Andrea Laguni, executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, was recently decorated with the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity (Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarità Italiana). Laguni received the honor from Nicola Faganello, the Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles, at a ceremony held at UCLA’s Royce Hall on June 2. The annual award, established in 1947, is bestowed upon individuals whose work in the fields of literature, community service, or philanthropy reflects their commitment to Italian culture. Diego Brasioli, the former Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles, who recommended Laguni for the award, said, “Andrea has made the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra one of the premier orchestras in the world through his support of young talent and new works, while continuing to highlight Italy’s great composers, such as Vivaldi.” Laguni, born and raised in Florence, Italy, joined LACO in 1995 and became executive director in 2007; he also previously worked at the opera companies of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Posted June 5, 2009

Small photo of Andrea Laguni by Michael Burke

Large photo of Andrea Laguni (right), with Nicola Faganello and Italian men’s chorus (at rear), courtesy of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra