Marino Formenti, pianist and conductor, has established himself as one of the most interesting interpreters of his generation, especially noted for his unusual and experimental concert formats and his visionary programming. Labeled by the press as “a Glenn Gould for the 21st Century”, a “visionary” and “genius”, he offers fresh interpretations of classic repertoire in context with contemporary music (Kurtag’s Ghosts, Nowhere, The Party, Nothing is Real). Marino Formenti was assistant to Kent Nagano and Sylvain Cambreling in several houses (Wiener Staatsoper, Opera de Paris, Los Angeles Opera); and made his conducting debut with Gidon Kremer as a soloist at Lockenhaus Festival. Since that time, Formenti has led concerts at some of the world’s most important halls, including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Salle Pleyel in Paris, S. Cecilia in Rome (at the express invitation of Maurizio Pollini); at Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, and at the Konzerthaus Berlin. He conducted the Austrian premieres of Kurt Weill’s opera “Der Protagonist” and of the chamber orchestra version of Prokofiev’s “Fiery Angel”. He conceived and conducted “The Party”, for Riccardo Muti’s Ravenna Festival; he has also presented this event in Los Angeles for the esteemed Monday Evening Concerts series. Marino Formenti suceeded Maxim Vengerov at the head of the MIAGI Orchestra Johannesburg, which he conducted in acclaimed concerts in South Africa, Berlin and Kassel. He has also led the RTV Orchestra Ljubljana at the Ljubliana Festival, and Klangforum Wien at the Wiener Festwochen and the Festival Wien Modern. Upcoming conducting engagements include dates at the Ultima Festival Oslo, Wien Modern, London’s Wigmore Hall and “The Party” in Chicago. As a soloist, Marino Formenti is regularly invited by the major Festivals worldwide such as the Festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Aspen, Ravinia, and the halls of New York, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, Tokio. He has performed with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Münchner Philharmoniker, with Franz Welser-Moest, Kent Nagano, Esa Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding and Gustavo Dudamel, among others. In 2009 he was presented the BELMONT AWARD of the Forberg-SchneiderStiftung for his efforts in promoting contemporary music.