Jury 2017

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The Jury is composed by international acclaimed artists as orchestra conductors, choir conductors, opera singers, composers.
President & Artistic Director of the Festival:
Federico Bardazzi

The Jury of the 6th edition of Florence International Choir Festival will be composed by the following members:
Jeffrey Douma (USA)
Presidente della Giuria
President of the Jury

Elisa Corpolongo (ITALIA)
Vincitrice 3° Concorso Inernazionale di Composizione Corale Ennio Morricone

Winner of the 3rd International Competition of Choral Composition Ennio Morricone

Gregorio Moppi (ITALIA)

Jürgen Partaj (AUSTRIA)

Federico Bardazzi

Studied cello under André Navarra in Siena and Paris. He continued his studies on chamber music with Piero Farulli of the Quartetto Italiano and the Quartetto Borodin, composition with Carlo Prosperi and Roberto Becheri, Gregorian chant with Nino Albarosa, as well as basso continuo with Andrew Lawrence King, viola da gamba and choir conducting with Roberto Gabbiani and Peter Phillips and orchestral direction at the Accademia Chigiana under Myung-Whun Chung.
Bardazzi, with the Ensemble San Felice, the vocal and instrumental group whose repertoire is mainly medieval to contemporary sacred music, has concentrated particularly on music by Bach, conducting the B minor Mass, the Six German Motets, the Johannes Passion, the Brandenburg Concertos and numerous Cantatas. He also devotes himself to 17th century music, and has presented rarely performed music by Marco da Gagliano, Frescobaldi, Carissimi, Buxtehude, Jeronimo de Carrion and François Couperin in numerous festivals in Italy and abroad. Amongst the most successful performances by Bardazzi is a personal version of the "Magnificat", sponsored by the European Union. " El cant de la Sibilla", a program of medieval Catalan music presented at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto,  "Nigra sum sed formosa", cantigas de Santa Maria and "Quem queritis" the medieval liturgical drama based on Florentine codices were equally successful. In September 2005 he was invited to hold a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, for the Oxford University Press Early Music Weekend. This included a meeting with the public at the Purcell Room, coordinated by Tess Knighton and with Marcel Pérès director of the Ensemble Organum.
He has also presented the world premieres of contemporary works.
Federico Bardazzi is the founder and President of the Ensemble San Felice that also organize the In-canto Gregoriano festival, international meetings in Florence on the re-appraisal of early liturgical music, from both a scientific and interpretative point of view.
The meetings are organised in association with the Associazione Internazionale Studi di Canto Gregoriano in Cremona: Federico Bardazzi was a member of the National Committee from 2002 to 2005. He now performs Gregorian works with female voices, their voice-training is carried out by the group's soloist Barbara Zanichelli.
Recordings by the Ensemble San Felice directed by Federico Bardazzi include the Six German Motets by Johann Sebastian Bach, the first world recording of the Messa sopra l'aria di Fiorenza by Girolamo Frescobaldi (Bongiovanni), the Cantigas de Santa Maria di Alfonso X "Nigra sum sed Formosa" (Bongiovanni), the medieval Florentine liturgical drama "Quem Queritis?" (Tactus), which they performed on numerous tours in Italy and abroad. Their concerts have been broadcast by Rai, Swiss, German and Polish radio and television, and by the BBC, who are now putting together a 50-minute program on his musical activities.
Federico Bardazzi was professor of chamber music for strings and Baroque music at the Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory in Palermo, and now holds the same post at the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia. This has lead to regular and fruitful collaboration with the Ensemble Barocco Marenzio in Brescia and the Antiche Armonie choir in Bergamo, directed by Giovanni Duci.
Federico Bardazzi is also the director of the courses of "Maggio Fiorentino Formazione", the formation agency of the Opera House of Florence, the famous "Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino". Bardazzi has held numerous concerts with these groups, often presenting the first performances of sacred Baroque music.

Jeffrey Douma

Since the fall of 2003, Jeffrey Douma has served as Director of the Yale Glee Club, hailed under his direction by The New York Times as "one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous." He also serves as Professor of Conducting at the Yale School of Music, where he teaches in the graduate choral program, as founding Director of the Yale Choral Artists, and as Artistic Director of the Yale International Choral Festival.
Douma has appeared as guest conductor with choruses and orchestras on six continents,and he has prepared choruses for performances under such eminent conductors as William Christie, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir David Willcocks, Dale Warland, Krzysztof Penderecki, Nicholas McGegan, and Helmuth Rilling.
He frequently serves as clinician for festivals and honor choirs. Recent engagements include conducting masterclasses at the China International Chorus Festival, the University of Michigan School of Music, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, and the Berlin Radio Choir's International Masterclass. In January and February 2017 he will be in residence at Luther College as Visiting Conductor of the internationally renowned Nordic Choir, and in April 2017 will be in residence at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.

