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Massimo Grechi (Conductor, Harpsichord)

Born: April 30, 1975 - Treviglio, province of Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy.

The Italian conductor and harpsichordist, Massimo Grechi, began from an early age studying the piano, giving his first public concert at the age of 11. In parallel to classical studies. he attended the class composition of Maestro Ferrero at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan and actively participated in the foundation of a polyphonic choral school, musical reality which at the time represented a unique in the panorama of the Italian schools. In 1994, he obtained a diploma in classical studies at Liceo Classico “S. Weil” in Treviglio (BG), performing under the direction of Maestro Bruno Casoni, with the Choir of the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan in concert at Milan's Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala.

Since the autumn of 1994 he attended the Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico di Milano and continued his studies in piano with Maestro Giuseppe Scaravaggi. He founded the instrumental Baroque ensemble L'Armonico Tributo, of which he became manager promoter and with which he performed as Director and harpsichordist in several concerts in the area of ​​Lower Bergamo. Since 1997 performed with the Coro del Liceo “S. Weil, playing in concerts and participating in various choral festivals in Northern Italy and Austria. He became head organist at the Chiesa di S. Bernardino in Caravaggio (BG).

From 2000 to 2005, he was director of Schola Cantorum "S. Cecilia" in Brignano Gera d'Adda (BG). In 2001 he graduated with honors in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and simultaneously began a fruitful collaboration with the newly formed Orchestra Stabile della Bassa Bergamasca as a harpsichord, playing concerts in the province and performing alongside internationally renowned soloists as the German trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich. Since 2000 he organized and promoted a range of elevations music at major liturgical festivals at the Chiesa di S. Bernardino which were highly successful in the community, involving young local singers and instrumentalists.

Following these experiences, he founded in 2004 the choral-instrumental Ensemble Magnificat, which arises initially aims to animate some of the major liturgical feasts and to propose moments and elevations of top music. Given the enthusiastic response by public and critics alike, the Ensemble Magnificat has taken shape and consistency as a group of passionate musicians and undertook an intense concert activity in the provinces of Bergamo and Milan.

Since 2005 he is Artistic Director of the festival "I Venerdì di Maggio" at Santuario della Madonna dei Campi in Brignano. With Ensemble Magnificat he performs as Director and harpsichordist in several major productions which participation of professionals in the field of Early Music, among them Gabriele Cassone, trumpet soloist for J.S. Bach's Cantatas BWV 51 and BWV 147. He currently lives in Treviglio, Bergamo, Italy and works at GFM studio associato. In 2012, he got married.

Source: Ensemble Magnificat Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (December 2015); Massimo Grechi profile on Facebook
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2015)

Massimo Grechi: Short Biography | Ensemble Magnificat | Recordings of Vocal Works

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Ensemble Magnificat: L'Ensemble [Italian]
Massimo Grechi on Facebook


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