Festival Team

Music Director - Marat Bisengaliev

Resident Composer - Mtro Martin Palmeri

Artistic Director & Resident Composer - Mtro. Santiago Lusardi Girelli

Guest Conductor - Mtro. Mariano Chiacchierini

Vocal Training - Maria Meireles & Jonas Olson 

Resident and Guest Composers and Conductors




Born in Buenos Aires in 1965. He studied composition with Daniel Montes, Marcelo Chevalier, Rodolfo Mederos, Virtú Maragno and Edgar Grana (New York), choral conducting with Antonio Russo and Nestor Zadoff, conducting with Mario Benzecry, singing with Amalia and Estevez Create, and piano with Eduardo Paez and Orlando Tripodi. He has authored numerous choral works, instrumental and operas, among which are mentioned Tango del Bicentenario, released by the Qatar Symphony, Song of the distance, released in 2010 by the Choir of Buenos Aires, Christmas Oratorio premiered at the UBA Law School (2003), Matthew, opera premiered at the Teatro Roma in Avellaneda (1999) and recorded on the State Radio Bratislava (Slovakia), Tango Fantasy premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia ( 2000), Omens released in Matera, Italy, (2001), Concerto for bandoneon at the Teatro Roma in Avellaneda (2004), dance concert, Black and black and On the four seasons.  In recent years he has been invited to lead and participate as a pianist in the interpretation of his work Misatango (premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in 1996) in Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Slovakia, Spain, Holland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Switzerland and USA. This work was selected to be part of the ateliers of Europa Cantat 2009 (Utrecht, Netherlands), and has been interpreted by renowned conductors, soloists and orchestras in cities across the world. Martín Palmeri received the First Prize at the Choral arrangements organized by AAMCANT (Asociación Argentina para la Música Coral), 2011. The National University of Rosario awarded him First Prize in the 2010 National Choral Arrangements Competition. By the end of April 2017 the composition “Tango Credo” was premiered in the Avery Fisher Hall of the Lincoln Center. The concert was organized by DCINY. 
In October 2017 the work “Laudate Pueri” for quintet and choir was premiered in Poznan, Poland, with the participation of the choir Kameralny Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu. 
In June 2019 the world premiere of Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei will be celebrated in the Carnegie Hall, New York, which together with the Gloria (2015) and the Credo (2017) will complete the “Gran Misatango”. The event will be organized by DCINY.

more: https://www.dciny.org/palmeri-martin/




Born in Buenos Aires in 1979, Santiago is an Argentinian-Italian Music Conductor, Composer and Scholar of the philosophical traditions of the East and West. Dr. Lusardi Girelli has worked as lecturer and choir and orchestra conductor and in more than 20 countries in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia for the last 20 years. He holds Master degrees in Orchestra, Choir conduction,  Philosophy, and a PhD in Aesthetics and Philosophy. As the result more than ten years of research on Indian Philosophy he has published his Thesis on Buddhist Phenomenology and Hindu Ritualism and its links with Western Music & Art Tradition. Santiago has conducted choirs and orchestras, professional and amateurs, around the world throughout more than 300 concerts, and leaded music tours in several countries, from the Amazonas Rain Forest to Leipzig-Germany (J.S. Bach´s city); and from Peruvian Machu Pichu to the Indian Himalayas. His enthusiasm, leadership and passion for music, philosophy and cultures have led him to accomplish several important achievements and recognitions that have earned him the esteem of the local and international press alike.  Furthermore, Santiago has been involved in a wide range of music educational cooperation projects around the globe as researcher, music director and educator, as the worldwide known EL SISTEMA in Latin America for more 5 years; and as composer and researcher he has released dozens of original compositions of choral and orchestra music, combining ancient music traditions with contemporary composing techniques. He has published articles and essays on philosophy, music and theology as well. As Music director and composer he released more than 30 album productions, and conducted hundreds of symphonic, choral, opera and musical concerts. Currently located in Spain and India, Dr. Santiago Lusardi Girelli holds the Anthony Gonsalves Chair as Visiting Research Professor at the Goa University in India, working as lecturing professor and conductor of the Goa University Choir -the very first University choir of India-, he also collaborates as Lecturer, Composer and Guest Conductor with different Universities and professional orchestras and choirs  from South America, Africa, Europe and India.


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Internationally-renowned violinist Marat Bisengaliev is the founding Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India. Described by The Times as a "brilliant violin soloist", Marat Bisengaliev has also been designated "a latter-day Ysaÿe" by the American Journal Fanfare. The New York Times says that "he has taken to heart a style of playing that was a hallmark of violin virtuosity early in the century”.

Marat was born in Kazakhstan in 1962 and made his debut at the age of nine. He studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow with two of the legendary names in violin tuition: Boris Belinki and Valery Klimov. He was a prize-winner in 1988 at the Leipzig International Bach Competition, and in 1991 won first prize at the International Nicanor Zabaleta Competition in Spain, also receiving the Special Virtuoso Prize. Since signing a major recording contract with Naxos and Marco Polo in 1991, Marat has produced a number of acclaimed recordings. His recording of the Mendelssohn Concertos (Northern Sinfonia) became Gramophone Critic's Choice of the Year in 1998. Fanfare nominated his recording of Havergal Brian’s concerto (BBC SSO) as Critics’ Choice 1994. Sony BMG awarded him a Gold Disc for his recording Tlep by Karl Jenkins. In 2000, he received the 1st Platinum Tarlan Award and the Government Medal of Honour in Kazakhstan. Marat has performed with orchestras around the globe including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish, Philharmonia, Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, BBC Ulster, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Mexico Symphony Orchestra, amongst others, playing in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall.

Apart from the SOI, Marat has also founded two orchestras in his home country. In 2003, he founded the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. Their first CD—Karl Jenkins’ Requiem—was released on EMI and reached No. 1 in the classical sales charts and was No. 1 in Hall of Fame in Classic FM magazine. In 2012, he founded the Almaty Symphony Orchestra.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include the premiere of a new album by Yerkesh Shakeyev with the London Symphony Orchestra which was recorded with the same orchestra at the legendary studios at Abbey Road, and concerts in New Zealand, China, USA, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Mexico, India, Italy, France, Russia and the UK.





Mariano Chiacchiarini is one of the most interesting artists of his generation. At age 25, he won the 1st prize at the Teatro Colón "J. Martini" Conducting Competition in Argentina and began his international career, leading him to collaborate with the most prominent conductors of today, such as Sir S. Rattle, P. Boulez, P. Eötvös, I. Fischer, D. Gatti, B. Haitink, R. Muti and R. Chailly. Since 2018 is Mariano winner of the German Music Award (ex ECHO Music Prize), the KONEX Prize in Music and was selected as new member of the Advisory Board of the German Music Council.

Other accolades include winning the 1st prize at the "E. Rivera" Conducting Competition in Spain, and, also in 2012, he was named a finalist at Concours Chef Résident Orchestre National de Lyon (France). In 2013 was selected by the Kritisches Orchester Berlin to work with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin and Dresden, among other top-level orchestras. Wide-ranging success in auditions and engagements demonstrates his artistic presence and charisma.
Mariano Chiacchiarini was also awarded by Fondo Nacional de las Artes in Music, UCA Estímulo, UCA Internacional, he received the DAAD scholarship, the scholarship of Accademia Chigiana, Duna Szimfonikus Orchestra Prize, the Mozarteum T. Grüneisen Music Award and was Artist in Residence at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Even at his young age he has gained considerable experience, having worked with several top-tier international orchestras and ensembles, such as: Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Lucerne Festival Academy and Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland), Russia National Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon.



The IWCF - India Word Choral Festival 2020 is 

organized  by the NCPA Mumbai and the  IWCG ORG.