Born in Milan, he studied piano and composition. He studied conducting at the Musikhochschule in Berlin and, for four years, he attended Sergiu Celibidache’s courses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He is an academician of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Doctor ‘Honoris Causa’ of the Eastern Michigan University.
He has been decorated with the highest title of the Italian Republic: “Cavaliere di Gran Croce” and with the “Brahms Medal”, one of the most important cultural decorations of Germany awarded by the Senate of Amburgo.
Within his career as a conductor it is worth mentioning that, until 2009, he was Artistic and Musical Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga. He has also been in charge of the artistic direction of renowned symphonic ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony (USA), the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway), the National Orchestra of Spain, the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Turin, among others. He is conductor emeritus of the Brno State Philharmonic (Janacék’s homeland) and of “I Pomeriggi musicali” of Milan.
He is currently finishing writing the book “A brief history of conducting”.