Franco Radicchia (Italy, President of the Jury 2020) obtained his masters in Trumpet, Choral Music and Choir Conducting at the Perugia Conservatory of Music and Instrumentation for Wind Band at the Florence Conservatory of Music. He holds a Degree in Musical Disciplines, Choral Conducting with top marks in Perugia and a Master in Musicology at the University of Perugia and, finally, an advanced Diploma in Gregorian Semiology at the Lugano Conservatory of Music. He studied with leading Orchestra and Choir Conductors in Europe and at the New England Conservatory in Boston. After a few years in which he worked as a performer, as a member of groups with different musical genres and in ‘Duo’ together with the Organ for the performance of Baroque music, he dedicated himself to the direction of choirs, orchestras and bands. He has an intense activity with about 50 concerts per year. He is the founder and director of Armoniosoincanto Female Vocal Group with which he carries out an intense international concert and research activity with early music recordings with Tactus, Brilliantclassics, Amiata Records. Among the recordings it’s valuable to remind the ‘Couperin Masses for the Parishes and Convents’ with Gregorian Chant ‘in alternatim’ for Brilliantclassics, the 12 ‘Bicinia’ by Orlando di Lasso for Tactus, the ‘Canzonette’ at three voices by Claudio Monteverdi and the integral of the ‘Laudario di Cortona n° 91’ for Brilliantclassics. He has also achieved national and international awards with Armoniosoincanto and with the Vivae Vocis Concentus Youth Choir. He is engaged in the study and research of semiology and interpretative problems of Gregorian Chant; he is often invited as a lecturer in national and international masterclass and seminars. He is part of the Board of Directors of the International Gregorian Singing Association, Italian section (AISCGre). For years he has been engaged in basic musical training as a teacher of Theory, Analysis and Composition at the Liceo Musicale of Perugia. He conducts the Vocal Group Tritonus and the Children and Youth Choir of the Perugia Conservatory. He is the President of the Jury 2020 at the Queen of the Adriatic Sea Choral festival and Competition.
Born in Igualada (Barcelona), Daniel Mestre (Spain, Member of the Jury 2020) is one of the leading young Catalan conductors who works regularly with some of the most important choirs and orchestras of his country. He studied at the prestigious Escolania de Montserrat, the Barcelona Conservatory and he got his Degree on Conducting with distinction at the Vienna Conservatory. He has been Chorus Master at Cape Town Opera (South Africa), Assistant Conductor at the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, conductor of the Coro de la Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and the Coral Càrmina and he teaches at the Liceu Conservatory and Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC), where he conducts their Opera Atelier, Chamber Choir and Orchestra. He has been invited at international festivals like the Europa Cantat Festival in Pécs (H) and Torino (I) or recently in Argentina, China and Colombia. Daniel Mestre is musical advisor of the World Youth Choir and the Catalan Federation for Choral Music and he has recorded several CDs and for the Austrian, South African, Spanish and Catalan Broadcasting.
Fabio Pecci (Italy, Member of the Jury 2020) studied violoncello at Ravenna’s “G. Verdi” Music School graduating with brilliant results. As a cellist his busy concert activity has led him to perform in theatres and concert halls in Italy and abroad. He has been awarded prizes in many competitions and has recorded seven CDs for Tactus, Bongiovanni and other labels. He founded and directs “Le Allegre Note” treble voice choir and “Note in Crescendo” youth choir, with which he has also performed in prestigious theatres. With these two choirs he has over 500 performances, audio and television recordings to his credit. With them he also recorded three albums which include his own choral arrangements. With Note in Crescendo he has held concerts in Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden and in Czech Republic. With Le Allegre Note he also took part in the production of ‘Te Deum’ by H. Berlioz, held in Bologna in October 2008, under the direction of Claudio Abbado. He was responsible for the treble voices in the production of ‘Carmen’by G. Bizet and “Tosca” and Bohème by Puccini, in many theatres, as well as for ‘Carmina Burana’ by C. Orff, with the soloists of the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. He is an enthusiast of children’s vocalism and directs 5 children and youth choirs. As a choir director, he has received awards and gained recognition in many National and International Competitions, with eigth first prizes. Since 2013, he is a member of the Artistic Committee of AERCO – The Regional Choirs Association. He was a teacher at the “Spring Festival” by FENIARCO in Montecatini 2016 and 2017 and as conductor of the youth choir “Note In Crescendo” he represented the Emilia Romagna region at the National Choral Festival at ‘EXPO Milano 2015’. He is the Artistic Director of the “City of Riccione” Choral Competition and member of the Jury in many Choral Competitions.