principal guest conductor
Conductor, pianist and composer born in 1990. She graduated in Piano in 2010 at the Conservatory of Siena under M° Norberto Capelli and attended masterclasses of Pianistic Interpretation under M° Lucchesini, M° De Maria and M° Balzani. She graduated in Orchestra Conducting under M° Vittorio Parisi at the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan in 2015 achieving the score of 110/110 cum laude. She went further in her studies under M° Piero Bellugi in Florence, M° Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and M° John Axelrod, of whom she’s been assistant. She studied Composition under M° Gaetano Giani Luporini. Beatrice started her career as a répétiteur and vocal coach. She made her symphonic début in 2012. Up to now, she has led several orchestras both in Italy and abroad, including: the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, the Orchestra della Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, the Orchestra della Magna Grecia, the Orchestra Filarmonica Campana, the Orchestra Filarmonica di Lucca, the Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento, the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, the Orchestra of the Foundation Bulgaria Classic, the Orchestra and choir of the Teatro Bolshoij of Minsk, the National Philharmonic Orchestra Odessa. Over the years, she has worked on several renowned festivals, including the New European Festival of Stuttgart and the Bellagio and Lago di Como Festival. In 2014, she held the opening concert of the 50th edition of the Pontino Festival of contemporary music, and in May 2015, she worked at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence with M° John Axelrod, of whom she’s been assistant for the production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide”. She performed with the “Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti”, the former RAI orchestra of Naples, for the first time in November 2014: it was love at first sight from both sides. Many other concerts followed with the various ensembles of the Scarlatti Orchestra, and then in 2016 she was also appointed Principal Conductor of the “Orchestra Scarlatti Young”, established in 2015 in the heart of the senior orchestra. It was love at first sight again recently after she took part in the Aram Khachaturian Conducting Competition, in June 2016 in Yerevan. After the very first round she was approached by the artistic director of the orchestra, who offered to appoint her as Assistant Conductor of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra; Beatrice accepted. In summer 2016 she debuted at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago with Ferruccio Busoni’s opera, “Turandot”. In 2017 she debuted at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut and at the State Opera House of Georgia, furthermore with the Orchestra della Toscana, the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Classical Orchestra of Madeira. In 2018 the debut at the Sofia Opera and Ballet National Theatre and at the National Theatre Ivan Zajc in Rijeka, with Sofia Philharmonic, with the Japan Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, with the Orchestra Milano Classica, with the Belorusian State Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra and within the framework of the Lucca Classica Music Festival. Beatrice Venezi was on stage at the 63rd Puccini Festival in July 2017 to conduct “La Rondine” on its 100th anniversary, being appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Puccini Festival. In July 2018, in Lucca, the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini, on the open-air stage of the Lucca Summer Festival – one of the major festivals for pop and rock music in Italy – she created the Puccini Day, a concert for nearly 5000 people dedicated to the Maestro for his 160th anniversary, so to show that “classical rocks”. In 2019 she debuted in Argentina at the Teatro del Libertador San Martín with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba, in Canada at Casa Loma with the Toronto Concert Orchestra, at the Fondazione Pergolesi-Spontini in Jesi, with the New Japan Philharmonic at the Triphony Hall in Tokyo and she was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Milano Classica. She is always on the front lines to help young people discover classical music (she is also the Principal Conductor of the “Orchestra Scarlatti Young”), helping with initiatives in collaboration with key artists from different musical genres, for example her dialogue with Rocco Hunt at the MTV Digital Days. The social dimension of her music has an important message of open-mindedness and innovation. Thanks to her career in the world’s major theatres, including in very conservative countries where Beatrice was the first woman on the stage to receive admiration from the public in that role, she gained respect from her audience for her commitment towards eradicating all discrimination towards women. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious “Premio Donna 8 Marzo – La Musica per la Vita” prize [“Women’s Prize 8 March – Music for Life”] by the ASSAMI Association – Friends of the Conservatoire of Milan. In the same year she was selected, together with other world-famous Italian personalities, such as Eleonora Abbagnato and Carlo Cracco as defender of a vision so innovative it has been included in the Audi Innovative Thinking project, created to gather ideas and testimonials from modern-day pioneers. In 2016 she received the “Cupisti Prize” for talented young musicians, awarded to her by the Michelangelo Cupisti Cultural Association and the Puccini Festival Foundation. In May 2017 the historical Milano Lions Club awarded the “Scala d’Oro” to Beatrice Venezi for her great artistic skills and for her commitment for the spreading of musical culture into new generations. In September 2017 the Circolo Catalani in Lucca awarded the Maestro with the prestigious “Targa d’argento Luciana Pardini” , a prize which is given to the young talents of classical music. In 2018 she’s been awarded with “Ethic Award” by the Oscar Pomilio Blumm Foundation in Pescara, the International Prize “San Francesco and Chiara d’Assisi” and the National Prize “Gentile da Fabriano” – section Carlo Bo for Art and Culture. In 2019 she received the XXI Carta Artistica Universale award – Fondazione Marianna and the Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Foundation. She has recently been appointed member of the Consulta Femminile del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura – the Feminine Council of Cultural Affairs held by the Vatican – for the triennium 2019-2021. Corriere della Sera included her in the list of the 100 women of the year 2016 and in that of the 50 women of the year 2017 in the world who stood out for their professionalism and were revolutionary, resilient, nonconformist, forerunner, champion of creativity, femininity and innovative resources. In 2018, she was selected as one of the 100 Young People Under 30 to become leaders of the future by Forbes Italia. In May 2017, she acted as rapporteur of the TedTalk “Avanti, Maestro!” for TEDxBergamo. Warner Classics will release Beatrice’s first CD on Puccini’s symphonic repertoire in autumn 2019. UTET/DeAgostini published her first book “Allegro con fuoco” in April 2019.