Cantelli Orchestra was founded in Milan in 1992 by M° Alberto Veronesi
Starting from its debut concert at the Teatro Regio in Parma, it
exhibited at prestigious National and International Music Festivals.
was the Artistic and Musical Director of the Orchestra
over the first ten years of its activity. From February 2006 up to
April 2008 the Orchestra has been under the lead of M° Romolo
as Musical Director. M° Romolo
today remains the Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra.
Starting from May 2008, and up to the fall, 2009, the Musical Director
of the Cantelli Orchestra has been M° Ezio Rojatti. Starting from summer,
2014, the Musical Director is M° Alessandro
The Cantelli Orchestra held its own "Stagioni Sinfoniche" on a regular
basis at the Sala Verdi of Milan Conservatoire, at the Teatro Dal Verme
in Milan and also an annual Chamber Concert Series in the Sala Puccini
of the Milan Conservatoire.
In 1996 it completed a tour in the United States and was invited by
Conductor Claudio Abbado to the Salzburg Festival, a venue where the
Orchestra premiered a newly commissioned work by Luciano Berio.
The Orchestra held several concerts in venues such as the Basilica di
San Marco in Venice, the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, the Teatro
Bibiena in Mantova, the Sala Del Dolder in Zurich (CH), the Teatro
Carignano in Turin and the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence.
It also performed in Palermo, in Rome for the "Istituzione
Universitaria dei Concerti", in Schwamendingen, in Mentone for the
"Festival De Musique", in Gand for the Stadtkonzerte and in Salzburg
for the Schlosskonzerte at the Schloss Mirabell.
The Orchestra has accompanied famous soloists such as Salvatore
Accardo, Katia Ricciarelli, Dmitri Ashkenazy, Piere Amoyal, Aldo
Ciccolini, Michele Campanella, Massimo Quarta, Luisa Castellani, Bruno
Giuranna, François Joël Thiollier, Antony Pay, Bruno Canino, Jeffrey
Swann, Domenico Nordio, Carlo Chiarappa, Radovan Vlatkovic, Bruno
Leonardo Gelber, Stefan Milenkovic, Gabor Ötvös, Piero Toso, Anatol
Ugorsky, Manuel Barrueco, Emanuele Segre, Francesco Manara, Dejan
Bogdanovic, Paolo Restani, Michele Di Toro, Fabrizio Meloni, Gabriele
Screpis, Francesco Di Rosa, Luisa Prandina, Francesco Tamiati, Michael
Guttman and many others
Several composers dedicated their works to the Orchestra: Giacomo
Manzoni, Ennio Morricone, Ivan Fedele, Luciano Berio, Mauro Cardi, Aldo
Clementi, Adriano Guarnieri, Gabriele Manca and many others.
The Orchestra has recorded several CDs with Classical and Romantic
Repertoire, spacing from Čajkovskij Serenades to Dvořák "Italian
Symphony" and Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Salvatore Accardo as
Soloist, but also modern works such as Schönberg "Verklärte Nacht" and
Stravinskij "Apollon Musagete".
A much acclaimed recording of Salieri's Falstaff for the Chandos label
was awarded a prize at the Festival Discografico in Cannes.
The repertoire of the Cantelli Orchestra goes from the classic Authors
to the contemporary ones, with a number of musicians varying from 15 to
Since February, 2006, the Orchestra changed its legal status, with a
new foundation as an Association of Musicians (they were Laura
Magistrelli, Dmitri Chichlov, Claudio Giacomazzi, Francesco Quaranta
and Curt Schroeter).
On July, 2008, the Orchestra recorded a CD, with the first parts of
"Alla Scala" theatre, on unpublished music of F. S. Mercadante. The CD
has been published jointly with the number of December 2008 of the
On September, 2008, the Orchestra has been invited to the second
edition of the MiTo Settembremusica festival, to hold a concert on
music of George Gershwin; the Orchestra was also invited to the third
edition, on September, 2009.
On December, 2009, the Orchestra performed within the show "Ice
Christmas Gala", at the Mediolanum Forum in Assago, Milan, playing
during the show of the greatest ice skaters of the world. The show was
broadcast on television on Christmas' day afternoon, on Mediaset
network channel Italia1.
On September, 2010, the Orchestra has been invited to the fourth
edition of the MiTo Settembremusica festival, to hold three concerts
titled "The season of turkish style" (in Milan, Venaria Reale and Como)
on music of J. Lully, F. J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, G. Rossini, L. van
Beethoven and Giuseppe Donizetti.
On the evening of 1st of January, 2012, the Orchestra performed within
the show "Capodanno on Ice" ("New Year's Day on Ice"), at the Palavela,
Turin, playing during the show of the greatest champions of ice skating
of the world. The show was then broadcast on television on the same
night, on Mediaset network channel Italia1.
On September, 2012, the Orchestra has been invited to the sixth edition
of the MiTo Settembremusica festival, to hold one concert on music of
W. A. Mozart.
On October, 2012, the Orchestra has been awarded the national biennial
prize city of Novara "Umberto Barozzi" Sport and Art - ninth edition,
for the culture category.
On September, 2013, the Orchestra has been invited to the seventh
edition of the MiTo Settembremusica festival, to hold two concerts (in
Milan and in Turin) on music of P. Hindemith.
On November, 2014, the Orchestra has been invited to the Guido Cantelli
festival, to play a concert on music by Jean Sibelius, Richard Strauss
and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy at the Coccia Theatre in Novara.