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Born in 1973 in Milan, conductor Tito Ceccherini studied at the Verdi Conservatory of his native city with Giovanni Carmassi (piano), Alessandro Solbiati (composition), and Vittorio Parisi (conducting). He then completed his education with Peter Eötvös, Sandro Gorli, and Gustav Kuhn. Both contemporary and early music are focuses of his repertoire. Ceccherini is the founder of the ensemble Risognanze, with which he performs works by composers from Debussy to the present; they have recorded compositions by Sciarrino, Castiglioni, and Grisey. His work in early music is seen in his collaborations with such ensembles as Rocinante, a Finnish group, and the Italian ensemble Arcomelo, performing music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. Ceccherini has also conducted numerous traditional orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Orchestra Sinfo-nica Nazionale della RAI. He has also conducted such signature contemporary-music ensembles as the Klangforum Wien, the Ensemble Contrechamps, and the Austrian Ensemble for New Music. As an opera conductor Ceccherini has performed at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Opéra National in Paris, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, and the Teatro Bellini in Catania. Highlights of the coming season include appearances with the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Tito Ceccherini’s recordings have received such awards as the Choc, given by the magazine Le Monde de la Musique, and the Diapason d’Or; his recording of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Lohengrin won the MIDEM Classical Award.