Andrea Gasperin - Biography

First prize at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade (NL) in 2013, winner of the “golden baton”, the only Italian in this competition’s history, thanks to this prize he conducted a series of concerts in Europe. Andrea already received a number of prizes leading several ensembles as well as in conducting competitions: second prize in 2012 at the Black Sea International Conducting Festival in Constanta (RO); in 2017 he won the fourth prize at the Opera conducting competition Concours International pour chefs d’orchestre d’opera at Opera Wallonie de Liège (BE); in 2018 he was ranked fourth at the European Conducting Competition in Sofia (BU), Bucharest Symphony Orchestra Competition (RO) and Concorso Internazionale “Nino Rota” in Matera (IT).

After his trumpet master at a very young age, Andrea started his career as a professional trumpet player; this led him to cooperate with several orchestras in Italy and abroad, as well as playing as a soloist, in chamber settings and within jazz ensembles.

During the same time, he started his conducting studies by getting a highly raked master degree at the ISEB in Trento (IT) in the class of Jan Cober, followed by studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (NL) with Jac van Steen and Kenneth Montgomery, as well as at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles (BE) where he graduated with “la plus grande distiction”.

While pursuing his conducting studies, he also studied composition and music methodology and he took part in a number of masterclasses with renowned conductors such as Jorma Panula, Clarke Rundell and George Hurst.

In 2011 he was an assistant conductor with the European Union Youth Orchestra and in 2012 he was principal conductor of the Orchestra Giovanile della Federazione Trentina (IT).

After winning the World Music Contest in The Netherlands, he cooperated with a number of Dutch orchestras such as the North Netherland Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Ciconia Consort, Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra for symphonic programs, operas and ballet.

Andrea Gasperin also worked with opera companies such as the Dutch National Opera Accademy, ReisOpera, Opera2day, Bolshoi Theater and others debuting titles like Mozart – Da Ponte trilogy, Madama Butterfly, La Rondine, Manon Lescaut, Boheme, Traviata, Falstaff, Carmen among others, as well as the world premiere of the All Rise! contemporary opera by Jan-Peter de Graaf. He has worked with singers such as Anna Netrebko, Ainhoa Arteta, Urska Arlic Gololicic, Yusif Eyvazov, Riccardo Massi and many others.

Andrea is also one of the founders of the Catchpenny Ensemble, a group formed in The Hague and specialized in contemporary music; his group has performed at several world premieres and took part in several international festivals.

He is currently involved in several projects: he is the artistic leader of the orchestra Brixiae Harmoniae, an ensemble devoted to classical and contemporary wind repertoire. As of 2015 he is the principal conductor of the Castelbuono Classica Festival Orchestra (IT), with which he has worked with international soloists such as Francesco Manara (Teatro alla Scala), Gilda Buttà (International pianist), Lorenzo Iosco (London Symphony Orchesstra) and Julien Hervé (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra).

In 2016, Andrea worked with the Bolshoi Theater of Moscow (RU), assisting conductor Jader Bignamini for Puccini’s Manon Lescaut production with Anna Netrebko in the title role and Yusif Eyvazov singing De Grieux.

In 2018 he made his successful debut on the podium of the Arena di Verona’s Orchestra and with the Orchestre Philharmonic Royal de Liége.

Andrea Gasperin is about to make his Asian debut on tour in China and, in January 2020, he will conduct a series of concerts with renowned tenor Juan Diego Florez presenting his last CD in Germany and Switzerland.