Italian conductor Giancarlo Rizzi was born in 1982 in Verona and he graduated at the Sibelius Academy with Leif Segerstam in orchestral conducting (spring 2013). There he had also the opportunity to study with Jorma Panula and Atso Almila, among others.
In summer 2014 he has been invited by Lorin Maazel to join his conducting masterclass during the Castleton Festival (USA).
He collaborates regularly with orchestras like Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Het Gelders Orkest and others.
He has been working as assistant to Antonello Manacorda in several opera productions in the most important European theaters, Theater an der Wien, the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam, La Monnaie of Bruxelles and collaborated among others also with Gianluigi Gelmetti and Diego Matheuz.
He made his debut with leading Finnish orchestras such Lahti Sinfonia, Tampere Philarmonia, Turku Philharmonics and the National Opera, conducting Pagliacci.
He has been studying in the prestigious Accademia Chigiana with M. Tabachnik in 2015 and Daniele Gatti in 2016.
In February 2015 he has been chosen as one of the twenty participants of the prestigious Solti conducting competition.
He has been among the three finalist of the Princess Astrid Conducting Competition 2014 with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
(Norway) and among the 10 semi-‐finalists of the London Symphony orchestra Donatella Flick conducting competition 2014.
After his participation in the 2014 International competition Jeunesses Musicales (Bucharest) he has been invited to
conduct the Kielce Philharmonic (Poland) in 2015
In 2012 he was the assistant to Sakari Oramo in a production of Carmen with the West Coast Kokkola Opera Festival and returned later that year to conduct his own production of operas by Glanaert and Vivaldi.
In December 2012 he was chosen to participate to the Nordic Masterclass for conductors in Oslo with Jukka Pekka Saraste.
Rizzi collaborated in Finland with different musical projects like the “Italian Concert” with violinist Réka Szilvay and Hämeenlinna City Orchestra in may 2012 and “Kuule, minä sävellän!”, a concert where professional musicians bring to life compositions made by young composers in autumn 2012. In February 2013 he has been awarded with a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.In summer 2012 he was chosen to assist Kristjan Järvi with the Baltic Youth Philharmonic.
He studied conducting with Gilberto Serembe and in Brussels' Conservatory with Philippe Gèrard.