Italian conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti (b1945).
He studied conducting with Franco Ferrara, Sergiu Celibidache and Hans Swarowsky. He first conducted an orchestra in Siena at age 16.
Gelmetti has served as principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (1989-1998) and of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (1990-1992). Gelmetti became chief conductor of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in 2001. In July 2006, he and the company announced that he would conclude his tenure with the Opera di Roma at the end of his contract, in 2008.
Gelmetti made his first guest-conducting appearance with the Sydney Symphony in 1994. He became chief conductor and artistic director of the orchestra in 2004, for an initial contract of 5 years. He has participated in conducting courses and masterclasses for young Australian conductors. In March 2006, the orchestra announced that Gelmetti would conclude his Sydney Symphony tenure at the end of his contract in December 2008, but would continue to work with the orchestra as a guest conductor.
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