Hailed by European critics as “…a true star of the international emerging music scene…”, “...genius baton...”, “...a splendid young maestro, [] who conducts with a very expressive technique and clear and stirring gestures…”, Paolo Paroni has worked with orchestras, opera houses and ballet companies of international distinction. Paolo has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the New York City Ballet, where he made his debut in the winter of 2013 conducting Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

Recent and future engagements include the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi of Trieste, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Capella Savaria Baroque Orchestra, Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Big Band and Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio, and Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as guest or principal conductor at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Stadt-Casino Concert Hall in Basel, Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Ljubljana Philharmonic Hall, Radiokulturhaus of Vienna, Philharmonic Theater of Verona, and the Teatro Olimpico of Rome.

Particularly interested in historical performance, Paolo Paroni has a repertoire ranging from the music of the Baroque era to cutting-edge contemporary works. The Swingle Singers described him as an “incredibly precise and clear conductor” (Berio, Sinfonia for Eight Voices and Orchestra) and the Altenberg Trio Wien as “an outstanding musician, resolute and delicate, assertive and considerate, strong-minded and perceptive at the same time” (Beethoven, Triple Concerto). Paolo has appeared on the stages of leading music festivals, including the Zagreb Music Biennale, the Music Weeks of Sofia, Musica e Poesia a S. Maurizio in Milan, Zempléni Festival (Hungary) and Mittelfest (Italy). Soloist collaborations include Stefan Milenkovich, the Altenberg Trio Wien, Teresa Berganza, Luciana D'Intino, Daniela Mazzucato, and Bonaldo Giaiotti.

Keen to promote and support new music, Paroni has conducted and recorded over 40 premieres. He is also renowned for inventive programming that explores the common ground between different musical genres. In this capacity Paolo has collaborated closely with international artists from a variety of stylistic and cultural backgrounds, such as jazz musicians Enrico Rava and Kenny Wheeler, singers Lena Chamamyan (Syria), Ghada Shbeir (Lebanon) and The Swingle Singers, World Music figures, Rock instrumentalists and Middle Eastern musicians.

aolo Paroni was born in Italy, where he earned his degree in Composition and Organ. He completed his conducting studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he graduated cum laude. His conducting teachers include Gilberto Serembe and Uroš Lajovic.

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