RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS
- Verdi's Rigoletto, at Teatro Verdi di Padova and Bassano Opera Summer Festival Veneto;
- Cimarosa's Il Maestro di Cappella, with the Kraków Philharmonic;
- Concerts at the Teatro Verdi di Padova;
- Concerts at the Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet (Kyrghizistan);
- Concerts with the Orchestre de Nîmes.
The Italian conductor Nicola Simoni earned his degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Bologna National Conservatory and the Accademia Musicale Pescarese, with Donato Renzetti. He also earned a degree in Choral Conducting and Piano at the Adria National Conservatory, studied Composition and specialized in Orchestra and Choir Conducting with Filippo Maria Bressan, Piero Bellugi and Giancarlo Andretta. Nicola also earned a degree in Musical Pedagogy (Diplôme d’Etat de Professeur de Musique) at the CEFEDEM of Normandy, France.
Over the last few years Nicola Simoni has collaborated with the Seoul Proart Orchestra (South Korea), Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta, Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi, Bellagio Festival Orchestra Italy, Orchestre de Nîmes, choir and orchestra Anima Una of Minsk, Capella Sonorus Orchestra of Belarus, Filarmonia Krakowska (Poland), Armenian State Symphony Orchestra (Armenia), Almaty National Philharmonic Orchestra (Kazakistan) and Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Orchestra (Kirghizistan). In Russia: Ryazan Philharmonic Orchestra, Penza Regional Symphonic Orchestra, Voronezh Opera Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. In Ukraine: Kharkiv Opera, the INSO Symphonic Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra and Odessa Opera. In Romania, he conducted the Bucharest Symphonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca Opera. In Israel: Raanana Symphonette at Tel Aviv Opera and Haifa Auditorium.
In the vocal repertoire, Simoni conducted Carmina Burana (Teatro Verdi di Padova and Palazzo Ducale of Revere in Mantova); La Serva Padrona (Palazzo Zuckerman di Padova); La Traviata (Pyeongtaek Art Center and Jinju Art Center in South Korea); L’Elisir d’Amore, Rigoletto and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Teatro Verdi di Padova and Teatro di Bassano del Grappa); and Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Teatro Argentino de La Plata).
Invited by the Aznavour Foundation, Nicola Simoni starred the world premiere of «Aznavour Classique», a symphonic concert with arrangements about the Charles Aznavour’s songs.
Among his pedagogical activities, he is the artistic director of the International Lyric Academy of Padova - Circolo della Lirica di Padova, Italy; he went conferencist about 17th century Venetian choral music at the National Academy of Music of Minsk, Belarus, and has given choir masterclasses in Buenos Aires, at Gyeongsang National University and Iksan Musical High School, both in Korea. He’s won several competitions and has received many prizes including the scholarship from Bayreuther Festspiele 2012 and the Young Veneto Excellence Award 2013.