Recommendations


 

Marvin Stamm, (Trumpet): “He (Ponti) interprets the music beautifully. He brings the most modest of details out. He sees the picture he wants them to paint. They respond to the environment he creates. They are a beautifully rehearsed orchestra. It was a moving performance. So clear, so wonderful. One of the best I’ve seen so far. In less than five years, he (Ponti) will be sought by orchestras all over the country.”


 


Antonio Pompa-Baldi, (Pianist): “I had the immense pleasure of performing two of the most beloved piano concertos of all time under the baton of Maestro Raffaele Ponti: Rachmaninoff Second, and Brahms Second. These two masterpieces are very different, but they share one thing: endless inspiration. Maestro Ponti made it possible for both these fantastic pieces to come to life in the fullest possible way, through his magisterial technique, his great sensitivity, his lyricism, passion, depth and intellectual rigor. I never felt more free to express myself, knowing that Maestro Ponti would always be right there with me, allowing me to lead when appropriate, and taking the leading role when needed. I cannot praise him enough!


 


Fabio Bidini, (Pianist): It is my great pleasure and honor to spend a few words about Maestro Raffaele Ponti. I had the opportunity to work with him in several occasions. I believe he has the capability to fulfill the real message of the music without compromises and his sensitivity permits any soloist to feel always very free and comfortable under his baton. His very inspiring and exciting way to approach the music is always extremely tasteful and punctual, without ever forgetting details and the broader line. Very accurate on balance, quality of sound and pure ensemble. Very intelligent and easy going, both very important points to express his musicality with great personality. He possesses every quality also under the human aspect, capable of very sincere professional relationship with the heart in the right place. Maestro Ponti is the ideal music partner to share any stage of the most important concert halls in the world.


 


Ilya Kaler, (Violinist): “It was my enormous pleasure, honor, and privilege to perform recently under the direction of Maestro Raffaele Ponti, 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. Not only is Maestro Ponti a singular charismatic presence on the podium but a wonderfully supportive and enthusiastic colleague. Playing under his baton was a real treat for me as well as a highly inspirational and memorable experience!”


 


David Kim , (Violinist): “Maestro Ponti is first and foremost, a wonderful and natural musician. His conducting technique is simple, clear, and uncluttered with mannerisms. He is extremely generous of spirit and is a sympathetic accompanist. I also find Maestro Ponti to be efficient in his use of rehearsal time.”


 


Gary Levinson, (Violinist): Working with Maestro Raffaele Ponti, is a musical celebration. From the vantage point of a soloist, it is both a gratifying experience and a liberating one. In rehearsal, Maestro Ponti is a meticulous craftsman, who has mastered the balance between attention to detail and overall concept of a work. It is also important to note that the orchestra obviously loves playing for Maestro Ponti. Their body language, questions and overall demeanor bely a generosity of spirit and deep respect for him. Having observed his interacting with staff, board and educational aspects of the organization, it is clear that Maestro Ponti has successfully cultivated a culture of common goals and achieving a vibrant musical community in his orchestras. While this has been talked about in many corners of the industry, achieving said goal is a very different matter. 




Michael Ludwig, (Violinist): "Raffaele brings extraordinary artistry and incredible excitement and passion to the podium, a music of great sensitivity and high artistry. Raffaele had a wonderful rapport with the orchestra. He has tremendous skill in communicating his musical thoughts and expressions, and is extremely efficient in his rehearsing method. Most importantly, Raffaele approaches the music with a great artistic sensibility. His interpretations are passionate, exciting, and well thought out. I have enjoyed immensely the opportunity to work as a soloist with him. He is an extraordinarily sensitive collaborator. I have equally enjoyed listening to his performances of symphonic repertoire from the audience. He brings great excitement and enthusiasm that is palpable to the concert goers, as well as the orchestra."        

     

     


Robert Bonfiglio, (Harmonica) : "I just performed the Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto with Maestro Raffaele Ponti and 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, (Pianist): His strong personality and his musical honesty impressed me, and the community embraces his warm and generous presence for his contribution to their artistic pleasure. Along with a vibrant personality, Raffaele is indeed a very serious musician. His work is fresh, well prepared, inspiring, and sensitive. He is a man of integrity, an honest and dedicated person always eager to learn and able to use what he has learned in practice.”


 


Giorgio Leardini , (Conductor): “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, (Violinist): “Maestro Raffaele Ponti is an outstanding musician and conductor. His gestures are always clear and expressive. He has the highest professional standards. He has had repeated engagements with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He is a conductor with whom musicians wish to make music.”


 


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


 


Giorgio Lalov , (Executive Director): “Maestro Ponti is a man of extremely high intelligence and capabilities. The Orchestra, Sofia Symphony Orchestra, which has made many professional recordings of different Operas since 1988 all over Western Europe, took to Maestro Ponti immediately. His gestures are very precise and clear. The Concerts of Italian Opera Highlights and performances of Tosca that he conducted were all highly successful and greatly applauded by the Italian public who knows these works so well.”


 


Stefano Algieri , (Tenor): “I find Maestro Ponti to be an outstanding conductor in both the operatic and symphonic repertoire, displaying an excellent technique, overall command of the orchestra and sensitive understanding in working with the singers.”


 


Karl Kraber , (Flute): “His manner with the orchestra was thoroughly professional, but also friendly: He got our respect and our good will. His rehearsal technique was most efficient. His enthusiasm was palpable. He always communicated the emotional content of each phrase and section very well; he was very clear in his gestures and manner, showing just what kind of response, tempo, and inflection he wanted from the orchestra.”

      

 

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."