Alessandro Quarta, director and composer, gives particular attention to the vocal repertory of the Renaissance and Baroque in the concert programming of his ensemble Concerto Romano (www.concertoromano.com – www.facebook.com/concertoromano), and as guest conductor works as a XVII – XVIII century music specialist.
Concerto Romano has in fact received high praise from Italian and European audiences, performing in many important venues and festivals (Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Tage Alter Musik-Herne, Rheingau Musikfestival, Niedersachsische Musiktage, Händels-Festspiele, Karlsruhe, WDR Funkhaus-Konzerte Köln, Wiener Konzerthaus, Kölner Philharmonie, Styriarte, Rheinvokal, Musica Sacra Maastricht, De Bijloke – Gent, Boston Early Music Festival, in 2017), with excellent reviews by the press, and critics.
Quarta, with Concerto Romano has recorded three CDs for the Christophorus label; the second of which “Sacred music for the Poor”, was nominated as one of the most interesting recording projects of 2014 by the jury of Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. It was also the winner of the Prix Caecilia 2015. This CD as well as “Luther in Rom” have received maximum 5/5 votes from the French Journal Diapason. The last CD (2016) is the world premier performance in modern times of the Sete di Christo di Bernardo Pasquini, and in 2016 received the Diapason d’or prize.
From 2007 to 2012 Alessandro was maestro di cappella of the Insigne Cappella Musicale del Pantheon, and is currently maestro in the Chiesa di S. Lucia al Gonfalone in Rome. He often collaborates with other organizations and ensembles, such as guest director of Ars Nova of Salamanca (Spain) and is guest conductor for projects of Italian early music for the ensemble Emelthée of Lyon.
In 2015, Alessandro worked as continuo player with the Boston Early Music Festival ensemble for The Monteverdi Trilogy and in 2016 conducted Consortium Carissimi ensemble of Minneapolis, for the modern premiere performance of the opera Tirinto by Bernardo Pasquini, and has been coaching and producing ensemble Exultemus of Boston for the Orazio Vecchi’s Veglie di Siena first complete recording, ensemble Blue Heron of Boston for a recording project on Ciprano De Rore’s madrigals, and co-working with the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, NY).
Since 2016 Quarta has appeared amongst guest conductors of Orchestra barocca nazionale dei Conservatori italiani and the Kurpfälzische Kammerorchester of Mannheim (Germany).
In 2018 he will be guest conductor at Theater Kiel (Germany) for La divisione del Mondo (Legrenzi)
Since 2007 he has been instructor for the canto madrigalistico with the International Workshops of Early Music for FIMA (Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica), where he also holds since 2013, a masterclass on the roman oratorio of the 17th Century. As from 2017 he is Artistic Director of the FIMA international early music festival in Urbino.
He has taught courses at the Conservatorio Licinio Refice of Frosinone with a class of canto madrigalistico, and since 2014, collaborates with the Istituto di Cultura Italiano of Köln, as well as workshops on the oratorio romano at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.
Since 2015 he is amongst the moderators for the classic music programme of Radio3-suite for Rai-radio3 (italian national radio 3rd channel)
Alessandro in involved in musicological research, in particular, the unedited repertory of the Scuola Romana of the 16th and 17th Century. He has provided a modern edition of the Oratorio Mestissime Jesu of Marco Marazzoli for the Analecta Musicologica (DHI, Roma), and is a collaborator of IBIMUS (Istituto Bibliografico Musicale Italiano), for which he is preparing an anthology of Roman Oratory Music. Since 2016 he is artistic director of the new music editions Florida Verba, for the Fondazione Italiana Musica Antica.