An advocate of new music, Douma has premiered new works by such composers as Jennifer Higdon, Dominick Argento, Bright Sheng, Ned Rorem, Jan Sandström, Ted Hearne, Hannah Lash, Theodore Morrison, Rene Clausen, Lewis Spratlan, and James Macmillan. He also serves as editor of the Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, published by Boosey & Hawkes. His original compositions are published by G. Schirmer and Boosey & Hawkes.

Douma earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Michigan. He lives in Hamden, CT, with his wife, pianist and conductor Erika Schroth, and their two children, Sofia and Will.

Elisa Corpolongo

Beginning to study music and composition, in 2013 Elisa Corpolongo saw his two tracks for clarinet performed in that same year Only Repercussion and Die Unterbrochener Atem (M ° Luca Cipriano). The following year, she successfully passed the admission to the Conservatory and got the execution of Studio per Flauto (M ° Toni Saladino), Die Atmende Flüte and Studio for Bayan I, II (Pietro Roffi) and in 2015 M ° Daniele Buccio performs her Preludio per piano. In 2016 she writes for the organic Imago Sonora Spéculation sur la Musique Contemporaine Traditionnelle, born from a reflection on the academic environment and in the same year she dedicated herself to write Gioco per Luci ed Orchestra Elettronica, with particular interest in experimental theater and Acoustic Environment for the Roman Philharmonic.

Gregorio Moppi

Historian of music and critic, he has been collaborating with the Tuscan page of the newspaper "la Repubblica" for twenty years, with the monthly "Amadeus" and the bimonthly "Archi Magazine". He regularly writes illustrative notes for the concerts of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale, the Normale Superiore of Pisa, for the Ort-Orchestra of Tuscany, for the Verdi Theatre of Pordenone. He is the editor of the music section for The Biography Dictionary of Italians (Treccani). In Florence, where he was born, he graduated in piano at the"Cherubini" Conservatory in the class of Clara Saldicco and graduated with honors in Literature with a thesis in History of Music (supervisor Franco Piperno). Doctor of Research in History of the Performing Arts, his study "Mena le lanche su per le banche", Music in the Italian comedy of the sixteenth century was published by Bulzoni (Rome, 2008). From 2010 to 2013 he has been a music consultant of the Culture Council of the Province of Florence held by the étoile Carla Fracci. With the pianist Giovanni Nesi he conceived the "concert told" Domenico Zipoli, the Jesuit of the two worlds, proposed in different parts of Italy in the last two years. He is teaching History of Music at the Music School of Fiesole and, as a contract professor, at the University of Florence.

Jürgen Partaj

Mag. Jürgen Partaj was born in Vienna into a family of music enthusiasts and so came into early contact with the Austrian choral scene. He studied violin with Eva Bru and attended master classes with Christian Altenburger and Ernst Kovacic. Initially he was active purely in the field of classical music in solo, chamber music and orchestral projects but his concert activity gradually shifted towards crossover. His musical career is complemented by performances with Oscar winner Glen Hansard, concerts as a guest musician in various international performing groups, several CD productions, broadcasts on international TV and radio stations as well as the musical direction at festivals and theatre productions, among others in the framework of the Wiener Festwochen. Besides his musical activities Jürgen Partaj graduated in law with a focus on arts law and founded a music agency in 2000 that specialized in international orchestral and choral tour management. Jürgen Partaj had the opportunity to work with outstanding musicians such as Elina Garanca, Julian Rachlin, Joe Zawinul, Randy Newman, Lalo Schifrin and with choral conductors such as Erwin Ortner, Robert Page and Simon Carrington. Jürgen Partaj was founder and director of the contemporary music festival at Schloss Ebelsberg before he founded the "Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival" in 2007 together with the Association Via Musica – a festival for youth choirs and youth orchestras from all over the world. As intendant and artistic director, he annually creates over 200 music events in seven European countries. The festival annually offers concerts, competitions, workshops and intercultural exchange events for around 2.000 participants, among others in the Musikverein (Golden Hall), the Konzerthaus, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, the Vienna City Hall and the University of Music as well as in Prague's Smetana Hall. With the establishment and the artistic direction of the youth choir "Neue Wiener Stimmen" in 2010 Jürgen Partaj was able to make a lasting impression in his hometown. Despite its short existence the Neue Wiener Stimmen can already look back on tours in Austria and abroad, CD and DVD recordings, performances in the most important concert venues in Vienna, at the Life Ball, at the EXPO 2015 in Milan and acclaimed projects with the RSO Vienna, the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Max Steiner Orchestra. Jürgen Partaj is working with the Austrian Composers Society and is much sought after as a jury member of international music competitions.

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