Luigi Azzolini began his artistic career as a musician, graduating with honours in violin and viola at the Conservatoire of Padova, later undertaking studies in analysis, composition and choral and orchestral direction with a particular focus on vocal and choral-instrumental repertoire. Through these studied he obtained a degree in Choral Music and Choral Conducting from the Conservatoire of Trento.
For more than twenty five years Azzolini has conducted orcherstras and choirs; since 1985 he has acted as director of the Castelbarcos Choir, who are one of the most active and best know groups, so much so that they were called upon by Maestro Gustav Kuhn to join the Haydn Choir for choral symphonic productions with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento. Since 2000 he has been director of the Chorus of the Teatro Sociale di Trento, and in 2003 founded the Vocal Ensemble Continuum, a professional team who research, study and perform early and modern chamber music repertoire.
He has collaborated with numerous orchestras including: the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, I Virtuosi Italiani, the Orchestra Accademia I Filarmonici, the Venice Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Carlo Coccia in Novara, Savaria Symphony Orchestra of Szombathely; he has worked alongside directors of international renown.
He has a very busy performance schedule, both as an instrumentalist and conductor, performing in festivals and concert seasons across Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, England, Switzerland, Russia and Japan.
He has a particular interest in the research and promotion of new works and premieres: the performances of Salmo Secondo by Francesco Valdambrini; the oratorios La Santa Croce and Akathistos by Camillo Moser; La Passion, L’ombra della luce vivente, and Supertes erit by Armando Franceschini; the Magnificat and the Piccolo Requiem by Renato Dionisi; Dies natalis by Nicola Straffelini; and the Cantanti Rocciosi by G. Sollima, have been particularly memorable in this respect.
He has overseen the preparation and performances of music by Giorgio Battistelli, Roger Davidson, Orlando Dipiazza, Carlo Galante, Cosimo Colazzo, Felix Resch, Giovanni C. Ballola, Louis Bacalov, Brass Tonetti, Emilio Galante, Riccardo Giavina, Valter Sivilotti, Angelo Mazza and Marco Uvietta.
He has recorded and worked with record labels such as Naxos, Tactus, Arst, Harmonia Mundi, Velut Luna, Bongiovanni and finally for Concerto. He also recorded for RAI and ORF.
He is currently a teacher at the Conservatoire of Music “C. Monteverdi” in Bolzano.