RNCM Welcomes New Artistic Director

The RNCM is delighted to welcome Dr Michelle Castelletti as its new Artistic Director.

Michelle joins the College from her role as Festival Manager of the Sounds New Contemporary Festival in Canterbury, where she was pivotal in extending its international reputation, creating important partnerships with leading orchestras, ensembles and composers, arts and broadcasting organisations, cultural institutions and embassies. She was also responsible for developing a number of large-scale projects, including a three year EU-funded International Composer Pyramid which attracted over 1400 new compositions, and The Universe of Sound, an interactive education project with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Under her artistic management, the Festival won a prestigious Destination Canterbury Award for bringing the most national and international recognition to the city.

Born in Malta to an artistic family, Michelle studied music at the University of Malta and conducting at Canterbury Christ Church University. Professionally, she has worked as a repetiteur, pianist and accompanist, sung as a soloist in England, France, Holland, Italy, Malta and Sweden, and conducted a number of international orchestras, choruses and ensembles.

Talking of her new position, Michelle said: ‘I am thrilled to be joining the RNCM as its new Artistic Director at what is a very exciting time for the College. The RNCM is a vibrant, energetic hub and I am totally committed to upholding, sustaining and growing all that this inspiring conservatoire has achieved so far.’

14 October 2013