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Mariano Chiacchiarini, who was born in 1982, studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Universidad Católica Argentina in his native Buenos Aires and then continued his training as a conductor with Michael Luig at the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and took first prize at the Martini Conductors’ Competition of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 2008. He has led the Ensemble Garage, which is based in Cologne, since 2009 and the Orchester ’91 in Hamburg since 2011. In 2010 he started his tenure as Music Director of the University of Trier. Since 2014 he has been one of the regular guest conductors of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina. He has had master classes and assistant positions with such figures as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Iván Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, and David Zinman. Mariano Chiacchiarini, who has gained significant experience working with such acclaimed ensembles as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern, and the Ensemble Musikfabrik, has appeared at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Young Euro Classics, and the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. In 2011 he took part in the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s opera Sonntag aus Licht. Chiacchiarini has worked as an assistant conductor several times at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY as well as in the “40min” series. He conducted the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra in The Big Wig project by the Swiss jazz singer Andreas Schaerer, which was also released on CD in 2017, both in Lucerne and on tour throughout Switzerland and Germany. Mariano Chiacchiarini is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Music Council and was awarded the “Premio Konex” in 2019.