Sylvia Casarin Rizzolo (Conductor) - APA Artists' Management Alexandra Mercer - www.apaartistsmanagement.com She made her debut at the age of 18 after completing her studies at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia. Aided by a scholarship from the Lyon’s Club she went on to the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, graduating two years early with an honours degree in composition and conducting. She collaborated with Claudio Abbado on various projects including Cosi Fan Tutte in Ferrara and later on Simon Boccanegra in Salzburg. She was invited by Zubin Metha to collaborate with him on Otello and symphonic concerts at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. As a young conductor she was greatly influenced by Carlos Kleiber who became her mentor at the beginning of her career. She was the first Italian woman to conduct in the USA and the first woman to conduct the Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice in her native Venice, where she continues to be a regular guest. She is founder of the Chamber Orchestra 4U and as well as her work in both opera and ballet, has a flourishing symphonic career, collaborating with many important orchestras both in Italy and abroad.