Composer, Conductor, Bandoneonist
Daniel Pacitti, born in Argentina, attends the Instituto Superior de Música in Santa Fe and, later, the national Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, studying clarinet and piano. At the age of seventeen he wins the first prize in the Jovenes Consertitas Argentinos award event, as well as the first prize in the Solistas del Mozarteum competition. He is subsequently hired as first clarinet in the Chamber Orchestra of Santa Fe. Later, he is awarded a clarinet artist diploma at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan.
He also studies at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, following Giuseppe Garvarino’s clarinet courses. At the same time, he studies at the Accademia Internazionale Superiore di Musica in Biella with Anthony Pay (London Symphony Orchestra – BBC Symphony Orchestra) and in Riva del Garda with Karl Leister (Berliner Philharmoniker).
He enters the Conservatory of Music Maurice Ravel in Paris and studies clarinet with Jean-Marc Volta, harmony and counterpoint with Pierre Durant, orchestration with Patrice Sciortino and musical analysis with Alain Margoni.
At the same time, he follows advanced choral and orchestra conducting classes with Jean-Jacques Werner and Pierre Cao at the Centre d’Art Polyphonique de Paris.
In 1989, following a unanimous decision of all the members of the Ensemble International de Paris, he becomes the orchestra’s conductor, subsequently touring the most prestigious theatres in France. The next year he attends an orchestra conducting master class by Bruno Weil, and in Milan he meets Carlo Maria Giulini und Bruno Bettinelli several times.
Pacitti was Musical and Artistic Director of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Moldavia.
He was also Artistic Director of the Orchestra da Camera della Lombardia and of the Orchestra Sinfonica Guido Cantelli in Milan and Artistic Director of the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste.
He also cooperated as a conductor with several orchestras, among them the National Orchestra of Santiago de Chile, Radio 1 Orchestra of Moscow, National Orchestra of Sao Paolo, Symphonic Orchestra of Santa Fe, St. Petersburg Capella Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Tirana, Radio Orchestra of Bucarest, National Opera of Bucarest, Opera Theater of Lima, Symphonic Orchestra of Udine, Sinfonietta Paris, Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo, Philharmonic Orchestra of Regensburg, Archi della Scala, Orchestra da Camera della Lombardia, Camerata Strumentale Italiana of Trieste, Orquesta Sinfônica de Santo André (Brasil), Symphonic Orchestra of Tokyo, Philharmonic Orchestra of Greesboro (USA), Orchestra Sinfonica Guido Cantelli of Milan, Orchestra del Festival d'Avenches (Switzerland), Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Zugló Philharmonia Szent István Király Symphony Orchestra Budapest, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.
For two editions of the Concorso Violinistico Internazionale Lipizer di Gorizia he worked as an orchestra director. He conducted a concert with Giovanni Angeleri (Primo Premio Paganini 1997) in South America where the five violin concertos
by Paganini were performed.
In Chișinău (Republic of Moldova) he worked as Musical and Artistic Director
of the Festival Il 900 italiano, collaborating for years with Casa Ricordi.
For ANTES CONCERTO he recorded Strutture and Sinfonia no. 7 by Bruno Bettinelli, together with Tentazioni e Montmartre by the Milan composer Ermanno Malagutti.
For the label AGORA, a series of clarinet CDs including concerts by Stamitz, Backofen, Devienne, Telemann, Tausch, Hoffmeister, Krommer, and Mendelssohn was recorded.
Another CD was recorded for RICORDI with music by Giacomo Mazzoni
(Dieci Versi di Emily Dickinson, and Ode e Scene per il Doktor Faustus).
Pacitti can be heard on another AGORA CD with sonatas for clarinet and piano
by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Nino Rota and Leonard Bernstein.
With the Orchestra della Radio e Televisione Moldova he has recorded, both as a conductor and a clarinetist, Contemplaciòn y Danza op. 15 by Astor Piazzolla (European debut performance), the clarinet concerto by Aaron Copland, the sonata for clarinet and piano by Carlos Guastavino (European debut performance) and Three Pieces for Clarinet solo by Igor Stravinsky.
Conducting Archi della Scala, he recorded the piano concert K. 271 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the cello concert no. 2 by Joseph Haydn with Sandro Laffarini, first cello of the Teatro alla Scala. He also recorded Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Mistero by Domenico Monleone with the Orchestra of the Opera of Tirana, for the label MYTO RECORDS.
As a child and as a teenager he had thoroughly studied the bandoneon in Argentina, with the maestros Osvaldo Montes, Alberto Garralda and Rodolfo „Cholo“ Montironi. Later, in Paris, ha studied with maestro Cesar Stroscio. Together with Montironi, he played a symphonical tango concert at the closing concert of the 2010 season of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Santa Fe.
He has often visited the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan and received lessons in electronic music and jazz. As a bandoneonist, he has played with the famous jazz musician Franco Cerri and his quartet as well as in different formations with a variety of programs: tango, fusion, jazz, South American folklore and classical music.
As a bandoneonist, Pacitti performed the Misa Tango by Luis Bacalov with the Coro Filarmonico Rossini di Pesaro and the Misa a Buenos Aires by Martín Palmieri with the Orchestra del Conservatorio di Parma.
He’s been in contact with Argentina’s music folklore since he was very young, and he now finds inspiration to compose his own music in his love for his country’s traditional music.
He has written a remake of Carmen by Bizet in the style of tango and South American music.
Pacitti also prepared an orchestral setting of Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra
by the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez, which was performed with soloists and choir in the Sala Béla Bartók in the cultural centre in Budapest in 2013.
Since 2013, he presents his project The German Bandoneon in Berlin, with a series of concerts with sacred and secular music from Bach to Piazzolla. Together with opera singers, he also performs repertoires of the 17th century and the Italian belcanto.
A cycle with chamber music by Pacitti has been performed in Berlin: a Concierto criollo for violin and piano, a Concierto criollo for viol and piano and the suite La Cruz del Sur for flute and piano. His first mass, La Cruz del Sur for soloistsi, choir and instrumental ensemble, has been performed in December 2015 in the Matthew Church in Berlin.
On the occasion of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation Pacitti composed a Luther Oratorio that was performed under his direction in June 2017 in the Berlin Philharmonie.
In November 2017, his Cantico delle Creature, a canticle to a text by saint Francis of Assisi, was performed for the first time, also in Berlin.