SALVATORE DI VITTORIO
Born in Italy, Salvatore Di Vittorio has achieved international recognition as both a composer and conductor. He gained considerable attention with his orchestration and completion of Respighi’s rediscovered First Violin Concerto (Naxos 8.573168) commissioned by Respighi’s great nieces and archive curator. In 2010, with the endorsement of the Comune di Bologna, the city of the composer’s birth, Di Vittorio and the noted musicologist Luigi Verdi founded the annual international Respighi Prize for composers and soloists. As a composer, Di Vittorio first came to attention when Italian chamber orchestras premièred his early compositions, often in programmes with Respighi’s music. The world première of his Symphony No. 3 ‘Templi di Sicilia’ with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in 2012 won critical praise in the Giornale di Sicilia and La Repubblica, and in an interview on RAI evening news. In recognition of his work in promoting his native Palermo around the world, he received the city medal from Mayor Leoluca Orlando. In 2015, the San Diego Symphony gave the world première of his orchestral Fanfara del Mare ‘Su un Tema di Monteverdi’, commissioned for the centennial of Balboa Park and the Organ Pavilion at Copley Symphony Hall. In 2016, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia premièred his Venere e Adone. “Di Vittorio’s Venus and Adonis was an orchestral song, and often a beautiful one, with a finale that felt like the sound track to an absent movie.” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Salvatore Di Vittorio’s works are published by Panastudio/Casa Ricordi (Universal Music), recorded on Naxos (Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2; Overtura Respighiana; Clarinet Sonata No. 1; Ave Maria), and listed in David Daniels’s catalogue Orchestral Music. With La Villa d’Este a Tivoli in 2016, Di Vittorio reached a significant milestone when he became the first composer to dedicate a work to The Morgan Library & Museum, and the first Italian composer during his lifetime to be invited to donate an autograph manuscript to the museum’s world-renowned music archive.
L’Etage Magazine interview with Salvatore Di Vittorio, Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of New York