Teachers

Teachers of the Choral Academy

MATTEO SALVEMINI

MATTEO SALVEMINI – Choral Conducting Technique

Conductor of the ‘A. Galli’ Choir since 2006, Matteo Salvemini has worked, as conductor in several theaters such as the Rossini in Lugo di Romagna, the Sferisterio Arena in Macerata, the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari. As a conductor has collaborated with the City of Ravenna Orchestra, the Regional Philharmonic Orchestra of Veneto, the Orchestra of the Olympic Theater of Vicenza, the Maderna Orchestra of Forlì and others. Musician with multifaceted preparation and experience; from the lyric and symphonic repertoire, to the piano collaboration with the singers, to the arrangement and orchestral instrumentation.

Graduated in Choral Conducting at the ‘Pollini’ Conservatory of Padua; he studied conducting with Fabrizio Dorsi, Piero Bellugi and Isaac Karabtschevskij; Composition at the Nino Rota Conservatory in Monopoli and in Milan with the teachers W. Zaramella and P. Vaglieri; he studied piano with Valfrido Ferrari in Bari and Virginio Pavarana in Verona; he studied singing with Maria Vittoria Romano in Pescara.

SILVIA BIASINI

SILVIA BIASINI – Choral Conducting Technique

Silvia Biasini was born in Cesena in 1988. Already started studying piano and composition, in July 2018 she obtained the second level degree in Choir Direction and Choral Composition (110 cum laude) and honorable mention) at the Conservatory “G. B. Martini” of Bologna. She attended the “Guido d’Arezzo” School for Choir Conductors under the guidance of the Lorenzo Donati, Luigi Marzola, Nicole Corti, Luigi Leo, Carlo Pavese and Peter Broadbent. Deepens the study of choral conducting with M. Filippo Maria Bressan and Tonü Kaljuste.

Since 2009 he has been conductor of the MusiCæsena Academy Choir and of the MusiCæsena Vocal Group. She is the artistic director of the “Sounds and Colors” concert season which this year has reached its seventh edition. An important season for the city with major events such as the Requiem and the Krönungsmesse by W. A. Mozart. In addition to the intense concert activity, she carries out an important work of musical study by proposing increasingly sophisticated and unusual repertoires.

Alongside the activity of director, she is an expert in musical preparatory and musical theater for the Primary Schools of the Province of Forlì-Cesena. She teaches at the C. and G. Andreoli Music School Foundation in Mirandola. Since 2016 she has been a member of the Artistic Commission of AERCO and from 2017 to 2018 conductor of the Regional Youth Choir.

Ilaria Poldi

ILARIA POLDI – Choral conducting technique

Ilaria Poldi was born in Parma and studied piano at the “A. Boito” of his city, graduating in 1987 and perfecting with Piero Guarino. She also studied Conducting with Daniele Gatti and Composition, graduating in this discipline at the Milan Conservatory in 1992. Choir conductor since 1988, the meeting with Giovanni Acciai and Steve Woodbury was fundamental: she deepened the problems about transcription and practice of ancient music and has completed a solid vocal training.

In 1994 she took over the permanent direction of the “Ildebrando Pizzetti” choir of the University of Parma, with whom she has held numerous concerts in Italy and abroad (France, Germany, Spain, Turkey …), with repertoires ranging from medieval polyphony up to contemporaneity. She oversaw the transcription and performance of several polyphonists (Grancini, Trabattone, Leonarda …). She conceived and supervised the artistic direction of various concert reviews, in collaboration with the Municipality of Parma, and the Provinces of Parma and Piacenza such as “The musical gardens”, “Inebriavano I dolci canti” and “Alia musica”. He has taught at the Conservatories of Potenza, Rodi Garganico and Rovigo. Since 2014 she has been teaching “Choral Exercises” and “Choir Conducting” at the Parma Conservatory, where she has been in charge of the children’s choir since 2015.

Nicoletta Conti

NICOLETTA CONTI – Music Score Reading

Nicoletta Conti was born in Bologna and studied piano, composition and conducting at the G. Verdi Conservatories in Milan and G.B. Martini of Bologna; she also obtained a Master’s Degree in Musicology from the University of Bologna. Later, she specialized in conducting with F. Ferrara in Siena, L. Hager in Salzburg, L. Bernstein, S. Ozawa and K. Masur in Tanglewood, in the USA.

Winner of numerous awards, including the City of Stresa Chamber Music Competition and the Nicolai Malko Comper Orchestra Conductors in Copenhagen, in 1987, she began conducting activities in Italy and abroad, dedicating herself to both the opera and to the symphonic one. Following the seminar held by Leonard Bernstein at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, she was chosen by the Maestro himself as his assistant, making her debut at the helm of the homonymous Orchestra with which she achieved great success with audiences and critics. In 1989 she received the prestigious Minerva Prize for the Arts in the Capitol, the first Italian musician to be awarded it. In 1992 she received the Premio Pisa Donna and the Premio Nettuno d’Oro. In 2006 she received the high honor of Official Knight of the Republic from President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi; in 2008 she received the Premio Profilo Donna at the Pavarotti Theater in Modena.

