Jeffrey Biegel: "There is an interesting
development, IMHO, in many of the smaller cities whereas new music directors are
creating a sensation within their orchestra and community. They are not only
part of the community at large, they are creating a sense of their own sound for
the orchestra. case in point, and I am off topic now, is Raffaele Ponti who has the
Paducah Symphony Orchestra and Charlotte
Symphony Orchestra in Florida. he has already created this sound world with
his orchestras, and I find this to be the case in many of these size cities
where I perform. Back on topic, I can say these young maestros are very
attentive to details, and expect the same with their guest soloists. I love
working with these conductors because they remind of the old world and the
traditions of minute details which can make or break a fantastic
David Kim: “Maestro Ponti is first and foremost, a wonderful and natural musician."
Michael Ludwig: “ Raffaele brings extraordinary artistry and incredible excitement and passion to the podium, a musician of great sensitivity and high artistry."
Ilya Kaler: “It was my enormous pleasure, honor and privilege to perform recently under the direction of Maestro Raffaele Ponti, definitely one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. It is quite rare that one comes across a musician of such technical mastery and musical sensitivity. Not only is Maestro Ponti a singular charismatic presence on the podium but a wonderfully supportive and enthusiastic colleague. Playing under his baton was a real treat for me as well as a highly inspirational and memorable experience!”
Henry Fogel: “Ponti’s conducting is expressive, clear, and emotionally communicative - frankly all the things I look for in conductors….very impressive.”