Renato Rivolta studied philosophy and music at the same time at the conservatory of music in Milan. He then went on to complete his post-graduate studies with Sandòr Vègh (chamber music, at the Salzburger Mozarteum), Franco Donatoni (composition) and Peter Eötvös (conducting). He performed as an orchestral musician for 14 years, playing in the best Italian orchestras, including the La Scala orchestra, the radio orchestra in Turin and the orchestra of Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He played with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Carlo Maria Giulini and Leonard Bernstein. After gaining this experience, Renato Rivolta decided to devote himself to conducting.
He is particularly interested in contemporary music. He has collaborated with Peter Eötvös since 1989, first as his student, then assistant. He has also worked together with Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, Markus Stenz, George Benjamin, Arturo Tamayo and Mark Foster.
He has conducted concerts of contemporary music at renowned festivals, including Ars Musica (Brussels), Time of Music (Vii-taasari, Finland), Wien Modern, Musica (Strasburg), Archipel (Geneva), Présences (Paris), at the BBC festival in Edinburgh and at the “Warsaw Autumn” festival in Poland. He has conducted concerts in the BBC series “Sounding the Century” and led such ensembles and orchestras as Ensemble InterContemporain (in 1996-98 he was the assistant of the ensemble’s artistic director), Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, 2e2m, Nieuw Ensemble, L’Itinéraire, Israel Contemporary Players (with which he has been in close collaboration since 2000), Tokyo Sinfonietta, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Orchestra Nacional de Porto, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio and others.
In 1994 he participated in the production of Stockhausen’s Gruppen at the festival in Salzburg. In 1997 he conducted Berio’s Sinfonia in the La Monnaie theatre in Brussels and in 1999 a stage performance of Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” in Paris. In 1992-98 Rivolta was the conductor of Ensemble Nuove Sincronie in Milan.
He also lectures in the Accademia Internazionale di Musica in Milan and in the Scuola Superiore di Musica di Fiesole in Florence.
Renato Rivolta is also a composer. His works were performed in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Finland, Israel and the United States.