Curriculum Vitae

Personal Details

Claudio Ferrara is an Italian Pianist, Composer, Conductor, and Tenor born on 06/04/1990 in Santiago, Chile. Due to his childhood spent aborad, he is fluent in Italian and English and is well-versed in French.

Education

  • Pyle Middle School & Walt Whitman High School (USA): Three-year “Music Theory and Composition” curricular course.
  • Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (Roma): 5th year exam in “Pianoforte”
  • Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (Roma): 10-year Diploma in “Composition”
  • Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (Roma): Bachelor’s degree in “Korrepetitor”
  • Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (Roma): Master’s degree in “Conductor of the Vocal and Sacred Repertoire”

Chorister

  • Sings as tenor in various choirs such as the San Clemente Musical Chapel in Rome, New Chambers Singers, Ars Vocalis.
  • He is founder, first tenor and artistic director of the Italian vocal quintet Prima Prattica Ensemble, which specializes in early music.

Discography

  • Brilliant Classics, Petite Messe Solennelle, G. Rossini, New Chamber Singers, cond. Andrea Cappelleri;
  • Paoline, Classici Mariani, Vol. I, Andrea Montepaone, Prima Prattica Ensemble;
  • Paoline, Classici Mariani, Vol. III, Andrea Montepaone, Prima Prattica Ensemble.

Conductor

  • 2019: He conducted the Santa Cecilia Conservatory’s Orchestra during the Concert dedicated to Armando Trovajoli, which took place the 28/10/2019;
  • 2020: He conducted the Santa Cecilia Conservatory’s String Orchestra during the Christmas Concert in the Italian Parliament, which took place on the 20/12/2020 and was broadcasted world-wide on Italian TV Network “Rai 3”.

Composition Awards

  • 2015: Salve Regina for choir and strings was selected for the International Composers’ Forum “Sacrarium – Sacred music in our time” to be performed and recorded by the Galican Academic Choir and the Lviv Chamber Orchestra;
  • 2017: Kyrie won the thrid and only prize awarded in the 2017 edition on the International Composition Competition “Guido d’Arezzo”;
  • 2017: Amor piangeva won first prima in the National Composition Competition “Canta Petrarca” in category B (Vocal Ensembles). It was placed as the mandatory piece for the International Chorla Competition “Guido d’Arezzo” for vocal ensemble in 2018 and performed by Lumen Ensemble.
  • 2018: Gloria won the second prize ex-aequo (first prize not awarded) in the 2018 edition on the International Composition Competition “Guido d’Arezzo”;
  • 2019: Benedictus won a special mention in the International Composition Competition “Opus Ignotum”;
  • 2020: Zelené sem sela won third place in the International Composition Competition “Opus Ignotum” in category C1;
  • 2020: La Cicala e la Formica was selected to be published in “Giro giro canto 8”, a volume dedicated to elementary school musical education.
  • 2020: The Ballad of Reading Gaol won second place in the International Composition Competition “CICMF”
  • 2020: Occhi miei lassi won first place in Category A in the National Composition Comptition “Canta Petrarca”;
  • 2020: Valle che de’ lamenti won a special mention in category B in National Composition Comptition “Canta Petrarca”;
  • 2020: La Testa del Chiodo won first place in the National Compostion Competition “Les Jeunes Chanteurs de la Tour”, category 1;
  • 2020: Tanto Gentile won a special mention in National Compostion Competition “Les Jeunes Chanteurs de la Tour”, category 2;
  • 2020: Sanctus won third place in the International Composition Competition “Guido d’Arezzo”.
  • 2021: Come Fiamma was selected as finalist in the International Composition Competition “Seghizzi”, and will be one of the mandatory pieces for the International Chamber Singing Competition 2021.

Commissions and other Compositional activity

  • 2017 – Benedictus for three part female choir was commissioned by Kerkrade Vocaal Ensemble conducted by Alexandros Kavvadas;
  • 2018 – Spirit of Christmas Present was commissioned by Ensemble Incantus conducted by Riccardo Schioppa;
  • 2019 – The Flu for string orchestra was commissioned by the Nova Amadeus Orchestra in Rome.
  • 2020 – Notturno was commissioned by Sergio Briziarelli for a project named “Canti del lago”, a volume dedicated to modern compositions for choir and piano based on texts by poets from the Lago Trasimena area;
  • 2020 – Miserere composed for a project named “Scritto e Cantato”, performed by UT Insieme Vocale-Consonante conducted by Lorenzo Donati.