• Biography


Participant of 2018

Currently Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chilean-Italian conductor Paolo Bortolameolli has a bustling concert schedule across the Americas, Asia, and Europe.  In addition to his post in Los Angeles, he is also Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Esperanza Azteca (México) and Principal Guest Conductor of Filarmónica de Santiago (Chile).

Highlights of the 22/23 season includes appearances in Spain at the Gran Teatre del Liceu for “Die Zauberflöte” and in France at the Opéra de Paris for eleven performances of “Tosca”, his debut with San Francisco Symphony, his return to the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford Theater season as well as in Chile for concerts with the Filarmónica de Santiago of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.​

Having conducted every significant orchestra in his Chilean homeland and been awarded prizes four times by the Arts Critics Association as Symphonic and Opera Conductor of the Year, Paolo has regular conducting relationships across Latin and North America, Europe and Asia including the Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Orchestra della Toscana (Italy), Gulbenkian Orchestra (Portugal), Orquesta de las Américas, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia (Spain), Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Orquesta Sinfónica del SODRE (Uruguay), Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (México), Orquesta Filarmónica Joven de Colombia in addition to the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil). His most recent activity has included return engagements in Poland with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, in Italy with the Orchestra Haydn, in Venezuela with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar and in the United States with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Paolo’s relationship with the LA Phil will continue through the 22/23 season, where he will conduct subscription concerts and increase his engagement with the newly opened YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) education centre designed by architect Frank Gehry.

Paolo has conducted concerts in both the Hollywood Bowl and at the Disney Concert hall every season since his arrival in LA, including a landmark new production of Meredith Monk’s inventive opera, ATLAS, performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in 2019.

Also in 2021/22, Paolo will work with other top orchestras in North America: Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, as well as orchestras and opera houses at the highest level across Europe.

Passionately committed to new music and audiences, Paolo has developed innovative projects such as “Ponle Pausa”, a project that seeks to rethink the concept of music education through the implementation of short videos and concerts targeting social network users.

In 2018 he was was a guest-lecturer for a TED Talk in New York. His talk has already gathered more than 700,000 views on YouTube.

In 2020 he released his first book: RUBATO Procesos musicales y una playlist personal.

Paolo holds a Master of Music degree (Yale School of Music, 2013), a Graduate Performance Diploma (Peabody Institute, 2015), a Piano Performance Diploma (Universidad Católica de Chile, 2006) and a Conducting Diploma (Universidad de Chile, 2011).



Works conducted in the Competition:

Round 1

Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op 84 (excerpt)
Rossini: The Barber of Seville Overture (excerpt)

Round 2 – Semi-finals

Bartók: Divertimento (excerpt)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21: II Larghetto (excerpt)
Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F, Op 90 (excerpt)