Christian Frattima, born in 1984, began studying the violin at the age of four as an enfant-prodige. He held his first concert at the age of 12, performing pieces with high interpretational difficulty. He won numerous violin competitions at an early age and graduated with the maximum score, honours and honourable mention at the ministry (major praise in Italy) in 2003, at the age of 19. He perfected his violin studies with Pasquale Pellegrino as teacher, and began studying conducting in 2005 in Sofia (Bulgaria) with Maestro Dejan Pavlov. In 2006, he continued his conducting studies with Maestro Ennio Nicotra and participated in various international masterclasses with Maestros such as V. Gergiev and J. Panula. In 2007, he began studying with Maestro Juozas Domarkas, under whose tutelage he graduated in Symphony Orchestra Conducting at the Lithuanian National Academy in 2011, with a score of 10/10. Christian Frattima is also a renowned composer.
Frattima, who has graduated in Economics and Performing Arts Management, was appointed artistic director of many musical institutions around Europe and his fieldwork is Russian symphonic and Italian operatic baroque repertoire. Currently he is the chief conductor and artistic director of “Coin du Roi”, one of the best early music institutions in Italy, and guest conductor of several European orchestras. Frattima conducted in more than 20 countries and recorded 13 CDs, most of them including world premiered baroque and classic period pearls. As artistic director of Coin du Roi, he arranged and performed, for the first time in Italy, the historically informed scenic versions of Pergolesi’s “Livietta e Tracollo”, Handel’s “Xerxes” and Mozart’s “Apollo et Hyacinthus”. He is also the author of more than 100 monographs in English and Italian language. Christian Frattima speaks 5 languages in addition to Italian.
Critics have written of him:
“Frattima’s conducting was very precise, various, colourful. Stylistically interpretation was really correct and appropriate was the sedulous attention thorough the singers”.
“His baton is vigorous, technically flawless and of rare clarity. There are no movements that are not functional as is now standard practice; he has no air of the prima donna, only professionalism”.
“Coin du Roi orchestra played with unfailable technique and Frattima’s conducting shaped a very profound sound. The concertation was historically informed, but the emotional approach was very modern, intense, strong”.
“The actual column of the performance was Christian Frattima, who conducted with great knowledge and talent a difficult score. Light hands and musical unity are characteristics of this young conductor, deserving great attention”.