Italy
Fabio Avolio
June 2018

Italy 2018 ROMAinCANTO with Fabio Avolio

ROMAinCANTO International Festival of Sacred Music

Fabio Avolio

Fabio Avolio with the PopeFabio Avolio began his career as choir conductor at the age of 17, after completing his music studies at Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome and Conservatorio L. Refice in Frosinone (Italy). He then specialized in choral music and choral conducting with outstanding results, and also studied organ, composition and vocal technique. He perfected his musical didactic skills at Tor Vergata University and Rome Tre University of Rome obtaining the highest honours. 

In 1990 he started his collaboration at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican as Assistent Master of the Musical Chapel of Chapter. Currently he is organist for the daily services held in the Cathedral. He has composed liturgical hymns which have been performed in solemn beatification and canonization ceremonies at the Vatican, as well as sacred polyphony edited by Edizioni Curci and Paoline Audiovisivi. He has also recorded for Vatican Radio and Rai (Italian Radio and Television). 

He has founded and directed many choirs, achieving both public and critical acclaim, in particular: “Coro dell’Aventino”, which has made several recordings of symphonic choral repertoire, and “Gruppo Vocale OCTOinCHORO” (8 professional singers) with a repertoire of Renaissance polyphony. 

He was a teacher at the school of Pueri Cantores della Cappella Sistina in the Vatican and prepared a selected group from the Chorus of St. Cecilia National Accademy for the concert of Händel’s Messiah. He conducted choirs in the presence of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedetto XVI and Pope Francesco. 

He taught choral conducting at “Conservatorio di Musica T. Schipa” in Lecce (Italy) and was appointed as an “Expert of Choral Music” at “Conservatorio L. Refice” in Frosinone (Italy). He has collaborated as a master with the “Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia” in Rome and currently holds various master classes and choral workshops on sacred polyphony of 16th century (Schola Romana), both in Italy and abroad. 

He is Art Director of the “Accademia Romana delle Arti” and Director of the “Permanent Seminar of Polyphony of the Schola Romana” at the National Institute of Roman Studies of Rome. He currently teaches “Choral Conducting” in the second level academic Master in Liturgical Music at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant’ Anselmo University in Rome.