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Paolo Paroni
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Hailed by music critics worldwide as …a true star of the global emerging music scene…”, “...genius baton...”, “...a splendid young maestro, (…) who conducts with a very expressive technique, clear and stirring gestures”, Paolo Paroni continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding Italian conductors of his generation.

Appointed Regular Guest Conductor of the New York City Ballet in 2014, Paolo Paroni has worked with orchestras and opera houses of international standing, including the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Capella Savaria Baroque Orchestra, the Pannon Philharmonic, the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Festival Orchestra, the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi of Trieste and the Big Band and Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio. Paroni has appeared in venues such as the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Müpa) in Budapest, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Stadt-Casino Concert Hall in Basel, Kodály Centre Concert Hall in Pécs, Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia, Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Radiokuturhaus of Vienna and Philharmonic Theater of Verona.

Paolo Paroni is both an enthusiastic advocate of historical performance and a committed supporter of new music. His repertoire ranges from Baroque masterpieces to cutting-edge contemporary works. Paroni has conducted over 70 premieres, several of which have been commercially recorded. He is renowned for his inventive programming and for projects that explore the common ground between different musical genres. In this capacity Paolo has collaborated closely with international artists from a variety of stylistic and cultural backgrounds, such as Stefan Milenkovich, Teresa Berganza, Mario Brunello, jazz musicians Kenny Wheeler and Enrico Rava, World Music figures, Rock instrumentalists and Middle Eastern musicians. The Swingle Singers described him as an “incredibly precise and clear conductor” (Berio, Sinfonia for Eight Voices and Orchestra) while the Altenberg Trio Wien portrayed him as “an outstanding musician, resolute and delicate, assertive and considerate, strong-minded and perceptive at the same time” (Beethoven, Triple Concerto).

Paolo Paroni was born in Italy, where he earned his degree in Composition and Organ. He completed his conducting studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he graduated cum laude. His conducting teachers include Gilberto Serembe and Uroš Lajovic. 


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“... ironclad preparation, strong personality and rare musical talent [...] under his direction, always elegant [...] the orchestra appears compact, in continual dynamic control and all together”.
(Il Gazzettino, Venice)

From the very first moment, I was sure I was listening to a very deep interpretation prepared with patience and imagination – two qualities that don't meet very often. In brief, I met a true Musician (with a capital M).      
Claus-Christian Schuster
Altenberg Trio Wien

What's unique about Paolo is that during the performance he becomes more than a conductor, he becomes a friend. This is a quality that one doesn’t see often but is one which puts any orchestra or soloist at ease. Performing great music becomes even more pleasant if there is a personal connection with the conductor. With Paolo, this is always the case.
Stefan Milenkovich
Violinist, U.S.A.

“…the (…) splendid young maestro, Paolo Paroni has presented the two works in all the beauty of their strong expression with a very expressive conducting technique and optimal response from the orchestra...”
(Vjesnik, Zagreb)

With his solid technique and innate musicality he brings together a rare combination of talents as a conductor. Rarely have I worked with conductors with such stylistic sensitivity who also have that something extra that turns a performance into a deeply spiritual experience.
Timothy Bentch, Tenor, U.S.A.

“The genial baton of maestro Paroni leads the orchestra to the realization of delicate dynamics and of strong, full orchestral tuttis that cannot help but involve and impress the listener [...] Dvorak’s Symphony no. 8 winds naturally through the most varied expressive intentions...”
(Il Giornale di Sondrio)

Paolo is a conductor with very precise and clear ideas and a very firm and expert hand. He. He is highly qualified, has got an inquiring mind and never lets himself get trapped by fixed, preconceived conventions.When you sing, you feel completely at ease and there is nothing to worry about. It is great to work with him.
Maria Zadori
Soprano, Honoured Artist of the Hungarian Republic, Budapest

“...cultured and extremely musical […] great talent and optimal education […] attentive to the gesture and expression, refined conductor and very effective in phrasing...
(Il Messaggero Veneto, Udine)

