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The conductor Eliseo Castrignanò was born in Lecce. He studied at I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, attended masterclasses at the Scuola di musica di Fiesole, and continued his education at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in courses led by Markus Lehtinen and Jorma Panula. He received his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the Umberto Giordano Conservatory, Foggia.

Castrignanò conducts a wide repertoire of orchestral works and opera from the Baroque to contemporary (including the Italian première of Michael Nyman’s Symphony No. 2) and has worked as a guest conductor with many orchestras across Italy, in Copenhagen, Helsinki and Athens.

Artists he has collaborated with include Roberto Cappello, Benedetto Lupo, Beatrice Rana, Paata Burchuladze, Salvatore Cordella, Raúl Giménez, Gregory Kunde, Bruno Praticò and Katia Ricciarelli. He is currently music director of the Orpheo Ensemble in Salento.

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