“Thanks for your wonderful music at the New Year’s service this evening.
It was just a great great surprise to listen ur play also the choir you conducted !
Excuse me to say so, But I was not expecting such a high level music in any of church in Asia for a service …
As soon as I heard ur playing, I thought like ” Who is this organist !?” Then following the choir singing, it was like a real British boys choirs like … So pure and harmonised voices in one farve …
So beautiful !
I already told my colleges to Denmark and Sweden about the experience I had today.
I thank you again for the great music!”
Prof. Yuzuru Hiranaka (Organ Professor – Copenhagen, Denmark)
“La conoscenza approfondita della liturgia e del repertorio sacro, unitamente alla preparazione tecnica, sono elementi che caratterizzano ed influenzano, in modo positivo ed arricchente, la sua attività di compositore e di direttore di coro.
Nell’amico Aurelio Porfiri ho sempre apprezzato, inoltre, la capacità di promuovere e divulgare con entusiasmo e competenza la musica corale, attraverso un atteggiamento di apertura verso i compositori contemporanei, volto ad incentivare la creazione e la pubblicazione di nuova musica.”
(Deep knowledge of liturgy and of sacred repertoire, togehter with technical competence, these are elements that characterize and enrich in a positiv and influential way, his activitiy as composer and choir conductor. In my friend Aurelio Porfiri I have always appreciated also the abilty to promote with enthusiasm and knowledge choral music, trhoughout an open mind toward contemporary composers, with the tast to promote the creation and publication of new music)
Battista Pradal (Composer – Italy)
“Aurelio is an intelligent young man with a great deal of experience in choral music, liturgical service music, as well as liturgical organ. He is extremely well-liked and respected by his colleagues. First and foremost, he is an excellent musician (“the essential cornerstone”). Aurelio has a superb ear, advanced keyboard skills, and an excellent conductor.”
Dale Warland (Conductor, composer and academic, founder and conductor of the Dale Warland Singers – USA)
I must say also that I so much appreciate the constructive and fruitful collaboration we havehad so far. I really enjoyed writing that article with you – it’s not often I have a chance to collaborate with someone with so much knowledge and insight and ability to articulate it so well.
I admire you for that quality, my friend!It’s also been a joy looking into your composing world – not all composers succeed in writing music that is so well adapted to the target group for your music! Impressive work, Aurelio!
Thomas Caplin (Conductor and Composer – Norway)
“Aurelio Porfiri and I share common interests in the music of Rome in the nineteenth century, of which he has great knowledge.”
Nicholas Clapton (Countertenor and author of “Moreschi and the Voice of the Castrato – UK)
“Aurelio is one person who knows the meaning of hard work, and lives it. He is one of choral arts most active ambassadors in the 21st century. Having been trained in the very center of sacred music, his music reverberates the beauty of Renaissance polyphony with a touch of contemporary spirit. I have always been fascinated by how he juggles his time to accomplish the many tasks he does, traveling from Europe to almost all parts of the globe to propagate the choral arts while mentoring young Chinese musicians and writing articles, poetry and new compositions.”
Arwin Tan (conductor and composer – Philippines)
“I have been in continous contact with Maestro Porfiri and have always encouraged him in his work which he carries out with dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism.”
Mons. Renzo Cilia (Professor of Composition Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome – Italy)
“Credo di non mentire se dico che A. Porfiri e’ un’artista che vive questo spirito [della liturgia] e alita questi sentimenti, percio’ e’ un cristiano e un’artista che canta, con la sua musica religiosa, la sua fede con vera gioia spirituale, con nobilta’ di forme e elevazione dell’anima.”
(I believe I am not saying lies if I say that A. Porfiri is an artist that live this spirit [of the liturgy] and breath these feelings, and so he is a christian and an artist that with his religious music sings his faith with a true spiritual joy, with nobility of musical forms and inspiration of the soul.)
Antoni Martorell Miralles (Composer and conductor – Spain)
“He is an inspiring teacher of both undergraduates and children. Anyone who attends his classes will come away enriched both by his knowledge and personality. He is a first class conductor whose knowledge of performance technique and repertoire is comprehensive and well informed. Aurelio Porfiri offers inspiration to all who work with him. His attitude and gifts have taught me a lot and I owe him a great debt of gratitude. It is a great privilege to know and work with him”.
