Federico Cortese assumed the post of music director of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras in 1999. Mr. Cortese has conducted operatic and symphonic engagements throughout the United States, Australia, and Europe. From 1998-2002 he served as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. In addition to his annually scheduled concerts, Mr. Cortese led the Boston Symphony several times on short notice in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, most notably performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. Mr. Cortese has conducted several prominent symphony orchestras including Atlanta, Dallas, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Oslo Philharmonic. Opera engagements have included, among others, Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Spoleto Festival in Italy and United States, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Saint Louis Opera, the Finnish National Opera, Opera Australia, and Washington Opera. Mr. Cortese has been music coordinator and associate conductor of the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He also served as assistant conductor to Robert Spano at the Brooklyn Philharmonic and to Daniele Gatti at the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Mr. Cortese studied composition and conducting at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome and subsequently studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. In addition, he has been a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Cortese also studied literature and humanities and holds a law degree from La Sapienza University in Rome.