Massimiliano Murrali, Conductor, Coach
Massimiliano Murrali graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatory "L. Cherubini" in piano performance under tutelage of G. Sacchetti. A native from Florence, Italy, Mr. Murrali continued further studies in piano and vocal coaching at the Academy “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, and conducting under the guidance of Sergiu Celibidache and Piero Bellugi.
As coach/assistant conductor Mr. Murrali has worked in such prestigious opera houses as Teatro alla Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Palau de les Arts of Valencia, the Benjamin Britten Festival of Aldenburgh, the Teatro Lirico of Cagliari, Teatro Verdi of Pisa and the Grand Theatre of Shanghai, and assisted some of the world’s famous conductors including Mehta, Maazel, Muti, Nagano, Bartoletti, Gatti, Luisi, Bichkov, Bolton, Gavazzeni, Prêtre, Myung-Whun Chung, Frühbeck-de Burgos, Viotti, and Schneider. He has held the position of assistant chorus master at the Teatro alla Scala.
A frequent guest at opera houses and concert stages in Europe and Asia, Mr. Murrali has conducted Madama Butterfly in Fukuoka, Japan; Il signor Bruschino in Barga, Italy; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Wales, North Ireland and Italy; Norma with the BBC Ulster Orchestra; L’elisir d’amore with the Münchner Rundfunk Orchester; I due foscari with the Teatro Massimo of Palermo.
In concert he has conducted the Orchestra and the Chorus of Teatro Lirico of Cagliari, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, l'Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Concerto Koeln, gala with tenor Josepha Calleja at the Bad Kissingen Festival, opera galas with the young artists of the Teatro alla Scala Opera Studio, Liechtenstein Symphony Orchester, the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra in China, and the Ferenc Liszt Orchestra at the Esterhazy Festival in Austria.
At the invitation of Kent Nagano, Mr. Murrali conducted a concert with the winners of Operalia Competition at the Belcanto Festival in Knowlton, Canada, and the closing concert of the Reate Festival which was broadcasted by the Italian radio station Rai Uno.
As a recitalist, Mr. Murrali has performed in the most important international concert venues as the Grosser Saal in Salzburg, Staatsoper Köln in Cologne, National Theater in Munich, Salle Gaveau and Théâtre Châlet in Paris, Festival du Mentons in France, Savonlinna Festival in Finland, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Teatro della Pergola in Florence, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Macerata Festival, Festival ‘900 in Bologna and Trento, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Chicago, among others. He has also toured extensively in Japan and Korea with sopranos Sumi Jo and Eri Nakamura.
Mr. Murrali now resides in Munich, Germany, where he has conducted opera galas with the young artists of the Bavarian State Opera in Histoire du soldat and Mauricio Kagel’s Die Stücke der Windrose; Luciano Berio’s Folksongs with mezzosoprano Monica Bacelli and soloists of the Bavarian State Orchestra; Opera Gala with baritone Paolo Gavanelli at the Herkulessaal in Munich; Maria Stuarda at the Philharmonie.