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Pietro Ferrario is an Italian musician born in Busto Arsizio 3-XI-1967. He has obtained diplomas in piano, composition, organ, and choir conducting at the conservatories of  Brescia, Milano and Alessandria, studying with Lucia Romanini (piano), Bruno Bettinelli (composition) and Luigi Molfino (organ). He improved himself in composition with Azio Corghi in Parma and Siena (diploma with merit in 2000 at the Chigiana Academy), film music with Ennio Morricone in 1992 (Siena - Chigiana Academy), organ with Lionel Rogg, Giancarlo Parodi and others, vocal technique and choir conducting with Stephan Woodbury, Gary Graden and Tõnu Kaljuste.
He has concert activity as a pianist, organist, and choir conductor.
He is an appreciated composer of various works for piano, organ, choir, orchestra, choir and orchestra, which have been performed and recorded in Italy and abroad (Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, Australia, China, USA, New Zealand, Argentina, Israel, Japan, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Norway) by important symphonic orchestras and choirs (Orchestra Sinfonica Toscanini, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Choeur National des Jeunes, Coro Nacional de Jóvenes de la Republica Argentina, Tower New Zealand Youth Choir, Northern Illinois University Chamber Choir, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers, Iowa State University Cantamus Choir, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Internationaler Festivalchor C.H.O.I.R., Vocal Ensemble "EST", Kórus Spontánusz, Mornington Singers, Uranienborg Vokalensemble, Vocapella Innsbruck, Coralia of the University of Puerto Rico, Rezonans Istanbul, Schola Cantorum Sopianensis Pecs, Evoke London, Coro Città di Parma, Ars Cantica Choir, Coro da camera Trentino, Coro da Camera di Varese, Torino Vocal Ensemble, Vocalia Consort, Genova Vocal Ensemble, etc.), at times with internationally famous conductors or soloists, like for example Aldo Ceccato, Marco Berrini, Giancarlo Parodi. He composed on commission of important italian institutions like Fondazione Toscanini di Parma, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Landesakademie Ochsenhausen (D). Some of his choral compositions are regularly presented and performed in masterclasses dedicated to contemporary choral music. In 2004 he was unanimously awarded the first prize at the prestigious International Trophy of Choral Composition "C. A. Seghizzi" 2004 in Gorizia with the motet “Jubilate Deo”,  performed during the final of the European Choral Grand Prix 2004. In 2008 he won the first prize in the Second International competition of composition and choral elaboration "Bruno Bettinelli" in Milan, in the section "Works with sacred Latin text for mixed a cappella choir" with the motet “Exultemus”, and the second prize in the section "Elaboration of a folk song for a cappella male voices choir" (first prize not assigned). In 2011 he was finalist in the 2nd International Competition for pianists-composers "Franz Liszt" in Bellagio. In 2016 he won first prize in the National Composition Competition "Canta Petrarca", organized by Fondazione Guido d'Arezzo (his winning composition has been compulsory piece in the 65th International Choral Competition "Guido d'Arezzo" 2017 in Arezzo). He has published for important publishers such as Ricordi, Carrara, Rugginenti, Sonzogno, FENIARCO, Edizioni Musicali Europee, Sonitus, and the German Carus-Verlag of Stuttgart and Ferrimontana of Frankfurt. He has been invited  as a member of the jury at the 44th, 48th, 52nd, 53rd and 54thInternational Choral Competition "Seghizzi" in Gorizia in 2005, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, and also as the chairman of the jury of the associated "Seghizzi" Choral Composition Trophy in 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He is member of the Bureau for the music area of the "Seghizzi" Association since 2013. He has collaborated extensively with the Ricordi Historical Musical Archive.
He has been the conductor of Dalakopen Choir for 17 years (2nd prize in golden sash at the 29th "Franchino Gaffurio" Choir Competition in Quartiano 2011, 2nd prize at the 46th Vittorio Veneto National Choral Competition 2012, 1st prize at the 8th Biella National Choral Competition 2012). Currently he is the conductor of Ensemble vocale Calycanthus, which he started in 1997, a mixed a cappella group with an eclectic repertoire; first prize winner in two of the most important Italian choral competitions (Arezzo 2005 and Vittorio Veneto 2006), having been awarded several times in the past in other national and international competitions, with which he has concerts all over Italy and abroad. With Calycanthus he participated in the 47th "Seghizzi" Choral Competition in 2008, obtaining the 2nd prize in the category "choral elaborations of pop music and jazz", the Feniarco prize for the best Italian choir, and the special prize as best chamber choir of the competition. Furthemore, 1st prize at the 8th National Choir Competition "Città di Biella" 2012. Heading this group, he recorded a CD of contemporary choral music in 2007 for the Italian label Bottega Discantica, and a pop-jazz a cappella arrangements CD in 2012 for SMC label.
He is the main organist on the 1841 Carrera Organ of the SS. Gervaso e Protaso Church in Parabiago, the town near Milano where he lives.
In 2011 he was professor of harmony, counterpoint, fugue and composition at the Vicenza Conservatory. He was teacher of musical theory at the Cagliari Conservatory in 2014 and 2015, professor of harmony and analysis at the Sassari Conservatory in 2016, professor of choir conducting and choral composition at the Vicenza Conservatory in 2017. He currently is professor of harmony and analysis at the "Bruno Maderna" Conservatory in Cesena.

