Carlo Ponti (conductor)
Carlo Ponti Jr. is an Italian orchestral conductor working in the United States. He is the son of late film producer Carlo Ponti Sr. and Italian actress Sophia Loren and he is the older brother of film director Edoardo Ponti. Born in Geneva, Ponti worked at the Conductor's Institute in Connecticut, under the direction of Harold Farberman from 1994–96, worked with Mehli Mehta, Zubin Mehta and Andrey Boreyko in Los Angeles from 1997 to 1999 and furthered his musical studies in Austria at the Vienna Musikhochschule from 1999 to 2001 under Leopold Hager and Erwin Acel, he has guest conducted internationally and was the recipient of various awards for fostering the growth of young musical talent through music education. Ponti has been associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra since 2000 and was music director and principal conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony from 2001-12. In 2013 he founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, an ensemble emphasizing music's educational value of which he is artistic and music director.
The Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra is performing its fourth concert season in Los Angeles, California. Ponti has released two recordings with the Russian National Orchestra on the Pentatone label and his work has been profiled by ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, PBS, Spectrum News, Fox News, Leonard Lopate, Dennis Miller, Symphony Magazine and the Associated Press, his performances have been broadcast on public radio stations across the United States by American Public Media's Performance Today and America's Music Festivals programs. Listed alphabetically Listed alphabetically Bratislava Spring Music Festival, Slovakia Festival d'Echternach, France Festival Napa Valley, United States Festival de Villena, Spain Julio Musical, Spain Festival Vancouver, Canada Koln Musik Triennale, Germany Lake Tahoe Music Festival, United States Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Italy Royal Days, Hungary St. Petersburg Palaces Festival, Russia Taichung Music Festival, Taiwan Tuscan Sun Festival, Italy 2006: Premio Galileo Award for exceptional musical achievement.
2008: Artistic Achievement Award from the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. 2009: Spirit of Hope Award from the Childhelp Foundation for his acclaimed work with young musicians. 2011: Lupa Di Roma Award from the Roman City Council. 2014: Premio Civitas, XVIII edition, Pozzuoli 2008: Pictures at an Exhibition and other orchestral works by Modest Mussorgsky, with the Russian National Orchestra on PENTATONE, SACD 2011: Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol and other orchestral works by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, with the Russian National Orchestra on PENTATONE, SACD Official Website of Carlo Ponti Website of the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra
Carlo Fortunato Pietro Ponti Sr. was an Italian film producer with more than 140 productions to his credit. He was the husband of international film star Sophia Loren. Ponti was born in Magenta, where his grandfather had been mayor of the city. Ponti studied law at the University of Milan, he joined his father's law firm in Milan and became involved in the film business through negotiating contracts. Ponti attempted to establish a film industry in Milan in 1940 and produced Mario Soldati's Piccolo Mondo Antico there, starring Alida Valli, in her first notable role; the film dealt with the Italian struggle against the Austrians for the inclusion of northeastern Italy into the Kingdom of Italy during the Risorgimento. The film was successful, because it was easy to see "the Austrians as Germans" during World War II; as a result, he was jailed for undermining relations with Nazi Germany. Ponti accepted an offer from Riccardo Gualino's Lux Film in Rome in 1941, where he produced a series of commercially successful films featuring the comedian Totò.
In 1954 he had his greatest artistic success with the production of Federico Fellini's La strada. However, Fellini denied Ponti's role in its success and said that "La Strada was made in spite of Ponti and De Laurentiis". Ponti produced Boccaccio'70 in 1962, Marriage Italian Style in 1964, Yesterday and Tomorrow in 1965, he produced his most popular and financially successful film, David Lean's Doctor Zhivago, in 1965. He subsequently produced three notable films with Michelangelo Antonioni, Blowup in 1966, Zabriskie Point in 1970 and The Passenger in 1974. In 1946, he married Giuliana Fiastri with whom he had a daughter, Guendalina, in 1951 and a son in 1953. While serving as a judge in a beauty contest in 1951, Ponti met a minor actress named Sofia Lazzaro, he subsequently cast her in films such as Anna. In 1952, his friend Goffredo Lombardo, head of production at Titanus, changed Lazzaro's name to Sophia Loren. Five years Ponti obtained a Mexican divorce from his first wife and married Sophia Loren by proxy.
Divorce was still forbidden in Italy, he was informed that were he to return there, he would be charged with bigamy, Loren would be charged with "concubinage". Ponti co-produced several films in Hollywood starring Loren, establishing her fame, although most were box-office failures. In 1960, he and Loren returned to Italy and when summoned to court, denied being married. In 1962, they had the marriage annulled, after which Ponti arranged with his first wife, that the three of them move to France and become French citizens. In 1965, Giuliana Ponti divorced her husband, allowing Ponti to marry Loren in 1966 in a civil wedding in Sèvres, they became French citizens after their application was approved by then-French President Georges Pompidou. Ponti and Loren had two children: Carlo Ponti Jr. Edoardo Ponti Their daughters-in-law are Sasha Alexander and Andrea Meszaros, they have four grandchildren. Loren remained married to Ponti until his death on 10 January 2007 of pulmonary complications; when asked in a November 2009 interview if she were likely to marry again, Loren replied "No, never again.
It would be impossible to love anyone else." Two unsuccessful attempts were made to kidnap Ponti in 1975, including one involving an attack on his car with gunfire. He was tried in absentia in 1979 for smuggling money and works of art abroad, fined 22 billion lire, sentenced to four years in prison. Ponti did not attend the hearing, he was cleared of the charges in 1990. Ponti owned works by, among others, Georges Braque, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Giorgio de Chirico and Canaletto, his collection was renowned for containing ten works by Francis Bacon. These included examples from his early Van Gogh series, self-portraits and pope paintings, which were publicised or lent to public exhibitions. In 1977 the Bacon paintings valued at an estimated $6.7 million, were seized and turned over by the Italian government to the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. When Ponti reached a deal with the Italian government and was cleared of the charges brought against him in 1990, he regained possession of 230 confiscated paintings.
At some point, the collection is said to have been split between Loren. Over the years, several works have been sold privately. In 2006 two Bacon paintings, in the Ponti collection were exhibited in an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in London. One, a vertical composition of four self-portraits, had been sold to the American collector Steven A. Cohen. In 2007 another pope painting by Bacon, sold by Ponti in 1991, was sold in a private deal brokered by Acquavella Galleries in New York for more than £15 million; that same year, Study for Portrait II was consigned by Loren at Christie's. Ponti died in Geneva, from pulmonary complications on 10 January 2007, he was survived by Sophia Loren. His body rests in the family tomb in Lombardy. Carlo Ponti on IMDb
Carlo Ponti (photographer)
Carlo Ponti was a Swiss-born optician and photographer from Venice. Carlo Ponti was born in Ticino, he was optician to King Victor Emanuel II of Italy and inventor of megalethoscope, a viewing device for photographs and its larger version the alethoscope