Born in Rome in 1995, Enrico Saverio Pagano graduated very young in cello, composition and orchestral conducting. He studied with Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Gilberto Serembe and Alessandro Quarta (of whom he was assistant in several productions). In 2016, he was one of the two conductors selected for Curtis Summerfest at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (US).
Particularly interested in late 18th – beginning 19th century’s repertoire, in 2014 he founded the Orchestra da Camera Canova, gathering some of the best young Italian talents. Together with the Orchestra, Enrico 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 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 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 Sony Classical. For this project he also selected and transcribed the music found in several Italian libraries.
In Autumn 2020 Enrico had his debut, together with the pianist Gloria Campaner and the writer Alessandro Baricco, at the Arena di Verona for an evening that celebrated Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. In November 2020, the same concert was recorded at Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. With Gloria Campaner, he will also hold a tour dedicated to Beethoven for the IUC Concerti in Rome.
In march 2021, Enrico was selected as one of the 100 Young People Under 30 to become leaders of the future by Forbes Italia.
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.
Enrico and the Orchestra are artists-in-residence of the IUC – Concerti alla Sapienza in Rome and of Verbano Musica Estate (Locarno, CH).
He is fluent both in English and German.