Some of his most important works are:

  • Messa for choir, strings, brass and timpani (1995-96) – 30'
  • Credo II for choir, organ, brass and timpani (2012) – 6' 
  • Passacaglia sul Veni Creator for full orchestra (1999) (also organ version, 2002) – 15’
  • Sonata for piano (2001) – 28’ 
  • 12 Études on Chopin's Preludes for piano (2009-2010) – 21'
  • Ouverture “Omaggio a Schubert” (2002) for orchestra – 6’
  • Magnificat for mixed choir (2004) – 15’
  • Toccata for organ (1994) – 7'
  • No man’s land, suite for piano (1997) – 20’
  • Allegro da concerto, for harp (2000) – 9’
  • Variazioni su Vexilla Regis, for organ (2003) – 6’
  • about 20 sacred motets for a cappella choir, various choir arrangements of Italian folk songs, spirituals and pop songs, various sacred pieces for choir and organ.
  • Transcriptions: complete piano solo transcription of The Planets by Gustav Holst; organ transcription of the “Gazza Ladra” Ouverture by Rossini, complete piano transcription of the opera “Tat’jana” by Azio Corghi.

Performances of his compositions, programmed by various artists or groups, or the composer himself (period 2017/2018):

  • 26-V-2017, Brignano Gera d’Adda (BG), Chiesa di Madonna dei Campi, Music Festival “I venerdì di maggio”: motets for mixed choir “Salve Regina” (première) and "Panis angelicus"; Ensemble vocale Calycanthus, dir. the composer.
  • 11-VI-2017, VARESE, Battistero S. Giovanni, Solevoci festival “InCanto a Varese”: motets for mixed choir “Salve Regina” and "Panis angelicus"; Ensemble vocale Calycanthus, dir. the composer.
  • 22-VI-2017, Oslo (N), Uranienborg Church: “Benedetto sia ‘l giorno” for mixed choir (première); Uranienborg Vokalensemble, dir. Elisabeth Holte.
  • 1°-VII-2017, Innsbruck (A), Jesuitenkirche, “Innsbruck singt”: “Benedetto sia ‘l giorno” for mixed choir; Vokalensemble Vocapella Innsbruck, dir: Bernhard Sieberer.
  • 24-VIII-2017, AREZZO, 65° Concorso Polifonico Internazionale “Guido d’Arezzo”, Chiesa di S. Maria della Pieve: “Benedetto sia ‘l giorno” performed during the competition by the following 7 choirs: Coralia of the University of Puerto Rico (San Juan – Portorico), dir. Carmen Acevedo Lucio, Evoke (Londra – England), dir. Victoria Ely, Mornington Singers (Dublino – Ireland), dir. Orla Flanagan, Rezonans (Istanbul – Turkey), dir.Burak Onur Erdem, Schola Cantorum Sopianensis (Pecs – Hungary), dir. Valér Jobbagy, Vokalensemble Vocapella Innsbruck, dir: Bernhard Sieberer, Uranienborg Vokalensemble, dir. Elisabeth Holte.
  • 26-VIII-2017, AREZZO, 65° Concorso Polifonico Internazionale “Guido d’Arezzo”, Gran Premio Città di Arezzo, Teatro Petrarca: motet Jubilate Deo (version for female choir), Accademia Vocale di Genova, dir. Roberta Paraninfo.
  • 27-VIII-2017, Fano (PU), International choral festival, S. Domenico church:  "Benedetto sia 'l giorno", Mornington Singers (Dublin – Irland), dir. Orla Flanagan.
  • 1°-X-2017, Guastalla (RE), choral festival “Di cori un altro PO”, Basilica della Pieve: motets for mixed choir “Salve Regina” and "Panis angelicus"; Ensemble vocale Calycanthus, dir. l'autore.  
  • 21-X-2017, VERBANIA, Collegiata S. Leonardo, 8th National Choral Competition Lake Maggiore: "Santa Lucia", mixed vocal sextet "The Blossomed Voice". Motet for female choir “Cantate Domino”, Coro da Camera Trentino, dir. Giancarlo Comar.
  • 28-X-2017, Parabiago (MI), Chiesa Prepositurale SS. Gervaso e Protaso: motets for mixed choir “Salve Regina” and “Ubi caritas” (première of Ubi caritas), Ensemble vocale Calycanthus, dir. the composer.
  • 11-XI-2017, Conegliano (TV), Chiesa Parrocchiale S. Martino: motet for female choir “Cantate Domino”, Coro da Camera Trentino, dir. Giancarlo Comar.
  • 12-XI-2017, BRESCIA, Musical Vespers in Santa Maria del Carmine Church: "Santa Lucia", The Blossomed Voice.
  • 9-XII-2017, Zürich (CH), Kirche Unterstrass: motet for mixed choir Jubilate Deo, Junger Chor Zürich, dir. Davide Fior 
  • 10-XII-2017, Zürich (CH), Alte Kirche Wollishofen: motet for mixed choir Jubilate Deo, Junger Chor Zürich, dir. Davide Fior
  • 10-XII-2017, BERGAMO, S. Leonardo Church: "Santa Lucia", Ensemble Coranto.
  • 17-XII-2017, Crosio della Valle (VA), Chiesa Parrocchiale: motet for mixed choir “Salve Regina”, “Tu scendi dalle stelle”; Ensemble vocale Calycanthus, dir. the composer. 

