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Dr Alberto Massimo

Alberto graduated BMus in organ, trumpet, double bass, and composition in 1984.  Specialising in conducting, he attended courses in Vienna, Salzburg, at the Accademia Chigiana in Sienna and a postgraduate course at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, studying with Gianandera Gavazzeni, Ferdinand Leitner, Carlo Maria Giulini, Franco Ferrara and Leonard Bernstein, and receiving a doctorate and diploma in conducting.  In Rome he received appointments as “maestro di cappella” (organist and choirmaster and conductor), remaining at the Basilica di Santa Cecilia for four years and occasionally playing for a Papal Mass in the Vatican.  During this time, Alberto worked with principal singers at the Teatro dell’ Opera and he also conducted the orchestra of the Opera di Roma at the Church of Sant’ Ignazio with the soprano Sumi Jo as soloist.  The spring concerts given in the Cancelleria by the Academy of Santa Cecilia were often conducted by Maestro Massimo and in 1989 he was a guest artist in Spoleto during the famous Festival dei Due Mondi.

After postgraduate study at the Accademia Barocca di Roma in harpsichord and basso continuo with Rinaldo Allessandrini, on an Italian Government grant, he obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Music at the University of Edinburgh.  He was nominated ‘Professional of the Year in Music 1991’ by the international board of the American Biographical Institute and he was appointed Musical Director of the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra with whom he has presented many programmes including exciting but unjustly neglected works of the 18th and 19th centuries.  For example, a forthcoming programme will include the guitar concerto No1 by Giuliani.  He has held a number of organist’s posts in Edinburgh, including that of St. Andrew’s and St. George’s Church and is currently the Director of Music at Morningside United Church at Holy Corner, Edinburgh.  

To contact Alberto please call 0131 225 2728

Santa Cecilia
'Professional of the Year'
Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra

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