“Principal Guest Conductor” of the “Orchestra G. Verdi” in Milano
"… one of the greatest conductors I have ever met!" -(Fabio Luisi on Gaetano d’Espinosa)
“... un debut explosif et fulgurant” (Le Monde)
Born in Palermo, Gaetano d’Espinosa studied piano, violin and composition in his hometown with Mihal Spinei and Turi Belfiore, and later with Salvatore Accardo in Milan.
Gaetano d’Espinosa served as Concertmaster at the Staatskapelle Dresden from 2001 until 2008 when he resigned, to focus on his conducting career, taking on the role of musical assistant of Fabio Luisi. He also premiered his First Concerto for violin under the baton of Christian Arming.
In 2010 d’Espinosa conducted “La Traviata” at the Semperoper Dresden to resounding acclaim and, as assistant to Fabio Luisi, he travelled to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan conducting performances of “La Boheme”.
This has been a sudden start of an unbelievable career that took him, in less than three years, to be invited by major orchestras and theatres: Kremerata Baltica, Opera de Lyon, Graz Oper, Prague Philharmonia, Poznan Philharmonic, Dresden Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra di Santa, Cecilia Roma, Orchestra Verdi di Milano, Orchestra del San Carlo di Napoli, Orchestra del Massimo di Palermo, Orchestra della Fenice di Venezia, Kammerorchest Berlin, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Japan Century Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera de Limoges, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de l’Ile de France, Symphonieorchester Basel, Bamberger Symphoniker.
In January 2012, at a short notice last call, he has been called by the Opera de Lyon to conduct Puccini’s “Trittico” replacing a sick maestro: this event has been received with greatest acclaim by international press, astonished for his command of both orchestra and stage:
“…Gaetano d’Espinosa opened up the sunny orchestral colors of the three Puccini operas…”
(The Financial Times)
“…and Puccini is a marvel, with the orchestra in a top form with d’Espinosa…” (klassik.com).
Recently Gaetano d’Espinosa has recorded with great success, a Haydn, Shostakovich, Ravel program with the Bamberger Symphoniker for the Bayerische Rundfunk.
In 2015 he held a residence of two months at Teatro la Fenice in Venice, conducting “La Traviata” and a new production of “Norma”.