Filippo Arlia, born in ’89, is a pianist, teacher and conductor. He is considered by international critics one of the most brilliant and versatile Italian musicians of his generation. He graduated in piano at the Conservatory “F. Torrefranca” of Vibo Valentia only 17 years with honors, Honors and Honorable Mention under the guidance of Antonella Barbarossa, thus acquiring the methods and techniques of the piano school of the famous teacher Lethea Cifarelli, Edwin Fischer’s favorite pupil. He then completed his humanistic education graduating in Law at the “Magna Graecia” University of Catanzaro.
He made his debut as a soloist on the international scene with a European tour dedicated to G. Gershwin, composer to whom his career has remained particularly linked to the collaboration in 2014 with Michel Camilo, considered one of the most important jazz pianists in the world.
Since 2008 he has been promoting the “Duettango”, one of the most important Italian chamber ensembles involved in the interpretation of Astor Piazzolla’s literature. In 2015 the “Duettango” lived in New York, collecting a real “standing ovation” from the American public in the “Weill Recital Hall” (Carnegie Hall). In the same year Arlia was the protagonist of the last international tour of the violin of Quinteto Nuevo Tango by Astor Piazzolla, the famous Fernando Suarez Paz. With the extraordinary participation of Suarez Paz and on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of Piazzolla, Duettango has recorded a record published by Foné Records and distributed in 16 countries worldwide. The album, which immediately had a great critical acclaim on the major newspapers, was presented at the Concerti del Quirinale di Roma live on RAI Radio 3. Arlia also directed the performance of the Opera as a premiere for Italy. “Maria de Buenos Aires” by A. Piazzolla.
In 2011 I decided to devote myself to the management and founded the Calabria Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he is still Principal Conductor. At the helm of the Filarmonica he collaborated with some of the best known musicians of our time, such as Sergei Krylov, Yuri Shishkin, Michel Camilo, Sergei Nakariakov and Ilya Grubert.
He has held more than 350 concerts as a soloist and conductor in Italy, Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Tunisia, New Zealand, United States, Israel, England, France, Egypt, Spain, Czech Republic, Ukraine, China, Hungary and Kazakhstan and has already conducted an orchestra of historical prestige, including the Orchestra De Tineret of Cluj, the Cukurova State Symphony Orchestra of Adana, the “M. Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra of Vladivostok, the Orchestra City of Ferrara, the New Scarlatti Orchestra of Naples, the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, the Orkestra Akademik Baskent of Ankara, the Symphony Orchestra of the Estado of Mexico, the Nuevo Leon University Orchestra of Monterrey, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the South Czech Philarmonic, the Odessa Philarmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, the New England Symphony Orchestra, the Astana Philarmonic Orchestra.
In 2014, in the family residence of S. Rachmaninov in Ivanovka, Arlia played on one of the historic pianos where the great Russian composer wrote and studied some of the greatest pages of his literature. After the concert, Arlia was nominated Honorary Professor of the State Conservatory “S. Rachmaninov” of Tambov and of the Far Eastern State Academy of Arts in Vladivostok.
In 2015 he inaugurated the Concert Season of the Municipal Theater of Piacenza with the Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra conducting the “Scots” Symphony n. 3 by F. B. Mendelssohn and two concerts by J. S. Bach played by Ramin Bahrami.
In 2016 he made his directorial debut on some of the most prestigious stages in the world: at the Carnegie Hall in New York (Auditorium Isaac Stern / Perelman Stage) with the Symphony no. 8 “Unfinished” by F. Schubert; in Cairo Opera House with the Symphony n. 4 of “P. Čajkovskij”; at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid with the Symphony n. 3 “Heroic” of L. v. Beethoven. He has also performed as a pianist and director in some of the most important sales on the international music scene such as the Mary Flager Cary Hall in New York, the “Rachmaninov” Hall in Moscow, the University of Auckland, the “Scarlatti” Hall in Naples, the Teatro Nuovo “G. Menotti” in Spoleto, the Teatro dell’Opera of the Casinò di Sanremo.
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci made his debut with Dimitra Theodosio as “Santuzza” at the Tianjin Opera House and at Harbin Opera House during a tour in China in 2016. In 2017 he debuted Aida at the Greek Theater of Taormina with Giovanna Casolla as “Amneris “, enjoying an extraordinary success with the public and critics. Otello made his debut at the Astrachan Opera and Ballet Theater in Russia.
“Arlia revisit Piazzolla …… When you are the youngest conductor of the Conservatory of Italy and you have already taken a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall you can afford to pay homage to Astor Piazzolla”
Paolo Giordano (Il Giornale) ”
“…a young eclectic pianist who communicates closely with the keyboard…”
Angelo Foletto (La Repubblica)
“In large highlights the role of the piano, which in a sound frame of great thickness focuses in no uncertain terms some powerful raids of Arlia on the first octave. A real pleasure, to be enjoyed in a casual way ”
Marco Cicogna (Audio Review)
“Duettango renews the genre of Astor Piazzolla, making it more of a classical auditorium than a sweet-hearted dance hall”
Guido Michelone (Il Manifesto)
“The original vision of Arlia works perfectly … the result is a real exciting challenge where the two talented musicians seem to stage a wild tango …”
Carlo D’Ottavi (Sound).
“He is one of the most promising directors of his generation …”
Roberto Zichittella (Famiglia Cristiana).
“Arlia is considered the youngest conductor of the Italian Conservatories …”
Lorenzo Tozzi (Il Tempo).