Patrick Botti is the Music Director and Founder of the Waltham Symphony Orchestra (MA).

Born in Marseille, France, Maestro Botti studied conducting, piano, solfège, harmony, counterpoint, organ, percussion. musicology and voice at the Marseille National Conservatory, the Académie Régionale de piano in Marseille, the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, and the Paris National Conservatory.

He holds degrees from the Marseille and Paris National Conservatories in France, and was the winner of numerous awards and scholarships.

He completed post graduate studies in Musicological Research at both the Sorbonne University and the Paris Conservatory and in conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.

He studied conducting with Jeno Rehak, Pierre Dervaux and Franco Ferrara in Europe and Kenneth Kiesler, Benjamin Zander, Richard Pittman and Thomas Dunn in the United States.

He also studied composition and analysis with Olivier Messiaen, Thomas William McKinley and Jacques Casterède, and piano with Pierre Barbizet, Madeleine de Valmalète, Monique de Bruhnoff, Claude Kahn and Lilou Calvin (piano).

Patrick Botti began his conducting career at the age of nineteen as Music Director of the Echo du Futur Symphony Orchestra, a highly successful civic orchestra in Marseille (France) then went on to found and direct the highly acclaimed Concilium Musicum de Paris, a professional orchestra in Paris (France), for which he still remains an Artistic Advisor and PrincipalConductor.

As the recipient of a Fulbright Grant and as an Annette Kade Fellow, he came to the United States in 1982 to study conducting at the New England Conservatory and Boston University while doing musicological research on French composers having taken refuge in the USA during WWII.

In 1984, he created the Jamaica Plain Symphony, the French Symphony of Boston, a top professional orchestra specialized in French and American music and was named principal conductor of the French Orchestral Ensemble of Boston.

Maestro Botti was subsequently invited from 1988 to 1989 by the French Ministry of Culture to work on the restructuring of French orchestras using American models.

While in France, Patrick worked with student and professional orchestras, especially Ensemble Mouvement 12, a professional chamber orchestra based in Toulouse, France.

Patrick Botti has conducted numerous orchestras, including the Paris Conservatory Orchestra, the Marseille Conservatory Orchestra, the French National Radio Orchestras, the Royal College of Music Orchestra in London (BBC Symphony orchestra competition), the Luxembourg Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (Canada), the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Symphony and Repertory Orchestras, the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony, the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, t he Colorado Springs Symphony, the Athens (Greece) Camerata, the Sinfonietta of Paris and many others.

Patrick Botti was Principal Conductor of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra (ex Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra) from 1992 to 2002 and Artistic Director and Conductor of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra from 1993 to 2000.

His interpretations of both French and American music are acclaimed worldwide, and he has been heard on National Public Radio, the CBC Network-Radio Canada (Canada), the BBC (London), and on French National Radio.

He has also appeared on French, Canadian and American television.

In 1993 and 1996, he was featured in two PBS special broadcasts produced by NH Public Television about his conducting career and his assignment as Artistic Director of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra.

Patrick is an accomplished pianist, who has performed extensively as a soloist and as a chamber musician, especially as a member of the Trio Poulenc in France.

Patrick Botti was a fellow at the Marguerite Long Piano Academy and piano faculty at the Piano Regional Academy in Marseille, and conservatories in France.

In the US, he was on the Faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge (MA), teaching music theory, solfège, score-reading and conducting.

He was also on the Faculty at Assumption College in Worcester (MA) teaching opera and music appreciation.

In addition to his training as a classical pianist and conductor, Patrick also had an interest in jazz since his youngest age, performing with jazz ensembles in France and the United States.

He also developed an interest in musical comedies, building an extensive broadway and POPS repertoire.

Eclectic in style, Patrick Botti is often regarded as a renaissance man, at ease with many musical idioms and styles.

He has performed with singers such as Donna Summer, conducting the French Symphony of Boston for the University of Massachusette Jubilee or Livingston Taylor, conducting the NH Philharmonic.

Growing up in a franco-italian corsican family of operatic artists, singers and conductors, Patrick Botti developed very early a natural disposition for opera.

He has performed with some of the major international classical musicians such as YoYo Ma, Frederic Moyer, Frank Kaderabek, and many others.

A champion of modern music, he has commissioned and performed many works from modern American and European composers.

Very active in the field of liturgical music, he has served as music director for the archdioceses of Marseille (France) and Boston (MA).

He took a sabbatical leave from a full-time conducting career in 2002, working in the high-tech fields of Speech Recognition and Electronic Design Automation.

Resuming his career in 2007, he has pursued since a dual career as an executive in the High Tech industry and as an orchestral conductor.

Because of this, Patrick Botti has a deep understanding and a first hand experience in business management and its intricate relationship to the art of a music director.

He strongly believes that all modern conductors should master art administration, fund raising and management techniques.

It is also his belief that the goal of any artist, and especially that of a Music Director is to "make a difference" within the community wherever one practices his/her art.

Patrick Botti belongs to the newer generation of conductors, who combine experience and maturity with a refreshed vision of music making and orchestra conducting.

Patrick Botti, Conductor