Alberto Rizzuti


Università degli Studi di Torino - Music Historian

Musicology: teaching and research

Alberto Rizzuti has taught courses on History of the Musical Civilization about Bach (the Brandenburg Concertos, the Magnificat, the B-minor Mass and a choice of Cantatas). He has published a monograph about the Magnificat (2011) and three articles focusing, respectively, on the St. John Passion (2007), a dramma per musica (2011) and the B-minor Mass (2016). 

Alberto Rizzuti (Turin, 1963) is Professor of Music at the University of Turin, the institution in which he obtained a Degree in Humanities in 1988. He also holds a PhD in Musicology from the University of Chicago (2001). He has taught at the Universities of Udine (1994-2000) and Genoa (2002-04). In the latter he worked while already serving at the University of Turin (2000-). At the University of Turin he has directed the graduate program in Comparative Literatures and Cultures (2010-2016) and the doctoral program in Humanities (2016-2018). Since 2018 he is the Director of the University Graduate School. His activity as a scholar has been mainly focused on art music in the Western world between 17th and 19th century. In 2012 he has founded, and since then directed, the online journal «Gli spazi della musica». Since 2014 he is Associate General Editor of Works of / Opere di Gioachino Rossini (Kassel, Bärenreiter, 2008-). In 2017 he has founded, and since then directed, the Centro Studi sul Teatro Musicale in the Department of Humanities of the University of Turin. Some of his recent works are the critical edition of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco (vol. 7 in the series ‘Opere’ of the Works of Giuseppe Verdi, Chicago – Milano, University of Chicago Press – Ricordi, 2008), and the monographs Fra Kantor e Canticum. Bach e il Magnificat (Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso, 2011), Sotto la volta celeste. Beethoven e l’immaginario pastorale (Roma, Aracne, 2014) e Musica sull’acqua. Fiumi sonori, fontane magiche e mari in tempesta da Händel a Stravinskij (Roma, Carocci, 2017).


Mario Ruffini

Conservatory of Florence, Centro Luigi Dallapiccola

Interpretation, transcriptions, dissemination

Mario Ruffini is the author of Johann Sebastian Bach. Lo specchio di Dio e il segreto dell’immagine riflessa, preface by Ramin Bahrami (Florence 2012); with him he created the World Bach-Fest 2012, with an audience of 10,000 and 50,000 online views. He realized a version for fourteen instruments of the last two numbers of the St Matthew Passion. He was the curator of the exposition Johann Sebastian Bach tra arte fede e scienza promoted by the University and City of Teramo (Museo Archeologico di Teramo). He realized an integral performance of the Art of Fugue BWV 1080 with the chorale Vor deinen Thron for string orchestra and mixed choir, premiered in 2013 at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence with an audience of 2,000 and later performed in Italian prisons for the inmates (15,000 views on YouTube). He founded and presides the Association “La Pasqua di Bach”, whose honorary president is the Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence, with the aims of promoting music and liturgy, and music in the prisons. With the Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Ruffini conducted the B-Minor Mass during a Catholic Mass presided by Cardinal Betori. He participated in a project focusing on the Fourteen Canons BWV 1087 (Catania 2014) with an orchestral transcription of the 13th Canon for twelve strings (Suvini Zerboni). He realized in Florence “Bach on Black” in the Salone dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio (2015) with a 11-hour marathon attended by 8,000 listeners; the world premiere by night of the WTK with 24 students from six Italian Conservatorie; in 2016 he performed Bach in the prison of Sollicciano and in 2017 he realized a Bach Marathon in the Salone dei Cinquecento at Palazzo Vecchio. He conducted on several occasions the complete Concertos by Bach and wrote regularly a series of articles on Bach and the Bible (2015-8, “Toscana oggi”), writing 170 articles during which he discussed Bach’s entire artistic itinerary.

Mario Ruffini lives since 1975 in Florence, where he studied at the Conservatory composition, piano, choir conducting, at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (conducting) and at the University (Humanities). He has been guest conductor at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet “M. P. Musorgskij” of St Petersburg (1990-5); since 2002 he is the academic responsible of the Projects of Music and Visual Arts at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz–Max-Planck-Institut in Florence, scientific director from 2005 of the Fondo Carlo Prosperi at the Archivio Contemporaneo “Alessandro Bonsanti” of the Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux, Firenze, Artistic director of the Festival Orchestre Giovanili / FOG of Florence (since 2012). He teaches at the Conservatory of Florence. He is a specialist of the relationships between music and the visual arts and has published extensively for New Grove, Suvini Zerboni, Marsilio, Polistampa, Le Lettere, Passigli, Sismel, Silvana Editoriale, Firenze University Press, Diapason, Stradivarius, Ricordi, Biennale di Venezia, EMI, Die Schachtel. He composed approximatly fifty works, many of which are published by Suvini Zerboni. He is the president of the Centro Studi Luigi Dallapiccola.

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