Gaetano d'Espinosa

Gaetano d'Espinosa

Born in Palermo, Gaetano d'Espinosa enjoyed extensive training in violin (with Mihai Spinei and Salvatore Accardo), piano, composition (with Turi Belfiore) and philosophy in his home country, Italy.


He began his career as a musician as a violinist with the Orchestra da Camera Italiana and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, followed by an engagement with the Staatskapelle Dresden from 2001 to 2008, where he was concertmaster from 2003. During his time in Dresden as an orchestral musician, Gaetano d'Espinosa developed his long-cherished passion for conducting and was given the opportunity to assist Maestro Fabio Luisi, who became his mentor, in various productions. In 2008 he gave up his position in the orchestra to devote himself exclusively to conducting.


His most important debut as a conductor included the resumption of Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Saxon State Opera in Dresden in 2010. In 2012, Gaetano d'Espinosa was appointed first guest conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano "Giuseppe Verdi", one position which he held until 2017. At the Teatro "Carlo Felice" in Genoa, he directed performances of Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" in 2011, staged by Franco Zeffirelli, and in 2013 Verdi's "La Traviata". In 2011 he conducted Verdi's "Otello" at the Graz Opera, followed by Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda" in 2012.


He performs regularly with renowned Japanese orchestras, including the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo (2012, 2014,2019) Japan Century Orchestra in Osaka (2011, 2016, 2018) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra (2014). Invitations from Sinfonia Varsovia and Poznan Philharmonic complete his calendar, as does a successful collaboration with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino or the Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne.


Noteworthy among Gaetano d'Espinosa's productions is Bartók's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle" (Milan, 2015), as well as the semi-staged production of "Die Fledermaus" as part of the Milan Expo 2015.
As a conductor, Gaetano d'Espinosa also dedicates himself to works by contemporary composers. In his capacity as composer and soloist at the same time, he performed his own "Concerto for Violin" with the Staatskapelle Dresden under the direction of Christian Arming in 2005. His work "Andante für Dimitrij" for string orchestra has been performed several times since its premiere in 2014 performed in various orchestras.