Piero Monti, Chef de chœur
The origins of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, a centuries-old Roman institution, are closely linked to choral singing. In the second half of the 16th century, several choirmasters and choristers formed an association, electing Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina as president, thus founding the Accademia. In May 1595 Pope Sixtus V published the papal bull Ratione congruit, the official founding act of the Congregazione dei Musici.
From these amateur roots, the Coro dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has become one of the most important ensembles in Italy and has won many prestigious awards for its recordings, such as a Classical Brits Critics Award, a BBC Music Magazine Award, a Gramophone Award and a Diapason d'or, among others.
Since its foundation in 1908, the Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has premiered several 20th century masterpieces including Respighi's Fountains and Pines of Rome. Throughout its history, the orchestra has played host to some of the most important conductors, from Mahler, Stravinsky and Richard Strauss to Abbado, Gergiev and Thielemann, as well as Karajan, Solti and Giulini.
Initially created as an association, with both artistic and charitable missions, this institution has seen its vocation evolve steadily over the centuries, but the enhancement and progress of the art of music in all its forms has always been the inspiration that guides all its activities.