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Timothy Brown (GBR)

Tim Brown, following a distinguished career as Director of Music at Clare College (Cambridge – UK) now enjoys a busy freelance life centred around the Zürcher Sing-Akademie (Zürich – Switzerland), of which he is the founding artistic director, and English Voices, his London-based professional choir.


He began his musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and later sang counter-tenor in the choir of King's College (Cambridge) under Sir David Willcocks.

He was also an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Music, and Director of Studies in Music at Clare College.

Tim Brown is much in demand as a guest chorus master for operatic choruses. In 2014 he will train his choruses for productions of Die Zauberflöte and Ariodante.

Future projects: 2014/2015 participation by the Zürcher Sing-Akademie in Munich Opera's production of Monteverdi's Orfeo. December 2014 he will conduct the Tonhalle Orchestra in Bach’s Weinachtsoratorium.

Zsuzsanna Gráf (HUN)

Zsuzsanna Gráf graduated at the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest – Hungary) as music teacher, choral conductor and pianist. She has founded the music faculty of the Városmajor High School 25 years ago, when she also established the Angelica Girls' Choir.  The choir was given the Hungarian Heritage Award and the Junior Prima Prize and became one of Hungary's best known choirs, winning first prizes at 8 international choir competitions. Their last grand concert took place at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. They gave concerts all over Europe, in the USA, Argentina, Japan.


Her main objective is to foster and promote contemporary Hungarian composers' works around the world. Many composers have written compositions for the Angelica Choir.


Since 2000 she teaches at the Liszt Academy of Music and is guest professor of the Yuna University of Music (Buenos Aires – Argentina) and guest conductor of the concerts organized by the Japanese Choral Association (AKITAI).


She is a member of the Hungarian Kodály Association and gives lectures and workshops about the Kodály method. She is a member of the jury in various international festivals and competitions. Her activities were recognized by 3 Artisjus Prizes, the Liszt Prize, the Hungarian Heritage.

Tim Sharp (USA)

Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the world’s largest association of choral conductors, students, scholars, composers, and choral industry representatives. An active conductor, Tim is in his sixth season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus (Tulsa, Oklahoma), where critics characterized his performances as having “stunning power” and “great passion and precision”.

He is an active guest conductor and choral clinician throughout the world.

Before coming to ACDA, Dr. Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College (Memphis – Tennessee), where he conducted the Rhodes Singers and Master Singers Chorale.


In 2003, Sharp’s conducting of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi won an Ostrander Award, Memphis’ annual award for excellence in theater. Prior to his position in Memphis, he conducted the Belmont University Chorale and Oratorio Chorus (Nashville – Tennessee)where he received choral credits on the Grammy Nominated and Dove Award winning recording: A Glen Campbell Christmas. Tim received his education at Belmont University (BM); The School of Church Music (Louisville – Kentucky) (MCM; DMA); and studied further at the Aspen Music School (Aspen – Colorado); the NEH Medieval Studies program at Harvard University (Cambridge – Massachusetts); throughout Belgium  and at Cambridge University (UK).

Aurelio Porfiri (ITA)

Aurelio Porfiri is director of choral and musical activities at the Saint Rosa de Lima school and at Our Lady of Fatima Girls School in Macau and visiting conductor for the music education department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. Porfiri is also art director of Porfiri & Horváth Publishers (Germany). Born in Rome in 1968, studied organ, piano, composition, choral conducting, Gregorian chant and polyphony. He has a degree in choral music from the Conservatory of San Pietro a Maiella (Naples – Italy). He is a prolific composer: his works have been commissioned and sung, among others, for the liturgical programs of the Vatican Radio. As a composer, he writes in a wide range of forms, including oratorios, masses, motets and hymns in Italian, Latin and English. He is a Knight of the Order of Saint George, member of the Centre for Liturgical Action of Rome and member of the Association of professors of liturgy in Italy. He is often invited as a member of the jury in international choral competitions worldwide. He is a regular contributor to musical, liturgical and theological journals as well as and has published, in addition of his own music compositions and CDs, more than 200 articles and five books.

Battista Pradal (ITA)

Battista Pradal, born in 1964, completed his musical studies at the Conservatory "B. Marcello" (Venice), "J. Tomadini" (Udine) obtaining a diploma in Composition, in Piano (with Professor Wanda Leskovic) and in Choral Music and Choir Conduction.

He studied conducting attending the three-year master degree at the European Academy of Vicenza. Has participated in several courses and master classes for choir and orchestra conductors taught by internationally renowned teachers such as J. Kalmar and D. Renzetti.  Many of his compositions have been awarded in important national and international competitions and published by different national and foreign publishers.

In April 2013 he won the first prize at the International Composition Competition "Polifonija" (Šiauliai - Lithuania) with the song “Io sentia voci” ("I heard voices") for a cappella choir, verses of Dante's XVI Purgatorio Chant.

He is founder and director of the choir and orchestra “In Musica Gaudium” (Oderzo - Treviso), an ensemble with which he leads an intense choral activity and performs a vast repertoire for choir and string orchestra, as well as songs for a cappella choir and for orchestra only.

He is often invited as a jury member in national and international composition and choir competitions.

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