The young Italian conductor, Cristian Cimei, began studying the piano at the age of 5.
After receiving his Diploma in Performance with a high distinction, at the Conservatorium of Music in Terni, Cristian was invited to Germany to continue his piano studies with Maestro Elmar Slama.
In 2003 he was invited to perform at the Pantheon in Rome for the late Pope, John Paul II, celebrating his 25th anniversary as Pontiff.
Cristian continued his studies in composition in Rome with Robert Mann and conducting in Milan with Simone Fermani.
In 2004, he was then invited to work with Luciano Pavarotti as Assistant conductor and pianist for his production of “La Boheme” in Fano.
Cristian was also invited to assist M. Licata to the Sydney Opera House where they worked together on “La Boheme” (2005) and “Madame Butterfly” (2006).
In 2007, Cristian was awarded a place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Maestro Imre Pallo for his Master in Conducting. To recognise his talents, he was awarded the International Merit Scholarship and the ‘Goosens’ Fellowship for Conducting for 2007 and 2008.
In 2007 he was appointed as Musical Director for the Choralation Choir.
In 2008, he conducted “Ruddigore” by Gilbert and Sullivan for the Savoy Arts Opera Company.
In 2009 he was appointed as Musical Director to the Rockdale Opera Company, conducting “La Traviata” to great critical acclaim.
Furthering his professional development, in 2009, he was a finalist for the Hephzibah Tintner Foundation Conducting Fellowship.
In 2010 Cristian has been invited as guest conductor to conduct the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra and Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has become the co-Musical Director for the Canada Bay Community Choir.
Internationally, Cristian is beginning to be recognised as a young conductor of
irrefutable talent, being invited to conduct the Macau Symphony Orchestra.
- The French Connection- Season 1 Flyer, Poster 1, Poster 2 & Program (1.9Mb)