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|Justin Pambianchi, a versatile young conductor from Montreal
at the outset of his career, has demonstrated his skills in the fields of
opera and instrumental music.
Justin was invited to become the music director of the McGill Savoy Society for its fiftieth season and led the Society’s highly acclaimed production of The Mikado. Justin has also served as a répétiteur and assistant conductor for productions of Don Giovanni, La bohème, The Turn of the Screw and other operas in Canada, the USA and Italy. He has collaborated with many conductors, including Boris Brott, John DeMain and Joseph Colaneri, as well as directors such as Peter Kazaras and Michael Cavanagh. Equally at home at the harpsichord, Justin has played continuo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare as well as in orchestral and chamber works by Telemann, Biber, Campra and others.
Justin’s symphonic repertoire spans over 250 years of music. In 2013, he conducted in workshops and masterclasses in Bacau, Romania at the International Institute for Conductors. Justin is also a strong advocate of contemporary music and works regularly with composers. Most recently, he has enjoyed collaborating with Jason Noble, Donald Crockett and Don Freund.
Justin is an alumnus of McGill University, where he studied composition with Brian Cherney, piano with Ilya Poletaev and conducting with Paolo Bellomia and Alexis Hauser. He has written works for piano, wind sextet, voice and electronics, and more. He went on to complete graduate studies in orchestral conducting at the Cleveland Institute of Music and, in 2015, was a recipient of the Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors.
Justin is half-Italian and half-Egyptian and speaks four languages. He has recently served as an assistant conductor for the Glimmerglass Festival’s productions of La gazza ladra and Sweeney Todd. He will lead Opera Company of Brooklyn’s upcoming production of Le Comte Ory before serving on the music staff of Sarasota Opera in during their winter 2017 season.