ABOUT THE MUSIC DIRECTOR

 

GUEST CONDUCTOR/INTERIM MUSIC DIRECTOR

Stefano Flavoni

Stefano Flavoni is a young Italian-American conductor and pianist, splitting his formative years between New York and Rome. Beginning his piano studies at the age of three, Flavoni made his Carnegie Hall piano debut with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at the age of fourteen. He currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, and has worked alongside some of the leading musicians today, including Marek Janowski, Manfred Honeck, Simone Young, and Emanuel Ax. He has also recently appeared in recital at the Lakes Area Music Festival alongside several notable vocalists, including David Portillo and Dashon Burton. 

He has been described by Joshua Kosman in the San Francisco Chronicle as a conductor of “crisp tenderness”, and harpsichordist Davitt Moroney as a musician who “digests all new sounds he has heard and turns them into something different, something that is uniquely Stefano Flavoni and is stamped by a kind of hallmark of musical intensity.”

In his professional life, he has served as an accompanist for the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, assistant conductor for West Edge Opera and Berkeley Symphony, as well as making guest conducting appearances with the Meitar Ensemble, the Berlin Sinfonietta, and the Miami Music Festival Orchestra. Recently, he served as Music Director of “Abraham in Flames”, a 2019 opera by Niloufar Talebi and Aleksandra Vrebalov featuring the Young Women’s Choral Project of San Francisco and alumni of the San Francisco Opera Merola Program.

Flavoni has had the pleasure of participating in masterclasses with some of the world’s top artists, including Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre-Andre Valade, and Ian Bostridge.

An ardent advocate for inspiring music performance in the younger generations, Maestro Flavoni has served on the faculty of San Francisco Conservatory of Music as Music Director of Pre-College Opera and Musical Theatre. Flavoni is also an artist-in-residence with the San Francisco Arts Education Project and formerly served as a research fellow in music and philosophy at the Zephyr Institute at Stanford University. He has also spoken on the topics of music, politics, and social justice in the 4D Mentor Talk Series with the Khadem Foundation.  

Maestro Flavoni’s mentors include Kent Nagano, Donato Cabrera, James Levine, Michael Morgan, Stuart Skelton, Christian Reif, and Peter Grunberg. He attended the University of California, Berkeley as a Regents and Chancellor’s Scholar on full academic scholarship, studying conducting under David Milnes and Marika Kuzma, harpsichord under Davitt Moroney, composition under Franck Bedrossian, and musicology under Richard Taruskin. While at Berkeley, he served as music director of the UC Berkeley Opera Ensemble, performing numerous scenes concerts, as well as a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, which won the 2015 Eisner Prize. He later went on to attend the University of Michigan.

Photos provided by Kim Hyunh (Senior Video Producer, San Francisco Symphony) and Jules Cisek