NOVA ARS CANTANDI
Founded in 1998 by Giovanni Acciai, Nova Ars Cantandi is one of the freshest and most original, creative ensemble in today's Early Music scene. Specialized in a rare, unpublished italian sacred vocal repertoire, N.A.C. is a leader team particularly admired and acclaimed for its filological, brilliant and excellent performances.
N.A.C embodies the spirit of Baroque.
For more than twenty years this team of singers and instrumentalists through its concerts enables audiences to explore a musical world full of intense emotion and rare beauty: it's the repertoire performed in cities such as Venice, Rome, Naples in the time of Bernini, Caravaggio, Guercino, and so on.
N.A.C. records for many labels: Tactus, Stradivarius, Universal, Archiv, Naxos. Not by chance it receives regularly top ratings by the specialized Music press (Amadeus, Classic Voice, Musica, Diapason, Early Music) such as well several prestigeous awards: «Franco Abbiati» Italian Critics' Prize as best Early Music Record of the year 2019 (CD Leo) and the nomination for the International Music Award 2017 (CD Bassani).
N.A.C. has parteciped in various international festival such as: Festival MITO, Antiqua Bolzano, Pietà de' Turchini, Magie barocche, Oude Muziek Utrecht, Cantar di pietre, Trento Musica Antica, Orta Festival, RAI Radio3 (Lezioni di musica).
It offers a wide variety of concerts, presenting a selection of unpublished works by composers such as Stradella, Bassani, Merula, Leo, Legrenzi, Monteverdi.
Recognized as one of the greatest interpreters of the Renaissance and Baroque vocal repertoire, Giovanni Acciai graduated in organ, composition and choir conducting and specialized in Paleography and musical philology at the University of Pavia.
Former director of the «RAI Chamber Choir» of Rome, he is professor of Musical Palaeography at the «Giuseppe Verdi» Conservatory in Milan.
He is the author of numerous musicological essays and important critical editions of vocal and instrumental music published by the major Italian and foreign publishing houses.
He carries out an intense concert and recording activity at the helm of the «Soloists of the Madrigal» and of the Collegium vocal and instrumental «Nova Ars Cantandi».
Since December 2004 he is the official representative for Italy of the «Choir Olympic Council», an international group under the aegis of UNESCO for the diffusion of music and choral practice in every part of the world.
In November 2015 he was invited as individual member in the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne (R.E.M.A.).