urelio Porfiri is currently Director of Choral Activities and Composer-in-Residence at Santa Rosa de Lima English Secondary School, and Director Musical Activities at Our Lady of Fatima Girls' School, all in Macau, China. He is also Visiting Conductor at the Shanghai Conservatory (Music Education Department).
Prior to his move to China in 2008, Mr. Porfori served as Director of Music of the Church of Santa Susanna, the American church in Rome, and as substitute organist at Saint Peter's Basilica, where he was in charge of the Holy Father's weekly audience.
Other positions in Rome included the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, the Church of Santa Maria dell'Orto and the Basilica of San Crisogono in Trastevere.
Born in Rome in 1968, he studied organ, piano, composition, choral conducting, Gregorian chant and polyphony with Giuseppe Agostini, Nazario Carlo Bellandi, Domenico Bartolucci (former director of the Sistine Chapel Choir), Alberto Meoli and Francesco Luisi.
He has a degree in choral music from the Conservatorio de San Pietro a Maielle in Naples and is a PhD Candidate in History with focus on Music and History.
Mr. Porfiri is a composer of considerable renown.
His works have been commissioned and sung for the liturgical programs of Vatican Radio.
As a composer, we writes in a wide range of forms, including oratorios, Masses, motets and hymns in Italian and English.
He has produced several CDs of choral music, including a series on The History of Choral Music in Sound with SCM Publisher.
From an interview on Vatican Radio (March 7, 2000) came a series of four programs on sacred music with experts in the field, which Sig. Porfiri hosted.
He also contributes articles to the journals La Vita in Cristo e nella Chiesa and Liturgia, L'Emanuele, La nuova alleanza and Liturgia, as well as the online news serivce ZENIT.
He has collaborated with various publishers, like Edizioni San Paolo, Città Nuova and Hortus Conclusus and is the author of numerous Italian-language books.
Mr. Porfiri is a Knight of the Order of Saint George, and a member the Center for Liturgical Action (Rome), the Hymn Society (USA) and the Royal School of Church Music (UK).
CanticaNOVA Publications is honored and proud to offer several of Aurelio Porfiri's works our catalogue: