Italian conductor Pietro Billi studied conducting and piano at the Conservatorio "L. Cherubini" of Florence and at the prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. In addition, he has attended conducting Masterclasses in Italy, Austria and Spain. He is currently serving as an assistant conductor and vocal coach for the Sarasota Opera and has been the assistant conductor of Florida Grand Opera in Miami for several productions, including Rigoletto, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, La Rondine, and Luisa Fernanda.
He made his debut with As.Li.Co (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana) at the Teatro Sociale in Como conducting a new production of Aida which was part of the Opera Domani project, with over a hundred performances in 24 of the most important opera theatres of Italy (among them Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milano, Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Pavarotti in Modena).
Mr. Billi has conducted orchestras such as the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto (after winning the inaugural "Peter Maag" International Competition for young conductors), the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, the Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica "Città di Grosseto" in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky. He served as a vocal coach and professor of History of Italian opera and piano at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA), a prestigious institute for foreign students and has performed recitals with singers covering a wide range of repertoire from opera to Lieder.
An avid promoter of musical culture, he has given many public lectures on various subjects. He also studied journalism and received a degree in Science of Communication at the School of Political Science at the University of Florence.