Clarinetist, composer, conductor
He studied at “Vincenzo Bellini" Conservatory of Music – Catania, Italy. He specialized at the International School of Musical Specialization (Bobbio -PC) with Hans Deinzer ( Nuremberg Philarmonic Orchestra), Fabrizio Meloni (Teatro alla Scala Philarmonic Orchestra) and Antony Pay (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
He graduated in Theology at “Studio Teologico San Paolo” - Catania, discussing a thesis on sacred music. He studied composition and choir direction at “Vincenzo Bellini" Conservatory of Music – Catania and University of Messina (SSIS). He also studied choral conducting and polyphonic repertoire with the teachers: Bruno Zagni, Walter Marzilli, Sebastian Korn, Elisa Poidomani, Carmelo Crinò, Bruno Tirotta, electronic music with Piero Cusato and Stanislao Giacomantonio.
Recently he has won many awards in composition competitions such as:
Honorable Mention for my piece "Già della notte" for mixed choir a cappella at the Turoldo International Composition Competition (Udine) on texts by Fr. David Maria Turoldo. The piece will be released by Aldebaran Editions - Rovato (BS) and performed in 2023!
First prize at International Choral Competition Composition of Preveza (Greece) (2022);
First prize in the 48° International choral composition competition “Guido d’Arezzo” and special prize Dante Alighieri (2021);
Honorable Mention for the piece "CANTO XXXIII" International competition choral music composition based on Dante's texts "Puccininsieme al Sommo Poeta", in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Regione Toscana and the Municipality of Grosseto (2021);
Second prize Japan International Choral Composition Competition 2020 and the piece published at the ICOT -Tokyo;
Finalist in the 59th international competition "Seghizzi" of Gorizia- Italy (2019-2021);
Finalist in the competition "Music of passion" city of Mottola (2019);
Finalist in the “Vinicio Carrara” competition -ed.Carrara - Bergamo (2018).
As a conductor, He has conducted the mixed choir “San Domenico Savio” since 1999 and the Cappella Musicale Calatina - diocese of Caltagirone (CT). Since 2016 he has been part of the Sicilian Clarinet Orchestra holding the role of President.
He has made numerous recordings/publications (ICOT-Tokyo, ASTRUM editions, Sonitus, Aldebaran editions, Suvini Zerboni, Musicarte, MEA -Ethno-anthropological museum De Mauro) and currently teaches clarinet in state schools and History of Music and harmony at the musical association S.M.U.L., in agreement with the "Arcangelo Corelli" Conservatory of Music- Messina.
He has collaborated with the following musicians: Giuseppe Liberto (emeritus master of the Sistine Chapel), Coro Smith College Choir Massachusetts - USA dir. Jonathan Hirsh and Ad Dei Laudeum dir. by Ezio Spinoccia for the Petite Messe Solennelle by G. Rossini. (March 2016); Concert for Soli, Chorus and Symphony Orchestra Amici della Musica (XVI ed). in the IV International Choir Festival and conducted the concert at the Greek Theater of Syracuse in the presence of the President of the European Commission for Immigration; He has collaborated with Armando Krieger; Milen Nachev, Francesco Pennisi, Polina Bakanova, Sandro Chiri, with the “Offerta musicale Ensemble” by R. Insolia, Ensemble Calamus, Malcom Arnold Society - England, “Teatro Massimo Bellini”– Catania, Taormina Symphony Orchestra, “Notomusicafestival Symphony Orchestra”; V. Emanuele Theater Foundation – Noto (SR), Dante Alighieri Society, University of Catania S. Crocella Center, "Opera Festival" Lyrical-Symphonic Orchestra of Fiesole (FI), Musica antiqua associoation (SR); Also with Alessandro Mannarino in the album "Al Monte", with P. Buonvino he played "Epiklesis" (1996), and soundtracks: Piovra 8-9 (Rai television), L’amante perduto (Mikado Film-Rai), Come te nessuno mai, L’ultimo bacio, Ricordati di me, Padre Pio (Mediaset), Je reste (D.Kurys).
His works is performed by Archipelago Singers Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia, VU-Kammerkoor Amsterdam, Coro da Camera di Torino (Italy - Dario Tabbia), Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo (Japan, Ko Matsushita), Coro Musicanova Roma (Fabrizio Barchi _Italy), Palawan State University Singers (PSUS) Puerto Princesa City - Philippines, Rondo Vocal Ensemble Wrocław - Poland, Evoke London - United Kingdom, Lund Academic Choir Lund - Sweden, Madrid Youth Choir – Spain, New Dublin Voices (Bernie Sherlock), Ambitus Choir -Aten (Greece- Katerina Vassilikou)