Colin Mawby (former conductor of the choir of Westminster Cathedral in London – 1961-1978, UK)
“I know Professor Aurelio Porfiri for many years, almost 25. He was my student in the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music and was always following my practices at the time I was conductor of the Sistine Chapel Choir. Professor Porfiri deepen with me his knowledge of Renaissance Music and his expertise on liturgical music. Also, he has performed many concerts of my own compositions and I was always very pleased with that. Professor Porfiri has also published some articles in Italian, English and German about my activity on the field of sacred music, showing his interest and professional expertise on the Schola romana of church music. I can only recommend him as a true lover of liturgy and music and as a serious, honest and responsible person.”
Domenico Bartolucci (Cardinal, Former conductor of Sistine Chapel Choir, 1956-1997 – Italy)
“Aurelio Porfiri is known to me since 1997, the year that I start my service as Choir Master of Sistine Chapel Choir. He is a serious person, actively involved in the implementation of liturgical reforms, contributing to the debate with appreciated articles and books. As far as I am concerned, I know him as a competent, professional and respected person and I hope his work will continue to bring good fruits for the good good of the students and the good of the Church.”
Giuseppe Liberto (Former conductor Sistine Chapel Choir 1997-2010, Italy)
“E’ vera consolazione constatare che un giovane maestro dimostri di credere nei valori della vera musica (come oggi, purtroppo, non e’ frequente) espressa in forma moderna senza varcare i confini della spiritualita’ musicale, favorendo cosi’ il raccoglimento e l’interesse dell’ascolto.”
(It is true consolation to discover that a young master show his belief in the values of true music (and today, unfortunately, this is not a given) that is expressed in a modern form without going outside the boundaries of music spirituality, fostering in doing so the meditation and listening interest.)
Alberico Vitalini (former responsable for the musical programs of Vatican Radio, Composer and Conductor, Italy)
His excellent performance and research experience lead to sound musical compositions, especially in his choral works in church style.
Dai Dincheng (Music Professor, Macau Polytechnic, Macau, China)
“His lecture [in Pepperdine University] was interesting, well presented, and well received. He demonstrated an impressive knowledge of his subject. Although my acquaintance with Mr. Porfiri is somewhat limited, I can say that I enjoyed getting to know him during his week-long stay at our university. He impresses me not only as a fine scholar of music, but also as a very fine human being. I have been impressed by his kindness, humility, and sincere interest in others”.
Darryl Tippens (Writer, Professor and Provost Pepperdine University- USA)
“I know Aurelio Porfiri for many years, and I know his deep interest for music and liturgy, and interest that was confirmed to me in many of our talks and in some collaborations, like the one for the CD “Canto per il mio diletto”, for whom Aurelio Porfiri composed the music, when I was in charge of the liturgical plan. I have also followed some of his publications with his books or in specialized liturgical journals. Aurelio Porfiri, for what I have observed of him, is a serious and honest person. He has done many activities for the promotion and the implementation of liturgical reforms (especially concerning music) with competence and passion. He is also a member of APL (Association for Professor of Liturgy) and of CAL (Center for Liturgical Action). I wish him to continue in this good path”
Fr. Silvano M. Maggiani osm (Former Rector Marianum, Professor in Saint Anselmo and Marianum, Italy)
“Gia’ dotato per natura da mezzi eccezionali di sensibilita’, con una applicazione lungimirante, ha conquistato meriti di alto profilo, tali da consentirgli di padroneggiare qualunque itinerario musicale con l’autorevolezza di un “kantor”, compositore, direttore e strumentista. Da un punto di vista stilistico e linguistico rappresenta una versione contemporanea della antica scuola romana.”
(Having received from nature exceptional skills of sensitivness, with a hard work and vision, he has conquered high level achievements, so to be able to command any musical itinerary with the authority of a “kantor”, a composer, a conductor and an instrumentalist. From a stylistic point of view he represents a contemporary version of the ancient roman school.)
Giuseppe Agostini (Retired professor music conservatories, organist, pianist, composer and conductor – Italy)
“Following in the footsteps of the Renaissance masters, Mr. Porfiri writes exquisitely composed sacred music of sublime beauty. There is a timeless quality to his composition which is both familiar and fresh. Mr. Porfiri stands as a pillar of integrity against the “dumbing down” of sacred music. His publication, Ad Te Levavi Animam Meam (On the Way to Discovering Gregorian Chant) is essential reading for church musicians and concert performers alike.”
