Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli has conducted most of the major orchestras in Italy and across Europe, including the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
From 1984 to 2007, he was the principal conductor of the Mantua Chamber Orchestra. During his committed tenure, the orchestra was awarded the “Franco Abbiati” prize by Italy’s National Association of Music Critics in 1997, followed by numerous concert tours all over the world. In 2004, he completed a Beethoven cycle, including symphonies, concertos and some of the composer’s symphonic choral works. The innovative interpretation was critically acclaimed and praised by the audience, and it led to a three-year cycle of “Mozart Fest” from 2005 to 2007, dedicated to the Mozart’s sacred music.
Recently, Michelangeli has orchestrated Debussy’s songs, Proses Lyriques, and was published by BMG Ricordi.