Conductor & Artistic Director
Born in Spoleto, Italy, Lorenzo Muti turned a childhood passion into a lifelong love that has taken him around the world. Lorenzo studied at some of the world’s finest institutions, including the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and New York’s Juilliard School. Making his conducting debut in his hometown at the Spoleto Festival, he has since enjoyed acclaim across Europe and the U.S. with the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Netherlands Opera, the Washington Opera and many others. As Conductor and Artistic Director of The COT since 1988, Lorenzo Muti has been a dynamic leader in bringing great orchestral music to the Triangle. Together with his wife Jill, Maestro Muti also runs Spoleto Study Abroad, a non-profit educational organization that brings high school students and educators to Italy to focus on cultural and artistic enrichment.
In his young career, Niccoló Muti has already established himself as a versatile artist. He is the Assistant Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle in Durham, NC and the Artistic Director of Incontri Musicali, an annual chamber music festival in Spoleto, Italy. Currently finishing his conducting studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with Donald Schleicher, Niccoló has also received degrees in Violin Performance from Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Other conducting posts have included Assistant Conductor of the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra.