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Mario Miragliotta, Orchestra Conductor – San Diego, California

Master of Music, Yale University – Performance, Viola
Master of Music, University of Southern California – Orchestral Conducting
Advanced Studies Certificate, University of Southern California – Viola
Bachelor’s Degree, Universidade Estadual Paulista – Composition and Conducting

Mario Miragliotta was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Son of Italian and Japanese immigrants, he came to the U.S. in 1990 to further his musical knowledge.

In 2001, Mr. Miragliotta’s career was blossoming. That Fall he was to assume the position of Assistant Conductor for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, but a couple of months before, while on his way to conduct at the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, and travel to Dallas to conduct the Forth Worth Symphony, a car accident left him paralyzed and hospitalized for two-and-a-half months. Relying on his sheer determination and love for music, he successfully conducted the American Youth Symphony at Royce Hall from a wheelchair to a standing ovation a mere seven months after his accident. He also returned to Aspen, invited by David Zinman to conduct the Aspen Festival Orchestra, a story chronicled on “The New York Times.” His story was also featured in the “Los Angeles Times Magazine,” “LA Daily News,” “San Diego Union Tribune,” and other publications. (Please email sergiomira@hotmail.com to request articles)

Currently, Mr. Miragliotta is a Conductor with the “Community Opus Project,” an “El Sistema” inspired initiative by the San Diego Youth Symphony which seeks to allow children of socially and financially challenged families to learn and experience the magic of playing orchestral music. The program caters to over 300 students in the Chula Vista school district. He leads the intermediate and advanced ensembles, the Opus Honor Orchestra, the Festejo Orchestra, and the Alegria Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Miragliotta coaches chamber music weekly to over a dozen chamber music groups from both orchestras.

He also volunteered as a teacher at the San Diego Center for Children for the year 2013, an organization which caters to students with a variety of disorders such as emotional, developmental, attention deficit, anxiety, mood, etc. At the moment is the conductor of the Academy’s Choir and also lectures in ‘Digital Music Production.’

His performance in Mallorca, Spain with the Mallorca Conservatory Orchestra can be seen here. The performance took place at Castle Bellver, a 14th century castle built in the Gothic style. Orchestra members and the audience were deeply touched and expressed that the performance level achieved by the orchestra was a highlight during the organization’s history.

Renowned conductor and his teacher Sergiu Commissiona, called him a “Natural talent, who explores the depths of music… an exceptionally and naturally gifted conductor.”

David Zinman, Music Director of  the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich finds Mr. Miragliotta to be “…very gifted and talented. On the podium Mario is very confident and has clear interpretative ideas, which enable him to transmit his ideas of style, sound, balance and phrase. His excitement and passion for music inspires musicians as well.”

Larry Livingston, Music Director of the Thorton Symphony and also his teacher calls Mario “…a miracle incarnate. His beautiful conducting and deep spirit are an inspiration to everyone.”

Mr. Miragliotta has appeared as a guest with some of best youth and professional orchestras in the country and abroad.

  • Orquestra Simfonica del Conservatori Superior de Musica de les Illes Balears – Spain.
  • Aspen Festival Orchestra, invited by David Zinman.
  • American Youth Symphony – Royce Hall, Los Angeles
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts Orchestra.
  • San Diego Unified Honor’s Orchestra – Copley Symphony Hall.
  • Cabbrillo Chamber Orchestra, with Fred Benedetti.
  • Sinfonia Cultura – Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He has also served as Music Director of the Classics 4 Kids Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and University of Southern California Community Orchestra; resident conductor and teacher at the Idyllwild Arts Academy; associate conductor of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Disney’s Young Musician Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor of the USC Thorton Symphony, and teacher at the Idyllwild Summer Festival Orchestra and Tatui Encontros, Brazil. Click here to see and print his resume.