Stefano Flavoni is an Italian-American conductor and pianist currently serving as Assistant Conductor of San Francisco Symphony and Interim Music Director of Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he also serves as Music Director of both the Opera and Contemporary Music programs at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College. Maestro Flavoni has worked alongside some of the leading musicians today, including Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski, Manfred Honeck, Simone Young, and Emanuel Ax. Harpsichordist and scholar Davitt Moroney describes his work as “something that is uniquely Stefano Flavoni and is stamped by a kind of hallmark of musical intensity” (2015).
Described as a conductor with a “crisp tenderness” by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle (2019), he recently served as Music Director of the world premiere production of Abraham in Flames, a 2019 opera by Niloufar Talebi and Aleksandra Vrebalov featuring the Young Women’s Choral Project of San Francisco and alumni of the San Francisco Opera Merola Program.
Beginning his piano studies at the age of three, Flavoni made his Carnegie Hall piano debut with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at the age of fourteen. In his professional life, he has served as a pianist for the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, assistant conductor for West Edge Opera (Barber: Vanessa, 2013), and vocal coach for Berkeley Symphony (Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 “Babi-Yar”, 2017; Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 2018), as well as making guest conducting appearances with the Meitar Ensemble, the Berlin Sinfonietta, and the Miami Music Festival Orchestra.
An ardent advocate for inspiring music performance in the younger generations, Flavoni is also an artist-in-residence with the San Francisco Arts Education Project and formerly served as a research fellow in music and philosophy at the Zephyr Institute at Stanford University. He also teaches courses in musicology at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, recently including intensive studies of the works of Richard Wagner and Igor Stravinsky.
Flavoni has had the pleasure of participating in masterclasses with some of the world’s top artists and pedagogues, including Sir Simon Rattle, Larry Rachleff, Pierre-Andre Valade, and Ian Bostridge.
Maestro Flavoni’s mentors have included Kent Nagano, Donato Cabrera, James Levine, Michael Morgan, Christian Reif, and Peter Grunberg. He attended the University of California, Berkeley as a Regents and Chancellor’s Scholar on full academic scholarship, studying conducting under David Milnes and Marika Kuzma, as well as musicology under Richard Taruskin. While at Berkeley, he served as music director of the UC Berkeley Opera Ensemble, performing numerous scenes concerts, as well as a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, which won the 2015 Eisner Prize for Artistic Achievement. He later went on to attend the University of Michigan, studying orchestral conducting.