B i o g r a p h y
A native of Florence, Italy, Filippo Ciabatti is the Music Director of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and Dartmouth’s Choral Ensembles at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College. He is also the Artistic Director of the Upper Valley Baroque professional choral and instrumental ensembles. He is the recipient of the 2020 American Prize in Conducting (college/university division).
He has appeared as a guest conductor with opera companies and orchestras including Opera North (NH), Lyric Theatre at Illinois, Aurora Festival Orchestra (Stockholm, Sweden), Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toscana dei Conservatori (Italy), ICM Orchestra, Universidad Central Orchestra (Bogota, Colombia), Concord Orchestra (MA). He served as cover conductor for the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine) and as chorus master and vocal coach for the Middlebury Opera (Vermont). In 2020, he has also conducted a project with Martha Graham Dance Company.
Artists with whom he has collaborated include violinist concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra David Kim, American opera star Nathan Gunn, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, pianist Sally Pinkas, flutist Luciano Tristaino, and mandolinist Carlo Aonzo. A passionate advocate for contemporary music and collaborations between musical genres, he has premiered a secular oratorio composed by the renowned jazz composer Taylor Ho Bynum and commissioned a cello concerto to composer Noah Luna, aired during the NPR show “From The Top”. In 2018 – 2019, he led the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra in an Italian tour in collaboration with the Orchestra Toscana dei Conservatori in prominent venues and festivals, including the Puccini Days in Lucca.
During the summer of 2018, he was invited to be a Conducting Fellow at the Aurora Music Festival in Stockholm, under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste. During the festival, he conducted Hannah Kendall’s 2017 composition, “The Spark Catchers”, in a concert that also featured legendary cellist Mischa Maisky in the Konserthuset Stockholm.
As a pianist and vocal coach, Mr. Ciabatti is on the faculty of Camerata de’ Bardi, the Young Artists Program of Teatro Grattacielo in New York City, and of the summer opera programs “Opera Viva!” in Verona (Italy) and “Scuola Italia per Giovani Cantanti Lirici” in Sant’Angelo in Vado (Italy). In 2021 -2022, he served as the Music Director of the Young Artists Program of Opera Middlebury. He has played for masterclasses of Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, William Matteuzzi, and Donald George. In Italy, he worked as vocal coach for the Cherubini Conservatory, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Florence Opera Academy.
Mr. Ciabatti holds degrees in piano, choral conducting, and orchestral conducting from Italy and the United States.