Swiss composer Ivo Antognini received a degree in piano in 1985 at Lucerne, where he studied with Nora Doallo. He then studied at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern with pianist Joe Haider. Early in his career he composed music for television and film as well as jazz works. In 2006 he met with Coro Calicantus, a world-class children’s choir, and its director, Mario Fontana, and since that time he has devoted his efforts largely to the composition of choral works. He has been described as "an important new voice” by The American Organist Magazine. His choral works have won awards in national and international choral composition events and are performed by top choirs throughout the world.In July 2012, he was invited by the American Choral Directors Association to present his choral music at the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, USA, where he served as one of the adjudicators. Antognini writes music for choirs of all levels and has a distinctive personal style. In 2013, his O Magnum Mysterium was listed as the "Editor's Choice” by J.W. Pepper and "Best of the Best 2013" by Northwest Music (Canada). His choral works are published by Alliance Music Pub., Porfiri & Horváth, de Haske, Hal Leonard, Annie Bank Edition, G. Schirmer, Ferrimontana and others.Ivo Antognini teaches ear training and piano at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano (Switzerland). He lives in the village of Aranno with his wife and two children.