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Eric Hull, Conductor

Citizenship

Canadian with Permanent Residence Status in Malta

Languages

English - mother tongue

Italian - fluent

French - fluent

German - proficient, though rusty

Spanish - good working knowledge

Educational Diplomas

  • High School Diploma (Ontario, Canada)
  • Diploma in Conducting, Choral Conducting and Korrepetition from  Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria (equivalent to Master’s Degree)

Computer Literacy (Windows)

Finale (Music Notation)

Office and Desktop Publishing software

Communications software

Basic video and audio editing software

WebPlus (Web site design)

STUDIES

Year

Place

Institution and curriculum

1969 - 75

Vancouver, Canada

Basic studies of piano, oboe, violin, solfège, composition, music history, etc. at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Courtenay Youth Music Centre and privately .

 

Member of Vancouver Youth Orchestra as oboist.

1975

 

Began conducting studies, first concerts with the Vancouver Youth Orchestra.

1979 - 80

Michigan, U.S.A.

Interlochen Arts Academy, major in composition and oboe.

 

Conducting experiences, including own compositions (including Gloria for Chorus and orchestra.)

Summer 1980

 

Employment as Orchestral Librarian at the Interlochen Center for the Arts

 

Performances of own compositions (including Nietzche song cycle.)

 

Oboist and English Hornist in the Staff Orchestra.

1980 - 83

Vienna, Austria

Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. Major in Conducting (with Karl Österreicher), Chorus Conducting, Korrepetition and Oboe, with extensive complimentary studies including piano, voice, languages, continuo playing, history, etc.

 

Professional employment as freelance vocal coach and oboist.

 

Conducted various concerts including concerts at the Canadian Embassy and Diploma concert at the Musikverein.

 

Diploma in 1983 (equivalent to Masters Degree), the youngest graduate in conducting in the history of the Hochschule.

Summer 1981

Siena, Italy

Attendance of conducting classes by Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy

Summer 1982 and 1983

Nice, France

Participation in conducting course by Pierre Dervaux at l’Académie Internationale d’Été in Nice, France.

1983 - 84

London, England

Long term Canada Council Grant for studies in London, England.

 

Attendance of rehearsals and performances at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and private tuition in operatic repertoire with David Syrus (Head of Music Staff.)

 

Tuition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Summer 1984

Boston, Massachusetts

Short Term  Canada Council Grant for participation in the Seminar for Conductors at Tanglewood Music Center. Master classes with conductors including Ozawa, Masur,  Slatkin, Tilson-Thomas .

1986-94

Milan, Vancouver, Naples

Conscious of the shift in performing aesthetics of seventeenth and eighteenth  Century music in the light of  research in historical performance practice, renewed study of the Lute, Early Organ and Harpsichord at the Vancouver Early Music Festival and the Scuola Civica di Musica Antica in Milan.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Year

Place of residence

Institution and position

1984 - 86

Toronto, Canada

Apprentice Conductor to Andrew Davis and The Toronto Symphony. Conducted various concerts with the orchestra, in addition to regular duties.

 

 

 

Milan, Salzburg, Bologna

Assistant to Riccardo Chailly for opera productions at Teatro alla Scala, the Salzburger Festspiele and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna.

1986 - 96

Milan, Italy

Guest conducting contracts including:

  • Teatro alla Scala
  • Berlin Radio Orchestra
  • Teatro San Carlo in Naples
  • Teatro alla Fenice in Venice
  • Teatro Comunale in Bologna
  • II Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
  • RAI Orchestra of Naples
  • La Grande Orchestra Sinfonica "Giuseppe Verdi" di Milano
  • Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra of Milan
  • Teatro Comunale in Treviso
  • Orchestra London (Canada)
  • Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
  • Il Teatro dell'Aquila di Fermo
  • Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca

Constant series of conducting contracts at Teatro alla Scala, including productions of opera and ballet.

 

Prepared the Filarmonica della Scala for conductors such as Lutoslawsky, Solti, Muti, Maazel, Ozawa, Pretre, Bertini, Zedda.

 

Participation in Adjudication Commission for Competitions and Auditions including

  • Teatro alla Scala (substituting the Artistic Administrator)
  • l’Arena di Verona (President of Commission)
  • La Fenice of Venice
  • Concorso di Canto in Treviso
  • Concorso di Canto in Mantova

 

Prepared Critical and Performing Editions for Teatro alla Scala including

  • Salieri's Europa Riconosciuta, the opera that inaugurated Teatro alla Scala in 1778, performed in occasion of the theatre’s re-inauguration following its refurbishment in 2004.
  • Adolphe Adam’s ballet Giselle.
  • Madrigals by Marenzio and Scarlatti.

Published critical edition of Niccolo’ Piccinni’s l'Americano with Ricordi-BMG, conducting and recording it (awarded 1997 and 1998's Best Italian Operatic recording by Musica e Dischi) for the first performance in modern times at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca.

1996 - 2004

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Guest conducting contracts including:

  • Opéra de Monte-Carlo (Il Matrimonio Segreto, Andrea Chénier, Madama Butterfly and Der Schauspieldirektor)
  • l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (Piano Masters, Voice Masters, Festival Internationale de Cannes)
  • Russian National Orchestra of Moscow
  • Il Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
  • Teatro Sao Carlo of Lisbon
  • La Grande Orchestra Sinfonica "Giuseppe Verdi" di Milano
  • l'Arena di Verona
  • l’Opéra de Nice
  • l'Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
  • l'Opéra de Lausanne
  • Opera of Bilbao Denboraldia (ABAO)
  • Teatro alla Fenice of Venice
  • Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Sassari
  • Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca (First performance in the modern era and world premier recording of Cimarosa's Armida Immaginaria)
  • Teatro di tradizione in Trapani
  • Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle

Prepared Critical and Performing Editions of the eighteenth century Monegasque composer Honoré Langlé’s Corisandre ou les foux par enchantement for l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

 

2004 -2009

Malta

Guest conducting contracts including:

  • Teatro Real in Madrid
  • Festival de Opera de Las Palmas (ACO) (Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Thaïs, Die Fledermaus, Idomeneo and Rake’s Progress)
  • Bilbao Opera Denboraldia  
  • Teatro Cervantes de Malaga (Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Purcell’s Fairy Queen)
  • Opera de Oviedo (Così fan tutte and Idomeneo)
  • Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Sassari (Cherubini’s Medea, Massenet’s La Navarraise, Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Bizet’s Carmen)
  • Festival de Galizia (Händel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo)
  • La Folle Journée de Nantes with Concerto Köln
  • Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta

Founded l’Isola fortunata, dedicated to producing quality performances of Early Music on period instruments in historically significant architectural venues.

 

 

RECORDINGS and DVDs

Title

Record Company

Piccinni, l’Americano

Dynamic

Cimarosa, Armida Immaginaria

Dynamic

Cherubini, Medea (DVD)

Kicco

Massenet, La Navarraise

Kicco

Poulenc, La Voix humaine

Kicco

Eric Hull, conductor