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Pasquale Valerio is the creator, nurturer, mentor and guiding light for the Villages Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale. Pasquale was born in Naples, Italy and began his music studies at the age of 9. He began studying Trumpet Performance at The N. Piccinni Conservatory of Music graduating in 1985. His studies were not limited to trumpet but included Applied Complementary Piano Studies, Harmony, and Lectures from Maestro Filippo Veniero, who was his guide and mentor from 1976 to 1989. His adult musical career began during his national service as a member of the Carabinieri (Italian Military Police). Fortunately for his musical development most of this was with the Band. After his discharge he began playing trumpet at the Naples Opera House and he began studying conductiong.

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In 1996, Pasquale relocated to the United States continuing his conducting studies with J. Whitney and Günter Schmidt. In 2004, he became the Founder and Music Director of The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra where he continues to serve today. Maestro Valerio was also the founder of Lake Sumter Chamber Orchestra as well as co-founder and conductor of The Florida Lakes Symphony from 2005-2006. Since 2006 he has been mentored by Sir Antonio Pappano. Pasquale has been regularly invited as a guest conductor at the Orchestra Filarmonica 900′, Teatro Regio, and the Viotti International Music Festival.