Fabrizio Ventura was born in Rome. From 2007 to 2017 he was General Music Director of the Münster Theatre and the Münster Symphony Orchestra.
After studying in Rome and Vienna, he worked in the theatres of Baden bei Wien, Klagenfurt and at the Vienna Volksoper. In 1989 he received an engagement as Musical Director at the Theater Biel (Switzerland) and was subsequently engaged as State Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Braunschweig from 1994 to 1998. This was followed by an engagement as Principal Kapellmeister at the Nuremberg Opera House, and in 2002 he was appointed General Music Director at the South Thuringian State Theatre in Meiningen.
In September 2005 he was appointed General Music Director of the Istanbul State Opera.
During his time as GMD in Münster, he was Musical Director of the Tage der Barockmusik Münster.
In 2012, Fabrizio Ventura founded the Festival Musica Sacra Münster.
Together with his wife, the pianist Rada Petkova, he has been artistic director of the Société Philharmonique de Bienne in Switzerland since 1990.
As a guest conductor, Fabrizio Ventura has led, among others such renowned orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the Stuttgart State Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Radio Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the European Community Youth Orchestra, the Klangforum Wien, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra Bratislava, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Bratislava and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fabrizio Ventura has conducted opera productions at the Royal Opera Houses of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, the Volksoper Wien, the Royal Opera House London, the Prague State Opera, the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Teatro Communale di Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Fondazione Arena di Verona, Opéra de Nice, Aalto Theater Essen, Australian Opera Sydney and Opéra de Montreal.
In the field of early music he founded the Ensemble La Fonte - Westfälisches Barockorchester and has been invited by the Festwochen der Alten Musik Innsbruck and the Händel Festspiele Göttingen, among others.
Fabrizio Ventura has performed with soloists such as Nelson Freire, Alexander Lonquich, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Müller-Schott, David Geringas, Sabine Meyer, Albrecht Mayer and Benjamin Grosvenor.
In opera he has worked with singers such as Leo Nucci, Mariella Devia, Rolando Panerai, Siegfried Jerusalem, Bernd Weikl, Christiane Oelze and with directors such as Claus Guth, Sebastian Baumgarten and Brigitte Fassbaender.
His CDs with ARS have been praised by the international press.
Fabrizio Ventura teaches orchestral conducting at the Conservatory in Frosinone (Italy).