L'Accademia degli Unisoni
The Accademia degli Unisoni, a musical cultural society created in Perugia on 4th January 2006, derives its name from an ancient Perugian academy founded in 1561, whose members were nobles, musicians and intellectuals who dedicated themselves primarily to the study and performance of music.
Keeping alive the spirit of the earlier academy, the objective of the Society is the promotion, development and enhancement of the love for, and practice of, making music, primarily choral music.
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In its 10 years of activity, the carefully selected repertoire of the Society has focussed on quality and on choices compatible with its aim of artistic growth, through projects which have been shared with an ever-growing audience. Performances include compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (including the Vesperae Solennes de Dominica KV 321), Johann Sebastian Bach (Mass in B minor, extracts from the St Matthew Passion and the motet Lobet den Herrn), the most important sacred a cappella compositions of Domenico Scarlatti, participation in a theatrical presentation of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, the complete version of the Balletti a 5 voci of Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi. The repertoire also includes first performances of works by contemporary composers (Gian Claudio Mantovani e Tonino Battista). Recent significant musical projects in collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra of Perugia and noted soloists include: the Mass in B minor BWV 232 of J. S. Bach, for soloists, choir and orchestra, Ein deutsches Requiem op. 45 of Johannes Brahms, in the composer’s arrangement for soloists, choir and piano duet, and the Dixit Dominus, HWV 232 of Georg Friedrich Händel for soloists, 5 voice choir, strings and basso continuo.
The Accademia degli Unisoni performs choral music through its Choir (which has more than 30 members) and the vocal Ensemble, a quintet with a specialised repertoire of madrigals and winner of the 17° Riviera Etrusca National Competition of musical performances.
The artistic and musical Director of the Accademia degli Unisoni, as well as one of the founding members, Leonardo Lollini, graduated in Pianoforte, Choral Music and Conducting, and Composition at the State Conservatoire of Music in Perugia. Having attended specialization courses in choral direction and teaching, he has conducted several concerts with various choirs – including children’s choirs – and vocal and instrumental chamber music groups, in collaboration with famous soloists. He has performed a wide-ranging repertoire, from the Middle Ages to the present day, with particular reference to the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and has also transcribed manuscripts and original prints. He is Professor of Choral Direction and Choral Composition at the “G. B. Martini” State Conservatoire of Music in Bologna.