Valentina Peleggi

2015 Fellow

  • Resident Conductor, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal Conductor, Sao Paulo Symphonic Choir

Italian conductor Valentina Peleggi  was recently appointed Resident Conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphonic Choir. These appointments came after serving a highly successful term as Assistant Conductor of this same orchestra during which she was awarded the APCA Prisze as the best conductor of the year by the Paultistan Society of Art Critics in 2016.

The first Italian woman to enter the PG international program of orchestra conducting at the Royal Academy of Music of London, Valentina graduated with distinction and was awarded the DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. She had the opportunity to assist the productions of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Semyon Bychkov, Christian Thielemann and to further her studies with David Zinman at the Tonhalle, in Zurich. She holds a Master in Conducting from the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome with honours. She was twice offered the Diploma di Merito in 2011 and 2012 from the Accademia Chigiana and in 2013 she received the Diploma d’Onore as the Chigiana’s highest award.

Valentina has passionately dedicated to Italian operas from belcanto to Verdi working with Bruno Campanella and Gianluigi Gelmetti at Teatro Regio di Torino, Opera Bastille Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro San Carlo. She worked with the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI for a live worldwide broadcast production of Rossini’s Cenerentola, and a DVD recording for RAI – RADA Film.

She has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Trieste and in 2017 she made her debut with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, working with Boris Belkin, Yuri Bashmet and Baiba Skribe. Next engagements in 2017 will include the debut with the Concertgebow Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Valentina holds beautiful, nurturing and very strong connections with the orchestras and the choirs with which she works.  For ten years, from 2005 to 2015 Valentina was the principal conductor and music director of the Coro Universitario di Firenze, receiving in 2011 a special award from the Government (Ministero dei Beni Culturali). Now she holds the position of Honorary Conductor as a recognition of her devotion and results under her tenure. She graduated cum laude in Comparative Literatures with a thesis about the relations between music and poetry in the 50s, which was awarded the prize for the Centenary of the Lyceum Club under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.

Valentina Peleggi is the winner of the 2014 Conducting Prize at the Festival International de Inverno Campos do Jordão and the Bruno Walter Foundation Scholarship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music – California.