Richard Mailänder – Germany
President of the Jury
Richard Mailänder, born 1958, is the director of music of the archbishopric of Cologne, honorary professor at ‘Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln’, teacher of singing in Liturgy and choral conducting. He has given and gives courses for conductors and he is since thirty years juror of different competitions for choirs and compositions. With Pawel Lukaszewski he’s responsible for the international composer competition ‘Musica sacra nova’ for young composers. He has written many articles about music in liturgy and choral music and has edited very successful choir books for different publishing houses. With his choir ‘Figuralchor Koeln’ he made concerts all over Europe. This choir is specialised in old music on one side and in new on the other. A lot of composers has written motets and oratories (particularly for Easter) for his choir. Some of these works are published on CD
Fabio Pecci – Italy
Member of the Jury
Fabio Pecci studied violoncello at Ravenna’s officially recognized “G. Verdi” Music School graduating with brilliant results. As a cellist his busy concert activity has led him to perform in theatres and concert halls in Italy and abroad. He has been awarded prizes in many competitions and has recorded seven CDs for Tactus, Bongiovanni and other labels. He founded and directs “Le Allegre Note” treble voice choir and “Note in Crescendo” youth choir, with which he has also performed in prestigious theatres. With these two choirs he has over 400 performances, audio and television recordings to his credit. With them he also recorded three albums which include his own choral arrangements. With Note in Crescendo he has held concerts in Berlin, Saint Etienne (Lyon) and in Czech Republic. With Le Allegre Note he also took part in the production of ‘Te Deum’ by H. Berlioz, held in Bologna in October 2008, under the direction of Claudio Abbado, and was responsible for the preparation of the treble voices in Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’. Treble voice trainer and chorus master for the production of ‘Tosca’ staged for the 2010 New Year in Rimini, he was responsible for the treble voices in the production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ in many theatres, as well as for ‘Carmina Burana’ by C. Orff, with the soloists of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. An enthusiast of children’s vocalism, he also directs the activity of Rimini’s “Piccole Voci di Carla Amori” and “Una Canzone per Crescere” at Valconca Comprehensive School. As choir director, he has received awards and gained recognition in National and International Competitions. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Artistic Committee of A.E.R.CO – The Regional Choirs Association. Teacher at the “Spring Festival” by FENIARCO in Montecatini 2016, as conductor of the youth choir “Note In Crescendo” he represented the Emilia Romagna region at the National Choral Festival at ‘EXPO Milano 2015’.
Johann van der Sandt – Southafrica
Member of the Jury
Johann van der Sandt received his formal undergraduate and post-graduate education at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He also furthered his studies in Choral Conducting in the Netherlands at the Institute of Choral Conductors training, Gorinchem. He has been involved in choral work as a composer, conductor, arranger and adjudicator on national as well as international level throughout his career. In his capacity as adjudicator, conductor and lecturer, he is well sought after. Johann has conducted numerous choirs; his experience stretches wide, from working with Children’s Choirs to Youth Choirs, student’s choirs and Adult choirs. His adult Chamber choir ‘Singkronies’ specifically aimed at the recording, development and preservation of South African choral music. His work with the ‘University of Pretoria Camerata’ (a mixed student’s choir) is characterized by numerous accolades. Under his leadership, the ‘Drakensberg Boys Choir’ established itself as one of the best boys choirs internationally. Currently Johann is professor in Music Education at the University of Bolzano, Italy. Before that, he was professor in Choral Conducting at the University of Pretoria and served as the conductor and the Director of Music at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, South Africa.
