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Andrea Sarto

Andrea Sarto organist
He was born in Varese. He studied piano, organ and choir direction with the masters Franco Castelli and Mino Bordignon.
He graduated in Philosophy and specialized in Theology at the University of Milan. He directed liturgical choirs and he is the author of some liturgical songs. He has also collaborated with some specialized magazines.
He is a journalist and a free-lance consultant.

Massimo Annoni

He studied music at the Conservatory "G. Verdi" in Milan (piano), and at the "Pontificio Istituto Ambrosiano di Musica Sacra" in the same city (paleography and music semiology, organ, choir direction). He later attended some improvement internships with L. Agustoni, G. Acciai, A. Turco, N. Albarosa, J. B. Goschl.
He had numerous professional experiences that engaged him in different roles:
• “Almagesto” dir. B. R. Foti
Chamber-music group with whom he took part in numerous national events like the “Manifestazioni Monteverdiane” sponsored by the Cremona Municipality and the “Ponchielli Theater” in Cremona, recording for the specialized magazine “Amadeus” the entire “Selva morale et spirituale” by Claudio Monteverdi.
• “Cantori Gregoriani” dir. F. Rampi
With this choir he took part in very important Italian festivals and numerous concerts and tours abroad: Austria, Japan, Spain, and Russia.
The long collaboration is shown by the wide discography:
“Lectio libri exodi” - PDU-EMI
“Pascha nostrum” - Paoline Audiovisivi
“Adventus Domini” - Paoline Audiovisivi
“Tempus Nativitatis” - Victor Ent. JVC-Tokyo
“L’antico canto della Chiesa” - Sarx Record
“Spiritus Domini” - Paoline Audiovisivi
“Mater Domini” - Paoline Audiovisivi
“Surrexit Dominus” - Paoline Audiovisivi
“Dominus Redemptor” - Paoline Audiovisivi
“In Paradisum” - Paoline Audiovisivi
• “More Antiquo” dir. G. Conti
He is now collaborating with this ensemble and with them he has already taken part in musical events and prestigious international festivals. The concerts have been numerous, also in collaboration with the
“Radio Televisione della Svizzera Italiana” (the radio and television in Switzerland for the Italian speaking region) for important productions:
• “Missa Apostolorum” by A. Gabrieli
More Antiquo- F. Cera (organ), Dinamics Record
• “Vespro della Beata Vergine” by C. Monteverdi, dir. D. Fasolis
Coro della Radio Svizzera Italiana (Italian Switzerland Radio Choir) - Palatine Concert – I Barocchisti - More Antiquo.
Thanks to the other specialization, he is also a teacher in courses and internships.

Il Dilettoso Monte Consort vocale

This choir mainly interprets ancient-Renaissance music; though very young, this choir has already had the chance to make itself known through concerts that has risen positive acceptance. In July 2013, it participated in the closing concert at the international festival of Ancient Music “Tempus Musicae” for the celebrations in honor of Saint Benedict organized by the Monastery of Norcia (Italy) in collaboration with the association “D’UmbriAnticaMusica” and the Italian section of AISCGRE. In this occasion, in the auditorium of the historical complex of Saint Francis, it performed a Marian vespers with psalms dated back XVI-XVII centuries composed by authors from Veneto and dedicated to G. P. da Palestrina. The choir changes its structure depending on the program needs: from four/five voices, to eight.

Natale Benazzi

Natale Benazzi was born in Legnano on March 14th, 1961.
He graduated in Theology in 1985.
He is Theologian and essayist. He published different works on salient facts about the Church history, among them:
ARCHIVUM, duemila anni si storia della Chiesa attraverso i documenti (Piemme 1999),
He is a member of the board of directors of the Fondazione Sant'Ambrogio for culture for the Milan Diocese.

Pier Giuseppe Brambilla

He starts his activity as a cantor in 1985 joining the choir “il Bivacco” in Vimercate.
Alongside with the studies of folk tradition, he embraces the polyphonic music and the Gregorian Chant and takes part in numerous concerts with the chamber-music group ”Almagesto Vocale” directed by Bruno Raffaele Foti and with the “Schola Gregoriana” directed by Massimo Annoni.
He studied singing and choir direction with B.R. Foti, M. Berrini and G. Acciai; he also received a scholarship in 1992. Recently he attended courses about music pedagogy held by M. Lanaro, P. Bon e G. Barbieri.
From 2006 to 2008, he was a member of the artistic commission of USCI (Unione Società Corali Italiane – Union of the Italian choral communities) Milan section.
He was part of the choir “More Antiquo” in Lugano (CH), directed by Giovanni Conti, not only as a member of the choir but also studying the Gregorian chant.
From 1996 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2014 he was the director of the Coro Popolare Città di Vimercate (former choir “il Bivacco”); since 2010, he has been the conductor of the choir Fior di Montagna in Monza. From 2015 he is the artistic director of the Complesso Vocale Cohere.
Among the obtained achievements:
1996 - 2° classified at the national contest city of Adria;
2° classified at the the choral festival province of Milan;
1997 - 1° classified at the national contest of Saint Vincent;
2001 - 1° classified at the choral festival province of Milan
2004 - 1° classified at the choral festival province of Milan;
2008 - 1° classified at the choral festival province of Milan;
2009 - 1° classified at the choral contest of Pessano (MI);
2011 – Gold medal at the international contest of Olomouc (Czeck Republic);
2012 - 2° classified at the national contest Luigi Toja in Rho (MI).

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Update 11/10/2019
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