Matthew Oltman (Music Director Emeritus, Chanticleer, USA)
“You are doing a wonderful work there in Macau! It is especially wonderful to see you bringing so many people together in such a great cause. I truly believe that if everyone sang in a choir we would have peace all around the world! You have my deepest admiration and I am pleased to be your friend and colleague.All of the members of the Salt Lake Choral Artists and the Salt Lake Vocal Artists join me in wishing you and all of the members of your ensembles our congratulations and best wishes! We would also like to greet all of the members of your community that will support you in this endeavor and hope that our choirs can sing together in the future.”
Dr. Brady R. Allred (Artistic Director, Salt Lake Choral Artists – USA)
“Professor Porfiri is an outstanding musician both as a performer and as a composer. His Mastery of the Art of Conducting places him well above expectations and his eminently high standards a challenge for those who enjoy the pleasure of singing. His capacity to engage people and organizations and to call upon their best is remarkable and his work in Macau is truly commendable and a model to be emulated. His creativity as a composer and his capacity to communicate through music are extraordinary. It is a pleasure to listen to his music and one feels compelled to join in.”
Ruben de Freitas Cabral (Professor at Escola Superior de Educação João de Deus – Portugal)
“Abbiamo conosciuto il M° Aurelio Porfiri, alla fine degli anni ’80, come organista della Basilica romana di Santa Maria in Trastevere, alle Udienze pontificie del mercoledì e direttore del Coro della chiesa di Santa Susanna in via XX settembre a Roma.
Nei convegni organizzati dall’USMI per la formazione liturgica delle religiose d’Italia, di cui allora eravamo responsabili con una mia consorella, lo invitammo più volte ad animare la Liturgia e tenere concerti serali con il coro da lui diretto.
Sul mensile di Liturgia “La Vita in Cristo e nella Chiesa”, edito dal nostro Istituto, Pie Discepole del Divino Maestro nella Famiglia paolina fondata dal Beato Giacomo Alberione, per alcuni anni collaborò con notevoli e documentati articoli, nelle rubriche Il libro di canto e musica e canto per la liturgia dove avemmo modo di far conoscere ad un più largo pubblico italiano la sua musica per la liturgia.
Caratteristica particolare della sua collaborazione fu uno sguardo attento anche alla produzione ecumenica ed oltre l’Italia che contribuì non poco a far conoscere la ricerca e i diversi tentativi di proporre una musica bella, semplice e adatta al testo liturgico italiano.”
“We met the Maestro Aurelio Porfiri, at the end of the ’80s, as organist of the Roman Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, of the Papal Audience on Wednesday and director of the Choir of the Church of Santa Susanna in Rome in Via XX Settembre.
In the conferences organized by USMI for the liturgical formation of the nuns of Italy, of which we were then responsible with other sisters of my congregation, we invited him several times to animate the liturgy and hold evening concerts with the choir directed by him.
On the monthly liturgical magazine “La Vita in Cristo e nella Chiesa” published by our Institute, the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master in the Pauline Family founded by Blessed Giacomo Alberione, he worked for several years with significant and documented articles, and under the rubrics Songbook and Music and singing for the liturgy where we had a way to make known to a wider public Italian his music for the liturgy.
A special feature of his collaboration was also a careful look at the ecumenical production beyond Italy which make a contribution in making known the research and the different attempts to propose a music beautiful, simple and suitable for the Italian liturgical text.”
Sr M Cristina Cruciani pddm (Liturgist, Chief Editor La Vita in Cristo e nella Chiesa, Italy)
“Prof. Porfiri is a competent musician and bis name is known for several publications in specialized liturgical and theological journals. It was the liturgical music expert during one entire year for Zenit, the biggest online catholic agency. I had him in past years as one of my singers in Saint Mary Major Basilica, and I can appreciate his love for music and liturgy.”
Valentino Miserachs (Saint Mary Major Basilica Chlir Conductor, Dean Emeritus Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, Italy)
“I knew Aurelio Porfiri for almost 30 years, at the time I was assistant to the Pastor in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome.
Aurelio Porfiri was Organist in our Basilica, before taking over to offer his services in other important churches and basilicas. I was and I am very close to his family and I can testify of their honesty and integrity.
I was in contact with Aurelio for all these years and I have always witnessed his honesty and his true passion for learning and for music.”
