Antonio Magarelli was born in Molfetta (Ba). He is graduated in Piano, Music Pedagogy, Choral Music and Choir direction, Band Instrumentation, and Orchestral Conducting from Bari and Monopoli Conservatories of Music. He continued his studies of conducting technique and interpretation of choral and orchestral repertoire with Peter Neumann, Gary Graden, Nicole Corti, Javier Busto, Bo Holten and Dominique Rouits. He attended the International Academy for choral Conductors and Singers in Fano and the Choral conducting seminar at Monopoli Conservatoire, with Filippo Maria Bressan.
He studied singing techniques with Claudio Cavina and Steve Woodbury. He specialized in the interpretation and practice of the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire with Giovanni Acciai, Ottavio Dantone, and Filippo Maria Bressan. He attended an annual course of Semiography and Musical Palaeography and a Laboratory of Renaissance and Baroque music with Giovanni Acciai at “S. Cecilia” Institute in Brescia.
He directed the world premiere of two new works by composers from Puglia: the Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem (1816), a sacred oratory for soloists, choir and orchestra by Vito Antonio Raffaele Cozzoli (1777-1817), and the Inno al Sole, by Giuseppe Millico (1737- 1802), a cantata for two sopranos and orchestra with period instruments. Recently he has directed works from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries: the Te Deum H. 146 in D major, the Messe de Minuit H. 9 and the Magnificat for 3 voices and continuo by M. A. Charpentier; the Stabat Mater by G. B. Pergolesi; the Gloria RV 589 by A. Vivaldi; the Messiah (full version) by G. F. Händel; the Missa Brevis Kv 275 and the Divertimenti per orchestra by W. A. Mozart; H. Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and King Arthur; the Mass in G minor and the orchestral suites by J. S. Bach; the Concert for piano and orchestra n. 21 in C major by W. A. Mozart; the Symphonies for orchestra n. 1, n. 7 and the Coriolano ouverture by L. van Beethoven; the Te Deum by N. Jommelli; the Concerti Grossi by A. Corelli; Gli stravaganti, an intermezzo by N. Piccinni.
He recorded with DIGRESSIONE MUSIC label the Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem (1816), sacred oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra by Vito Antonio Raffaele Cozzoli and Officia in feria V et VI maioris hebdomadae by Antonio Pansini (1703- 1791). He is a guest, for some editions of the “Anima Mea” festival in Puglia and Hungary, of the “Maldon Festival of Arts” 2015 (UK), of the International Festival of Belfort (FR), of the “Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences” in Rome.
He participated, as a speaker, at the VI National Convention at the “Research Center of History and Art” in Bitonto (Ba), publishing an essay on the Renaissance composer Agostino Scozzese. He edited the transcription of some works by Francesco Durante, two books of madrigals by Luzzasco Luzzaschi, and some compositions by Isabella Leonarda. He collaborates as a teacher, conductor, and courses manager to the baroque chamber music summer courses with the “Accademia Amsterdam” in Umbria, with which he has performed in numerous concerts. Hem coordinates the activities of ensemble music for ancient instruments and vocal laboratory. He is director of the “Cappella Musicale Corradiana”, choir and orchestra.