About Me

AurelioPorfiri02_edName: Aurelio Porfiri

Gender: Male

Nationality: Italian

Place of Birth: Rome

Date of Birth: 08/08/1968


Studies and Academic Qualifications


PhD Candidate  with thesis focusing on Music and History: A Sound History.

2002 – 2004

Renaissance semiology with Francesco Luisi (editor for the third national edition of the works of Palestrina).

1990 – 2000

Further studies of organ and composition with Giuseppe Agostini (a leading organist and choir master in Italy). Achievement of the first level of Organ (number one on three for the final Diploma).


Graduated with the final degree in choral music at the Conservatorio of “San Pietro a Maiella’, Naples.

1988 – 1992

Renaissance polyphony and polyphonic musical forms with Domenico Bartolucci.


Employment: Organist

2016 – Present

Organist: Church of San Benedetto in Piscinula (Rome, Italy)

1993 – 2008

Organist: Substitute Organist of the Vatican City Vicariate in saint Peter’s Basilica

1996 – 1999

Organist: Church of Santa Maria dell’Orto (19 c. organ “Pantanelli” Rome, Italy);

1987 – 1992

Organist: Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere for 5 years (l9 c. organ “Cavaille Coll” Rome, Italy);

1984 – 1987

Organist: Basilica of St. Crisogono (Rome, Italy)


Choir Master, Teaching Activities and other Activities

2016 – Present

Editor in Chief of Altare Dei, a Magazine on Liturgy, Sacred Music and Catholic Culture

2014 – present

Contributor and Rome correspondent (Since october 2015) for Macau catholic magazine “O Clarim”

2008 – 2012

Associate Professor of Music, Coordinator of the music programs (2008) and of ARCHE, Art Research Center for Human Expression (2009) in University of Saint Joseph, former Macau Inter University Institute (Macau, China). Composer in Residence.

2010 – 2015

Director of Choral Activities and Composer in Residence Santa Rosa de Lima School English Secondary (Macau China)

2010 – 2015

Director of Musical Activities Our Lady of Fatima Girls’ school (Macau, China)

2008 – 2013

Visiting Conductor Shanghai Conservatory of Music Education Department

2006 – 2014

Artistic Director Porfiri & Horvath Publishers (Polheim, Germany)

2008 – 2014

Artistic Director “Roma in Musica” Choral Competition,“Venezia in Musica” Choral Competition and Fundao Choral Festival (Meeting Music)

2002 – 2008

“Santa Susanna Singers” — a four part polyphonic choir formed by professional singers at the Church of St. Susanna, the American church in Rome (music director since 1999 until 2008).

1992 – 2004

“Laudis Vox” (before 2002 “Regina Pacis”) — an award-winning three part women choir.

1999 – 2008

Director of Music of the Church of Santa Susanna, the American church in Rome and responsible for the planning of all the music for the liturgies.


Other professional affiliations:

  • Center for the Liturgical Action (Rome): ordinary member
  • Association Professors of Liturgy (Padova)
  • American Choral Directors Association (USA)
  • Order of Saint George (Rome-Spain): knight
  • Church of Santa Maria dell’Orto (Rome): Honorary Master and Organist
  • Saint Joseph Seminary (Macau): Honorary Master and Organist


He contributes regularly to influential blogs about music and liturgy as Zenit (until 2011), Liturgia Opus Trinitati (Italy), Views from the Choir Loft (USA), Osservatorio Asia (Italy), Paix Liturgique (Italy).



He has given several workshops, notably one in Hong Kong about church music that he led for two weeks in summer for three years. He was also one of the lecturers for the workshops during the World Choir Games in Cincinnati (USA, 2012). He has given workshops in several Universities around the world, such as Pepperdine University (USA), Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Macau Polytechnic Institute (Macau).

He has taken part in workshops led by outstanding composers and conductors such as Alice Parker, Robert Page, Columba Kelly, Marco Boschini, Milton Pullen, Mary J. Oyer, Robert M. Fowells, Paul Salamunovich, Colin Mawby, Deke Sharon and Domenico Bartolucci.