Italian maestra conducts Sofia Philharmonic

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Italian Maestra Gianna Fratta will conduct the Sofia Philharmonic during a concert on the Summer Stage in Sofia at 8pm on 8 July. The first concert of the national orchestra's summer programme will feature Italian film music by brilliant composers such as Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone. Dedicated to the 100th anniversary from the birth of legendary Italian film director Federico Fellini, the same list of works was performed to great success in November 2020, when Bulgaria Hall turned out to be too small for all the people who wanted to enjoy the soundtracks to classic films such as La Dolce Vita, Amarcord, The Cheetah, 8 1/2, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, etc.

Gianna Fratta is among the most renowned Italian conductors. She graduated the conservatory of music in Bari with honours, with piano, composition and conducting as her specialities. Later, she earned a diploma in conducting after attending classes at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

Fratta made her conducting debut in 1998 with Stravinsky's ballet Pulcinella. Since then, she has been making regular appearances with orchestras such as the Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera of Rome, the Royal Academy Orchestra of London, Orchestra della Fondazione Toscanini of Parma, Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti of Napoli, the Russian Symphony Orchestra and many others. She has shared the stage with some of the world's greatest musicians.

Fratta has conducted many of the most prominent works in the genres of symphony and opera. Her latest critically acclaimed work includes conducting performances of Verdi's Nabucco (directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi), Puccini's La fanciulla del West (directed by Renzo Giacchieri) and Puccini's Il trittico (The Triptych), the last of which won the award for best South Korean opera show in 2015.

In addition to her musical training, Gianna Fratta also has a law degree. She is a former visiting lecturer at the Sungshin University of Seoul (South Korea), she chairs the department of composition at the “U. Giordano” Music Conservatory of Foggia, and gives lectures and masterclasses at numerous universities around the world.

On 7 March 2009, she received the honour of Knight of the Italian Republic for her international career and achievements as a pianist and conductor.

Gianna Fratta was also recently appointed as artistic director of the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, one of the biggest and most prestigious orchestras in Italy.

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