Stefano Flavoni is a young Italian-American conductor and pianist, splitting his formative years between New York and Rome. Beginning his piano studies at the age of three, Flavoni made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at the age of fourteen. He currently serves as Assistant Conductor of San Francisco Symphony, and in the 2018-19 season will work alongside some of the world's most esteemed musicians, including Marek Janowski, Andras Schiff, and Emanuel Ax.
In his professional life, he has served as an assistant conductor for West Edge Opera and Berkeley Symphony, as well as making guest conducting appearances with the Meitar Ensemble, the Berlin Sinfonietta, and the Miami Music Festival Orchestra. Recently, he served as Music Director of “Abraham in Flames”, a 2019 opera by Niloufar Talebi and Aleksandra Vrebalov featuring the Young Women’s Choral Project of San Francisco and alumni of the San Francisco Opera Merola Program.
Flavoni has had the pleasure of participating in masterclasses with some of the world's top artists, including Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre-Andre Valade, and Ian Bostridge.
An ardent advocate for inspiring music performance in the younger generations, Maestro Flavoni currently serves on the faculty of San Francisco Conservatory of Music as Music Director of Pre-College Opera and Musical Theatre. Flavoni is also an artist-in-residence with the San Francisco Arts Education Project and formerly served as a research fellow in music and philosophy at the Zephyr Institute at Stanford University.
Maestro Flavoni’s mentors include James Levine, Kent Nagano, Donato Cabrera, Michael Morgan, Christian Reif, and Peter Grunberg. He attended the University of California, Berkeley as a Regents and Chancellor's Scholar on full academic scholarship, studying conducting under David Milnes and Marika Kuzma, harpsichord under Davitt Moroney, composition under Franck Bedrossian, and musicology under Richard Taruskin. While at Berkeley, he served as music director of the UC Berkeley Opera Ensemble, performing numerous scenes concerts, as well as a production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, which won the 2015 Eisner Prize. He later went on to attend the University of Michigan, studying with Martin Katz and Steven Whiting.