Antonmario Semolini (1946) was born in Siena into a musical family (his father was a violinist). Thanks to his eclectic musical learning as a flautist, composer and conductor, he can be considered in that restricted group of the most authoritative interpreters of our time. His performances - expression of great analytic exactness supported by excellent musicality - have given him estimation and friendship of artists such as: Gilberto Bosco, Sergiu Celibidache, Alberto Colla, Azio Corghi, Enrico Correggia, Lothar Faber, Oleh Krysa, Franco Mannino, Lovro von Matacic, Paolo Renosto... In the course of his brilliant career as a flautist he has been dedicatee of more than sixty compositions and authoritative tributes from personalities such as Massimo Mila: “Semolini sets domineeringly himself in the front lines of flute concerts treading in Gazzelloni’s wake” - Severino Gazzelloni: “Semolini is a personage. If he did not exist, we should have had to invent him” - Ugo Nespolo: “Restless personality, full of shades, Semolini uses music as a blasting charge, which, in its terrible deflagration, totally involves and does not spare him” - Enzo Restagno: “Semolini with his golden flute plays with such a smoothness and a grace, that ha can transform those somewhat anonymous staves”.

In the 1990s he entered a new career as a conductor and his renowned colleague Giuseppe Sinopoli comments: “Antonmario is an original interpreter, both nervous and sensitive, disliking anything which is only formal and official and interested in music only when true expression of life”.

In June 2000 he was invited by the Regione Toscana as the main conductor of a wide orchestral group which has been created in the region of Lucca with acknowledgement and funding of the Social European Fund. After this appointment he favoured in his performances the precious symphonic repertoire of authors who originated in the Lucchesia (Region of Lucca), such as: Boccherini, Puccini, Catalani, Luporini and Giani Luporini.

Following the success gained in 2006 with the operetta “Eine Nacht in Venedig” by Johann Strauss Jr. he has found a new path that has brought him near this alluring world of which he is now one of the most original divulgers, having more than 20 operettas to his credit. “Sparkling” has been defined his interpretation of “Die Fledermaus”, Strauss Jr.’s masterpiece at the Teatro Dante Alighieri in Ravenna. Semolini’s passion for this refined musical genre can be summarized as follows: “The operetta is a sunbeam kept in a jewel-case full of music, poetry, feeling”.

 

Amedeo Pettenati

(translation by Rosanna Beltramo)