Ciro Visco has been the new Chorus Master at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since March 2010 and Chorus Master of the Children’s Chorus since 2011.
He graduated from the Naples Conservatory in Piano, Singing (both the performing and didactic fields), Choral Music and Choral Conducting. He also studied composition and attended courses in orchestral conducting at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. After having assisted Maestro Giacomo Maggiore at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, when Teatro Verdi in Salerno was re-opened he was invited to conduct the chorus there for various productions (including Falstaff, Nabucco, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavalleria Rusticana and The Barber of Seville).
From 1997 to 2000 he worked alongside Norbert Balatsch at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; following that, as chorus master for numerous productions, collaborating with conductors and composers such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Myung-Whun Chung, Jeffrey Tate, Roberto Abbado, Yutaka Sado and Ennio Morricone, among others.
During those same years, he conducted Carmina Burana by Orff, The Vespers by Rachmaninoff, and choral compositions by Schubert and Brahms at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. He rehearsed and directed the Santa Cecilia Chorus on several tours, including those to London BBC Proms (the Verdi’s Requiem and Rossini’s Guillaume Tell), to Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem), to Salzburg Festival (Britten’s War Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle) to the Brescia and Bergamo Festival (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), and to South America.
Ciro Visco has been chorus master at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and at Radio France.
As a choral conductor, he has made recordings for a number of major labels, including: Deutsche Grammophon (the Misa Tango by Bacalov, with Chung and Domingo), Sony (music by Morricone), Decca and TDK; and as a pianist, for La Nuova Era.
He recently took part with the Chorus and the Orchestra of the Accademia in the recordings (Warner Classics) of Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Guillaume Tell and Petite Messe Solennelle, of Verdi’s Quattro pezzi sacri and Britten’s War Requiem.