English biography

Diego Ceretta is the Principal Conductor of the ORT-Orchestra della Toscana (Florence).

Born in 1996, Diego Ceretta graduated in violin at the age of 18 with top marks from the Milan Conservatoire. He studied Composition and graduated in Conducting at the age of 21 with top marks and honors under Daniele Agiman, also from the Milan Conservatoire. He attended the Conducting courses held by Gilberto Serembe at the Italian Conducting Academy and participated as a full student in the Conducting Masterclasses held by Luciano Acocella and Daniele Gatti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

He made his debut in December 2016 with the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra. He then conducted the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo in several concerts and tours (also with pianist Andrea Bacchetti), the Orchestra Sinfonica “Città di Grosseto” and the Ecomusic Big Band at Carnegie Hall in New York, conducting a world premiere of Girolamo Deraco. At the Milan Conservatoire, he conducted Federico Ghedini’s opera Billy Budd. In 2019, he made his debut in the Milano Classica Concert Season and at the MiTo Festival. He also conducted the premiere of Alberto Cara’s opera La notte di Natale in Savona and Modena. In 2020 he made his debut with the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and was the only Italian finalist at the “Guido Cantelli” Conducting Competition in Novara, winning the City Prize and an engagement at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad.

Assistant to Daniele Gatti at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome for the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s opera Julius Caesar, Diego Ceretta was then engaged in Cagliari for concerts with the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, in Pesaro with the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini and in Bolzano for a CD recording with the Orchestra Haydn (music by Rossini, Respighi and Mendelssohn). He also collaborated with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra for the performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Fabio Luisi. He then conducted La Sonnambula at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari; a series of concerts with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento as part of the Sacred Music Festival; concerts with the Krakow Philharmonic in Krakow and at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad; Il Matrimonio Segreto in Ancona; a new production of Macbeth (directed by Pierluigi Pizzi) for the Rete Lirica delle Marche in Ascoli Piceno, Fano and Fermo; a series of symphonic concerts in the season of the ORT-Orchestra della Toscana and with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in the main symphonic program of the Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Shostakovich and Dvorak); symphonic concerts with the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, the Orchestra of the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca; a gala concert at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro with a gala concert; Donizetti’s Zoraida di Granata at the Wexford Festival Opera; Paisiello’s Don Chisciotte with the Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

His upcoming engagements include: several concerts and productions with the ORT-Orchestra della Toscana, both in Tuscany and abroad; the debut at Teatro Comunale di Bologna with L’Elisir d’amore and the Teatro Regio di Parma with Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Future symphonic engagements include: debuts in the seasons of LaToscanini in Parma, Teatro Regio in Turin, Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona at Teatro Filarmonico, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana and Orchestre national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon.