Artistic Director/Principal Conductor
Philip Nuzzo has had a highly diverse performing career, which has brought him international recognition. He has held the post of Music Director of the Mississippi Opera and Principal Guest conductor of the Cairo Symphony. His guest conducting has led him from the Great Wall of China to the Pyramids and many places in between. Mo. Nuzzo is Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Filarmonica Campana in Naples, Italy
Now beginning his 15th season as Artistic Director of Brooklyn’s Metro Chamber, his varied repertoire and easy manner have brought great success to this fine ensemble. He has led the MCO in almost 100 concerts in such diverse programming as the American debut of the opera “All Quiet on the Western Front”, and such varied works as the Berg “Violin Concerto” and Puccini’s “Turandot”. He has lead MCO in Debussy’s “L’Enfant Prodigue” Handel’s “Messiah” and works both in the standard repertoire and new works. Maestro Nuzzo is also dedicated to the works of women composers and last year commissioned the Triple Flute Concerto by Deon Neilson Price and “The Magic Garden” by Linda Marcel. His world premiere recording of the “Oneness” violin concerto by Dr. Price, released on Naxos, was singled out by the Grammy nominating committee for both the work and performance. Last season he revisited the music of Deon Price with the premiere of her song cycle “To the Children of War” with text by Maya Angelou.
Recent engagements have included concerts with the Venice Chamber Orchestra, Italy’s Zenith 2000 Ensemble, Vienna’s Kunstler Ensemble, the Orchestera P.I. Tchaikvosky in gala concerts in Amalfi and Maratea to open the 16th annual Irno Festival. In July 2014, Maestro Nuzzo led a celebrated performance of the Mahler Fourth Symphony with the Kunstler Ensemble in Vienna, on the anniversary of Mahler’s birth. Last season he traveled to Venice leading programs of works by Rossini and Wagner.
For the 2017-2018 season, he leads the Metro Chamber Orchestra in 5 varied programs featuring works from Shostakovich and Stravinsky to Schoenberg. On October 8, 2017 he leads the Metro Chamber Orchestra Fifteenth Anniversary Gala at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Later in the fall he returns Pagani, Italy to conduct music of Beethoven and De Falla.