Commissioner /

Claude Padoan

Born in Brussels in 1967. In 1988 he graduated in French Horn with honors from the Conservatory "A. Buzzolla" Adria (Italy) under the guidance of Giampaolo Zeri (member of the RAI Italian Radio Television Orchestra in Milan), achieving in the same year the graduation from the Arts High School.
Later he studied with the Masters as H. Baumann, E. Penzel, G. Cass, I.James, J. Falout, V. Globokar, M. Rota, G.Zoppi and others.

As a student he won, for two consecutive years, two scholarships to the contest held by the Foundation "RF Mecenati." in Adria.
Winner of the 1st Prize in the National Contest "The Concert Player" of Taranto.
Winner of the 1st Prize at the National Performing Chamber Music of Rovereto.
He won a scholarship for the Course for Advanced Musical Studies in Saluzzo, a competition organized by the European Community.

He performs as soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles, and has made several CD recordings (Decca Records, Arkadia Records, Tactus Records, Naxos Records, Fonč Records) and TV recordings (Pavarotti International - RAI Italian Radio and Television Recordings).
He has collaborated with various instrumental combinations, with the famous Italian Music Associations, performing with conductors and soloists such as George Pretre, Riccardo Chailly, Piero Bellugi, Daniele Gatti, Gustav Kuhn, Valery Gerghiev, Rudolf Buchbinder, Maurizio Pollini, Andrea Lucchesini, Uto Ughi, Salvatore Accardo, Sergei Krylov, Giuliano Carmignola, Pierre Amoyal, Mario Brunello, Enrico Dindo, Paul Meyer, Maurice Bourgue, Luciano Pavarotti, Cecilia Bartoli, Montserrat Caballé, Katia Ricciarelli, Leo Nucci, Renato Bruson, to name few.
He is regularly invited to several International Organ Festivals in Italy with his Duo Horn/Natural Horn and Organ.
He has played with several orchestras / chamber groups, in famous theaters and concert halls such as the Academy of St. Cecilia in Rome, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Opera House in Milan, the Teatro S. Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Grande in Brescia, the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, the Teatro Regio in Parma, the Teatro Parioli in Rome, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Pollini Auditorium in Padua, the Teatro G. Verdi in Trieste, the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, the Teatro G.Verdi in Florence and others.
He played mainly as 1st horn, with various orchestras including the Orchestra "Arturo Toscanini" in Parma, Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Stabile in Bergamo, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Chamber Orchestra of Padua and Veneto, Grand Symphony Orchestra "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan, Orchestra "Giuseppe Verdi" in Trieste, Italian Philharmonic Orchestra in Turin, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, Lecce Symphony Orchestra, Bari Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra "Gioachino Rossini" in Pesaro, Udine Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Stabile in Como, Theater Orchestra in Ferrara and others, alternating both the repertoire for chamber orchestra and full symphony orchestra.

For nearly 16 years, alongside the instrumental activity, he also taught at conservatories in Florence, Bari, Monopoli, Perugia, Trieste.
He is currently professor of horn and natural horn and professor of computer music at the Conservatory of Music B. Marcello in Venice, teachings achieved through national competitions.