Born in Italy, Alessandro Benetello graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where he studied cello and composition, and continued his studies with Antonio Janigro at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He was a tenured member of La Scala and the R.A.I. orchestras in Milan and toured with chamber music groups throughout Italy. In the U.S., in addition to his work with the NYC Ballet Orchestra, he has performed with many orchestras, including NYC Opera, Radio City Music Hall, NY Grand Opera, NJ State Opera and Brooklyn Philharmonic. He was one of the founding members of La Scuola d’Italia, where he was chairman of the music department for thirty years.