Giovanni Pacor has been the Artistic Co-ordinator for the Arena di Verona Foundation since September 2002.
He began studying violin in his native city, Trieste, where he received his diploma in 1980. While working with the Teatro Comunale he specialized in orchestra conducting at the Vienna Music Academy, under the guidance of Karl Österreicher. Contemporaneously he was the first violinist at the Stadttheater in Baden in Vienna and attended specialization courses in orchestra conducting with Franco Ferrara. In 1985 Mr. Pacor received his diploma with top marks in orchestra conducting in Vienna in a concert which took place in the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Friends of Music Society) (the 4th Symphony by Brahms) and the following year he received his diploma in chorus conducting at the B. Marcello Conservatory in Venice.
In 1986 he was asked to carry out the role of Musical Director of the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, a position which he held until 1992. With the Budapest Chamber Orchestra he gave over 150 concerts all over Europe with soloists such as J.P. Rampal, Nina Belina, Cecilia Gasdia, Jess Trio Vienna, Andras Adorian, etc.
In 1991 he began working with the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale 'A. Belli' in Spoleto as musical consultant and orchestra conductor, where he conducted Wiener Blut by Strauss and two concerts with Ruggero Raimondi, Giorgio Merighi, Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz, Leo Nucci, Roberto de Candia, Sonia Ganassi and others. During that period he conducted a series of concerts in Rome in Palazzo Farnese with the Chamber Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia.
From 1993 to 1998 he was the Generalmusikdirektor of the Stadttheater in Klagenfurt where he conducted Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Tosca, Un Ballo in maschera, Messa da Requiem, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Die Lustige Witwe and various symphonic concerts.
In 1994 he was invited by Fabio Luisi to perform the role of assistant conductor at the Bregenz Festival for Francesca da Rimini by Zandonai. In Pisa in 1996 he conducted Il Signor Bruschino and La Scala di seta, in Regensburg Nabucco and in Nuremberg La Traviata. In Milan he conducted the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali and in Florence the Camerata Fiorentina (soloist Paolo Bordoni). Since 1996 he has been the Artistic Secretary of the G. Verdi Teatro Comunale in Trieste.
Giovanni Pacor was a member of the jury for the international song competitions in Spoleto, Belvedere in Vienna, Zandonai in Rovereto and Mario del Monaco in Marseilles. He has conducted the Hungary State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart and the Niederoesterreich Tonkünstler Orchester in Vienna.
Since 1998 he has been the musical consultant for the European Opera Centre in Manchester with whom, during two European tours, he conducted Lucio Silla by Mozart at the Teatro Reale in Copenhagen and La scala di seta by Rossini. He also conducted Il Maestro di cappella by Cimarosa at the Festival 'Tibor Varga' in Switzerland.
He recorded La morte e la fanciulla by Schubert in the instrumentation edition by G. Mahler for chamber orchestra with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, the first complete edition of the concerts for trumpet by Giuseppe Torelli with Mauro Maur and i due Divertimenti by Leo Weiner.
He translated the Violinschule by Leopold Mozart into Italian for the first time for the Ut-Orpheus in Bologna and he created a new rhythmic version of the Wiener Blut by Strauss for Weinberger-London/Suvini Zerboni-Milan.