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Bepi De Marzi
Bepi De Marzi, an organist and composer, taught at the conservatories of Vicenza and Padova. In Vicenza he founded…
and conducted the “Coro Polifonico Nicolò Vicentino”.
He played the organ and the harpsichord for over 20 years with the renowned “Solisti Veneti” of Claudio Scimone. In Arzignano, the city of his birth, he founded the male choir “I Crodaioli” that he still conducts, drawing on a vast repertory dedicated exclusively to his own compositions inspired by popular musical traditions– more than 150 songs known all over Italy reassembled anew in the Editione Curci of Milan, amongst the best known is “Signore delle Cime”.
He collaborated with the poet Padre David Maria Turoldo and the musician Ismaele Passoni in the realization of psalms, hymns and canticles for the liturgy driven by the almost unrealizable desire to dignify the religious rites
He composed many pieces of didactical music for elementary schools, which was publicized at the Casa Musical Carrara di Bergamo. He is an environmentalist, pacifist, gentle anarchist, and very active as a speaker and journalist. He lives in Vicenza in the midst of the green of a secluded and calm neighborhood.
Werner Pfaff studied piano, composition, conducting, singing, and also musicology, German studies and philosophy.
His most important teacher was Hans Michael Beuerle (choral conducting). Other important artistic experiences for him took place under the guidance of Solti, Sinopoli, Chailly, Bertini, Inbal, Harnoncourt, Gielen, Penderecki, Ericson.
Since 1980 he is the conductor of STUDIO VOCALE KARLSRUHE (several international prestigious awards won, invitations to festivals in Europe, the Americas and Asia, several productions for radio and television, many CD’s produced).
Since 1987 he is the conductor of the „Figuralchor Offenburg“, an oratorio choir. With this choir he performed not only the famous oratorios, but also such not well known, from baroque to the 20th century.
Since 2006 he is the conductor of the French chamber choir „Ensemble Vocale Allegro“ in Strasbourg.
From 1989 to 1996 he taught conducting at the conservatory Frankfurt/Main, from 1992 to 1995 he taught conducting at the conservatory „Franz Liszt“ in Weimar.
Björn Stoltz, conductor, organist and composer, born in 1951, has studied at Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Eric Ericsson…
as teacher of choral conducting and has also received a soloist diploma in organplaying.
He was formerly teacher of organ at the Malmö Academy of Music and conductur of Scania Vocal Ensemble. Since 1999, Björn Stoltz work as conductor and artistic director of Carlshamn Chamber Choir with which he toured all over Europe.
Achim Zimmermann was born in Dippoldiswalde, near Dresden in 1958. He received his first musical education in the renowned…
Kreuzchor Dresden, of which he was a member for eight years (1969-1977). After that he studied choir and orchestra conducting at the Franz Liszt Music School Weimar (Thuringia). Furthermore, he attended international conducting courses with Helmuth Rilling in Germany and the USA. In 1984 Achim Zimmermann became the chorusmaster of the Suhl Philharmonic Orchestra (Thuringia) and the artistic director of the Singakademie Suhl.
In 1989 the Berliner Singakademie elected him chorusmaster and artistic director as successor to Dietrich Knothe.The focus of his work with the choir is the music in the tradition of J. S. Bach and F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy as well as the main symphonic and a-cappella choral literature of the 20th century. In addition to the big choir Achim Zimmermann also founded the Berliner Singakademie Chamber Choir which especially concentrates on a-cappella music. From 1991 to 2001 Achim Zimmermann taught choir conducting at the Hanns Eisler Music School Berlin. Since January 2002, in addition to his work with the Berliner Singakademie, Achim Zimmermann has been the artistic and musical director of the Bach Choir and the Bach Collegium Berlin, based at the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church) in the very heart of Berlin City. With these ensembles he regularly plays Bach‘s Church Cantatas during the service every fortnight.