He was a student of Sergiu Celibidache, Franco Ferrara and Hans Svarowsky.
He made his conducting debut at the age of 16 at Siena’s Teatro dei Rinnovati, during Master Classes at the Accademia Chigiana.
After winning numerous prize contests, he began his international career with his debut at the Berlin Philharmonic. He now conducts the most important orchestras in the world at the most prestigious festivals and theaters.
He has held the position of Musical Director of various symphonic groups, including the Orchestra of Monte Carlo (where he lives and works), the Radio Symphonic Orchestra of Stuttgart for ten years, followed by that of the Sydney Symphonic and the Opera of Rome in the last ten years. He has won the most important prizes and awards, also for his vast and many-sided recording activity. He is also actively involved in theater directing and composition. Among his many awards, the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic and Italy’s Cavaliere di Gran Croce.
Gianluigi Gelmetti teaches orchestral conducting at the Academy since 1997.