Associazione Corale Goriziana C.A. Seghizzi is proud to announce the composition of the jury of the 20th "Seghizzi" International Choral and Solo Voice Composition Contest.
Artistic Director and President of the Jury
Pietro Ferrario is an Italian musician born in Busto Arsizio in 1967. He graduated in piano, composition, organ, and choir conducting at the conservatories of Brescia, Milano and Alessandria, studying with Mariateresa Nebuloni and Lucia Romanini (piano), Bruno Bettinelli (composition) and Luigi Molfino (harmony, counterpoint, organ). He studied composition also with Azio Corghi in Parma and Siena, film music with Ennio Morricone, organ with Lionel Rogg, Giancarlo Parodi and others, vocal technique and choir conducting with Stephan Woodbury, Gary Graden and Tõnu Kaljuste.
He is a composer, choir conductor, pianist (complete live performance in the last years of all Chopin’s, Liszt and Rachmaninoff Études), organist, and an appreciated author of various works performed and recorded in Italy and abroad (Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, Australia, China, USA, New Zealand, Argentina, Israel, Japan, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Norway, South Africa, Czech Republic, Slovenja, Indonesia, Belgium, UK, Latvia) by important symphonic orchestras and choirs, in the most important musical festivals (for example Carnegie Hall 2019 New York and ACDA National Convention 2019 Kansas City) and in the most important choral competitions (Arezzo, Gorizia, Maribor, Tolosa, Tours). He composed on commission of important european institutions such as Fondazione Toscanini di Parma, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Landesakademie Ochsenhausen (D).
He was awarded the first prize at the International Trophy of Choral Composition "C. A. Seghizzi" in Gorizia in 2004, In 2008 1st prize in the 2nd International competition of composition "Bruno Bettinelli" in Milano. In 2016 first prize in the Arezzo composition competition “Canta Petrarca”. In 2020 first prize in the AERCO International Composition Competition. His compositions are published by the german Carus, Ferrimontana, and the Italian Ricordi, Sonzogno, Carrara, and others. Besides the choral works, he has also an interesting production of piano and organ pieces. He is often invited as a jury member in important national and international choral and composition competitions, in Italy and abroad.Ensemble vocale Calycanthus, quest’ultimo da lui fondato (1° premio Concorso Internazionale Riva del Garda 2003, 1° premio Concorso Nazionale di Arezzo 2005, Gran Premio Efrem Casagrande Vittorio Veneto 2006, premio Feniarco come miglior coro italiano a Gorizia 2008, 1° premio sez. gruppi vocali a Biella 2012, 2° premio ex-aequo (1° non assegnato) al 9° Concorso Nazionale Lago Maggiore di Verbania 2018 sez. cori misti), con cui ha tenuto concerti in importanti festivals musicali in Italia e all’estero, tenendo anche prime assolute di alcuni lavori di Miškinis, Dubra, Corghi, Bianchera, e prime italiane di lavori di Sixten e Antognini, e con cui ha inciso due CD per Bottega Discantica e SMC Records.
He is the conductor of Ensemble vocale Calycanthus since its foundation (1997), first prize winner in two of the most important Italian choral competitions (Arezzo 2005 and Vittorio Veneto 2006). He recorded with this group a CD of contemporary choral music, and a pop-jazz a cappella arrangements CD. Composers Vytautas Miškinis, Rihards Dubra, Azio Corghi and Ivo Antognini wrote pieces for Calycanthus, premiered between 2008 and 2021. Other Italian premières of composers Fredrik Sixten and Ivo Antognini took place in 2009, 2016. Interesting projects of the last years were the complete performance of Martin’s and Rheinberger’s Masses for double choir, and another program on Eric Whitacre’s music. He has been professor of composition, music theory, choir conducting and choral composition, harmony and analysis at the Vicenza, Cagliari, Sassari, Cesena and Parma conservatories. He currently is professor of music theory and ear training at the “Rossini” Conservatory in Pesaro.