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Carlo Ponti Jr. began his musical studies in Paris as pianist and was a             
prizewinner in several competitions. In 1994 he attended the Conductor's           
Institute in Hartford, Connecticut under the direction of Harold Farberman and     
subsequently received a master’s degree in conducting from the University of     
California, Los Angeles. He has also studied with Maestros Zubin and Mehli Mehta,   
Maestro Andrey Boreyko, and at the Vienna Musikhochschule under Leopold Hager       
and Karel Ancerl.                                                                   
Ponti's debut with the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow met with critical       
praise and led to his appointment in 2000 as the Orchestra's Associate Conductor.   
In 2001 he was named Music Director and Principal Conductor of the San             
Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, a position recently extended through the 2009/2010   
season. In this post, he has attracted much attention for his innovative           
programming, and for raising the artistic level of the orchestra and broadening     
its audience.                                                                       
As a guest conductor, Ponti has appeared with, among others, the Orquesta           
Sinfonica de Galicia, Orquesta de Valencia, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra,       
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Pro Arte Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,     
Ural Philharmonic and Moscow Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted at several         
international music festivals including the Festival d' Echternach, Festival       
Vancouver, Taichung Music Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bratislava         
Spring Music Festival, St. Petersburg Palaces Music Festival, Festival             
Internacional de Musica de Villena, Festival del Sole and the Köln Musik           
Following his critically acclaimed debut with the Orchestra Del Maggio Musicale     
in Florence, Maestro Ponti was awarded Italy's prestigious Premio Galileo Award     
in 2006 for exceptional musical achievement.                                       
Committed to encouraging and educating young talent, Ponti holds regular master     
classes in orchestral conducting, and has led the American Youth Symphony and       
the Young Musicians' Foundation Orchestra.