Born in Brescia in 1963, Pier Carlo Orizio graduated in piano under Sergio Marengoni, studied conducting with Donato Renzetti and attended master classes held by Emil Tchakarov (Venice 1988) and Leonard Bernstein (Rome 1989).
He has conducted major European orchestras such as the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, soloist Salvatore Accardo, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. With the Prague Philharmonia, he has recorded Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto and Schumann’s A Minor Concerto with Martha Argerich as soloist.
A special relationship ties him to China, where he has been Artistic Director of the Beijing International Piano Festival. Since 2008 he has performed in concerts in the most important Chinese music halls with orchestras such as the Beijing Symphony and the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra.
In his conducting career, he has worked with legendary artists as Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir James Galway, Rudolph Buchbinder, Boris Berezovsky, participating in some of the main European Festivals.
Pier Carlo Orizio is deeply interested in nowadays music and has conducted pieces by contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzysztof Penderecki (solo flute Massimo Mercelli), and premieres by Giancarlo Facchinetti and Mauro Montalbetti, among others.
In 2013 he co-founded with Luca Ranieri the Filarmonica del Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo (of which he has held the position of Artistic Director since 2007) collaborating with prestigious soloists as Uto Ughi, Ramin Bahrami, Daniil Trifonov and Sergej Krylov.
Pier Carlo Orizio has been professor of Orchestral Practice at the Conservatory “E.F. Dall’Abaco” of Verona since 2002.