January 26th, 2020
Musicanova choir started performing in 1990. Since the beginning of its activity, the choir has been able to include in its repertoire different varieties of genres and authors, that range out from Renaissance to pop music, showing flexibility in the studying and interpretation of the different pieces.
Musicanova performed in various European countries other than Italy, such as Denmark, Finland, Greece, Sweden, Spain, Hungary and Poland, gaining recognitions and prizes in some of the most important international choral competitions: Tours (France), Maribor (Slovenia), Marktoberdorf (Germany), Cork (Ireland), Varna (Bulgaria), Gorizia and Arezzo (Italy).
In 2008 the choir wins first prize at the 6th International Miltenberg Competition (Germany) and the prize for the best rendition of the Romantic piece. In the same year, Musicanova choir goes on tour in France as guest of the prestigious Avignon Sacred Music Festival. During the 45th Vittorio Veneto National Competition, the choir obtains various prizes such as the “Gran Premio Efrem Casagrande”, as best choir of 2011. In occasion of the 8th edition of the Anguillara Sabazia National Competition, in 2012, the choir wins first prize and the special prize for the Renaissance piece execution. In the same year, the choir obtains the special prize for the Renaissance category during the 60th Arezzo International competition, along with the second prize in the National competition. In 2014 the choir wins several prizes at the 53rd Gorizia International Competition, such as first prize for the Renaissance and Baroque categories, second prize for the Spiritual category, third prize for the Contemporary category, thus resulting the best mixed choir of the competition. In 2016 the choir obtains the second prize at the 37th Varna International Competition.
Musicanova choir has given particular attention to folk music too, giving life to a folk music show named “Roma che in… canta”, an original representation which is the result of the mixture between choral music and folk theatre; this show led to first prize at Gorizia International Competition known as “Seghizzi” (2000 and 2007) and at the “Guido d’Arezzo” International Competition (2005). The choir also performed this music show at EXPO Milano 2015.
The choir often takes part in different artists’ movie soundtrack recordings and in musical productions, performing works of, among the others, Ennio Morricone, Andrea Guerra and Marco Frisina. The choir also collaborated in recording abums of singers such as Mina, Bocelli and Branduardi.
Musicanova’s discography reflects its character and its eclectic musical taste and includes: the debut album “Deveribest” (1999); “Haec dies” (2001), which contains original pieces, composed for and dedicated to Musicanova choir; “Misa Andina” (2003); “Haiku” (2004); “Whiteinblack” (2006) and “Polifonia Antica” (2009).
The most recent works are the albums “Singing Christmas” (2011), produced by Erreffe; “Passio Ceciliae” (2013), written by Marco Frisina and produced by Brilliant; Resurrexit (2014), also written by Marco Frisina and produced by Paoline.
In 2013 the choir was involved in projects of high artistic value: in fact, it performed in the opening concert of the 24th Verona International Competition, as the guest choir. In June the choir has performed Mozart’s Requiem, accompanied by “Melos Ensemble” Orchestra. In September the choir was invited at the 30th edition of the international festival “Voci d’Europa”, which takes place every year in the town of Porto Torres, in Sardinia. In 2015 the choir performed in Rome, with Josè Carreras and Carly Paoli, in the concert “Caracalla for Unicef”. In July 2016 the Choir was involved in the concert “Music for Mercy”, which took place in the Roman Forum, again with Carly Paoli and other artists such as Andrea Bocelli and David Foster.
The choir is part of the “Musicanova Association”, together with other four choirs: the female choir “Eos” the youth choir “Iride” and the high school choirs “Primo Levi” and “Enriques”. In following the association’s principles, the choir is highly involved in spreading choral music among young people, strongly believing in the musical and human values of the choral activity. As a consequence, the choir often collaborates with Roman schools, from which the majority of its members come from.