She has collaborated as a musical assistant and pianist with important festivals and theaters, including Covent Garden, the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Rossini Opera Festival, the Valle d’Itria Festival. In August 2000 she was assistant to Sir Antonio Pappano in London for the realization of the CD and the film-opera Tosca with the Covent Garden Orchestra; later she was assistant to Maestro Pappano at the EMI studios for the recording of the opera “Il Trovatore”. She also collaborated as assistant to Maestro Georges Prêtre for the recording of “Pagliacci” with the Orchester National de France. The concert activity alongside great artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Renato Bruson, Leo Nucci, Daniela Dessì and Fiorenza Cossotto is also very intense.
She has led prestigious ensembles such as: Kiushu Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philarmonic, Orchestra, Hungarian Symphonic Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philarmonic, Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra, Rishon Le Tzion Orchestra, Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, A.Toscanini Foundation Symphony Orchestra, Tuscan Regional Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Arena Orchestra of Verona, Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, Orchestra of the Lyric Theater of Cagliari, Verdi Orchestra of Milan, Chamber Orchestra of Bologna, Orchestra I Filarmonici of Bologna, Philharmonic Orchestra of Turin. In 2002 she conducted an opera gala for the Lisbon EXPO 2002 at the Sao Carlos Theater with Angela Gheorghiu, achieving great success. In 2009 she directed the annual concert for the European Parliament filmed by Rai at the Court Theater in the Royal Palace of Caserta.

Nicoletta Conti is a teacher at the G.B. Martini of Bologna and in 2016 she was appointed by Ministerial Decree as an Expert Member for the Ministry of the CDA of the G. Frescobaldi Conservatory of Ferrara. She regularly holds Masterclasses and seminars dedicated to the study of the interpretation of the work; she is regularly invited to the Agnelli Auditorium of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo for conferences and concerts on Italian opera. She is active in the organization of the show and in 2000; on the occasion of “Bologna City of Culture”, it successfully organized the Women of Music Festival in Bologna dedicated to musicological research and performance of the repertoire of composers from the 16th century to the present day. Since 2016 she has been the Artistic Director of an International Masterclass dedicated to the study of Opera under the patronage of the Municipality of Bologna and in collaboration with the major musical institutions of the city. Nicoletta Conti is regularly invited to Japan as director of operas and lecturer in Masterclasses and conferences at important musical institutions and regularly invited by the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo. On April 18, 2013 the book in memory of Rita Levi Montalcini entitled Rita Levi Montalcini was released: adding life to the days to which Nicoletta contributed with the testimony of life together with nine other successful women including Carla Fracci and Margherita Hack. Recent engagements include concerts in Japan, China, Kuala Lumpur, the Varna Theater and the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma.

Erica Alberini

ERICA ALBERINI – Singing, Diction, Body Awareness

Erica Alberini was born in Piombino (LI) on March 25, 1997. From an early age she approached music in the study of the piano and singing, following in her mother’s footsteps. In 2013 she began her pre-academic studies at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali P. Mascagni in Livorno, where in 2019 she will obtain the 1st level Academic Diploma in Singing, graduating with full marks. She specializes in the Baroque repertoire with Rossana Bertini, at the International Academy of Organ and Early Music in Pistoia. She is currently attending the II level Academic Course of Renaissance and Baroque Singing at the B. Maderna Conservatory of Music in Cesena, under the guidance of Roberta Invernizzi. In the field of ancient music, she attended masterclasses with Federico Maria Sardelli, Emma Kirkby and Sara Mingardo.

In 2019 she sings in the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi, accompanied by the Chamber Music Ensemble of the ISSM P. Mascagni, directed by Annamaria Fornasier, at the S. Caterina Church in Livorno and Campiglia Marittima (LI) for the I Concerti della Pieve. In the same year she was selected to participate in the Cremona Barocca Residency Improvement Workshop, with Ottavio Dantone, Delphine Galou and Alessandro Tampieri, in collaboration with the Byzantine Academy, as part of the Monteverdi Festival 2019, concluded with the CALMA concert at the Ponchielli Theater in Cremona. In 2020 she made her debut in the role of Hébé in Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes, as part of the studio work curated by Susanna Rigacci at the GO Abruzzo Festival. She sings in numerous chamber music formations and vocal ensembles, including the vocal group Primastico InCanto, directed by Maestro Fabrizio Bartalucci, with whom she has performed numerous first absolute performances of contemporary compositions, and the Ecce Novum choir of the Musicaesena Academy, directed by Silvia Biasini.

