29th September 1855
19th November 1929
Castellamare di Stabia, near Sorrento, Italy
Michele Esposito was an Italian-born musical composer, conductor and pianist who lived most of his professional life in Dublin, Ireland.
Esposito became chief pianoforte professor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 1882, and remained there for more than forty years, devoting himself to the encouragement of classical music in Dublin. He took control of the Royal Dublin Society chamber-music recitals from their inception, with great success, and gave piano recitals for the Society every year. He established the Dublin Orchestral Society in 1899 and was its conductor until its disbandment in 1914, and he was also the conductor of the Sunday Orchestral Concerts until they were discontinued in 1914. He conducted concerts of theLondon Symphony Orchestra at Woodbrook[disambiguation needed] in 1913 and 1914, and also performed his piano concerto with them under the baton of Hamilton Harty. He founded the 'C. and E. Edition' of music publishing with Sir Stanley Cochrane. He died in Florence, Italy.
Esposito conducted the Moscow premiere of Modest Mussorgsky's opera Khovanshchina with the Russian Private Opera at the Solodovnikov Theatre on 12 November 1897. He also conducted the world premiere of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera-bylina Sadko on 7 January 1898 (O.S. 26 December 1897), presented by the Russian Private Opera at the same venue.