Nil Venditti was awarded First Prize at the national Premio Claudio Abbado for Young Musicians in 2015 at the age of twenty. She also was awarded one of the top prizes and the orchestra-prize at the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest with the Orchestra Filarmonica George Enescu in 2017.
Whilst working on her Masters Degree in conducting at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zürich under the guidance of Johannes Schlaefli, Nil is enjoying an increasingly busy schedule as a guest conductor with a variety of orchestras including Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Regio di Torino and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra,which has immediately invited her back to collaborate in May, June and September 2019. She has participated in festivals such as Reate Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and Pärnu Music Festival. Upcoming projects include debuts with the Orchestra Regionale della Toscana and Winterthur Symphony Orchestra, as well as return invitations to the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Bilkent Symphony in Bodrum.
Next season, she makes her Camerata Salzburg debut conducting Fazil Say in works by the pianist/composer himself, who is also very supportive of her career development.
Currently, Nil has a strong affinity to the core classical repertoire of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. In the operatic field, she recently conducted Mozart’s Cosìfan tutte at the Theater Meiningen.
She is also a passionate advocate for establishing a relationship with the audience through their own involvement in the performance: she has championed Nicola Campogrande’s Concerto for Public and Orchestra, commissioned by the Philharmonie de Paris. She conducted the work for an open-air audience of 2,000 people in Matera, Italy, in 2016, and will conduct it again with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2019.
Former principal cello of the Santa Cecilia Youth Orchestra in Rome, Nil has been taught and mentored by Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Leonid Grin, Bernard Haitink, Donato Renzetti, Jonathan Stockhammer and others. She has been selected to participate in the Gstaad Conducting Academy under the guidance of Manfred Honeck in Summer 2019.
“Nil Venditti, female conductor from Italy, seemed to be the most prominent among the students. Her music making was full of lively Italian energy and a burning desire to make music, all the while her hands were firm and clear. She was also chosen as the only conductor of the Järvi Academy to open the second half of the Academy gala concert conducted by Paavo Järvi. In the hands of the Italiana, the work Musica profana for string orchestra by Lepo Sumera, composer rarely played in Estonia, sounded very convincing.”
“a special alchemy catalysed the audience, conquered by the very young baton of Nil Venditti, only 23, from Perugia, pure talent who captivated everyone with Rossini’s energy and the utter brio of his overtures from Il barbiere di Siviglia, Il turco in Italia and L’italiana in Algeri. Venditti conducted the first half from memory, in perfect synchrony with the large-screen images of an animated film by Gianini-Luzzati.”
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