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"There is nothing overrated about Danila Grassi: she is there, in the moment, nothing escapes her, she leads everything” 
L’Opera-international magazine 

Born in Puglia in 1993, Danila graduated in conducting with top marks and honours under the guidance of Marcello Bufalini, at the Conservatorio “A. Casella” in L'Aquila, furthering her studies with Dario Lucantoni and Donato Renzetti.

She began her conducting studies at the Civica Scuola di Musica “Claudio Abbado” in Milan, where she obtained her first level diploma, later winning a scholarship for an internship with the Mannheimer Philharmoniker. She was also selected for Sian Edwards' master classes at St. Andrew's University (Scotland) and was awarded a second internship as orchestral trainer at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.

She has conducted orchestras such as: Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese, Orchestra Metropolitana della Città di Bari (in a concert with harpist Claudia Lamanna, winner of the International Harp Contest 2022) and LaToscanini di Parma for the show 'L' Arcipelago dei suoni', at the Arena Shakespeare in Parma.

In 2019, as artistic and musical director of the project "Il Guercio di Puglia - tra parole e musica" (The Guercio of Puglia - between words and music), winner of a regional call for tenders, she realized and promoted the first opera made entirely with Apulian artists under 35 years of age, thus conducting the world premiere of the opera composed by Nicola Scardicchio for the occasion. Also in Puglia, she conducted pianist Pasquale Iannone in concert for the 5th PianoLab Piano Festival in Martina Franca.

Since 2021, she has worked as Fabio Luisi's assistant for the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca, where she made her debut conducting a new production of Antonio Salieri's La Scuola de' gelosi, thus being the first woman to conduct an opera title in the Festival's history. She also worked as assistant to Maurizio Benini for Anna Bolena at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, where she will also return for Maria Stuarda. Instead, with Michele Spotti she worked with the Benevento Philharmonic Orchestra, the Festival della Valle d'Itria and at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo for Don Pasquale.

Her recent and future engagements include: a symphonic concert in the season of the Benevento Philharmonic Orchestra (Haydn, Saint-Saëns and Bartók); Pergolesi's La serva padrona, Theodorakis's Zorba the Greek and a ballet with music by Rachmaninov at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo; the debut at the Stuttgart Staatstheater in Elisir d'amore; the debut at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari with a symphonic concert; symphonic concerts with the ORT-Orchestra della Toscana; the debut at the Wexford Festival Opera with a new production of Donizetti's Le convenienze e inconvenienze teatrali.

He has to his credit a collaboration with Rassegna Musicale Curci: Periodico di Cultura e Attualità Musicali, for which he has published his research on the operatic genre of Literaturoper, with the titles "Debussy e la nascita della Literaturoper" and "Chi è Lulu? From F. Wedeking to A. Berg'.

March 2024

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