Sergio Pallottelli captivates and dazzles audiences worldwide. As a soloist and avid chamber musician, he has performed in halls of Europe, Australia, US and South America. Constantly in search of a new composition or a new piece to adapt for the flute, he offers elegant and passionate programming. Pallottelli communicates with his audiences in the most charismatic way, be it in major orchestra halls or chamber settings alike. His virtuosic and poetic style of playing has a human approach to it and is always at the service of music; his sound is alive and multicolored, his phrasing elegant yet daring. He is interested in a wide variety of styles, which drives him to collaborate with composers world-wide. His love for chamber music has brought him to perform with top musicians from five continents.
Pallottelli is equally at home playing and teaching music from the Baroque to our time, as well as music of Latin America. Having toured Central America and South America for over ten years, he has developed a deep passion for the music of Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. Performing music of our time plays an important role in Pallottelli’s career as it is a living continuation of history and musical development; he frequently collaborates with composers to increase the repertoire for the flute and has premiered several new works for the instrument. This always opens new windows of knowledge, brings great freshness to his playing and broadens his musical horizon.
The 2021-22 season included recitals, concertos and master classes in Italy, Spain, France, Canada as well as in the United States, a good start after the lock-down halt.
The upcoming season brings recitals and chamber music collaborations in the US, Argentina, Germany, Canada, France, Spain and Italy and hopefully Japan. In July 2023 he will be continuing the extremely successful “Flauti al Castello”, a week long flute class in the heart of Umbria (new location!), joined this year by Dutch flutist Herman van Kogelenberg, and will again be on faculty of the Zodiac Festival in France, both events now in their tenth seasons.
In 2023 Pallottelli returned to his home country, Italy, after 28 years in the United States, the last 12 of which in Texas. The new home has him teaching a private studio of advanced flutists, playing with the leading music organizations in the area, as well as pursuing a busy performing and teaching activity away from home. Prior to the move to Houston he lived in Connecticut, where he was adjunct flute faculty at University of Bridgeport as well as at the prestigious Taft School. From 2017 to 2023 he was on the Faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston. He is currently Professor of Flute at Vivaldi Conservatory, in Alessandria, Italy. Conservatorio Vivaldi
Pallottelli was born in New York City, of an Italian father, a journalist and photographer, and a German mother, a painter and textile designer, who raised him in Italy from an early age. Growing up in rural Tuscany, he lived the simple life, but was exposed to art and music for as long as he can remember. The house was always full of friends from all parts of the world, artists, singers, musicians and scientists. The languages spoken on a daily basis were Italian, English and German. Pallottelli later also became fluent in Spanish, as a result of his frequent travels to South and Central America. At high-school age he moved to Siena, to pursue more serious musical studies at the Conservatory. After high school he moved to Milan and entered the Conservatory, graduating shortly after. He has lived in Milan, Monterchi, Siena, Salt Lake City, New Haven and Houston. Thanks to his travels and many close friendships both within and outside the music world, there are many places he calls home, in Europe, Latin America and North America.
Pallottelli holds performance degrees from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan, Italy, University of Utah and Yale School of Music. He spent several summers working intensely with French flute legend Maxence Larrieu, who taught with great discipline, style and verve, to make a significant impression on Pallottelli’s playing and musicianship.
Pallottelli performs on a Yamaha Wood flute and a Hernandez head joint.