Conductor and Choir director, Matteo Baxiu began his music studies in Brescia in 1986 and continued his education at the Ambrosian Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Milan, at the Academy of Music in Pescara and at the International Academy of Music in Milan. He studied with Giuseppe Pagani (Organ), Franco Castelli (Piano), Alberto Turco (Gregorian Chant), Luigi Molfino (Harmony), Francesco Degrada (Music History), Arturo Sacchetti (Composition), Antonio Cericola (Conducting) e Mino Bordignon (Choir Direction). Furthermore, he has a solid humanistic education, acquired during his studies in Classical Literature at the Statale University of Milan. Matteo Baxiu started his career at the age of 23, first as Choir Director and then conducting the Arteviva Chamber Orchestra that he founded in 2003 and has conducted since then. He directed, as guest conductor, important orchestral institutions and international renowned soloists. With over 300 concerts performed, he conducted the main Baroque, Classical and Romantic choral and symphonic masterpieces. In addition to the classical repertoire, he focused on Twentieth Century composers, especially English authors (Holst, Warlock, Gerard Finzi, Vaughan Williams). He conducted the premiere of the oratorio Passio et Resurrectio Domini Nostri and the ballet Questo Amore, composed by Antonio Cericola. He also conducted the Sanremo Symphonic Orchestra during the Vita Nova premiere, composed by Alessandro Salandrini. His performance of Mozart’s Requiem, recorded at the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, was released by Kicco Classic. Reviews of his concert activity are copious. His conducting has been defined “meticulous”, “impeccable”, “lively” and, referred to his collaboration with Sir J. Galway in May 2018, “captivating and extremely precise”. He has always paid particular attention to the dissemination of music among children, often giving concert lessons in schools and collaborating with musical institutes to give talented young musicians the opportunity to perform. He often participates as lecturer to conferences on Mozart’s repertoire and as jury member to important international contests, many of these addressed to young talents. Matteo Baxiu currently serves as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the association Arteviva. The Arteviva Symphonic Orchestra holds its annual season in the magnificent church and UNESCO site of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in Milan.