Aldo Viviani (born in Rodi, Greece, 1946) began to teach himself the accordion at the age of 12 followed by the piano, organ and various wind instruments (trumpet, flute, clarinet and saxophone). He also taught himself harmony and composition with a particular interest in the music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. As an instrumentalist he has taken part in various pop and jazz groups in his local area (Liguria) and for more than 20 years has been organist of the church of Sant'Andrea in Levanto.

In 1988 he founded the Gruppo Vocale Musica Insieme (now the Gruppo Vocale e Strumentale Musica Nova) with which he has given over 200 concerts in Italy and other parts of Europe. (Sweden in 2004, Switzerland in 2010). He is artistic director of the Rassegna Corale Levantese, a choral festival which this year reaches its 18th season. Choirs from Italy and from many European countries have taken part in this Festival as well as choirs from Australia, the Philippines and the U.S.A. He has composed choral and instrumental works as well as arrangements and transcriptions which have been performed by Italian groups and others further afield.

He has been a great friend to South Bucks Choral Society which has had the good fortune to take part in the Rassegna Corale Levantese on two occasions and will be returning there in 2013. He has also invited the singers who attend Iain Ledingham's Summer Course in Liguria for singers from the Royal Academy of Music to perform in Levanto and has kindly arranged other performance opportunities for them in some delightful venues in that area.

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