He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2014, he was invited by choreographer John Neumeier to conduct a new production of Neumeier’s Ballet The Little Mermaid, composed by Lera Auerbach, with the Hamburg Ballet Company at the Hamburg State Opera.
Luciano Di Martino made his highly successful debut in April 2012 at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, directing Mariusz Trelinsky’s stylized and powerful production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, a co-production with the Teatr Wielki Warszawa.
As guest conductor in 2012 of the Finale Concert of the TONALi Grand Prix in Hamburg, when he was appointed member of the advisory council of TONALi’s honorary committee, he directed Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with TONALi’s young award winner Alexey Stadler and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2010, Luciano Di Martino was invited by Valery Gergiev to join the Mariinsky Theatre during the Stars of the White Nights festival, during which he conducted a new production of Verdi’s Attila with Maria Guleghina and Ildar Abdrazakov. He has been a regular guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre ever since, conducting Aida, Don Carlo, I Pagliacci as well as La Sonnambula and Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah with the Mariinsky Theatre Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. He conducted Laurent Pelly’s new production of L’Elisir d’amore at the Mariinsky in 2011, with star soprano Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott, a co-roduction of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Opéra Bastille in Paris.
Di Martino was invited in 2008 by Simone Young of the Hamburg State Opera to conduct La Traviata. He has been a regular guest conductor there ever since.
Graduated from the Hamburg University of Music and Drama with a degree in orchestral conducting, Di Martino won a scholarship to Siena, where he attended international master classes given by Ilya Musin, Valery Gergiev and Myung-Whun-Chung.
Following his studies, he first worked as a freelance vocal coach, among others with Bernd Weikl, before becoming General Music Director of the Bulgarian State Opera Stara Zagora in 2000, a position he held until 2004. During this period, he was invited by soprano Ghena Dimitrova to work with her on several opera concerts for the Sofia National Opera.
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 Novosibirsk, where he successfully conducted numerous works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Mahler.
Other important stages in Di Martino’s career were conducting Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci at the Tilles Center of the Arts in New York,Tosca at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam and Royal Theatre in The Hague, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Il Trovatore at the Lisbon Coliseum, Otello and Tosca at the Novosibirsk Opera Theatre, La Bohème at the New Brunswick Theatre, Rigoletto at the Worcester Music Festival, La Traviata and Carmina Burana at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Madama Butterfly at the Theatre Lübeck and Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute at the State Theatre Nuremberg.
As an Interpreter of Contemporary Music, he conducted works from Maximilian Kreuz, Christos Samaras, Alexander Tekeliev, Fulvio Delli Pizzi.
Since 2005, Di Martino has been a permanent guest conductor of the FM-Classic Radio Symphony Orchestra in Sofia. His live television broadcasts include gala concerts with such distinguished singers as Kammersängerin Anna Tomowa-Sintow as well as symphony concerts with star solists Pepe Romero, Leticia Morena, Uto Ughi and Maxim Vengerov.
Currently artistic director of the Bulgarian State Opera and Philharmonic Society in Plovdiv, Europe’s capital of culture in 2019, Luciano Di Martino continues his guest engagesments in Italy, Germany and Russia.
Updated in July 2015