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From Copyright to Conducting, Alvise Casellati ’01 LL.M. Makes his Mark

17. 07. 2017.

The challenge of interpreting music finds parallels in the law.

Alvise Casellati ’01 LL.M. led a symphony of 56 musicians and a cast of four soloists through a selection of arias by Rossini, Verdi, and Puccini in a free concert in Central Park.

The July 6 performance marked a New York debut for Casellati, 44, who divides his time between the city and Milan, where he returned in 2012 after eight years serving as general counsel to a real estate investment firm in Midtown Manhattan.

Casellati enrolled at The Juilliard School, where for four years he studied orchestral conducting at night and worked as a lawyer by day. Along the way, he served as an assistant to legendary conductor Piero Bellugi, who advised Casellati to take up the baton professionally after Casellati conducted a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony before a full house at Lincoln Center.

Back in Central Park, Casellati revved the ensemble and the audience with the finale of Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” the program’s penultimate piece. A sea of attendees held smartphones in the air and shouted “Bravi!” amid the applause.