Raffaele Giordani

RAFFAELE GIORDANI – Singing, Diction, Body Awareness

Raffaele Giordani graduated in Chemistry from the University of Ferrara, but his passion for music led him to also undertake musical training at the “G. Frescobaldi “in Ferrara, where she obtained a degree (with honourable mention) in Renaissance and Baroque Singing, following, among others, the specialization courses held by Sonia Prina. He is currently studying with Luisa Vannini.

He collaborates with the best Italian and European ensembles of early music, including: Concerto Italiano, Vox Luminis, Coro and Orchestra Ghislieri, Malapunica, Odhecaton, De Labyrintho. He has long been a member of La Venexiana, while with the Vox Altera group he has dealt with modern and contemporary repertoire. He has been a member of La Compagnia del Madrigale since its foundation. In the solo concert repertoire of the Baroque period or later, works such as various cantatas and oratories by G. F. Händel and J. S. Bach, Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Vespro della B.V.M. by C. Monteverdi, Requiem by WA Mozart, Petite Messe Solennelle by G. Rossini, collaborating with conductors such as, among others, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Claudio Cavina, Michael Radulescu, Ottavio Dantone, Fabio Bonizzoni, Giulio Prandi, Diego Fasolis, Robert King . He has performed several times, in numerous early music festivals and opera seasons in Europe and beyond (we cite for example the Tokyo Opera Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, the National Center for Arts and Entertainment in Beijing or its counterparts in Australia and South Korea), roles as Pastore and Apollo, in Orpheus, Eurimachus, Telemachus, Anfinomus in The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland, Soldier, Liberto and Lucano in C. Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea. He was Bastian in Bastian und Bastienne by W. A. Mozart at the Teatro Sociale in Rovigo, Aminta in the Euridice by J. Peri and Un Pastore in the Euridice by G. Caccini (Landestheater, Innsbruck). He played the role of Eurillo in The misunderstandings in the semblant of A. Scarlatti given to the Rossini theater in Lugo di Romagna; conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini, directed by Jacopo Spirei. He was Secondo Israelita and Mordecai in the Esther oratorio by G. F. Handel, staged at the Claudio Abbado Municipal Theater in Ferrara; conductor Nicola Valentini, directed by Marco Bellussi. He has recorded for Naїve, Glossa, Cercaar, Arcana, Harmonia Mundi, Amadeus, Stradivarius, Bottega Discantica, Tactus, Rai-Radio3, Deutsche Grammophon (director Claudio Abbado), Dynamic (Sedecia by G. Legrenzi, title role), WDR, OFR and RSI. His recordings boast numerous awards including two Diapason d’or de l’année, three Gramophone awards, one “Choc” de l’année (Classical), the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik from German critics, the Record Academy Award from critics Japanese, two Amadeus Disc Prize, a Midem Classical Award and numerous other Diapason D’or and “Choc” of Classica.

Alberto Odone

ALBERTO ODONE – Music Theory and Perception

Alberto Odone deals with the teaching of music listening. Since the beginning of his teaching activity, he has been engaged in research, in an attempt to overcome the delays of the Italian situation in this sector. Sources of this activity are the study of musical theory and psychology, experimentation in the field and contact with international reality, which took place through training abroad (in France, Germany and at the International Institute of Musical Pedagogy “Z. Kodály” of Kecskemét, Hungary) and an intense teaching activity, with over 100 courses held in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Latvia, as well as at numerous Italian institutions.

He exhibited the results of this activity in a series of articles in specialized journals and volumes at the Ricordi and Curci publishers in Milan and Rivera / Impromptu in Valencia (Spain). He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Music Analysis and Theory (LIM). He teaches Ear Training at the “G. Verdi” in Milan.

Previously, at the Como Conservatory, he designed and inaugurated, after ten years of experimentation, the courses of Higher Auditory Training and Basic Music Training. He collaborated with the Ministry of Education, University and Research for training courses dedicated to teachers of Theory, Analysis and Composition of Italian Music High Schools.
He directs the Chanson d’Aube Vocal Group in Milan, with whom he has held concerts in Italy and abroad.

Simone Campanini

SIMONE CAMPANINI – Choral Composition and Arrangement, Music Writing

Simone Campanini was born in Parma in 1977; his career has been characterized by an eclectic involvement in musical performance, composition, and engineering – all on a professional level. Each discipline had a strong impact on the other and created a unique perspective on science and art.
He studied organ and organ composition with F. Tasini, and subsequently with S. Innocenti at the “A. Boito “in Parma. In 1999, he won the third prize of the “G. Giarda” organ competition in Rome, reserved only for the most important graduates of the previous year. Then, in 2001, he attended a Bachelor’s degree course on organ music with K. Schnorr in Munich, Germany. And for the past 23 years he has held the position of principal organist of the Parma Cathedral.

