Orchestral and choral
conductor and pianist,
Adriano Barbieri Torriani
graduated with a degree in
orchestral conducting from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi
in Milan where he completed his
musical studies under the direction of Bruno Bettinelli, Luciano Chailly and Mario Gusella. He later went on to further his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Otmar Suitner.
In addition to teaching Orchestral Conducting at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan he has taught theory and solfeggio at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi and at the Scuola Civica di Musica in Milan, and also Orchestral Training at the Conservatorio Cherubini in Florence.
As guest conductor of many major orchestras for both symphonic and operatic productions in Italy and abroad, he has worked with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, I Solisti del Teatro alla Scala, I Cameristi del Teatro alla Scala, the Camerata Academica del Mozarteum di Salisburgo, the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, the Orchestra Milano Classica, the Orchestra Guido Cantelli, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo, I Pomeriggi Musicali, the Angelicum di Milano and the Orchestra Sinfonica Giovanile del Piemonte. Among the instrumental soloists with whom he has collaborated are the Trio di Milano, Cristiano Burato, Bruno Canino, Laura de Fusco, Philip Fowke, Giulio Franzetti, Francesco Manara, Luisa Prandina, Luca Santaniello, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Mariana Sirbu, Akiko Suwanai, Marco Zoni, Rocco Filippini, and Pietro Borgonovo. He has also performed with the vocal soloists Adelina Scarabelli, Simone Alaimo, Sonia Turchetta, Roberto Iuliano, Anna Carbonera, Renato Dolcini, Filippo Tuccimei, Elena Borin, Antonella Trevisan, Paolo Antognetti, and Francesco Ellero D’Artegna. Among his most significant achievements to date was the closing concert of the festival “Mozart in Lombardia” at Teatro Bibiena in Mantova, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Sala Verdi of the Conservatorio of Milan which he subsequently conducted in the Basilica di S. Vittore in Varese as the closing concert of the Music Season with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
Towards the end of July 2012, as part of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi summer season, his concert at the Auditorium Cariplo dedicated to the composers of American film soundtracks was received with great acclamation. This concert included works by John Williams, Samuel Barber, Harold Arlen, Scott Joplin, Vangelis and Astor Piazzolla. More recently he has had great success with Mozart’s Requiem at S. Maria Incoronata in Milan with the Coro di Verona and the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana. He has performed to great critical and public acclaim with soloists and orchestras in the principal concert halls of major cities both in Italy and abroad including Milan, Salzburg, Florence, Mantova, Varese, Como, Sanremo, Bad Gastein and Lugano.
In opera he has conducted Le Convenienze Teatrali by Donizetti and has collaborated extensively with Teatro alla Scala with numerous performances of La Serva Padrona by G. B. Pergolesi and Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.
As Musical and Artistic Director of the Orchestra da Camera di Milano ‘Giorgio Federico Ghedini’, which he founded in late 1985, he has been invited to participate in many important Italian concert seasons, in particular, in Milan, the Società dei Concerti, the ‘Break Concerto’ at Teatro Manzoni, ‘Appunti di Musica Sacra’ at the Basilica di S. Maria della Passione, ‘Musica nei Cortili’ for Milano d’Estate; and in Varese, The Società Musicale Varesina in the Sala Napoleonica at Villa Ponti. With this orchestra he also conducted a special concert for the Mario Negri Institute at Villa Berti in Bussero, Milan.
He was Artistic Director of the music season at Teatro Arca in Milan for three years up until 2011.
He is both founder and director of the Gruppo Corale “Canticum ’96 with whom he has performed in over one hundred and twenty concerts in many auditoriums, churches, theatres and historic houses in Milan and Lombardy (Duomo di Milano, Basilica di S. Ambrogio, S. Fedele, S. Babila, S. Alessandro, S. Maria del Suffragio, S. Maria della Sanità, S. Maria Incoronata, Mater Amabilis, S. Vincenzo de’ Paoli, SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Palazzo Clerici, Palazzina Liberty, Palazzo Archinto and Scuola Militare Teulié in Milano, the churches of S. Ambrogio, S. Kolbe and S. Grato in Varese, S. Agata in Cassina de’ Pecchi, Villa Medici Giulini in Briosco, etc.). The choir has also participated in numerous music seasons including those at Bocconi University and Teatro Arca in Milan, the Festival of the Università degli Studi, the Coro Syntagma also in Milan and the Musica nei Chiostri at Monza. The most recent of the choir’s series of great successes was the performance of Fauré’s Requiem in May 2012 at S. Maria Incoronata in Milan and in the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in April 2013. ‘Canticum ‘96’ collaborates frequently with many musicians and singers such as Anna Carbonera, Elisa Franzetti, Renato Dolcini, Filippo Tuccimei; the organists Antonio Frigè, Simone Giordano and Maria Massimini; and the harmonica player Lino Costalbano. Chosen among forty-eight choirs, ‘Canticum ‘96’ was a finalist in the twentieth Choral Festival of the Province of Milan and of USCI at Teatro Dal Verme. They were also invited as principal guests of a broadcast on Sky TV.
In addition to Classical music, Adriano Barbieri Torriani is a dedicated jazz pianist.
By 1969 he was part of a quintet which played jam sessions every week in the ‘Lunedi del Jazz’ at the Piper Club in Milan alongside several international guest musicians including Giorgio Azzolini, Gianni Basso, Art Blakey, Giorgio Buratti, Franco Cerri, Gil Cuppini, Claudio Fasoli, Jimmy Garrison, Bill Hardman, Billy Harper, Lino Liguori, Carlo Milano, Marco Ratti, Oscar Valdambrini and many more. Subsequently he became a member of the Claudio Fasoli Quartet.
He later founded the ‘More Than Jazz Trio’ with bassist Paolo Rizzi and drummer Riccardo Tosi who often perform with the Antique Music Vocal quintet ‘Ensemble Galeazescha’. The combination of jazz and antique music blended together in the same programme has generated great interest from both audiences and critics and has had extraordinary success throughout Veneto and Lombardy. They have also been received enthusiastically in Milan, in the concert seasons of the Triennale and Teatro Arca, as part of ‘Notte Bianca di Primavera’ at Palazzo Clerici and at a special concert on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the International Pbi.
Adriano Barbieri Torriani has also performed as a pianist together with the Franco Cerri Jazz Quartet during the season at Teatro Arca in Milan. It was with a piano recital of jazz and classical music that he launched ‘Palazzo Marino aperto ad agosto’, a series of concerts sponsored by the City of Milan in 2010.
Adriano Barbieri Torriani has made recordings for TV RAI 3, RAI Radio 3, Italian Switzerland Radio/TV and SKY TV.For the Diversified Technologies label he recorded a CD featuring Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’ and Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’, conducting the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. The recording was broadcast by RAI Radio 3 and also recently re-released.