Associate Professor of Music
Music Director and Conductor, UC Davis Symphony Orchestra
Christian Baldini has conducted a wide range of orchestras including the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and opera for the Aldeburgh Festival (United Kingdom). Last April he made his debut conducting in Salzburg at the Award Weekend when an international jury selected him and two other conductors out of ninety-one submissions worldwide.
Equally at home in the core symphonic and operatic repertoire as in the most daring corners of contemporary music, he has presented world premieres of over sixty works. Baldini has been a featured composer at the Acanthes Festival in France and the Ginastera Festival in London. His compositions have been performed by orchestras and ensembles including the Orchestre National de Lorraine (France), Southbank Sinfonia (London), Munich Radio Orchestra (Germany), New York New Music Ensemble, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Daegu Chamber Orchestra (South Korea), Chronophonie Ensemble (Freiburg) and the Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt). His music appears on the Pretal Label and has been broadcast in Germany by Südwestrundfunk and Bayerischer Rundfunk.
He has also conducted and recorded contemporary Italian music for the RAI Trade and Tactus labels. His compositions are published by Babel Scores in Paris. Baldini’s work has received awards in several competitions including the top prize at the Seoul International Competition for Composers (South Korea, 2005), the Tribune of Music (UNESCO, 2005), the Ossia International Competition (Rochester, NY, 2008), the Daegu Chamber Orchestra International Competition (South Korea, 2008), and the Sao Paulo Orchestra International Conducting Competition (Brazil, 2006). He has been an assistant conductor with the Britten-Pears Orchestra (England) and a cover conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.). He holds a Ph.D. (composition, SUNY Buffalo), Master’s (conducting, Penn State), and a B.A. (composition and conducting, Catholic University of Argentina). After teaching and conducting at the State University of New York in Buffalo, Baldini joined the UC Davis faculty in 2009, where he serves as the Music Director of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and acts as the chamber music coordinator. Baldini is also Music Director of the Camellia Symphony Orchestra in Sacramento.