Conductor : Giovanni Pasini

Giovanni PasiniGiovanni Pasini grew up in Rome and Sardinia, Italy, surrounded by a family of musicians. At the age of 10 he began studying violin, but soon developed a fascination for the deep, rich tone of the viola and decided to switch his studies to that instrument. However, his love for violin has never left him, and he graduated in both instruments.

In 1994 Giovanni joined the Italian Youth Orchestra, where conductors such as Giulini, Muti and Sinopoli inspired him to pursue an orchestral career. In 1996 he was selected to join the European Union Youth Orchestra with whom he toured Europe under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. He subsequently moved to France to study at the Lyon Conservatoire and in 2000 undertook postgraduate studies in Holland at the Maastricht University under Michael Kugel, a celebrated virtuoso viola soloist.

Giovanni began his professional career as a Principal Viola in Milan when he was selected by Riccardo Chailly to join the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano "G.Verdi". Since then, he has been appointed Principal Viola of the Opera Theatres in Cagliari and Trieste (Italy), the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), the Orquestra Sînfonica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP), and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, where he currently works.

During the past few years he has also been invited as a Guest Principal Violist with various orchestras including Opera de Lyon, La Monnaie (Brussels), Ciudad de Granada, Symphonica Toscanini (Rome), BBC Philharmonic (Manchester), BBC Wales (Cardiff), RAI (Italian Radio National Orchestra) and Les Violons du Roy (Québec).

Giovanni has appeared several times as soloist with the orchestra of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the São Paulo State Symphony under the batons of Vittorio Parisi, Mathias Bamert and Yan Pascal Tortelier, receiving unfailingly favourable reviews from the press. He has also performed together with his organist father, Enrico, in several organ festivals throughout Europe.

He has given premières of works written for him by Italian composer Mario Pagotto. He has recorded several of these on the CD "Dove Dimora La Luce" released in 2001 by Velut Luna to critical acclaim. These recordings have also been broadcast by Italian Radio (RAI).

Giovanni is a dedicated teacher and in recent years has led master-classes at the Maastricht, Shanghai and Singapore conservatories, as well as at ANAM (the Australian National Academy of Music) in Melbourne. Here in Perth, he regularly collaborates with UWA and WAAPA. He also has enjoyed coaching youth orchestras such as the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Sokka Gakkai Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, and has recently become a member of the Symphony Services Australia's Conductor Development Program.