In 1997 he won the competition for Principal Clarinet at the Orchestra of “Opera di Roma”, and he also played as principal clarinet for the Philharmonic Orchestra of “Teatro alla Scala” in Milan and for the “Orchestra da Camera Italiana”. From 2008 to 2012 he was member of the Orchestra National de France and after that he returned to Rome to cover the role of Principal Clarinet at the Orchestra of “Opera di Roma” Winner of the International Prize “Jeunesses Musicales” in Bucarest and awarded with other various national prizes – as the “A. Ponchielli” prize in Cremona, the “G. Briccialdi” prize in Terni and the “Boario Musica” prize.
He has performed a brilliant career not just in the most important Italian cities but also in many foreign countries (Spain, Germany, Tunisia, Russia, Sweden, Austria, France, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Holland, China, Taiwan, Japan, Canada,USA), collaborating with prestigious conductors like: Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniele Gatti, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Iván Fischer, Neemi Järvi, Charles Dutoit.
He has recorded for “B.M.G. Ricordi”, “Riverberi Sonori”, “Fonè”, “Accord for Music” Roma, “Trio Zecchini”, Wicky Edition, Cristal Records. Several of his performances have been broadcasted by radios and televisions such: RAI, RAI SAT, Radio Vaticana, Romanian National Television, Radio France, Radio Tre, France Musique and RaiTrade.
Authors such Luis Bacalov, Renato Chiesa, Claudio Cimpanelli, Antonio Fraioli and Nunzio Ortolano have dedicated their works to Calogero Palermo. His career as concert player is strictly connected with his didactic occupation in specialization courses and Master Classes in Italy and abroad (Mozarteum Salzburg, CRR de Parigi, University of Gothenburg, Conservatoire de Lyon, Tokyo University of the Arts, Malmö Academy of Music).
From 2015 he is “Professeur Conférencier” of clarinet at the IMEP Institut Superieur de Musique et de Pédagogie de Namur (Belgium). He is the author of the text planning “Soli d’Orchestra” for clarinet with piano accompaniment. He is regularly invited to take part in the juries of the most important national and international competitions for clarinet. Calogero Palermo plays a Buffet Crampon clarinet model RC Prestige.
Accompanist for the Clarinet course: Michelangelo Carbonara