Fabio Vacchi

guest of honor

His works have been commissioned or conducted by, among others, Claudio Abbado, Roberto Abbado, John Axelrod, Luciano Berio, Carlo Boccadoro, Riccardo Chailly, Myung Wun Chung, Ivan Fischer, Claire Gibault, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Neville Marriner, Zubin Metha, Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Giuseppe Sinopoli. He has worked with directors, actors, artists, and writers such as Daniele Abbado, Gae Aulenti, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, Giovanna Bozzolo, Gianrico Carofiglio, Patrice Chereau, Lella Costa, Tonino Guerra, Yashar Kemal, Sandro Lombardi, Dacia Maraini, Franco Marcoaldi, Aldo Nove, Ermanno Olmi, Moni Ovadia, Amos Oz, Giulio Paolini, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Giuseppe Pontiggia, Roberto Roversi,Toni Servillo, Federico Tiezzi, Michele Serra.

Operatic works include: Girotondo, from Schnitzler (1982 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino festival), Il Viaggio, (1990, Teatro Comunale di Bologna), La Station thermale, (1993-95, Opéra National de Lyon), Les oiseaux de passage (1998, Opéra National de Lyon; 2001), Il letto della storia, (2003, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), La madre del mostro (2007, Siena), Teneke (2007, Teatro alla Scala), Lo stesso mare (2011, Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari). Instrumental compositions include: BriefeBüchners (1997, commissioned by C. Abbado, Berliner Festwochen); Dai calanchi di Sabbiuno (1997, commissioned by C. Abbado, Salzburg); Diario dello sdegno (2002, commissioned by the Filarmonica della Scala, conductor R. Muti); Tre Veglie (2000,commissioned by the Salzburger Festspiele, conductor I. Fischer); Terra comune (2002, commissioned by L. Berio for the opening of the Auditorium di Roma, by Renzo Piano, conductor Myung-Whun Chung,); La giusta armonia (2006, commissioned by the Salzburger Festspiele, conductor R. Muti,); Mi chiamo Roberta (2006, text by A. Nove); Voci di notte (2006, conductor Zubin Metha, 2006, Maggio Fiorentino); Mare che fiumi accoglie (2007, conductor A. Pappano, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia); Prospero o dell’Armonia (a symphonic melologue, 2009, conductor R. Chailly, Filarmonica della Scala); Tagebuch der Empörung (2011, conductor R. Chailly, Lipsia, Gewandhaus Orchestra); D’un tratto nel folto del bosco, melologue, text by Amos Oz (2010); Notte italiana (2011, conductor David Atherton, London Sinfonietta); Il piacere di leggere, text by D. Maraini (2012); Soudain dans la forêt profonde, melologue, text by Amos Oz (2013-14, Paris, Comédie française, Salle Pleyel, CD released by the Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale and available also to French schools), Veronica Franco, (2013, Orchestra Verdi, Milano, C.Gibult); Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose (2014, Bari, J. Axelrod ), Der Walddämon, (2015, R. Chailly, Lipsia, Gewandhaus Orchestra), Sull’acqua - sotto di noi il diluvio (2015, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi ). In 2014 the MiTo Festival devoted to him - the first Italian so honoured - a three-concert monograph. In 2015 he supervised the Opéra en creation Atelier at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, where in 2014 and 2015 were performed some of his works. His last opera, Lo specchio magico, based on a text by Aldo Nove, has been staged at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino on may 7 th , 2016. In the same year Vacchi has written Vencidos for the Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), and Concerto per violino, Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari). The first italian performance of La Giusta Armonia (Salzburger Festspiele 2006, Muti), conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, opened the 2016/17 season at Regio di Torino. Among his next works: commissions by Teatro S.Carlo (Neaples) and LuganoMusica. He is composer in residence at Bari’s Teatro Petruzzelli and Milan’s Orchestra Verdi.

Prizes and nominations: Koussevitzky Prize in Composition (Tanglewood, USA, 1974); first prize in Concorso Gaudeamus (Netherland,1976); David di Donatello award for best film soundtrack (Ermano Olmi’s Il mestiere delle armi, Rome, 2002); Annual Lully Award 2002 for the best new work performed in the US (his Quartetto n°3); Premio Abbiati from the Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali for the best new composition that year (2003, Il letto della storia); Rdc Awards for the soundtrack to the film Gabrielle by Patrice Chéreau (2005); nominated for David di Donatello award for the best soundtrack, to the film Cento chiodi by Ermanno Olmi (Rome, 2007). He holds a post-graduate course in Composition at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence). Honorary member of the Accademia Filarmonica Bolognese. Full member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Amy Beth Kirsten