As conductor, he has directed the mixed choir of the “Città di Parma” Choral since 2004, a group that has won numerous awards, including important international choral competitions in Arezzo, Gorizia and other cities. In 2007 he participated, as choral conductor and soloist on the organ, in the creation of a Baroque-Renaissance musical encyclopaedia for the Japanese publisher ICM. As a composer, he has received numerous awards in national composition competitions. More recently, he won 1st prize at the IFCM Composition Competition 2019, 1st prize at the 5th International Harpsichord Composition Competition “W. Landowska” in Ruvo di Puglia with a work for oboe and harpsichord that was premiered by Giovanna Fornari and Christoph Hartmann, oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He was awarded as one of the top three winners at the 2018 Japan International Choral Composition Competition and (always among the top three winners) at the 43rd “Guido d’Arezzo” International Choral Composition Competition (Arezzo, Italy).

Another great passion of his is engineering. In 2007 he graduated with honours in electronic engineering from the University of Parma and, in 2015, I obtained a PhD in industrial engineering. His degree thesis involves writing software for the generation of virtual microphones. From 2008 to today he has been a research associate of the acoustic group of the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Parma.

Tullio Visioli

TULLIO VISIOLI – Children, Youth and School Choral Music

Tullio Visioli was born in Cremona (Italy). He is a composer, choral conductor, flutist and singer. He is a teacher of Musicology and Music education in Rome at the Lumsa University; he teaches Pedagogy of children vocality in Ravenna at the Master of Education in Artistic Vocology and in Clinical Vocology and, in Rome, for the Master in Pedagogy.

He conducts the Children’s Choir and teaches flute in Rome, at the Popular School of Music of Testaccio. In 2006 he created the integrated choir Voc’incòro for the ASL of Centocelle (Rome) and, since 2014, with a team of specialists, he has activated the Mani Bianche Roma Choir, inspired by the Venezuelan experiences (System Abreu, integration for the deaf).

Active in writing new choral repertoires for children and teenagers, he has published compositions for children and youth choir and for flute, condensing his pedagogical vision in the books: VariAzioni, elementi per la didattica musicale (Anicia 2004) and Il Baule dei suoni (Multidea 2011). Speaker at conferences and study days on musical pedagogy, choral music, musical composition and phoniatrics, since 2018 he is one of the founders and promoters of the Association ‘Il Jazz va a scuola’. He is currently writing a book dedicated to children’s voices and choral singing.

Dario Piumatti

DARIO PIUMATTI – Children, Youth and School Choral Music

Dario Piumatti, born in Turin in 1975, began studying music at the age of 9. After a few years he began attending the G. Verdi Conservatory in Turin, where he devoted himself first to the study of the oboe, then to percussion instruments, obtaining his diploma with full marks in 2002.
He studies instrumental teaching methodology, graduating with full marks. From the age of 14 he sings in choral ensembles and in 1993 he joined the Chamber Choir of the Turin Conservatory, directed by Dario Tabbia, a reference teacher in his study of choral music. He follows specialized courses in choral conducting with the Professors Carlo Pavese, Valeria Szebelledy, Voicu Popescu and, subsequently, for three years with the masters Anna Seggi, Alessandro Ruo Rui and Dario Tabbia.

He has been choir director since 1999, mainly in the youth field. He has been a point of reference for numerous school choral ensembles of white voices, middle school and high schools in the city of Turin, with which he has held numerous concerts as well as participated in reviews and competitions. In 2005 he founded the VociInNote choir, and in 2008 he was a founding member of the Association of the same name. With the VociInNote, a high artistic profile youth female choir, she holds more than 60 concerts in Italy and abroad and gets the Silver Band at the Quartiano National Competition in 2012. He leaves the direction of VociInNote in 2015.

In 2011 he founded the Vox Viva Mixed Youth Polyphonic Choir, with which he performed more than 80 concerts nationally and internationally, receiving numerous first prizes in regional, national and international competitions (Stresa, Verbania, Vittorio Veneto, Maihausen). Trainer for choirs and choir directors, he has collaborated with FENIARCO (Italian National Federation of Regional Choral Associations) and, as an expert in youth chorality, with various choral ensembles throughout Italy. Since 2013 he has held the role of Delegate Councilor ACP (Piedmont Choirs Association) for the province of Turin and is currently part of the Artistic Commission in the same Association.

Roberto Gini

ROBERTO GINI – Renaissance and Baroque Polyphony

Roberto Gini studied cello at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan with Attilio Ranzato. He later specialized in the technique of ancient instruments, studying viola da gamba in Basel with Jordi Savall (graduated in 1980) and attending chamber music courses held in Salzburg by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Violist, cellist and conductor, in addition to having carried out an important concert and recording activity as an instrumentalist (with Laura Alvini, Wieland Kuijken, Anner Bijlsma and other concert players) and as a member of various groups (with Hesperion XX: Concerto VII book of madrigals Selva Morale & Spirituale; Affetti Musici: La Maddalena a’ piedi di Cristo, Lamento di Arianna)) Roberto Gini is currently professor of Viola da gamba, “Historical ornamentation”, “Treatises and methods”, at the Conservatory di Musica Arrigo Boito di Parma, where he is coordinator of the Department of Ancient Music, as well as honorary professor at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv.

