Mark Sforzini - Highly sought after as a composer, Sforzini has been commissioned by, among others, the Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, FloriMezzo, Palladium Theater, Pinellas Youth Symphony, Alfred T. May, Ray & Nancy Murray, J.B. Starkey
Jr., The Preis Family, Marian Moorehead, Crested Butte Music Festival, Hillsborough Arts Council and City of Tampa Water Department.  His compositions have been played throughout the United States at music festivals such as the Eastern Music Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival, Chautauqua, The Bonk! Festival and by chamber musicians of the Toledo Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra, and the full forces of the Florida Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Brevard Symphony and the Tampa Bay Symphony.

His Octet was performed at the inaugural concert at the Murray Studio Theater at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida.  His compositions have been programmed and performed on The Florida Orchestra’s Masterworks Series and its Coffee Concerts and Blue Jeans Classics.  Notable performers who have premiered many of Sforzini’s works include international piano star Pascal Rogé and violinists Ellen de Pasquale & Amy Schwartz Moretti. Performances of Sforzini’s works have been led by prominent conductors Stefan Sanderling, Thomas Wilkins, Susan Haig, Christopher Confessore and Charles Olivieri-Munroe.

Sforzini is currently the Executive and Artistic Director of the St Petersburg Opera Company.  Since 2005, he has led the company through fourteen fully staged operatic productions to high critical acclaim.  Maestro Sforzini has conducted fully-staged productions with orchestra of Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Giovanni, The Merry Widow, La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutti, Carmen and Rigoletto.  In addition, he has conducted Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Into the Woods as well as The Music Man.

Sforzini conducts a full range including standard orchestral repertoire, chamber ensembles and pops, in addition to Broadway and opera.  He has premiered and recorded a variety of new compositions both as a conductor and as a bassoonist.  Recordings include Remembrance Upon a Midnight Hour for solo cello on Centaur Records and multiple works available at  YouTube recordings exist for the Voyage of Life and Frizzante.  Sforzini has guest conducted in Alabama and Colorado, and he will guest conduct Tampa Bay Symphony later this season.

A modern-day Renaissance man, Maestro Sforzini served as principal bassoon of the Florida Orchestra from 1992-2007.  He is the Artistic Director of the prestigious Encore Series of chamber music at the Palladium Theater and was co-founder and Artistic Director of FloriMezzo from 2003-2008. Sforzini also served for three years as Music Director of the Pinellas Youth Symphony and many years as a composer-mentor for Hillsborough County Schools. 

In addition to vocal coaching, he is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and chamber music coach.  He has served as adjudicator for the Altamura/Caruso International Vocal Competition.  He still teaches bassoon to private students and as an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College.  He has played principal bassoon with the Crested Butte Music Festival every July since 2003 and was Composer-in-Residence in 2003.  He has written and produced a number of one-act opera and music programs based on operatic repertoire and using professional singers and orchestral musicians.  And he is particularly known for his coaching of singers and instrumentalists as well as composers.

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