Born in Rome, Fabrizio Ventura was both General Music Director of Muenster Theater, and principal conductor of the Muenster Symphony Orchestra, in Germany, from 2007 to 2017.
After completing studies in Rome and Vienna, he gained his initial professional experience in the theaters of Baden (near Vienna), Klagenfurt, and the Vienna Volksoper.
In 1989, he was principal conductor at Theater Biel in Switzerland, after which, from 1994 to 1998, he took up the post of State Music Director at the Braunschweig State Theater. There followed an engagement as first conductor at the Nuremberg State Theater; in 2002, he was appointed General Music Director of the Meiningen State Theater.
In September 2005, he held the post of General Music Director of the Istanbul State Opera.
In 2012, Fabrizio Ventura founded the Musica Sacra Muenster festival.
Appointed in 1990, he currently maintains his position as artistic director of Switzerland's Société Philharmonique de Bienne.
Guest engagements have included such renowned orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the Stuttgart State Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Radio Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the European Community Youth Orchestra, the Klangforum Wien, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Bratislava and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fabrizio Ventura has supervised opera productions at the Royal Opera Houses of Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo; at the Vienna Volksoper, the Royal Opera House London, the Prague State Opera, the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the Teatro Verdi Trieste, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, the Fondazione Arena di Verona, the Opéra de Nice, the Aalto Theater Essen, the Opera Australia Sydney and the Opéra de Montreal.
Engagements in the early music genre include The Festival of Early Music, Innsbruck; the Handel Festival Halle and the Handel Festival Goettingen.
As a symphonic conductor, Fabrizio Ventura has worked with artists such as Nelson Freire, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Mueller-Schott, David Geringas, Sabine Meyer, Albrecht Mayer and Benjamin Grosvenor.
In the field of opera, he has worked with vocal artists such as Leo Nucci, Mariella Devia, Rolando Panerai, Siegried Jerusalem, Bernd Weikl, and Christiane Oelze. Stage directors with whom he has collaborated include, amongst others, Claus Guth, Sebastian Baumgarten and Brigitte Fassbaender.
Fabrizio Ventura's discography with the ARS recording company continues to receive international critical acclaim.