Simon Carrington

SIMON CARRINGTON – Baroque Choir and Orchestra

Simon Carrington, Yale University professor emeritus, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor, first in the UK, and latterly in the USA. From 2003 to 2009 he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir which he brought to national and now international prominence, attracting the interest of his successors, Masaaki Suzuki, director of the Bach Collegium Japan and David Hill, conductor of the BBC Singers and the Bach Choir in London.

During his Yale tenure he led the introduction of a new graduate voice degree for singers specializing in oratorio, early music and chamber ensemble, and, with his faculty colleagues, he guided two Yale graduate students to their first prize wins in consecutive conducting competitions at American Choral Directors Association National Conventions. From 2001 until his Yale appointment, he was director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory, Boston, where he was selected by the students for the Krasner Teaching Excellence Award and from where he received an Honorary Doctorate in 2014, and from 1994 to 2001 he held a similar position at the University of Kansas.

Prior to coming to the United States, he was a creative force for twenty-five years with the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King’s Singers, which he co-founded at Cambridge University. He gave 3,000 performances at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, made more than seventy recordings, and appeared on countless television and radio programs. In the early days of The King’s Singers he also maintained a lively career as a double bass player, first as sub-principal of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and then as a freelance player in London. He specialised in continuo playing, particularly for his Cambridge contemporary John Eliot Gardiner, with whom he made a number of recordings, but he also played with all the major symphony and chamber orchestras under such diverse maestri as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Benjamin Britten, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini, Otto Klemperer, Ricardo Muti, Georg Solti and George Szell. As a teacher of conductors himself for fifteen years, he only wishes he’d paid more attention!

He keeps up an active schedule as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master classes round the world. He has taught young conductors at the Royal Academy of Music, London, the Liszt Conservatorium, Budapest, Hungary, the University of the Andes, Bogota, Colombia, the World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina and the Schools of Music at Eastman, Indiana, Temple and the Universities of Michigan and Southern California among many others in the US. He has recorded master classes on two commercial DVDs – at Westminster Choir College in the US (GIA) and at the Three Choirs Festival in the UK (Masterclass Media Foundation). Over the past few seasons his conducting engagements have included the Berlin Rundfunk Chor, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Collegium Musicale, Tallinn (Estonia), Orfeó Català in the Palau de la Música Catalana ,Barcelona and Coral de Cámara de Pamplona, (Spain), Coro Casa da Musica, Oporto (Portugal), Tokyo Cantat, Gondwana Choral School, Australia, Houston Chamber Choir, Canto Armonico, Boston, and Yale Schola Cantorum. He leads annual conducting courses at the Chamber Choir Festival in Sarteano (Italy), and the Yale Summer Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut, and contributed a chapter on rehearsal technique to the Cambridge Companion to Choral Music. Since the 2016-17 academic year he has served as a Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting to work alongside Simon Halsey and his students at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Diego Fratelli

DIEGO FRATELLI – Renaissance and Baroque Polyphony

Diego Fratelli has been teaching for years disciplines related to Renaissance and Baroque musical theories and practices: Renaissance period music theory, choral exercises on original sources, ensemble music, vocal counterpoint, history of ancient music, in various musical institutions such as the University School of the Lugano Conservatory and the Civic School of Milan; he also held courses at the conservatories of Aosta, Brescia, Florence, Lecce, Moscow, Parma, Perugia, Turin, Venice, Vicenza.

He has edited monographic editions of polyphonic, sacred and secular music by some Italian authors for the Rugginenti editions in Milan, for Turris in Cremona and for the Luca Marenzio International Festival; he also published, with Paolo Portoghesi and others, a research on music and architecture in the eighteenth-century treatises by G.B.Vittone for the Centro Studi di Grignasco and wrote the afterword of the book “Spazi aurali” Postmedia Books 2016; he has collaborated with specialized magazines and with record companies such as Amadesu, Ars Musici, Glossa, Vox Antiqua.

He has an intense activity of participation in seminars and conferences at various bodies and institutions (including: Cini Venezia Foundation, Monteverdi Festival in Cremona, International Ancient Music Courses in Urbino, University of Toulouse, musicology department of the Conservatory of Moscow).

Stephen Layton

STEPHEN LAYTON – Contemporary Choral Repertoire

Stephen Layton was made a Fellow and the Director of Music at Trinity College in 2006.  He is also Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia.  Layton guest conducts widely, including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, London Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster, Bournemouth, Royal Scottish National, Britten Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music and with English, Scottish, Irish and Australian chamber orchestras. For English National Opera he conducted Bach’s St John Passion in a stage production with Deborah Warner.

