Raffaele Livio Ponti


Italian – American 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!”


Raffaele is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Music Director and Conductor of Florida’s Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Visiting Instructor in Orchestral Studies & Director of the FIU Symphony Orchestra: Florida International University in Miami, Florida.



Paducah Symphony Orchestra (KY)

Artistic Director & Conductor


Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (FL)

Music Director & Conductor



Florida International University (FL)

Visiting Instructor in Orchestral Studies & Director of the FIU Symphony Orchestra 


<February 2017>

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, an insightful collaborator, an inspiring leader, and just an all-around fantastic partner to make great music with."

Michael Ludwig: “ Raffaele brings extraordinary artistry and incredible excitement and passion to the podium, a musician of great sensitivity and high artistry."

Ilya Kaler: "definitely one of the most gifted conductors of his generation.  It is quite rare that one comes across a musician of such technical mastery and musical sensitivity." 
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, I don't know what to say other than Very Musical."

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

Giorgio Leardini: "As a musician, he displays a great deal of excellence and sensitivity to his music. 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. His gestures are always clear and expressive. He has the highest professional standards. He is a conductor with whom musicians wish to make music."