Music Director of the Oviedo Philharmonic (OFIL) since 2011, Marzio Conti has earned recognition and the acclaim of audiences and critics for his achievements in guiding the growth of the orchestra to new artistic heights. He has earned numerous awards and has been named a juror for the arts prize of the prestigious Premios Asturias. He had a major critical success with recording of the complete symphonic works of Saint-Saens for Warner Classic. At the community level, Mr. Conti has earned praise for his special projects at local centers and for a joint project with the University of Oviedo to offer films with music, projects for families, musical projects related to sports and outdoor summer projects designed to spotlight historic parts of the city.
Since his arrival in Oviedo, the symphonic season of OFIL has established a standard of excellence for the musical world of Spain, presenting notable artists such as Midori, Krystian Zimerman, Gregory Kunde, Elīna Garanča, Eliso Virsaladze, Sabine Meyer, Cecilia Bartoli, Natalia Gutman, Rudolf Buchbinder, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Grigory Sokolov, and Bryn Terfel.
Mr. Conti has appeared as a guest conductor in Italy with the Rome Opera, Maggio Musicale of Florence, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Teatro Donizetti Bergamo, Teatro di Ravenna, Teatro di Bolzano, Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, Teatro Bellini Catania, Teatro Verdi Pisa, Teatro Comunale di Livorno, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Orchestra Haydn, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. In Spain, he has conducted Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orquesta de Tenerife, Orquestra de Extremadura, Orquestra de la Gran Canaria, Orquestra de las Baleares, Teatro Arriaga Bilbao, and Orquesta de Navarra. In Germany, he has conducted at the Dortmund Staatsoper, Saarbrücken Staatsoper, Dessau Stadtsoper, Mönchegladbach Stadtoper, and Brandenburger Symphoniker. In France, he has conducted the Orchestra Regional de Cannes e de la Cote d’Azur, Orchestre da La Picardie, Opera de Marseille, and Orchestre d’Avignon.
Formerly one of his generation’s leading exponents of the flute following a debut at the Salzburg Festival with I Soloisti Veneti at the age of 20, Marzio Conti performed with major orchestras and made numerous recordings through the middle 1990’s after which he devoted himself full-time to conducting.
From 1998 to 2002 he was principal conductor at the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese in Italy; from 2001 until 2004 he was music director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Turin; from 2003 until 2008 he was Music Director of the Teatro di Tradizione per l’Opera Italiana of Chieti; and from 2004 to 2010 he also served as Artistic Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo.
Since 2014 he collaborates as guest conductor and professor with Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington: this year he inaugurated the Opera season with Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, the Ballet Season with The Nutcracker and in April 2017 he conducted Petrushka. In January 2017 he conducted Rigoletto at Opera de Oviedo. In February 2018 he conducted Don Quichotte in Amsterdam with the prestigious Dutch National Ballet. In July 2017 he ended his music directorship of the Oviedo Filarmonia. The city, as an acknowledgment of the extraordinary work he had done, awarded him the Gold Medal of the Auditorium Prince Felipe.