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The Bob Harding Bursary holder for the 2018-2019 season is Stefano Boccacci.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Stefano Boccacci began his piano studies at 9 years old. In 2010, he began his professional training in Composition at the Pontifical Xavierian University, and two years later began his Bachelor in Orchestra Conducting. In 2013, he created the Tutta Forza Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble which applies a chamber music approach to symphonic repertoire. In 2016, Tutta Forza Chamber Orchestra won the most prestigious award for young musicians in Colombia, the Young Performers Award of the Bank of the Republic, and were part of the series Colón Acústico, at the Teatro Colón of Bogotá, under Boccacci’s baton. For 3 years, he collaborated as conductor of the Opera Ensemble of the Pontifical Xavierian University, and with the Orquesta Sinfónica Javeriana as assistant conductor.
He has taken Master classes with Patrick Fournillier, Johannes Wildner, Michael Lewanski and Catherine Larsen-Maguire. He has developed a great interest in contemporary music and has been working and stimulating the work of young Colombian composers, commissioning and giving the premieres of many of their creations. As conductor, he has been in music festivals like FEMUSC in Brazil, in 2015 and 2016. During 2015, he was the music director of the Nashville Big Band, recording for Tigo Music that same year.
He will study his MMus in Orchestra Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is the most recent winner of the Bob Harding Bursary for Young Conductors with the Havant Symphony Orchestra for the 2018/19 season, and is the Musical Director of the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra.