele Cassone, and in the same year, he made his debut in the season of “Toscana Classica“.
In 2014, Stefano worked as assistant of Damian Iorio for a production of the “Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana” at the RSI Auditorium in Lugano, and of Giuseppe Lanzetta in Florence for a production of the “Florentine Chamber Orchestra” together with Andreas Blau, first flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In November 2015, he attended as assistant to Christopher Franklin a production of Massenet’s Werther at the “Giuseppe Verdi Theatre” in Trieste. In March 2016, he worked a second time as Damian Iorio’s assistant at the “State Opera and Ballet Theatre” in Krasnoyarsk (Russia) for the staging of “Madama Butterfly“.
In May 2017, he was selected among 450 young conductors from all over the world as a finalist of the “55th International BesanĂ§on Competition for Young Conductors” (France).
At the “Sala Bianca” of “Teatro Sociale” in Como he conducted the “Orchestra Settembre Classico” in the concert “Chopin in concerto” (November 2018) in which he presented his original transcription for string orchestra of Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra, and after a few months in the concert â€śVienna al Socialeâ€ť (February 2019).
In September 2019 he will conduct a Gala at “Teatro Belloni” in Barlassina where he will perform famous arias and well known ouvertures of opera repertoire in a music arrangement he prepared for sinfonietta. He will be back in Como at “Sala Bianca” next November together with “Orchestra Settembre Classico” in the concert “Alla corte di Haydn” entirely dedicated to the Austrian composer.
In the beginning of 2020 he will continue his collaboration with “Orchestra Settembre Classico” presenting – together with the pianist Noemi Serrano – the programme “Mozart a Salisburgo“. In June 2020 he will conduct a concert at “Museo del Novecento” (Milan) dedicated to Italian composers of 20-21 century, promoted from NoMus Association together with SIMC (Italian Society of Contemporary Music). Â
Stefano has conducted “Johannes Palashko Chamber Orchestra of Palma de Mallorca“, “Florentine Chamber Orchestra“, “Orchestra Toscana Classica“, “Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra“, “Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra“, “Sofia Academy Symphony Orchestra“, “Arte Solidale Festival Orchestra” and “Orchestra Settembre Classico“.