Born in Italy and now living in Canada, Claudio Vena could easily be called one of Canada's most versatile, accomplished musicians. As a conductor, composer-arranger and recording artist, Mr. Vena has delighted audiences and critics alike, around the world
Claudio Vena was a founding member of the twice JUNO nominated Quartetto Gelato (recordings include: Quartetto Gelato, Rustic Chivalry and Aria Fresca). Recordings and concert repertoire for this renowned quartet are highlighted with the compositional and arranging talent of Claudio.
Claudio has held conducting posts with the Toronto production of Miss Saigon, the Huronia Symphony and the Hart House Orchestra (University of Toronto). In addition, he has made numerous conducting appearances with orchestras across Canada working with such artists as internationally acclaimed baritone Louis Quilico, Canadian guitarist Norbert Kraft, lyric tenor John McDermott and violinist Barry Shiffman of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
He has also joined recently reformed progressive rock band FM for their latest tours.