Maria Majno

Società del Quartetto di Milano, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

Director of musica, educational and socio-cultural projects

Maria Majno has been the Artistic and Operational Director for the performance of Bach's complete sacred and secular Cantatas, which took place in Milan between 1994 and 2004 in a cooperation between the Società del Quartetto and the City of Milan, with the realization of 96 concerts in more than 20 locations and the participation of all of the major Bach performers. The complete performance was proposed with scheduling criteria relative to chronology, pertinence to the liturgical occasions, thematic content, musicological aspects, artistic variety; it was awarded the Abbiati Prize. In particular, the "alliance" between Ton Koopman (who proposed performances with his ensembles), Raffaele Mellace (musicological commentary and program notes), Quirino Principe (translation of the lyrics) and Christoph Wolff (musicological and editorial consulting) is worth noting. 

Maria Majno completed her musical education at the Conservatory, and studied musicology at the Università Statale of Milan. Her long cooperation with the Società del Quartetto of Milan began in 1899 with the series "I Concerti del Quartetto", and from 1994 to 2004 regarded the general artistic direction, comprising the complete performance of J. S. Bach's Cantatas, which was awarded the Abbiati Prize in 2000. Since 2006 she directs the International Association "European Mozart Ways" (, receiving EU funding in the project "Culture 2007-13", with a particular focus on Mozart and Italy. She is the vice-president of the Mariani Foundation for Child Neurology (, with a particular interest on the topic regarding the relationship between neurosciences and music in the cognitive field; she leads the series of international conferences "The Neurosciences and Music", including the related publications. 

Following a request by M° Claudio Abbado she started in Italy a project of collective musical education on the model of El Sistema by J. Abreu in Venezuela; since 2011 she manages SONG onlus in Lombardy; she is the Vice-President of Sistema Europe ( and the Advisor of Sistema Global ( She is a Professor at the Università Cattolica of Milan and cooperates with other Universities. She is a Founding Member of the International Platform SIMM - Social Impact of Making Music (, Co-President of the Scientific Committee of CEM - Centre Européen de Musique ( and a member of the Scientific Council for the DEMOS project of the Philharmonie de Paris ( 

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