Maestro Carlo Ponti is known for taking audiences of all ages on musical journeys of a unique interpretive depth.
He has worked at the Conductor’s Institute in Connecticut under Harold Farberman, Andrey Boreyko, Mehli Mehta and Zubin Mehta in Los Angeles, and furthered his musical studies in Austria at the Vienna Music Academy under Leopold Hager and Erwin Acel.
In 2006, Maestro Ponti was awarded Italy’s ‘Premio Galileo Award’ for exceptional musical achievement. In 2008, he was the recipient of the ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ from the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in the United States, and in 2009, the ‘Spirit of Hope Award’ from the Childhelp Foundation, for his contributions to the development and advancement of young musical talent throughout the world. In 2011, he was co-recipient of the ‘Lupa di Roma’ prize in Rome, and received the ‘Premio Civitas 2014’ award in Naples, Italy.
Ponti has been associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra since 2000, and served as music director and principal conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony from 2001 to 2012. In 2013, he founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra – an ensemble that emphasizes the educational value of music, which is currently performing its fourth concert season (2018-2019) in Los Angeles, California.
He has also appeared with: the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta de Valencia, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Coro e Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Malaga, the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, the Orchestra della Repubblica di San Marino, the Orchestra della Magna Grecia, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, the Samara Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chorus and Orchestra of the State Opera of Georgia, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Strings, the Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Napa Valley Symphony, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Festival Orchestra NAPA, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, the Cape Town Youth Philharmonic, the Taurida Symphony Orchestra, the Pro Arte Orchestra, and the UCLA Philharmonia.
International festival engagements include: the Festival d’Echternach, the Festival Vancouver, the Taichung Music Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Bratislava Spring Music Festival, the St. Petersburg Palaces Music Festival, Hungary's Royal Days Festival, the Festival Internacional de Musica de Villena, Malaga’s Julio Musical, the Festival Napa Valley, the Tuscan Sun Festival, and the Köln Musik Triennale.
Celebrated as “a brilliant debut” (Audio and Record), Ponti’s recording with the Russian National Orchestra of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on Pentatone Classics quickly garnered critical acclaim. A second album with the RNO, featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” was hailed as “superb” (All Music) and “a work in which every little instrumental timbre has a meaning all its own” (Audio Video Club of Atlanta).
Ponti’s work has been profiled: on ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, PBS, Fox News, Leonard Lopate, Dennis Miller, Symphony Magazine and the Associated Press. His performances have also been featured on: American Public Media’s Performance Today, and America’s Music Festivals radio programs.