Alessandro d’Agostini was born in 1974 and started his musical studies when he was five. After graduating in piano, conducting and composition as well in computer music, he specialised with Giorgio Nottoli (composition for computer music) at Accademia Chigiana, Siena, and with Kostantin Bogino, Tchaikovsky Trio (piano and chamber music). He specialised subsequently in conducting under Piero Bellugi and Massimo de Bernart. He worked as well with Maestro de Bernart as his last musical assistant during several operatic and concert productions.
In 2002 he made his operatic debut in Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell (production “As.Li.Co.”, Milan) at Teatro Comunale - Bologna, Teatro Sociale - Como, Teatro Ponchielli - Cremona, Teatro Fraschini - Pavia, Teatro Donizetti - Bergamo, Teatro Comunale - Modena. During the following years, he conducts
as well other “As.Li.Co.” productions: Gluck’s Orfeo e Euridice and Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore.
In 2003 he led the Symphonic Orchestra of the “Toscanini” Foundation, Parma, (at the SassuoloMusicaFestival) in the first modern performance of the “commedia per musica” Lo Matremmonio annascuso by the eighteen century neapolitan composer Leonardo Leo, on his own critical review and first modern edition.
As a matter of fact, he often combines his conducting activity with musical research, especially in the field of eighteen century opera: we might mention here his critical editions and first modern performances of Luigi Cherubini’s Ifigenia in Aulide and Leonardo Leo’s L’Olimpiade.
In 2004 he led the Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta “G.F.Malipiero” in Verdi’s Rigoletto at Teatro Fraschini, Pavia, and made his debut with Il Trovatore at Macerata Opera-Sferisterio and at Teatro Lirico, Cagliari, when he gained outstanding approvals both from the audience and the press.
In the field of symphonic music, he led such orchestras as Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino-Florence, Symphonic Orchestra of the “Toscanini” Foundation-Parma, “Toscanini” Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Lirico-Cagliari, “I Pomeriggi Musicali” Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica Veneta “G.F.Malipiero”, Italian Philharmonic Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Orchestra and the State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya”. We might mention the complete performances of Beethoven’s and Mendelssohn’s Symphonies (Firenze, Palazzo Pitti, 2000-2001) and of Haydn’s Oratorios Die Schöpfung (Firenze, Palazzo Pitti, 1999) e Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (Busseto, 2005).
In 2006, he conducted Verdi’s Falstaff at Teatro “Verdi”, Busseto, with a big personal success. He conducted as well Cilea’s L’Arlesiana at the SassuoloMusicaFestival and at Teatro delle Celebrazioni, Bologna: this opera opened the 2006 Opera Season of the Teatro Sociale, Mantova. He conducted Verdi’s Aida at the National Theatre of Tirana, Albania; in the same Theatre, he conducted as well Verdi’s Otello, with big personal success.
In 2008 he debuted at Teatro Comunale, Bologna, conducting the first modern performance of Leo’s L’Olimpiade, and led the Orchestra of Rome Opera House on the occasion of the closing event of Summer Season at Terme di Caracalla, conducting Adam’s Giselle, with the choreography by Carla Fracci. These performances were greeted enthusiastically from audiences and critics.
In 2009 he conducted a new performance of Rigoletto (with Jessica Pratt as Gilda) at Como-Città della Musica Festival and of Donizetti’s La Figlia del Reggimento (Teatro Sociale, Como; Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo; Teatro Ponchielli, Cremona; Teatro Grande, Brescia; Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna), with “I Pomeriggi Musicali” Orchestra (with Yolanda Auyanet and Gianluca Terranova), obtaining a new big personal success.
From 2011 to 2013 he was appointed as Principal Guest Conductor at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet: in this Opera House he conducted Tosca, Turandot, Attila, Aida (with Vladimir Galouzine as Radames), Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata (with Irina Lungu in the title role).
In 2010 he conducted as well L’Elisir d’amore at Teatro Lirico, Cagliari; in this Opera House he came back again for conducting Puccini’s Tosca (2015) and several symphonic performances (the last one, in the Symphonic Season 2016, performing Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Brahms’ Nänie and Schicksalslied).
In the same year he made his debut at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, conducting Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and debuted at Auditorium de Tenerife in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
In the last years he has been regularly invited at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino for several opera and ballet productions: Adam’s Giselle, Auber’s Fra’ Diavolo, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore (2016, with Laura Giordano and Juan Francisco Gatell), Rossini’s La Cenerentola; and for symphonic performances (e.g., the first edition of the “Summer Concert”, in 2016, with a classical program: Beethoven, Schubert and Weber).
In 2016 he conducted the “première” of the opera Notte per me luminosa by Marco Betta, at Teatro “Pavarotti”, Modena, and Teatro Chiabrera, Savona.
He is often invited as guest conductor in Russia, conducting concerts at the International House of Music, Moscow, and at the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with the State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya” and the Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Orchestra.
Upcoming events are: Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Zibo and Jinan Opera Houses, China; Orff’s Carmina Burana at Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory and other symphonic concerts at International House of Music, Moscow; Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Teatro Regio, Parma.