20091112_Lorenzo_Donati (cropped)  Lorenzo Donati is a composer, conductor, and violinist, who has studied with some of the world’s most important musicians in Arezzo and Florence. He has performed at concerts with Vocale Vox Cordis, Hesperimenta Vocal Ensemble di Arezzo, and Vocalia Consort di Roma, winning numerous national and international awards in the process. In 2007 he won two first prizes at the Concorso Internazionale per Direttori di Coro “Mariele Ventre” di Bologna. His work has been published by many Italian publishing houses and performed by esteemed choirs from all over Europe. He teaches choral conducting at the Conservatory of Trento.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maria_helbekkmo_004-682x1024 (crop)Maria Gamborg Helbekkmo is professor emeritus at Bergen University College, where she once taught choir conducting, piano, and solo voice. Educated as a pianist, singer, and conductor, she has gained wide recognition as a musician and teacher, and is especially known for her work with the female choir Voci Nobili. Her determination, combined with her artistic abilities and her unique musical ambience, has helped turn Voci Nobili into a very highly-esteemed European choir with many honours to its name. In 2005 she won the Norwegian Choral Association’s annual prize with Voci Nobili, and in 2006 she was awarded H.M. The Kings Medal of Merit in Gold for her educational and artistic contribution to Norwegian music.

 

 

 

 

RalphRalph Allwood MBE was Director of Music at Eton College for 26 years and is now a freelance conductor. He is the Director of the Eton Choral Courses and Conductor of the Rodolfus Choir. He is also a founder and conductor of Inner Voices, a conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales and an adjudicator of the Llangollen Eisteddfod. He is Assistant Director of Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow of University College, Durham. He is Choral Advisor to Trinity College, Oxford and Wellington College. Ralph is also Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and a teacher at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and at Tiffin School. In 2012 he was awarded a Doctorate of Music by Aberdeen University.

 

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Soma Szabó has an international reputation as a conductor, and as a workshop leader in choral conducting, Kodály Method of Music Education, and Renaissance consort singing in England, France, Finland, Japan, Hong Kong, and the USA. His education in music was at the Zoltan Kodály School in Nyíregyháza under the direction of his father Dénes Szabó. He is founding member and musical director of the Banchieri Singers (founded in 1988) and conductor of the Cantemus Mixed Choir (founded in 1998) with whom he has travelled widely, and undertaken concert tours all over the world. As Director of these groups he has had many great successes at numerous international music festivals including 1st Prizes at the Grand Prix Festivals of Arezzo, Gorizia, Tolosa, and Debrecen.  He teaches music history in Nyíregyháza High School of Arts, conducts the Cantemus Boys’ Choir in the Kodály Zoltán Primary School, and is leading conductor of the Szabolcs Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the Jury at many international choral competitions.