The Italo-German conductor Luciano Di Martino studied piano and conducting at the Hamburg University of Music and Drama with Prof. Klauspeter Seibel. As a scholarship recipient he attended numerous master classes in Siena with Ilya Musin, Valery Gergiev and Myung-Whun Chung, which he completed with distinction.
Following his studies, he first worked as a freelance vocal coach, among others for Bernd Weikl, before becoming General Music Director at the Bulgarian State Opera Stara Zagora in 2000, a position he held until 2004.
This was followed by regular guest engagements with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Latvian National Opera Riga, the Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Sofia, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana as well as with philharmonic orchestras in Hamburg, Nuremberg, Katowice, Macerata, Baden-Baden and from 1997 to 2007 in Novosibirsk, where he successfully directed numerous works by Stravinksy, Shostakovich and Mahler.
As a regular guest conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra FM-Classic in Sofia, Di Martino had the pleasure of working with such renowned artists as Kammersängerin Anna Tomowa-Sintow and Ghena Dimitrova as well as with Pepe Romero, Leticia Moreno, Anton Barakhovsky, Svetlin Roussev, Vesko Eshkenazi, Uto Ughi and Maxim Vengerov. His concerts are regularly transmitted by Bulgarian National Television.
He conducted a Boris Christoff jubilee concert in 2004 at the National Opera Sofia and dedicated a performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem there in memory of Ghena Dimitrova in 2006.
He had a very successful debut at the Hamburg State Opera in 2008 with Verdi’s “La Traviata” and he has since conducted here regularly.
At the invitation of Maestro Valery Gergiev, Luciano Di Martino conducted in 2010 during the “Stars of the White Nights” festival, the new production of Verdi’s “Attila”, with Maria Guleghina and Ildar Abdrazakov at the Mariinsky Theatre, where he has become a regular guest and has conducted there up until now Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci”, Bellini’s “La Sonnambula”, Mendelssohn’s “Elias” and the Verdi operas “Aida” and “Don Carlos”.
A special personal highlight for Luciano Di Martino was conducting Laurent Pelly’s new production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” in January 2011, with star soprano Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott at the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre, in a co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Parisian Opéra de Bastille, staged by guest director Christian Raeth.
In April 2012, Di Martino made an acclaimed debut with the Israel Symphony Orchestra at the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, conducting Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” in Mariusz Trelinksy’s highly praised new staging, a co-production with the Teatr Wielki Warszawa.
This was followed by his conducting Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at the Lübeck Theatre and in 2013, Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Nuremberg State Theatre.
Luciano Di Martino, who conducted the finale of the TONALI Grand Prix 2012 in the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, with the young prize winner Alexey Stadler and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, in a performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concert No. 1, was thereon appointed to the artistic advisory board of this prestigious Hamburg music competition.
In 2014, he was invited by choreographer and ballet director John Neumeier to conduct several performances of his ballet “The Little Mermaid”, composed by Lera Auerbach, at the Hamburg Opera.
Updated in July 2014