Francesco Saverio Messina
piano and composition at the «Arcangelo Corelli» State Music
Conservatoire in Messina.
graduated in Sociology from the Faculty of Sociology at the «Federico
II» University in Naples.
choral experiences were as a member of a liturgical choir, but he later
went on to become both singer and conductor of several polyphonic
choirs in Milazzo.
the Vocal Ensemble Cantica Nova in 1989 and has been the conductor
since its inception.
In 2005 and
2006 he was also the conductor of the Pier Luigi da Palestrina
Polyphonic choir in Messina.
activity carried out by the Vocal Ensemble Cantica Nova includes
performances in important Italian and international locations,
including Palermo, Messina, Catania, Enna, Assisi, Città di Castello,
Lodi, Bucharest, Brașov.
years he has furthered his study of choral music, choir conducting and
choral vocal technique, performance practice and interpretation, with
Mino Bordignon, Franco Potenza, Pietro Righini, VoicuPopescu, Nicole
Corti, Umberto Rinaldi and Maria Luisa Sánchez Carbone; also with
Giovanni Acciai (study and interpretation of Renaissance music), with
Gary Graden (study and interpretation of contemporary music), with
Filippo Maria Bressan (study and interpretation of Renaissance and
contemporary music), with Werner Pfaff and with Vytautas Miskinis
(study and interpretation of contemporary music), with Andrè Thomas
(study and interpretation of gospel and black-spiritual) and with
Alberto Turco (study and interpretation of Gregorian chant).
Ensemble Cantica Nova has participated in numerous choral competitions,
including: the 28th Edition of the International choir competition
Florilège Vocal de Tours (France, 1999); the 9th Edition of the
National competition for young musicians in Caccamo (Palermo) where
they attained First Place in the choir section (2004); the Choral
Festival in Malgrat de Mar (Spain), where they attained equal Second
Place (no First Place assigned, 2006); the International Choral
Festival LiberCanto in Lodi attaining First Prize (2007); the Ohrid
International Choir Festival (Macedonia) attaining the special prize
assigned by the jury for the best performance of a Renaissance piece
(2010); the 53rd Seghizzi International Choir competition in Gorizia
he has been the Artistic Director of the International Choir Festival
InCanto Mediterraneo which takes place every two years in Milazzo,
he has assumed the artistic direction of a Masters course in Choir
Conducting and performance practice organized under the patronage of
the A.R.S. Cori (Regional Association of Sicilian Choirs).
He was a member of the jury at the Bratislava Choir Festival (June 2018)