Claudio Ferrara is and Italian Pianist, Composer, Conductor and Tenor born in Santiago, Chile, on the 6th of April of 1990. His musical studies started in Maryland, USA, where he took his first piano lessons and attended the threeyear “Music Theory and Composition” course at Pyle Middle School and Walt Whitman High School. Upon his return in Italy he completed the International Baccalaureate at “St George’s International School of Rome”, attending the “Advanced IB Music” curricular course. His musical studies continued within the Roman Conservatory, “Santa Cecilia”, where he earned his diploma as a 10-year Composition Major with Maestri Francesco Carotenuto and Ferdinando Nazzaro. He meanwhile continued his studies as pianist with Raffaela Perrotta and obtained a Bachelor’s degree as Accompanist with the highest scores and “Cum Laude” within the fore mentioned Conservatory, studying with Italian accompanists such as Rita Lo Giudice, Tiziana Carlini, and Domenico Poccia. He paired his classical studies with those in jazz and improvisation with Francesco Carlesi and attending courses within the Saint Louis School of Music of Rome with Claudio Colasazza. He also studied vocal “belcanto” technique with Italian Counter-tenor Mario Bassani. In 2019 he achieved his Master’s degree in “Conduction of the Vocal and Sacred Repertoire”.
His strong practical and compositional affinity with choral music started at the age of 16 with his membership in the high school’s Choir, Madrigal Group, Orchestra, and Barbershop Ensemble – since then he has been constantly active as a choir member in numerous choirs and vocal ensembles. As chorister he has participated in a number of commercial recordings, amongst which: a Brilliant Classics recording of Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” with the “New Chamber Singers” Roman choir and two Edizioni Paoline recording of “Classici Mariani”, vol. I & II with Prima Prattica Ensemble, vocal “a cappella” early music ensemble of which he is founder and first tenor, and with which he has vast and constant live concert performance experience.
As composer, he has written several works for solo piano, instrumental chamber ensembles and works for solo voice and instruments which have received performance. However, the main focus of his compositional experience has been the vast number of choral works, both “a cappella” and accompanied. His “Salve Regina” for choir and string orchestra has been selected in May of 2015 for performance and live recording during the 2015 edition of the international composition forum “Sacrarium – Sacred Music in our time”, hosted by KLK New Music in Leopolis, Ukraine. In collaboration with the “Lviv Chamber Orchestra” and “Galican Academic Chamber Choir”.
In 2017, His “Kyrie” won the 3rd and only prize awarded in the International Composition Competition “Guido D’Arezzo”, and his “Amor Piangeva” was awarded the Category B. Prize (Works for Vocal Ensemble) in the National Composition Competition “Canta Petrarca,” and will be inserted as mandatory piece for Vocal Ensembles participating in the 2018 edition of the International Choral Competition “Guido D’Arezzo”.
His “Gloria” won the second prize ex-aequo of the same Composition Competition the following year, with the first prize not being awarded.
His “Benedictus” for three-part female ensemble was given an honorable mention in the 2019 edition of the Composition Competition “Opus Ignotum” held in Prague.
From 2014, he is a member of the Musical Association “Eximia Forma per Carmelo Piccolo” and teaches piano, ear-training, harmony, and music theory within primary and secondary school at “Convitto Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele II” in Rome.
Having passed his childhood abroad, he has bilingual knowledge of Italian and English, and is wellversed in French.