Elisa Citterio - Music Director:

 
 
 
 
We are thrilled to announce that, following the extraordinary tenure of Jeanne Lamon, we are appointing Elisa Citterio to be Tafelmusik's new Music Director.
 
Elisa was the unanimous choice of both the orchestra and the search committee and immediately becomes Music Director Designate, assuming her role in July 2017. Elisa will take up full-time residence in Toronto with her family this summer and will open the 2017/18 season with a celebratory program at Koerner Hall.
 
Renowned for stunning virtuoso performances on baroque violin and for her innovative approach to period performance, Elisa has recorded and toured, often as concertmaster, with many renowned ensembles. These include Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, and Il Giardino Armonico, and she has collaborated with some of the foremost period instrumentalists of our time. Since 2000 she has been  concertmaster of the Accademia della Scala, and since 2004 has been a member of the orchestra of La Scala, Milan, working with conductors such as Daniele Gatti and Riccardo Muti. You can read more about her in the press release linked above.
 
Elisa comments on her appointment:
 
"It is with deep joy and excitement that I accept the position of Music Director of the extraordinary Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. I am incredibly honoured to take on this role, which gives me the privilege of working with such brilliant musicians. I look forward to meeting Tafelmusik's audiences in Toronto and on tour."
 
We'd like to thank you, as part of the Tafelmusik family, for your patience during what has been an exhaustive search process. The search has seen us working with musicians from Canada and across the globe and has been necessarily wide-ranging as we sought to find only the second-ever Music Director in Tafelmusik's 38-year history.
 
Elisa's next appearance with us will be from May 4th to 7th, when she will direct performances of Haydn Symphony No. 98, as part of a program which will culminate in Mozart's Mass in C Minor, directed by Ivars Taurins.
 
Elisa will then return to open the 2017/18 season, details of which will be announced on February 14th.
 
Thank you again for your support of Tafelmusik and for your keen interest in the Music Director search process. At the top of the this page you will find links to the full Media Release with further comments from Elisa, musicians, and members of the Search Committee, and you can also read a personal account on our blog from violinist Julia Wedman, looking at the process which has led to Elisa's appointment.
 
Sincerely,

Helen Polatajko
Board Chair
William Norris
Managing Director

Andy Kenins
Chair, Music Director Search Committee
John Abberger
Musician Member, Music Director Search Committee
 

Elisa Citterio, Music Director Designate. Photography: Monica Cordiviola
Biography
 
 
Elisa Citterio was born in Brescia, Italy, in 1975 and grew up in a musical family: her mother is a composer and her two sisters are professional musicians. Elisa began her piano studies at age five and from the age of fifteen, played baroque sonatas with her mother and sister. At sixteen she began her studies in violin and viola at the L. Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, where she was awarded full scholarships for five consecutive years, and from which she graduated with the highest honours. During her time at the Conservatory, she won many prizes in national competitions. She continued her post-graduate studies with Franco Gulli, Corrado Romano, Dora Schwarzberg, Matis Vaitsner, Ilya Grubert, and Dejan Bogdanovich.
 
In 2000, Citterio was selected as concertmaster and soloist with the orchestra of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, where she received intensive professional training in orchestral and chamber music repertoire, as well as violin technique. She made her debut at La Scala in 2000, playing the solo violin part in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with La Scala’s principal violist Danilo Rossi, under the direction of Stefano Ranzani.
 
Soon after graduating from the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, she began studying baroque violin technique, taking part in master classes with Enrico Onofri and studying with Chiara Banchini at the Schola Chantorum Basilensis, and with Luigi Mangiocavallo in Rome.
 
Between 2000 and 2004, Citterio won numerous prestigious orchestral auditions with such orchestras as I Virtuosi, the orchestra of the Opera of Rome, the orchestra of the Arena of Verona, and the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti. In 2004, she became a member of the Orchestra of La Scala di Milano.
 
Citterio’s discography of more than 35 recordings includes Vivaldi concertos with Accademia I Filarmonici; Bach and Vivaldi concertos with Europa Galante; Handel Fireworks with Zefiro; Storie di Napoli with Accordone; Vivaldi The Four Seasons with Brixia Musicalis; Marini sonatas for solo violin with Opera Prima; Handel arias featuring soprano Sandrine Piau, and Corelli concerti grossi, both with Accademia Bizantina; the Goldberg Project, a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations transcribed for string quartet; Handel arias featuring Julia Lezhnieva, and Haydn symphonies, both with Il Giardino Armonico; Monteverdi madrigals with La Venexiana; Schuster quartets with Joachim Quartet; C.P.E. Bach trio sonatas with Helianthus Ensemble; Beethoven’s "Eroica" Symphony with Orquestra del Monsalvat, and a number of opera recordings with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Edward Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Lorin Maazel, and Riccardo Muti.
 
In 2016, Elisa Citterio was appointed chair of baroque violin studies at the Conservatory of Verona. For the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, together with Stefano Montanari, she co-chaired the baroque violin studies program at the Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado.