Don Claudio Burgio
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Director of Music

Biography

Don Claudio Burgio was born in Milan on May 29, 1969. He studied Classics and at the age of twenty-one entered the seminary of the diocese of Milan, where he completed his philosophical and theological training. He was ordained on June 8, 1996 in the Duomo in Milan, by cardinal Carlo Maria Martini.
As a young solo chorister in the Milan Cathedral Choir, he trained under mons. Migliavacca, following in his footsteps both as a musician and composer and as a priest and teacher.
He began to study piano and organ with Luigi Benedetti, a former principal organist at Milan Cathedral, and continued his musical studies at the Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra in Milan, where his teachers included mons. E. T. Moneta-Caglio, mons. Ghiglione, L. Agustoni, A. Turco, F. Rampi, V. Donella and G. Bredolo.
In 2007 the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano appointed him as Director of Music of the Cathedral Choir.
He has written numerous sacred compositions for choir, organ and orchestra: songs for liturgical celebrations and for parish choirs (some published by Carrara) and polyphonic songs filed in the archives of the Cathedral Choir and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo.
In addition to his musical activities, don Claudio is known all over Italy as the chaplain of the C. Beccaria Young Offenders Institute of Milan, and as the founder and president of the Kayròs Association, which assists vulnerable young people in structured communities. His educational activities are described in the book published by Edizioni Paoline in 2010: “Non esistono ragazzi cattivi”, now at its third edition.
Don Claudio has spoken in numerous debates, public meetings and the media on issues such as spirituality, social justice, education, the family, drug dependency and the social exclusion of the young.

Collaborators

The current Cathedral Choir staff is composed as follows:

ASSISTANT MASTER: Claudio Riva

PRINCIPAL ORGANIST: Emanuele Carlo Vianelli

ASSISTANT ORGANIST: Alessandro La Ciacera

Previous Choir Masters

Matteo da Perugia 1402 – 1407
Simultaneous tenure of two unknown priests 1407 – 1411
Ambrogino da Pessano (acting) 1411 – 1414
Matteo da Perugia e Ambrogino da Pessano (acting) 1414 – 1416
Ambrogino da Pessano (acting) 1416 – 1425
Bertrand Feragut of Avignon 1425 – 1430
Ambrogino da Pessano (acting) 1430 – 1459
Santino Taverna 1463 – 1477
Giovanni de Molli 1477 – 1483
Franchino Gaffurio 1484 – 1522
Matthias Hermann Di Vercore 1522 – 1550
Olivero de Phalanis 1550 – 1551
Simon Boyleau 1551 – 1557
Bartolomeo Torresani 1558 – 1563
Vincenzo Ruffo 1563 – 1573
Simon Boyleau 1573 – 1577
Pietro Ponzio 1577 – 1582
Giulio Cesare Gabussi 1582 – 1611
Vincenzo Pellegrini 1612 – 1630
Ignazio Donati 1631 – 1638
Giovanni Battista Crivelli 1638 – 1641
Antonio Maria Turati 1642 – 1650
Michelangelo Grancìni 1650 – 1669
Giovanni Antonio Grossi 1669 – 1684
Carlo Cossoni 1684 – 1692
Giovanni Maria Appiani 1693 – 1714
Carlo Baliani 1714 – 1747
Gianandrea Fioroni 1747 – 1778
Giuseppe Sarti 1779 – 1787
Carlo Monza 1787 – 1801
Agostino Quaglia 1802 – 1823
Benedetto Neri 1824 – 1841
Antonio Piacentini (interim) 1841 – 1847
Raimondo Boucheron 1847 – 1876
Antonio Garzoni (interim) 1876 – 1879
Guglielmo Quarenghi 1879 – 1881
Pietro Platania 1881 – 1883
Giuseppe Gallignani 1884 – 1891
Salvatore Gallotti 1892 – 1928
Marziano Perosi (acting) 1930 – 1949
Pietro Dentella (acting) 1949 – 1957
Luciano Migliavacca 1957 – 1998
Claudio Riva (acting) 1998 – 2004
Gianluigi Rusconi e Claudio Riva 2004 – 2007
Claudio Burgio 2007 -