Diploma in Piano, Santa Cecilia, Rome, 1960; diplomas in Composition and Conducting, Santa Cecilia, Rome, 1963; diploma in Composition (honorary), Accade Mia Chigiana, Siena, Italy, 1964.
Assistant professor music, Santa Cecilia Conservatory, Rome, 1963-1965; scholar French Government, Paris Conservatoire, 1965-1967; private scholar, British Council, London, 1967-1968; Fulbright scholar, Manhattan School Music, New York City, 1968-1969; assistant conductor, Manhattan School Music, New York City, 1969-1971; professor composition, Manhattan School Music, New York City, since 1971; professor conducting, Manhattan School Music, New York City, since 1983. Conductor Metro Lyric Opera, New Jersey, since 1981, Opera Lyrics, New Jersey, since 1982, Treasure Coast Opera Society, Fort Pierce, Florida, since 1983, National Grand Opera, Long Island, New York, since 1985, Brooklyn Philharmonic, 1987, Connecticut Opera, 1988, Riverside(California) Opera, since 1989, Radio Television Orchestra of Hungary, since 1990, Hungarian State Orchestra, 1991, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, 1992-1993, ShangaiSymphony Orchestra, 1992-1994, Beijing Control Symphony Orchestra, 1992-1994, Singapore Symphony, since 1993.
Married Bretta Van Nes, June 1, 1970 (divorced 1976). Married Barbara Beth Gersch, July 28, 1977. 1 child, Julian.