"I bet she will be one of the best conductors of this century, you can feel the 'Genius' in her."
Italo-Turkish conductor Nil Venditti is fast establishing relationships with important orchestras and
ensembles around the world. Highlights from recent seasons include collaborations with
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Lille and Orchestre/Opera
National Bordeaux Aquitane, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra,
Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and Camerata Salzburg, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Irish National
Opera, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona as well as Orchestra
della Toscana, of which she was Principal Guest Conductor from June 2020 until May 2022.
In the 2022/23 season, Venditti returns to conduct the Orchestre de Pau, Stuttgart Chamber
Orchestra and the Transylvania State Philharmonic. She also makes debuts with the Orchestra
of Paris Opera, Orchestre de Mulhouse and Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire in France;
Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the orchestra of Staatstheater Stuttgart and the
Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany; Castilla y Leon Symphony, Asturias Symphony,
Galicia Royal Philharmonic and Extremadura orchestras in Spain; Tonhalle-Orchester and
Sinfonieorchester Basel in Switzerland; Helsingborg Symphony, Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and
Dalarna Sinfonietta in the Nordics; BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Royal Northern
Sinfonia in the UK; and Belgrade Philharmonic in Serbia. In Turkey, she collaborates with ASSO
Izmir, Istanbul State Symphony, Antalya State Symphony and Izmir State Symphony orchestras.
Venditti also makes her US debut in spring 2023 with the SFCM Orchestra in San Francisco.
With a strong affinity for Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, Venditti’s repertoire is
increasingly expanding to include Brahms, Schumann, Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky,
Tchaikovsky and Debussy among others. Her interest in contemporary programming has in
recent seasons seen her focus on the works of Fazil Say (whose 5 th Symphony she will premiere
at the Bremen Musikfest), Peter Maxwell-Davies, Fabien Waksman, Lepo Sumera, Caroline
Shaw and Nicola Campogrande. She continues to excel in the operatic genre, having recently
conducted operas including Così fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore, The Lighthouse, Carmen and Tosca.
Venditti is an advocate for finding inclusive experiences for new audiences. She has championed
Nicola Campogrande’s Concerto for Audience and Orchestra, originally commissioned for the
Paris Philharmonie, for which the public is given kazoos and plastic-wrapped mints with which to
interact with the orchestra – and being conducted as part of the performance. She first conducted
the work in 2016 for an open-air audience of 2,000 in Matera (Italy), and with the Slovenian
Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2019. Last season, Nil conducted Irish National Opera’s
first virtual reality community opera Out of the Ordinary, which was developed for and with people
living across Ireland, placing communities at the centre of the opera creation process.
Venditti trained in conducting at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste under the guidance of
Professor Johannes Schlaefli, as well as attending the Conducting Academy associated with the
Pärnu Music Festival under Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi and Leonid Grin. In Italy, she graduated in
cello performance with Francesco Pepicelli and orchestral conducting with Marcello Bufalini.
“The young Italo-Turkish conductor Nil Venditti is very comfortable conducting with sobriety, calm strength and efficiency our excellent National Orchestra Bordeaux Aquitaine.”
(Bordeaux Gazette, April 2022)