Giovanni Minafra graduated with distinction from the Conservatory N.
Piccinni in Bari, in Southern Italy.
He played first and second clarinet with the Symphony Orchestras
of Bari, Lanciano, Pescara, Fiesole and Alexandria. With
the Orchestra of the Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari, Giovanni
participated in prominent tours in great international theaters
in cities as: Paris, Leningrad, Rio De Janeiro, Cairo, Sydney,
Moscow, Lille and San Paolo. Many recordings were made for
RAI and other renown record companies, under the direction of
noted conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Oren, Carlo
Franci, Evelino Pidō, Janos Acs, Seymour Lipkin, Michele
Marvulli, Bruno Aprea, Nicola Hansalik Samale and Donato
Renzetti. Minafra is a Director who stirs excitement with
his charisma and quality of directions, is considered one of the
great conducting talents of Southern Italy.
He studied Conducting and
Composition with Maestro Franco Ferrara and Maestro Germinario.
Giovanni is the author of numerous
arrangements for large
symphony orchestras as well as compositions and transcriptions
performed by symphony and wind orchestras throughout Europe.
At the Conservatory Nino Rota of Monopoli, he studied
Management and Technical Consultation with Maestro Maurizio
Billi. With distinction he graduated in Instrumentation,
Coordination and Direction for wind orchestra with Maestro
Fulvio Creux in Pescara.
For over fifteen years he's
dedicated himself to directing wind orchestras of Puglia,
Abruzzo and Campania, directing more than a thousand concerts in
Italy and abroad. At Competition Atessa in 2008, he
won the award for Best Director and the ensemble directed by him
won first in its category. In Bergamo, 2010, Giovanni
received the Abbiati Prize VIII Edition for the implementation
of Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, from the
music critics of the National Association. He was a
component of numerous examination boards in several
conservatories of music and contests of national and
international levels. In 2011 he became the Chairman of
the Artistic Commission that annually awards the Orpheo
Award in Puglia. Since 2013 he has been the permanent
conductor of the
PugliesOrchestra. This year he was honored with
an invitation to conduct the Wind Orchestra of Pescara City.