Music Director & Composer
SALVATORE DI VITTORIO
Born in Palermo, Italy, composer and conductor Salvatore Di Vittorio is heir to the Italian neo-classical orchestral tradition “following in the footsteps of Ottorino Respighi” – Luigi Verdi, Bologna Philharmonic Academy. Di Vittorio was commissioned in 2008 by Respighi’s great nieces Elsa and Gloria Pizzoli for the restoration of several early orchestral works, including the compositional completion of the first Violin Concerto. With his work as founding Music Director of Chamber Orchestra of New York, and acclaimed Naxos recordings, Di Vittorio has been recognized internationally as a leading scholar and interpreter of Respighi’s music.
Di Vittorio’s works have been performed by such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Teatro Alla Scala of Milan, and Teatro Massimo Opera of Palermo.
Di Vittorio is known for his lyrical orchestral poems which are inspired by classical antiquity and show connections to the Italian Renaissance/Baroque. Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia premiered Ode Corelliana in 2017, after a successful Venus and Adonis. “Venus was an orchestral song and a beautiful one.” – Philadelphia Inquirer. “Venus recalls Respighi, infused with Di Vittorio’s original imagination and ability to build musical architecture that ultimately fades, like Venus’s own loveliness…[influenced by] Bach and Ravel.” – Broad Street Review. In 2015, San Diego Symphony commissioned his orchestral Sea Fanfare “On a Theme of Monteverdi” for the centennial of Balboa Park at Copley Symphony Hall.
In 2012, Di Vittorio made his conducting debut with Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana at Teatro Politeama. Giornale di Sicilia praised the evening “From Pines of Rome to the Temples of Sicily”. La Repubblica acknowledged Di Vittorio’s “neo-classical works” as the third symphony “captures Respighi’s impressionism, with [influences of] Berlioz and Strauss.” Mayor Leoluca Orlando awarded Di Vittorio the Medal of Palermo for “the great importance of Di Vittorio as a promoter of Palermo around the world” – Il Moderatore.
Di Vittorio studied composition with Giampaolo Bracali (later, conducting) and Ludmila Ulehla at Manhattan School of Music, and philosophy at Columbia University. A protégé of Piero Bellugi (Florence), Di Vittorio’s works are published by Panastudio/Casa Ricordi (Universal Music), recorded on Naxos Records, and listed in Daniels’ Orchestral Music. With Villa d’Este a Tivoli in 2016, Di Vittorio became the first Italian composer during his lifetime to donate an autograph manuscript to The Morgan Library & Museum’s music archive – followed in 2019, by his completions of Respighi’s Violin Concerto and Tre Liriche.