Daniele Venturi – Italy
Member of the Jury
Daniele Venturi was born in Porretta Terme (Bologna – Italy) in 1971 comes from a family of folk singers. As composer and choir director he is among the most established of his generation. He studied composition with Gérard Grisey, Giacomo Manzoni, Fabio Vacchi, Ivan Fedele and Luis de Pablo, and orchestral conducting with Piero Bellugi. He is the founder and director of Coro Gaudium (1992) (Italian folk songs) and Arsarmonica Ensemble 2006). In 2000 he became the assistant director of Pier Paolo Scattolin’s Choir Voices of Europe, Bologna (European City of Culture). He has to his credit numerous international composition prizes including: Gino Contilli, Messina 2003 (second prize ex-aequo, and honourable mention), IAMIC, Toronto 2009, (prize shared between the two Italian composers who participated), JSCM, Tokyo, 2010, (the only European finalist), ISCM, Belgium 2012, (only Italian composer selected), ISCM-WMD, Slovenia, 2015, (Italian selection SIMC), Soundscape, Maccagno, 2015, (composer in residence), ISCM-WMD, Sud Korea, 2016, (Italian selection SIMC), San Diego New Music, 2016, USA, (Italian composer selected), San Diego New Music, 2017, USA, (Italian composer selected),etc. He has received commissions from major organizations and concert promoters and his music has been performed in prestigious concert halls such as: Italy: Milan, Teatro Dal Verme, Turin, Gam, Lingotto Auditorium. Elsewhere: France: Luc Ferrari Halle – Césaré Centre National de Création Musicale, Reims. Belgium: STUK Labozaal, Leuven. Estonia: Peetri Kogudus, Tartu. Japan: Bunka Kaikan Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo. China: Nie Er Concert Hall, Chengdu. Thailand: Chiang Mai Auditorium. Canada: Canadian Music Centre, Placebo Space, Toronto, McGill University, Tana Schulich Hall, Montreal. USA: Columbia University, Auditorium of the Italian Academy, New York, St Botolph Building, Room 01 – New England Conservatory, Boston, EDT Concert Hall at the Haven, Charlottesville, Virginia, Concert Hall, The Arts at UMBC, Baltimora, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, San Diego. Argentina: Sala La Vidriera the Direcion General de Ensenanza Art, Buenos Aires, Institute Superior de Musica, Santa Fe, Argentina J. Alvarez Library, Rosario. Uruguay: Escuela Universitaria de Musica, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo. Azerbaijan: Fund Zibal Az, Baku, etc., and broadcast by several radio and television channels (Rai Radio Tre, Radio Cemat, Concertzender Radio, Radio Klara, Radio France, Vatican Radio, RAI Italian Television). Among his publications: Quattro lembi di cielo, (cd, Bongiovanni, Bologna, 2009), Cantando un mondo perduto… (M.A.P. Editions, Milano, 2012), New practical method of functional exercises for choir, (Isuku Verlag, Munich, 2015), New Practical Method for the making of the modern musician, (Isuku Verlag, Munich, 2016), Sacred Choral Works, (Isuku Verlag, Munich, 2016). In 2010 he taught Choral Conducting and Choral Composition at the Francesco Venezze Conservatoire – Rovigo, Italy. In March of 2013 he has been invited by the Electronic Music department of the SCCM Conservatory (Chengdu, China) to give a series of lectures on his music. In May 2016 Daniele Venturi he was appointed Director responsible of Artistic Committee AERCO (Emiliano-Romagnola Choir Association). Since January 2017 is member of the Council of Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM Italy). Since April, 24 2017 Daniele Venturi is part of the Artistic Committee of the Feniarco (Italian Federation of Coral Regional Associations). His compositions have been published by Isuku Verlag, Sconfinarte, M.A.P., Rugginenti, Taukay, and Da Vinci Editions. www.danieleventuri.com
Francesco Barbuto – Italy
Member of the Jury
Choir and orchestral conductor, composer, writer, singer and musician, musical and editorial consultant, professional in the choral and instrumental music field, vocalist and specialist in the correct use of voice. He works intensely in the cultural and artistic musical and choral arts. He has been the President of the Regional Artistic Committee of the Union Italian Choral Societies Lombardia (USCI). He is an editorial collaborator responsible for Sonitus Musical and Records Editions in Varese. He is a member of the editorial board “FarCoro” Music Magazine of the regional Choirs Association (AERCO). He is an Honorary Citizen of Caronno Varesino, awarded the “Civic Seal” for his commitment to Art, Culture and Music and for the leadership and for his excellent conduction of the choir ‘Choro Lauda Sion’, founded by himself. He participates as a jury member in national choral composition contests as well as in juries and listening commissions for regional and national choral festivals and school choir festivals. He collaborates with Interkultur for masterclasses and international music consultations. He attended the Europa Cantat International Choral Festival in Torino in 2012 as President of the Regional Artistic Committee and representative of the Union of Italian Choral Societies of Lombardy and this year he participated in the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcellona. He is a scholar and researcher of culture and music from the Twentieth century and Contemporary. He has been conducting the Choro Lauda Sion from Caronno Varesino since 2003 and has been singing in many artistic and professional formations. He is often called to conduct professional chamber music formations. Numerous are his records and editorial publications and his artistic awards. www.francescobarbuto.net