Internationally recognized conductor, Nancia D’Alimonte’s energy, command and charisma captivate audiences everywhere. After electrifying the house as one of the guest conductors of the popular Messiah Sing-along at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall (2009-2015), in 2016, Dr. D’Alimonte took the lead of this beloved event, conducting members of The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a 210-voice chorus on stage, other distinguished musicians and soloists, and a very exuberant audience. Her guest conducting appearances have taken her from this country (orchestras in New York, Colorado, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) to Russia (Academic State Ballet Theatre in St. Petersburg), from Romania (Mihail Jora Bacau Philharmonic) to Moldova (National Chamber Orchestra, Chisinau). She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.
Gifted in innovative program conception and design, Nancia D’Alimonte directs and conducts two large, celebrated ensembles in the Washington area, the NIH Philharmonia and The Arlington Chorale. She founded her highly acclaimed symphony orchestra in 2005. It is based at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and performs in Rockville, MD; its members are nationally and internationally trained musicians as well as professionals who practice in diverse fields, from medicine and scientific research to finance, education and law. Dr. D’Alimonte is beginning her third season as Artistic Director of The Arlington Chorale. In February 2016, the two organizations joined together under her baton in a magnificent performance of Brahms’ A German Requiem.
Known for the versatility of her talents, Nancia D’Alimonte also works as Education Programs Consultant for the National Philharmonic, for which she designed multimedia performances introducing the orchestra and its instruments for all Montgomery County second graders given annually at The Music Center at Strathmore, in Bethesda, MD. She is also a regular adjudicator for Festivals of Music.
A born educator and communicator, Dr. D’Alimonte enthralls her audiences with lively historical commentary and musical anecdotes. She receives rave reviews from the Philharmonia’s faithful and enthusiastic concertgoers, especially after performances of major works including Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring or Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, or a fun evening of PDQ Bach. She also generates great loyalty from her musicians, who embrace her musicality, breadth of knowledge, rhythmic clarity and expressive hands.
Earlier in her musical career, she accepted an invitation to study horn as a graduate student with the eminent André Van Driéssche at the Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium. Following this, she earned a Master of Music in horn performance from Ithaca College. D’Alimonte also has enjoyed working with a variety of conductors, including those at the Aspen Music Festival’s distinguished American Academy of Conducting.
Nancia D’Alimonte lives in Falls Church, VA with her husband Giancarlo and their standard poodle Wolfgang.
The group rehearses five or six times before each concert, and D'Alimonte makes sure that passion is rewarded in the music they produce. "Members of NIH Philharmonia are at the top of their game for their day-jobs. They bring that same enthusiasm with them to every rehearsal... at the concerts, the results are astonishing" she said.
"D'ALIMONTE RECENTLY ELECTRIFIED THE HOUSE WHEN SHE CONDUCTED HANDEL'S MESSIAH SING-ALONG CONCERT AT THE KENNEDY CENTER"