A champion of new music, Layton has premiered Pärt, Ades and MacMillan. His bold realisation of Tavener’s epic seven-hour vigil The Veil of the Temple, a new departure in British music, was premiered in London at the Proms and in New York at the Lincoln Center Festival.  Layton founded Polyphony in 1986 whilst organ scholar of King’s College Cambridge. He is Chief Guest Conductor of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Music Director of the Holst Singers. He has been Director of Music at the Temple Church in London and Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Kammerkoor.

Stephen Layton’s discography on Hyperion ranges from Handel with original instruments to Bruckner and Poulenc, Pärt and Tavener, Łukaszewski and Whitacre. He has received the Gramophone Award in the UK, the Diapason d’Or in France, The Compact Award in Spain and three Grammy nominations in the USA.

Alexander Solovyev

ALEXANDER SOLOVYEV – Russian Choral Repertory

Alexander Solovyev is a famous conductor, teacher, musical and public figure. Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory, Tula State Choir; Dean of the Department for Foreign Students’ Affairs, member of the Academic Council, Professor of the Department of Choral conducting of the Moscow State Conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky and the Moscow State Institute of Music named after A. G. Schnittke. Art Director of the Moscow Conservatory festivals: “International Autumn choral festival named after Boris Tevlin”, “Dedicated to the Victory Day…”, “The Sealed Angel”, “Born in Russia”, musical director of the all – Russian festival of arts “Leo Tolstoy through the eyes of musicians”. The official representative of Russia, a member of the World Choir Council “World Choir Games” and the jury of the choir competitions of the international association “Interkultur”. Co-founder and chairman of the jury of the Open Contest of Young Musicians “Vivat Musica!”.

Alexander Solovyev is a member of the Moscow Musical Society and the International Union of Musical Figures (Chairman – Professor Alexander Sokolov), the Union of Composers of the Russian Federation (Chairman of the Board – Andrey Krichevsky), and the All-Russian Choral Society (Chairman – Valeriy Gergiev); the main guest conductor of Educational Bridge Project Festival Choir (Boston, USA), guest conductor of Taipei Philharmonic Chorus (Taiwan / China), State Chorus of Abkhazia. Alexander Solovyev acts as a conductor of special projects on the stages of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia; for his great contribution to the development of culture he was awarded with the Certificate of Honor of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Alexander Solovyev was awarded a grant from the President of the Russian Federation in the field of culture and art; was awarded the title of laureate of the Moscow City Prize in the field of literature and art in the nomination “Enlightenment Activities”, was awarded the Prizes of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in the field of culture and art in the nomination “Cultural and Educational Projects”. Among the awards is the title of Master of Chorus and Honorary Member of the Association of Choir Directors of Croatia, etc. Discography: “Anthology of Contemporary Choral Music by Russian Composers” and “Requiem by Mozart” under the “Melodiya” music label; “A. Schnittke. The history of Dr. Faust. Requiem”, “Formula of Success”,” Long-timed ” under the “Moscow Conservatory Records ” music label etc.

Maestro Solovyev has repeatedly acted as the conductor of well-known performing groups in Russia: the Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatory, the Central Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Chamber Orchestra “Musica Viva”, the Kaluga Youth Symphony Orchestra named after S. Richter, the Tula Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Alexander Solovyev is the author of scientific articles and publications on contemporary choral performing arts. The composer of the anthology of choral music compositions of contemporary authors “The Chamber Choir performs”. “Repertoire of the Choirmaster XXI century” He is an editor-composer of the monograph “Boris Tevlin. Materials and documents” (carried out jointly with E. Krivitskaya). Among his students from China, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, USA there are laureates of national and international competitions. Since 2018 – Alexander Solovyev Honorary Professor of Heihe University (China). He conducts active educational and public activities as the President of the Creative Initiatives Development Fund, the head of the Association of Folk and Choral Collectives of the Guild of Academic Performance of the Union of Composers of the Russian Federation.

Teachers of the Gregorian Chant School

Angelo Corno

ANGELO CORNO – Gregorian Semiology

Of humanistic and philosophical training, Angelo Corno obtained in 1990 at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Milan the Magisterium in Gregorian chant under the guidance of Luigi Agustoni and Fulvio Rampi.

He has been part of the Cantori Gregoriani ensemble since 1985, the year the group was founded. He taught at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Milan, at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Turin and in Gregorian chant courses organized by the Gregorian Cantori in Milan, Cremona, Rovigo. He collaborates with specialist magazines of Gregorian chant and choral singing such as Note Gregoriane, la Cartellina and Choraliter.

He is co-author of the Gregorian chant manual Alla Scuola del Canto Gregoriano published by Musidora in 2015. Since 2015 he has regularly held summer courses in Gregorian chant at the L. Campiani Conservatory in Mantua, and annual courses at the Gregorian Chant School in Cremona, both promoted by Teleion Choral Academy.