Matteo Zuppi (auxiliary Bishop of Rome, Italy)
“I saw the score of Te Deum for soli, double female choir, brass and organ, and I have listened this work through the performance at the piano from the composer himself, Maestro Aurelio Porfiri, during a visit he has done recently in Rome. I was glad that this work was dedicated to Pope Francis. I am glad also that a young composer think to write a so challenging work, using the language of contemporary music and using a classic liturgical text. This composition will allow good choirs, even if not strictly speaking professionals, to have an artistic and spiritual experience. Having conducted many liturgical and religious pieces of Maestro Porfiri already in the past and even now (and some of these compositions were written indeed primarily for Macau choirs in recent years), I am also planning to perform this Te Deum in Rome with our school choirs as a conclusion for the year of faith in June.”
Dolores Aguirre ccv (Former Responsible for the liturgical programs of Vatican Radio, Director of Tommaso Ludovico da Vittoria Music School and Iubilate Deo Choir, Rome – Italy)
“Profondo conoscitore della Liturgia, delle sue regole ed esigenze, costantemente interpretate alla luce delle precise indicazioni conciliari, dal Prof, Porfiri scaturiva, con forza ed entusiasmo instancabili, l’appassionata dedizione alle complessi arti dell’improvvisazione organistica, condotta con formidabile abilita’ (segno evidente d’un raffinato e totale possesso della scienza armonica), della composizione creativa (egli ha prodotto una mole impressionante di musica corale e strumentale – un “thesaurus” talmente ricco e variegate da imporsi come oggetto di studio negli ambienti accademici e fonte esemplare per le nuove generazioni di artisti) e della direzione corale e orchestrale(…). La poliedrica figura del Prof. Porfiri e’ destinata a tracciare una strada personale e originale nella storia della musica corale, a orientare coloro che si occupano dell’articolato (quanto spesso confuso e impantanato) mondo della musica liturgica e a costituirsi come sicuro modello di riferimento sia per gli allievi in formazione sia per quanti intendono usufruire delle soluzioni e delle proposte da egli individuate.”
“Great expert about liturgy, its rules and requirements, consistently interpreted in the light of precise indications of the Council, from Prof, Porfiri sprang, with tireless vigor and enthusiasm, the passionate dedication to the complex arts of organ improvisation, conducted with formidable skills (a clear sign of a refined and total possession of the harmonic science), creative composition (he has produced an impressive body of choral and instrumental music – a “thesaurus” so rich and varied that establishes itself as an object of study in academic circles and as an exemplary source for a new generation of artists), choral and orchestral conducting (…). The multifaceted figure of Prof. Porfiri it is destined to draw a personal and original way in the history of choral music, to guide those involved in the articulated (and often confused and bogged down) world of liturgical music and to establish itself as a reliable reference model for both beginning students and for those who wish to take advantage of the solutions and the proposals he has identified.”
Gianluca Libertucci (Organ Full Professor Venice Conservatory, Italy)
“Ho avuto modo di incontrarlo a Roma e ho riscontrato in lui una conoscenza molto forte delle problematiche connesse con musica e liturgia. Egli e’ inoltre a contatto con molti esperti del settore, in Italia e all’estero.”
“I got to meet him in Rome and I have found in him a very strong knowledge of the problems connected with music and liturgy. He is also in contact with many experts in the field, in Italy and abroad.”
Matias Auge’ (Professor emeritus Liturgical Institute Sant’Anselmo, Former Rector Claretianum, Consultant Congregation for Divine Worship – Italy).
“Aurelio Porfiri is an outstanding organist, choral conductor, composer, arranger and teacher. I have experience Aurelio at work as an organist and choral director of the “Santa Susanna Singers” at Santa Susana, the American Church in Rome, Italy. In addition he is a talented author, publisher, and lecturer and has served as an adjudicator for choral and vocal competitions in various countries. I highly recommend Aurelio as a musician, speaker and clinician.”
Michael R. Prendergast (Liturgist and Writer, Sacred Liturgy Ministries – Portland, Oregon, USA)
Aurelio Porfiri is one of the significant religious composers and conductors of our time. His music inspires.
Paul J. Contino (Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Humanities, Editor, Christianity and Literature, Associate Director, Center for Faith and Learning HUTE Division, Pepperdine University)
“Aurelio is a pioneer, on the front lines of a cappella, spreading harmony through harmony around the world”(Deke Sharon, singer, arranger, composer, director, producer and teacher of a cappella music, leader of the contemporary a cappella community and a pioneer of the contemporary a cappella style, referred to as “the father of contemporary a cappella”, USA)