Carlo Ponti is known for taking audiences of all ages on musical journeys of unique interpretive depth.
He has worked at the Conductor's Institute in the U.S. under Harold Farberman, with Andrey Boreyko, Mehli Mehta and Zubin Mehta in Los Angeles, and furthered his studies in Europe at the Vienna Music Academy, under Leopold Hager and Erwin Accel.
Maestro Ponti was awarded Italy's Premio Galileo Award in 2006 for exceptional musical achievement. In the United States, he was the recipient of the 2008 Artistic Achievement Award from the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the 2009 Spirit of Hope Award from the Childhelp Foundation for his contributions to the development and advancement of young musical talent throughout the world. In 2011 he was co-recipient of the Lupa di Roma Prize in Rome, and received the Premio Civitas 2014 award in Naples, Italy.
Ponti has served as associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, with which has recorded several CDS for Pentatone, since 2000, and in 2014 founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi, an ensemble that emphasizes music's educational value and that is dedicated to giving back to the community.
He has also appeared with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Valencia, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, Pro Arte Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Ural Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Napa Valley Symphony, Budapest Concert Orchestra, UCLA Philharmonia and American Youth Symphony