Giorgio Merli

GIORGIO MERLI – Gregorian Paleography

Giorgio Merli completed his musical studies at the Pontifical Ambrosian Institute of Sacred Music in Milan where in 1990 he obtained the Magisterium in Gregorian Chant with the masters L. Agustoni and F. Rampi. He has been the solo voice of the Cantori Gregoriani ensemble since its foundation and also has numerous concert and record collaborations with organists and early music groups to his credit. For some years he directed the Gregorian choir of the Basilica of San Marco in Milan and the Cantores Sancti Benedicti group of the Benedictine Abbey of Seregno.

He has taught at the Trieste Conservatory, the Diocesan Institute of Sacred Music in Modena and the Zelioli Civic School of Music in Lecco. He is professor of Gregorian Chant at the Pontifical Ambrosian Institute of Sacred Music in Milan (PIAMS). He participated in all the educational initiatives of the Cantori Gregoriani and, starting from 2017 (Year III), in the Gregorian Singing School organized by Accademia Corale Teleion, in collaboration with the Cantori Gregoriani.

Franco Radicchia

FRANCO RADICCHIA – The Laudario of Cortona

Franco Radicchia holds diplomas in trumpet and choral music and choir conducting at the F. Morlacchi Conservatory of Perugia and in Band Instrumentation at the L. Cherubini Conservatory in Florence. He graduated in Music Disciplines, Choir Direction with full marks always in Perugia and a Master in Musicological Research at the University of Perugia and the DAS (Advanced Diploma in Gregorian Semiology) at the Lugano Conservatory. He studied with leading orchestra and choir conductors in Europe and at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

After a few years in which he worked as a performer as a component of musical groups of various kinds and in Duo together with the Organ for the performance of Baroque music, he dedicated himself to the direction of choral, orchestral and band groups. In this capacity he carries out an intense activity with about 50 concerts a year. He is the Director and founder of the Armoniosoincanto Female Vocal Group with which he carries out an intense international concert and research activity with early music recordings with Tactus, Brilliantclassics, Amiata Records. Among the engravings, the Masses of Couperin for the Parishes and Convents with Gregorian alternatim for Brilliantclassics, the 12 Bicinia by O. di Lasso for Tactus, the Canzonette for three voices by Monteverdi and the complete Laudario di Cortona n° 91 are highlighted. always for Brilliantclassics. He has also won national and international awards with the Armoniosoincanto group and with the Vivae Vocis Concentus Youth Choir of Perugia.

He is engaged in the study and research of semiology and interpretative problems of Gregorian chant and medieval music and is often called upon to hold national and international courses and seminars. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Gregorian Chant section Italian (AISCGre). For years he has been involved in basic musical training also as a teacher of Theory, Analysis and Composition at the Liceo Musicale in Perugia. In addition to the Armoniosoincanto Vocal Group, he also directs the Tritonus Vocal Group and the Youth and Children Choir of the Perugia Conservatory.

Roberto Spremulli

ROBERTO SPREMULLI – Gregorian Vocality

Choir conductor, teacher, music therapist, composer born in 1964, Roberto Spremulli began his musical studies at the F. Venezze Conservatory of Music in Rovigo and then obtained the Magisterium in Gregorian Chant at the Pontifical Ambrosian Institute of Sacred Music in Milan, the Academic Diploma Level II in Vocal Composition and Choir Direction, the Diploma in Music Didactics at the Conservatory of Rovigo and the Diploma in Music Therapy at the Giovanni Ferrari School of Padua, an institute associated with the Jean Monnet European University in Brussels.

Headmaster of the Giacomo Schirollo School of Rovigo, Director of the Institute of Sacred Music S. Cecilia in Rovigo and teacher of Music Education and Choral Singing at the same institute. Since 2011 he has been collaborating as a teaching musician and music therapist with the Centro Diventare Grandi in Treviso. Since 2012 he has been a lecturer at the G. Ferrari School of Specialization in Music Therapy in Padua and since 2016 at the Gregorian Singing School in Cremona. He is included in the European Professional Register of Specialists in Psychological Disciplines of the Center Culturel Européen Jean Monnet Asbl – list of Music Therapists n ° AT132-M. He has been dedicating himself for some time to the composition and creation of educational works for children. He specialized in the musical education of children from 0 to 6 years, obtaining the appointment of “AIGAM Associate Teacher” (Italian Gordon Association for Music Learning). He is co-author of the manual Alla scuola del Canto Gregoriano published by Musidora in 2015. He is conductor of the Choir and Melos Orchestra of Rovigo, of the Schola Gregoriana Rodigium of Rovigo. Since 1987 he has been the soloist of the Gregorian Cantori of Cremona with whom in 2011 he participated in the television series ‘Sunday with Benedict XVI’ broadcast by TV2000. He collaborates with the Medieval group La Reverdie. Intense concert, recording and publishing activity that saw him performer and director in theaters and cathedrals of the most important Italian and foreign capitals and cities: From 1983 to 1993 he was director of the Piccoli Cantori S. Bortolo di Rovigo choir. From 1984 to 1994 he was part of the Nova Schola Gregoriana choir of Verona and from 1989 to 1994 of the Madrigalistico Fosco Corti Group, from 1988 to 2002 of the Madrigalistic Group of the City of Rovigo with which he won, in 1990, the Gran Premio Città di Arezzo , from 2009 to 2014 director of the Coro San Marco of Pordenone.

