Giovanni Pasini grew up in Rome and Sardinia, Italy, surrounded by a family of musicians. At the age of 10 he began studying violin, but soon developed a fascination for the deep, rich tone of the viola and decided to switch his studies to that instrument. However, his love for violin has never left him, and he graduated in both instruments.
In 1994 Giovanni joined the Italian Youth Orchestra, where conductors such as Giulini, Muti and Sinopoli inspired him to pursue an orchestral career. In 1996 he was selected to join the European Union Youth Orchestra with whom he toured Europe under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. He subsequently moved to Lyon, France, to study at the renowned Conservatoire National Supérieur and in 2000 undertook postgraduate studies in Holland at the Maastricht University under Michael Kugel, a celebrated virtuoso viola soloist.
Giovanni began his professional career as a Principal Viola in Milan when he was selected by Riccardo Chailly to join the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano G.Verdi. Since then he has been appointed Principal Viola of the Opera Theatres in Cagliari and Trieste (Italy), the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), the Orquestra Sînfonica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP) and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).
In the past few years he has also been invited as a Guest Principal Violist with various orchestras including Opera de Lyon, La Monnaie (Brussels), Ciudad de Granada, Symphonica Toscanini (Rome), BBC Philharmonic (Manchester), BBC Wales (Cardiff), RAI (Italian Radio National Orchestra) and Les Violons du Roy (Québec).
Giovanni has appeared several times as soloist with the orchestra of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the São Paulo State Symphony and WASO under the baton of Vittorio Parisi, Mathias Bamert and Yan Pascal Tortelier, receiving unanimous positive reviews from the press. He has also performed together with his organist father, Enrico, in several organ festivals throughout Europe.
Giovanni is a dedicated teacher and in recent years he has led master classes at the Maastricht, Shanghai and Singapore conservatories as well as at ANAM, the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, lately teaching viola at the University of Western Australia too.
Looking always for new challenges, and motivated by the love for the architecture of a musical score inherited from his father, he is now devoting himself to orchestra conducting. After coaching several youth and amateur orchestras in Malaysia and Australia, he has won the selections for the Symphony Services Australia’s Conductor Development Program, a wonderful experience that allowed him to expand his podium repertoire while conducting orchestras of the caliber of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Sydney Sinfonia.