Published works:
 Motets for a cappella choir:

  • Agnus Dei,motet for mixed a cappella choir (1991) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3015)
  • Ave Maria,motet for mixed a cappella choir (1992) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3016)
  • Crucifixus,motet for mixed a cappella choir (1992) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3017)
  • Hic est Salvator,motet for mixed a cappella choir (1992) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3018)
  • Factus est Dominus,motet for mixed a cappella choir (1993) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3019)
  • Laetare Virgo,motet for mixed a cappella choir (1994) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2005, EF 3006)
  • Ave Verum,motet for mixed a cappella choir (1994) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2005, EF 3005)
  • Illumina faciem tuam,motet for mixed a cappella choir (1995) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3020)
  • Voce mea ad Dominum,motet for mixed a cappella choir (1996) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3021)
  • Jubilate Deo, motet for mixed a cappella choir (2002) (ed. Carus-Verlag - Stuttgart 2006, CV 7380); version for female choir (2011) (ed. Carus-Verlag - Stuttgart 2013, CV 7380/50)  
  • Hortus conclusus,motet in the Renaissance style for mixed a cappella choir(2003) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3022)
  • Panis angelicus, motet for mixed a cappella choir (2003) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3023). The same piece published also by ARCOVA [Associazione Regionale Cori Valdostani] in 2003
  • Gaude Dei Genitrix,motet for female a cappella choir (2003) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3024)
  • In Paradisum,motet for female a cappella choir (2004) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3025)
  • O sacrum convivium,motet for mixed a cappella choir (2005) (ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2006, EF 3014)
  • Cantate Domino, motet for female a cappella choir (2005)(ed. Ferrimontana - Frankfurt 2009, EF 3379)
  • Exultemus, motet for mixed a cappella choir (2006) (Edizioni Musicali Europee - Milano 2008, in "La Cartellina" n.177)
  • Laudate Dominum, motet for mixed a cappella choir (2013) (ed. Carus-Verlag 2014, CV 7388)

Other published works:

