Started his musical study at an exceptionally youthful age under the excellent teaching guide of his aunt, then following his studies at Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan under the guidance of the Maestri Conter, Bettinelli and Gusella, he later refined his music talents under the Maestro Franco Ferrara. Michelangeli has conducted orchestras of the most important chamber symphonic institutions both in Italy and Europe among which the Orchestra Haydn of Bolzano and Trento, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto, I Pomeriggi Musicali and Angelicum of Milano, the Symphony Orchestras of RAI in Turin, Rome, Milan and Naples, the Orchestras of Teatro Regio di Torino, La Fenice di Venezia, Carlo Felice di Genova, S. Carlo di Napoli, the Orchestra of the Accademia di S.Cecilia, the Oslo Philarmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Göteborg Symphoniker, the MDR Kammerphilharmonie of Leipzig , the SWR Orchestra of Stuttgart, the Orchestre Phylharmonique de Montecarlo,the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orquesta Sinfonica Ciudad de Oviedo, the Israel Youth Philarmonic Orchestra , the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra
In recent years, while still appearing in many international settings, he has privileged his interests in the French and classical repertoire, of which he is an ardent performer, selecting to conduct those recitals and to engage in collaborations with orchestras that best enable him to express these artistic inclinations.
Of particular importance in these terms is his long-standing commitment with the Mantua Chamber Orchestra, of which he had been the principal conductor from 1984 up to 2007 and whose artistic merits were honoured with the award “Franco Abbiati” in 1997 given by the Italian Musical Criticism, together with further international recognition awarded during numerous concert tours all over the world.
Besides, it is important to highlight his collaboration with the Camerata Academica Salzburg for a series of concerts held on the occasion of the Schubertiade Feldkirch in1996.The three-year Cycle with Kammerorchester Basel, as the chief guest conductor, formed a significant re-enforcement of his personal and music preferences. Furthermore, in April 2004, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, in collaboration with the Mantua Chamber Orchestra, realised a Beethoven cycle, including symphonies , concerts and some of his symphonic-choral works . The innovative interpretation that is an expression of the recent and thorough historical-critical and the renewal of the expressiveness that has resulted, were rewarded with warmth and compelling praise from audiences and critical acclaim.
Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, in collaboration with Mantua Chamber Orchestra, have been the leading protagonists in the three-year cycle2005-2007 of “Mozart Fest” dedicated to complete repertoire of Mozart’s sacred music.
The debut at Rossini Opera Festival took place in 2006 with the works :” Die Schuldigkheit des ersten Gebots “ by Mozart and “ La cambiale di matrimonio “ by Rossini represented an important opening towards the theatre in music . Since
Then Benedetti Michelangeli has conducted several interesting productions, the last one Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail at the Vlamse Opera in Antwerpen.
Recently the BMG Ricordi publishing house has issued his orchestration of Claude Debussy’s“Proses Lyriques” .