Paolo Paroni is a Conductor of outstanding talent and great communicative ability. He conveys his interpretative will faithful to music to you.
Bonaldo Giaiotti
Bass, Italy

“…[Paroni]…has allowed the public to listen to a live interpretation with real musical brio…”
(Slovenec, Lubiana

With great preparation, a vigorous and precise gesture, he charmed not only me, but all the players and singers, and the audience as well. I was very pleased with the confidence he conducted my compositions with: I can definitely say “yes, Paolo is a great conductor”.
Srecko Bradic
Composer, Professor at the Zagreb Musical Academy

“Paroni impresses [...] to Prokofiev’s First Symphony an instrumental lightness almost rapturous, in a lively game of dynamics [...]which added to the performance the appeal of an involving refined expression fully produced by all the sections of the orchestra, awarded by the public with prolonged applause.”
(Il Piccolo, Trieste)

Paolo Paroni, Principal Guest Conductor of Capella Savaria is an extremely well qualified musician, with a strong ascendancy, able to convey the message of the music with deep feelings... building both a professional and a human relationship with him is very easy.
Zsolt Kallo
Leader and Artistic Director of Capella Savaria, Szombathely

“Incredible success for Maestro Paroni and the orchestra prepared by him…”
(Uj Néplap, Budapest)

I remember being very impressed with his pleasant personality and his knowledge... contemporary music is very complex to perform and a lot depends on the conductor. Maestro Paroni led us with such great energy, which resulted in a performance of the highest quality.
Martina Zadro
Soprano, Zagreb

“Triumph of a young maestro […] the result couldn’t be other than excellent: vitality, charisma, [...] making Paroni a real star of the international young musicians’ world.”
(Il Gazzettino, Venice)

Since the first rehearsal, it was very clear that Paolo had a very personal, persuasive and mature vision of this work.  I quickly began to learn many new things about a piece which I've known and played for almost thirty years.
Claus-Christian Schuster
Altenberg Trio Wien

“...the Sofia Festival Orchestra has shown its flexibility and harmony. Certainly, a great part of the merit goes to maestro Paroni, whose attentive conducting style makes the minimum details of the score stand out...”
(The province of Sondrio)

Among the many young aspiring conductors I have seen in over ten years of teaching, Maestro Paolo Paroni is among the very few who deserves my sincerest, utmost esteem.
Gilberto Serembe
Conductor, Italy

“The whole ensemble was conducted with a sense of phraseology, excellent precision and clear and captivating gestures...”
(Il Messaggero, Udine)

Already from the very first performance, when with extraordinary skill and great enthusiasm he conducted the premiere of four works by two talented young Croatian composers, I realized that Mr Paroni is in possession of a marvellous conducting verve  and a very excellent technique: a real, creative artist.
Stanko Horvat
Composer, Professor at the Zagreb Music Academy

“...it stood out the admiral capacity to maintain the instrumentalists at an always high level of tension and continually stimulate them [...] and this with a gestuale language of clear, communicative force, and with the pertinent textual analysis and the sapid intuitive interpretation...”
(Il Gazzettino, Venice)

In the field of “Early Music” his personal and musical qualities were soon apparent: a charming personality, a lively imagination, a wide knowledge of the works he conducted and the different styles of performing them, a rigorous precision of execution. I believe he is fully acquainted with all the “tools of the trade”.
Laszlo Viragh, Musicologist
Director of the Hungarian Society for Early Music, Budapest

“With a well-defined and precise gesture, accurate in the entries as in the performing details and balance of each orchestral section […] in the Triple Concerto Paroni manages to obtain from the orchestra that softness of sound necessary to enfold the lyric bursts of the Altenberg Trio...”
(Il Piccolo, Trieste)

Singing Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn I again experienced that Paolo was a conductor who gave support and followed a singer. It is a tremendous quality that, I believe, only a great conductor possesses.
Martina Zadro
Soprano, Zagreb

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