Welcome Epiphany's New Music Director
Fr. Jack is pleased to announce the appointment of Epiphany Cathedral’s new Music Director, Mr. Raffaele Ponti. “I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to merge my professional career with my Catholic faith.” Ponti shared. “For me, this brings it full circle.”
Conductor Raffaele Ponti’s international reputation has heralded numerous awards for his artistic achievements both domestic and internationally. His formidable credentials include Artistic Director, Music Director and Conductor of Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonics, and collaborations with worldwide artists. As the Music Director of Epiphany Cathedral, he will oversee the entire music program.
Following is Mr. Raffaele Ponti’s complete bio, or please visit his personal website www.rponti.com. You may also contact him via email at Ponti@EpiphanyCathedral.org
Raffaele Livio Ponti
conductor | www.rponti.com
Conductor, Raffaele Livio Ponti is an artist of dynamic personality, charismatic performances, and superb musicianship. His trademark is the breadth of his vision, the clarity of his interpretation, and the rich beauty of his sound. The Chicago Courier News Writes, “Maestro Ponti brings an exhilarating energy level to center stage. It’s an electrifying swagger empowering and enabling him to pull music from light to darkness and back again. He is a rising star!”
Award winning Conductor Raffaele Ponti is the recipient of the 2014 Charlie Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, winner of the Mario Gusella International Conducting Competition in Pescara, Italy, the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Bernard Adelstein Award, the Sons of Italy Italian Musician of the Year, Harborstyle Magazine’s Best Performing Arts Group with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Florida Weekly’s Best Award with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and honored with a Proclamation, given by the Mayor and City Council Members of Punta Gorda, Florida.
Raffaele is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, in Kentucky and Music Director and Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, in Florida.
Recently Raffaele led the Buffalo Philharmonic and Erie Philharmonic with immediate return engagements. He is also the former Principal Conductor and Music Director and now Regular Guest Conductor of Italia Konzert Opera International in San Gimignano, Italy, Founding Director of Festival di Musica da Camera in Ripatransone, Italy, and continues to appear with other prominent orchestras around the United States and Europe including the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Sofia Symphony, Varna State Opera, Orchestra di Pescara, Austin Symphony, Siena Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Billings Symphony, Italia Konzert Opera, Utica Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Syracuse Symphony and repeated tours of Italy with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra, and Varna State Opera Orchestra, of Bulgaria.
Ponti has collaborated with world class artists like Glenn Dicterow, David Kim, Ilya Kaler, Fabio Bidini, Eugenia Zukerman, Terrence Wilson, David Halen, Michael Ludwig, Gary Levinson, Juana Zayas, Philippe Quint, Elena Urioste, Jeffrey Biegel, Robert Bonfiglio, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Marvin Stamm, Thomas Pandolfi, Allen Vizzutti, Ettore Nova, Ambra Vespasiani, Paola Romano, Vittorio Grigolo, Maurizio Graziani, Stefano Algieri, Mariana Paunova, Silvja dalla Benetta, Wilfredo Deglans, George Petean, Claudia Marchi, Salvador Carbo, Tatiana Lisnic, Carlos Almaguer, Patrizia Cigna, Michela Sburlati, Galina Kalinina, Mina Tasca, Stanislas Arraez, Alessandro Busi, Mauro Augustini.
Raffaele began his training on violin, piano and trumpet. At the age of 17, he began playing with the Rochester Philharmonic and at 19, with the Cleveland Orchestra. After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ponti went to Italy to study conducting in Siena, and later, in Rome with Giuseppe Sinopoli. Beginning as an opera conductor he had instant success conducting operas throughout Italy with productions of Aida, Il trovatore, La traviata, Carmen, La boheme, Tosca, Madama butterfly, Pagliacci and L’elisir d’amore.