In 2013, Maestro Robert Turizziani was named the second Music Director and Conductor of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra at the invitation of Founder and Music Director Emeritus Dieter Kober.
Like Kober, Turizziani shares a passionate love for chamber orchestra repertoire and performance, having served as the Music Director of the Seneca Chamber Orchestra (Charleston) for ten years. Maestro Turizziani is currently the Music Director of the River Cities Symphony (West Virginia) and teaches on the faculty of West Virginia Wesleyan College. He has led orchestras in Europe and the United States and maintains an active career as a clarinetist, educator, and chamber music coach. Turizziani is the Principal Clarinet of the West Virginia Symphony, an orchestra with which he is a frequent guest conductor and soloist.
Turizziani studied conducting at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under Gerhard Samuel and Thomas Schippers. As a clarinetist, his teachers have included Emil Schmachtenberg and Alan Hacker among others. As a frequent chamber musician, Turizziani has studied with such legendary musicians as Louis Krasner, Gunther Schuller, and Sol Schoenbach.
Turizziani’s repertoire ranges from Bach through the standard literature of the Romantic period, to a host of contemporary works, many of which he has commissioned or premiered. By far, though, the most prominent composers in his repertoire have been the prolific works of Mozart and his Viennese contemporaries.
Turizziani’s approach to music-making reflects his experience as a chamber musician: “The conductor’s job is to unify the interpretation. Sometimes this means molding it in its entirety; sometimes it means taking ideas from a soloist and helping the orchestra to present a coherent backdrop for that soloist. Almost always it is a question of finding ways to encourage the orchestra to listen and respond. Music is sound. When we forget that, it becomes dull and uninteresting. While music can express some actual ideas–mostly when the composer includes text–music’s primary power resides in its ability to express emotion.”