Forty years of activity distinguishes the Castelbarco Polyphonic Choir of Avio (Trento), which has been directed by Luigi Azzolini since 1985, under whose guidance they have given concerts in Italy, Austria, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Having been successful in national and international competitions, they have been called upon to collaborate in important musical events worldwide. The choir has also performed many world premieres including work by composers such as: Ottone Tonetti, Armando Franceschini, Denev Zwetan, Sandor Kiss, Roger Davidson, Felix Resch, Gianfranco Grisi, Orlando Dipiazza, Francesco Valdambrini, Riccardo Giavina, Giovanni Carli Ballola, Nicola Straffelini, Angelo Mazza and Cosimo Colazzo.
In October 1998 they participated in a production of La traviata, (First Opera Season of the S. Chiara Centre in Trento with the Haydn Orchestra directed by D. Lucantoni) and in 1999, conducted by Maestro K. Martin, they performed in the Barber of Seville by Rossini. Their participation in the “Spoleto Festival ’99” was of great artistic importance. These were concerts of choral church music by Gian Carlo Menotti and Johannes Streicher with a programme of a cappella songs, some even premieres, which were received with critical acclaim. In the same year they were involved in a performance of Mozart‘s Don Giovanni at the Verona Philharmonic Theatre, under the direction of C. Rovaris, and in the Festival “Musicantica” of Trento with performances from the Roman ‘Policorale’ School that are included in the Feininger catalogue. They were invited to join the “Perosiana 2000” for the performance of the “Messe vocali-strumentali by Lorenzo Perosi” and returned there in 2004 to perform the Resurrection of Christ, with concerts in Imola and Torino, where they recorded the world premiere for the label Bongiovanni. In 2007 for the performed and recorded the Christmas Oratorio of Redeemer, always under the direction of Arturo Sacchetti.
In 2000, they participated, together with other choral ensembles, in the staging of Giuseppe Verdi‘s Requiem, conducted by Georg Schmöhe and C. Mandeal. Under the direction of Luigi Azzolini they performed, in collaboration with the Orchestra Accademia I Filarmonici, the Grosse Messe K 427 in C minor and W. A. Mozart‘s Requiem. In 2002 they took part in two national premieres, both in collaboration with the “Haydn” Symphonic Orchestra, for the Festival of Sacred Music of Trento and Bolzano presenting J. Rutter’s Requiem, and together with the Chorus of the Teatro Sociale di Trento, the Messe Solennelle H. Berlioz.
In 2003, in the “Haydn” Orchestra’s concert season, they performed film music, organised and directed by Riz Ortolani, during the Festival of Sacred Music, with music by Buxtehude, Cimarosa and Hummel. In the summer they performed the Requiem by W. A. Mozart under the baton of O. Rudner and finally, the Creation by F. J. Haydn, under the direction of artistic director G. Kuhn (performed again in September 2004 in the Cathedral of Pisa).
In 2006, the Castelbarco Choir – as called upon by G. Kuhn to be a key part of the “Haydn Choir” – participated in the production of the Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven for the Festival of Sacred Music. They also performed, as a world premiere, the second oratorio by Camillo Moser “Akathist” for choir and orchestra and Harmoniemesse by F. J. Haydn, conducted Luigi Azzolini; for the Philharmonic Association of Rovereto’s season they performed, with the Haydn Orchestra, G. Fauré’s Requiem, conducted by their director, which was performed again in 2008 in memory of Gianna Pederzini.
In December 2008, they returned to Sterzing and the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Gustav Kuhn to perform the Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. In the first few days of May 2011, the Castelbarco Choir presented in the first national performance of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem for soprano, tenor, soloists, chorus and instrumental ensemble.
In July 2011, the choir received the “Totemblueart” prize for art, for the best musical expressiveness in Trentino.
During the Christmas holidays in 2012 the Choir performed Magnificat in D major BWV 243 by J. S. Bach in collaboration with the instrumental group “I Virtuosi Italiani” in Avio, Desenzano and Verona .
To celebrate 40 years in the industry, in June 2013, the Castelbarco Choir performed a concert at the Romanesque Church of Avio, which saw the performance of, among other pieces, the Gloria by Vivaldi with the ensemble “I Cameristi Rovereto”.
In May 2014 they were called by Bob Chilcott to perform his Requiem and the choir will perform at the Lincoln Centre in New York City at the US Holocaust Memorial Day.