Award Winning Conductor, Raffaele Livio Ponti is an artist of dynamic personality, charismatic performances, and superb musicianship. His trademark is the breadth of his vision, the clarity of his interpretation, and the rich beauty of his sound. The Chicago Courier News Writes, “Maestro Ponti brings an exhilarating energy level to center stage. It’s an electrifying swagger empowering and enabling him to pull music from light to darkness and back again. He is a rising star!”

Award winning Conductor Raffaele Livio Ponti is the recipient of the 2014 Charlie Award for “Outstanding Artistic Achievement,” winner of the “Mario Gusella International Conducting Competition” in Pescara, Italy, the Cleveland Institute of Music's "Bernard Adelstein Award," the Sons of Italy “Italian Musician of the Year,” Harborstyle Magazine’s “Best Performing Arts Group” with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Florida Weekly’s “Best Award” five years in a row and honored with a “Proclamation,” given by the Mayor and City Council Members of Punta Gorda, Florida.

Raffaele is currently Artistic Director/Conductor of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and Music Director/Conductor of Florida’s Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Raffaele has conducted prominent orchestras around the United States and Europe including Orchestra Sinfonica di Pescara, Sessione Senese per la Musica e l’Arte, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Varna Opera Theatre, Austin Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Elgin Symphony, Billings Symphony, Italia Konzert Opera, Utica Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and Syracuse Symphony.

Maestro Ponti has collaborated with world class artists William Wolfram, Franklin Cohen, Joseph Alessi, Glenn Dicterow, David Kim, Ilya Kaler, Fabio Bidini, Eugenia Zukerman, Joan Kwuon, Sabrina-Vivian Hopcker, Terrence Wilson, David Halen, Michael Ludwig, Gary Levinson, Juana Zayas, Philippe Quint, Elena Urioste, Jeffrey Biegel, Robert Bonfiglio, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Marvin Stamm, Thomas Pandolfi, Allen Vizzutti, Ettore Nova, Ambra Vespasiani, Paola Romano, Vittorio Grigolo, Maurizio Graziani, Stefano Algieri and Mariana Paunova. 

Raffaele studied at the Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music and in Siena, Italy. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, Eastern Brass Quintet, Metropolitan Brass Quintet and the Casals Music Festival.

As an opera conductor he had instant success conducting operas throughout Italy with productions of Aida, Il trovatore, La traviata, Carmen, La boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Pagliacci and L’elisir d’amore.

What's the Buzz

David Kim: “Maestro Ponti is first and foremost, a wonderful and natural musician." 

Antonio Pompa-Baldi: "Maestro Ponti is a first-rate musician..."

Michael Ludwig: “ Raffaele brings extraordinary artistry and incredible excitement and passion to the podium..."

Ilya Kaler: "Definitely one of the most gifted conductors of his generation."

Henry Fogel: “Ponti’s conducting is expressive, clear, and emotionally communicative - frankly all the things I look for in conductors….very impressive.”

Robert Bonfiglio: "I was stunned by what an unbelievable conductor he is; wonderful, dazzling, exciting."

Jeffrey Biegel: "His work is fresh, well prepared, inspiring, and sensitive."

Giorgio Leardini: "His conducting technique shows elegance and confidence. He has all the qualifications to achieve a brilliant career."

Eugene Gratovich: "Maestro Raffaele Ponti is an outstanding musician and conductor. He has the highest professional standards. He is a conductor with whom musicians wish to make music."