  • “Arabesque” for flute and piano (1991) ( ed. Rugginenti 1995 N° 50701)
  • “Toccata” for organ (1994) (ed. Carrara 1995 N° 4113, in the series “Bibliotheca Musicae ad Organum”, by Arturo Sacchetti)
  • “Rallegrati o Terra”, motet for choir and organ (1992) ( in “Celebriamo” and “È nato il Messia”, ed. Carrara 1995 N° 4216)
  • “Ecco vi annuncio” for choir and organ (1994) (in “Celebriamo” and “Vi annuncio una grande gioia”, ed. Carrara 1997 N° 4275)
  • “Tre antifone d’ingresso” for choir and organ (1996) (in “Celebriamo” and “Date lode al Signore”, ed. Carrara 1997 N° 4311)
  • “Vous tous qui la Terre habitez”, choral for organ (1997) (in “L’organo nella liturgia” and “Corali e Partite”, ed. Carrara 1998 N° 4375)
  • Complete piano transcription (ed. Ricordi 2000 N°138447) of the score of the lyric drama “Tat’jana” by Azio Corghi (first performance: Teatro alla Scala the 21st October 2000)
  • Allegro da concerto, for harp (2000) (ed. Sonzogno 2003 N° 3184)
  • Ouverture “Omaggio a Schubert”, for orchestra (2002) (ed. Sonzogno 2003)
  • Postludio su “Gustate e vedete” di J. Gelineau, for organ (2000) (ed. Rugginenti 2004, in AA.VV. “Versetti e Preludi d’organo sulle melodie del “Cantemus Domino”, vol.3°)
  • Passacaglia sul Veni Creator, for organ (2002) (after the original version for orchestra, 1999) (ed.Carrara 2004 N° 4714)
  • Variazioni su Vexilla Regis, for organ (2003)(ed. Carrara 2006 N° 4865)
  • "Il Pagliaccio", popular neapolitan melody arranged for mixed choir (on the anthology "Choraliter No.7", ed. FENIARCO 2007)
  • Transcription for organ of the Ouverture from "La Gazza Ladra" by Rossini (2007)(Ediz. Carrara 2008 N. 5017)
  • 4 popular songs from Ossola for male choir (2000-2008) (in “Canti di casa nostra” vol.II, ed. Associazione Culturale Coro Valdossola 2009)
  • "Se ti brami di vedermi", popular Istrian song (version for 4 mixed voices, 1993) (Edizioni Musicali Europee - Milano 2009, in "La Cartellina" n.187)
  • Trittico ottocentesco, for organ (Ediz. Carrara 2012 N. 5272)
  • Preludio al Salmo 14 "Chi potrà varcare" for organ (2010) (Ediz. Carrara 2012 n.5288 in AA. VV. "Preludi Organistici Vol. 1 ai Salmi di Turoldo - Passoni - De Marzi")
  • El pover Luisin, popular melody from Lombardy, arrangement for female choir (2012) (Ediz. Sonitus 2013 in the book "Radici nel futuro")

Indicative list of the unpublished works

Piano solo

  • “Iuvenilia” (20 pieces from average difficulty to higher) (1988-90)
  • “Teuflischer Waltz” (1994)
  • “No man’s land” (suite of 3 pieces in between classical, jazz and pop, 1997)
  • Complete transcription of the Suite for grand orchestra “The Planets” op.32 by Gustav Holst (1998-99)
  • “Entertainment-Tarantella” (1999)
  • “Sonata” (2001)
  • "Carillon per Valentina" (2005)
  • "Improvviso per Ambra" (2009)
  • 12 Études on Chopin's Preludes (2009-2010)
  • "Manu" (2011) 
  • "Free Fantasy" (2013)
  • Concert Study "Ave Maria" (2018)

Organ

  • 4 Pieces (1994)
  • 3 Chorals (1997) (the first of these published in the list above)

Soli, Choir and Orchestra

  • 2 oratorio scenes : “La Resurrezione”, “Lazarus”(1993)
  • Mass for choir, strings, brass and timpani (1995-96)
  • Credo II, for "The European Mass", for choir, brass, timpani, continuo organ (2012)

Orchestra

  • Orchestration of 3 Preludes by Debussy (1992): La fille aux cheveaux de lin / Minstrels / Les collines d’Anacapri
  • Variations on an Andantino in a min. (1993)
  • Variations on a theme by Hindemith (1993)
  • Variations on a theme by Dallapiccola (1993)
  • Passacaglia sul Veni Creator (1998-99)

A cappella choir

  • Magnificat, for mixed choir (2004)
  • "Amo", choral lyric on text by Giuseppe Tirinnanzi (2007)
  • "Caffè", musical recipe on text by Goldoni for mixed choir (2011)
  • "Benedetto sia 'l giorno", choral lyric on text by Petrarca (2012)
  • "Santa Lucia", choral lyric on text by Alessandro Bottelli (2015)
  • Salve Regina, for mixed choir (2016)
  • Ubi caritas, for mixed choir (2016)
  • G-string Swing, for 8 mixed voices (2017)
  • 21 arrangements of songs from Vallée d'Aoste, Trento, Istria, Lombardy, spirituals, pop-songs and other. from 4 to 8 voices (1992-2017)

Choir and Organ

  • “La luce del mondo” (5 pieces,1992)
  • 10 sacred pieces

2 Pianos

  • Transcription of Day Tripper by Lennon-McCartney (1993)
  • Concert fantasy “Christmas everywhere!” (1993)

Voice and piano

  • “Ho sognato”, lyric on text by A. Sabella (1990)
  • “Little David” (2001)

Chamber music

  • 13 pieces for flute (vl. or cl.) and piano (1988-89)
  • “Schizzi dodecafonici”: 15 pieces for ensemble varying from solo instruments to double string quartet (1991)
  • Musical comments for scenes from the movie “The endless game”, for brass quintet and string quintet (1992)
  • Variations on an original theme, for erhu (or violin) and piano (2010)

For further informations on the unpublished works contact directly the composer pie.fer@alice.it  For the published works by Pietro Ferrario, please consult the following internet sites:


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