Italian pianist and conductor Giuseppe Mentuccia has appeared as a performer in prestigious venues such as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chigiana Academy in Siena, Teatro Carignano in Turin, Alice Tully Hall, and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. He has served as assistant conductor for the Met/Juilliard production of Bellini's La sonnambula, conducted by Speranza Scappucci. After working with Robert Kettelson, specializing in Italian operatic repertoire, he was appointed collaborative pianist at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Mr. Mentuccia’s many awards include the Premio Vittoria, as best graduate of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, first prize at the Rotary Club International Music Competition, and first prize at the Juilliard Stravinsky Concerto Competition. After graduating from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mr. Mentuccia entered the master’s program in piano performance at Juilliard, where he studied under Jerome Lowenthal and Julian Martin. He is currently a CV Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard and a Lindemann Young Artist at the Metropolitan Opera of New York; he is faculty The Juilliard School and at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.