Enrico Saverio Pagano was born in Rome in 1995. He started his musical studies at the age of eight by playing cello until his graduation in 2016. After obtaining the European Baccalaureate at the European School of Varese in 2013, his main interest moved to orchestral conducting. He studied under the direction of Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli and Gilberto Serembe. In July 2017 he graduated cum laude in orchestral conducting at Conservatorio “L. Marenzio” in Brescia. At the same time, he studied musical composition at Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Como.
Meeting Alessandro Quarta was a turning point in his life, as he had the chance of becoming his assistant in several productions. In summer 2016 he was one of the two conductors selected for Curtis Summerfest at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (US). In Philadelphia Enrico became assistant of Paul Brian, Mark Russell Smith and JD Gersen and conducted the Summerfest’s Orchestra in Schubert’s 7th Symphony. He was also selected to hold a cycle of lessons to introduce young orchestral players to the repertoire.
On May 22nd 2017 Enrico had his debut at Festival pianistico internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo. In 2014 he founded the Orchestra da Camera Canova, which gathers some of the best young Italian talents. Together with the Orchestra, Enrico has performed more than sixty concerts both in and outside Italy.
In spring 2018, Enrico and the Orchestra were chosen by Milan’s Fondazione Antonio Carlo Monzino for a new production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. The opera was brought, among others, to Teatro Sociale in Mantua. In autumn 2018, once again with Fondazione Monzino, Enrico and the Orchestra were protagonists of the Italian tour M@M – Mozart a Milano. The aim of the tour was to explore the relationship between the young Mozart and the city of Milan and the concert was performed in 14 different theaters of 13 cities (such as Teatro Manzoni and Teatro Alla Scala’s museum in Milan, Auditorium Da Cemmo in Brescia and Teatro San Domenico in Crema) and was acclaimed both by the public and the critics.
In March 2019 Enrico and Orchestra Canova inaugurated the Torre Generali in City Life (Milan), in front of the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. In May 2019, together with the young pianist Ginevra Costantini Negri, the Orchestra Canova and the mezzo Manuela Custer, Enrico recorded its first CD dedicated to Giovanni Paisiello’s music, which will be published by Concerto Classics. For this project he also selected and transcribed the music found in several Italian libraries.
In May 2020, together with the pianist Gloria Campaner, Enrico will debut at IUC Concerti in Rome, playing Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concert and 7th Symphony.
His article about Antonio Caldara’s Missa Artificiosissimae Compositionis, published by Edizioni Pian&Forte, won the Medaglia Leonardo 2019, a competition among all Italian Conservatories and Universities.
He is fluent both in English and German.