Born in Morbegno in 1991, he graduated with honours in trombone at Como Conservatory in 2009. He then took a masters degree at Aosta Conservatory, graduating in 2014 with full honours again. As a trombonist, he has toured worldwide under the baton of famous conductors such as John Axelrod, Andrey Boreyko, Fabio Luisi and Riccardo Muti.
At the same time as starting his career as a trombonist, he began studies in conducting in 2010 with Ennio Nicotra. He also undertook tuition from John Axelrod, Massimiliano Caldi, Gilberto Serembe, Pietro Mianiti, Oleg Caetani and Antonio Eros Negri.
He began his conducting career in December 2011, on the lead of Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi, that he also founded. He has had new works dedicated to him by contemporary composers Piergiorgio Ratti, Antonio Eros Negri and Andrea Battistoni.
Lorenzo Passerini has also worked with classical opera; he conducted Don Pasquale in 2013, L’Elisir d’Amore in 2014, La Traviata in 2015, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Serva Padrona in 2016, La Sonnambula in 2017, Turandot and Rigoletto in 2018.
2016 saw his debut as guest director of ICO Orchestra Magna Grecia and Orchestra Regionale Filarmonia Veneta for the 28th Iris Adami Corradetti International Opera Competition.
In 2017 he conducted the Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra Fondazione Arena of Verona, Regional Tuscanian Orchestra, Romanian National Opera Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of Grosseto, Symphonic Orchestra of Sanremo, Orchestra CamerataVienna, Mexico State Orchestra and Milano Chamber Orchestra.
In January 2017 he assisted Oleg Caetani in his production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at Helsinki Opera Theatre.
Since 2015 he has been working with Nicola Luisotti in some of the most important European theatres, such as Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Real in Madrid and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan. In autumn 2018 he assisted Luisotti in the production of Puccini’s Turandot which went onstage at Teatro Real in Madrid unitl last 30th December.
In 2018 he conducted again Orchestra Fondazione Arena and he debuted with Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Bari Metropolitan Symphonic Orchestra and DITTO Orchestra during his Korean tournée with soprano Sumi Jo.
Most recently, he made his house debut at Teatro Regio Torino in Tosca. He conducted the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra in a concert with soprano Nadine Sierra at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ in the ‘Concerto all’Alba’ at Ravello Festival.
Lorenzo Passerini has been the artistic and musical director of Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi since its foundation. Since 2017 he has been the artistic director of the Symphonic Season at Teatro Sociale di Sondrio and musical director of Associazione culturale “Amici della musica di Sondalo”.
Future plans will see him at Warsaw National Opera in two productions: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (November 2019) and Luigi Cherubini’s Medèe (April 2020), at Teatro dell’Opera in Sassari in a gala concert with tenor Francesco Demuro (December 2019) and at Sydney Opera House in Charles Gounod’s Faust (January 2020).
photo: Maurizio Gusmeroli