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).
In 2016 he started a collaboration with the Pomeriggi Musicali orchestra in Milan with a version of Lucia di Lammermoor by Alberto Cara and Francesco Micheli and he has been invited for a concert in season 2017/18.
He collaborates with Antonello Manacorda as his assistant for the opera production Lucio Silla (Mozart) at La Monnaie in 2017 and Rossini's Otello at the Theater an der Wien (2016).
In Italy he conducted the Haydn orchestra of Bolzano and Trento and the Orchestra Sinfonica of Sanremo.
He made his debut with leading Finnish orchestras such Lahti Sinfonia, Tampere Philarmonia, Turku Philharmonics and the National Opera,assisting Mikko Franck and conducting two performances of 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.