Fulvio Rampi

FULVIO RAMPI – Gregorian Chant: Proper, Ordinary, Liturgical Repertoire

Graduated in organ and organ composition with Luigi Molfino, Fulvio Rampi obtained the Magisterium and the Doctorate in Gregorian Chant at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music under the guidance of Luigi Agustoni. Successor of Agustoni himself as professor of Gregorian Chant at the same Pontifical Institute, he has numerous publications to his credit.

In 1985 he founded Cantori Gregoriani, a professional ensemble with male voices, of which he is the permanent director. With this group he carries out an intense recording, teaching and concert activity in Italy and abroad. From 1998 to 2010 he was director of the Musical Chapel of the Cremona Cathedral. In 2010 he formed the Sicardo Choir of Cremona, a polyphonic ensemble with which he carries out regular liturgical service in the church of S. Abbondio in Cremona, where he is also titular organist. He currently teaches Prepolyphony at the G. Verdi Conservatory of Music in Turin.

Luca Buzzavi

LUCA BUZZAVI – Introduction to the Gregorian Chant

Luca Buzzavi obtained with full marks the second level degree in Prepolyphony at the G. Verdi Conservatory of Turin under the guidance of Prof. Fulvio Rampi, the first level diploma in Choir Direction and Choral Composition (with honors and mention of honor) at the L. Campiani Conservatory of Mantua, the master in Physics (with honors) at the University of Bologna, the 1st level University Masters in Teaching and Psychopedagogy for DSA and SEN and in Strategies and good practices in the classes multicultural (both with honors). He studied Classical Guitar and attended numerous masterclasses on choral conducting (in particular at the Guido d’Arezzo Foundation with Donati, Marzola, Marzilli, Pavese, Berrini, Graden, Corti, Busto, Rasmussen, Lah, Broadbent, and in other intensive courses with Phillips, Krawczynski, Leech), Orchestra Conducting (Nicotra, De Palma) and on Musical Didactics and Pedagogy (Leo, Astulez, Visioli, Piccardi, Oetterli, Paduano).

He teaches classical guitar, ear training and choral singing at the Andreoli Foundation of the municipalities of the Northern Area of Modena, where he prepares the choral singing class consisting of the Aurora Children and Youth Choir. For the same Foundation he is an external expert in the Primary School for projects related to Musical Preparation and the School Choir and a member of the Disability Project team.

He is artistic director of Accademia Corale Teleion (Poggio Rusco – MN) where he follows the Gamma Chorus chamber choir and the Gregorian Schola Matilde di Canossa, organizes and holds seminars and summer courses with illustrious teachers on Gregorian Chant and Polyphony; in particular he is artistic director and teacher at the School and the Summer Course of Gregorian Chant in collaboration between the Teleion Choral Academy and the professional ensemble Cantori Gregoriani. He taught the 1st Online Course of Gregorian Chant and the 2nd Online Course: Topicality and Rhetoric in Gregorian Chant, promoted by AERCO. He is a member of the editorial committee of the magazines FarCoro and Dirigo, lecturer at the regional course for school choir directors promoted by AERCO and a member of the Artistic Commission of USCI Lombardia. He has obtained important results and awards in national choral competitions as director, composer and commissioner.

Michael Guastalla

MICHAEL GUASTALLA – Gregorian Chant: Proper, Ordinary, Liturgical Repertoire

Michael Guastalla, born in 1986, from Mantua, began his studies as an instrumentalist at the Conservatory of Mantua, under the guidance of Carlo Fabiano, Giorgio Barbolini, and Luigi Ripamonti. In 2009 he began his composition studies under the guidance of Maestro Paolo Perezzani at the Conservatory of Mantua, graduating with full marks and honors. In 2019 he obtained the second level degree in Prepolyphony at the Conservatory of Turin with full marks under the guidance of Prof. Fulvio Rampi.

As a composer he participates in the main contemporary music festivals as well as in his city, in Bolzano and Parma. With one of his pieces for orchestra selected by the Conservatory of Mantua, he participated in May 2015 in the first “Claudio Abbado” Competition held at the Milan Conservatory.
Since 2012 he has been director of the Choir Discàntica and has also founded and directs the Schola Gregoriana in Mantua with which he provides liturgical-musical service in the Pontifical celebrations in the Cathedral of Mantua in collaboration with the diocesan liturgical office.
Since 2018 he has been president of the Accademia Musicale Harmonica music school.