composition faculty

Amy Beth Kirsten’s music combines popular idioms with fierce expressionism and theatre and often requires musicians to play, vocalize, act, and move simultaneously. Her work is distinguished by an intense physicality that pushes players to extremes by making their bodies and voices instruments of artistic expression. A composer, librettist, and vocalist, Kirsten begins the 2015-16 season in residence at Montclair State University (NJ) with her ensemble, HOWL, to develop Quixote - an evening-length theatrical work inspired by Cervantes and performed by three female vocalists and vocalizing percussion quartet. This 2-year extended residency includes six weeklong workshops and culminates in a week of world premiere performances directed by Mark DeChiazza in March 2017. Her most recent staged work, Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, opened the 2014-15 seasons of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and New York’s Miller Theatre selling out both venues. The Washington Post called it a “tour de force” and said it has “a beguiling element of the grotesque throughout, and the music is complex and multilayered, rich in allusions, and often extraordinarily beautiful.” Anthony Tommasini at the New York Times found it “dark, wild and engrossing” with a “wondrously eclectic score, which combines spiky modernism, breezy pop, hints of Indian music, percussion wildness and more.” The work was commissioned and produced by the multi-Grammy-winning eighth blackbird and directed by Mark DeChiazza. Last season Kirsten made her Carnegie Hall debut with strange pilgrims, a concert work for chorus, orchestra, and film commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra. She was also the inaugural Composer-in-Residence for London’s Riot Ensemble which gave the world premiere of she is a myth as well as the U.K. premieres of several of her solo and chamber works. She has been recognized with artist fellowships from the John S. Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Most recently she received the Leonard Bernstein Award from ASCAP. In 2014 the College of DuPage (where she was a student from 1990-1992) appointed her to the inaugural class of Distinguished Alumni. Educated at Roosevelt University (MM) and the Peabody Institute (DMA), Kirsten is co-founder and director of HOWL – a modular new music ensemble that specializes in instrumental and vocal theatre. In 2014, HOWL's record label, Bad Wolf Music, released its first recording, If this world could stop. Upcoming releases include she is a myth, the first CD of Kirsten's solo and chamber works. Kirsten's music is also recorded on the Parlour Tapes+ label. Kirsten lives and works in New Haven, CT and teaches music composition privately and at the HighSCORE summer festival in Pavia, Italy. She was recently appointed Visiting Faculty of Music Composition at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University for 2015-16 academic year.

Marina Giovannini

composition faculty

Marina Giovannini (born in Trento, Italy, 1959) holds degrees in Piano from the Conservatory of Trento, in Choral Music and Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Verona, and in Composition from the Conservatory of Trento. She has also attended special courses in Composition where she studied with Salvatore Sciarrino and Luigi Nono. She graduated with a PhD in Modern Letters from the University of Trento. As an active composer, her scores have been performed in Italy and abroad, broadcast by the national radio RAI, and has worked as a soundtrack composer. Her activities include collaborations with the RAI, regional seat of Trento, and the “Caring About Music” radio broadcast as planner/director. The broadcasts included programs such as “Ballando ballando” (Dancing Dancing), “Musica qui classica” (Classical Music Here), and “Musica allo specchio” (Music in the Mirror). Also active as a musicologist, Gionannini carried out extensive scholarly research on and arranged the critical edition of the Quartetto Giovanile (Juvenile Quartet) of Bruno Maderna. She currently holds the position of the chair of Score Reading at the Conservatoty of Bolzano.

Riccardo Lorenzetti

performance faculty, conductor in residence

Riccardo Lorenzetti was born in Osimo (AN) in 1970. He graduated in Piano and Choral Music at the Conservatory “F. Morlacchi” of Perugia and in Organ, Harpsichord and Composition at the Conservatory “G. Rossini” of Pesaro, and then attended post-graduate courses with Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Stephen Woodbury, Piergiorgio Righele and Vincenzo Torre. As a conductor, Harpsichordisd and Organist he has worked with many orchestras and chamber ensambles and choirs, among them: Pro Arte Orchestra, Mannheimer Ensemble, G. Rossini Symphonic Orchestra, F.O.R.M. (Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana), O.G.C. (Orchestra Giovanile di Castelfidardo), Chitarmonìa, Gaudio antico, Spirti Beati, Collegium vocale et instrumentale “Crypta Canonicorum”. In the baroque field he has an intense international concert activity with Accademia dei filarmonici di Maiolati and I servi di Maria. Since 1985 he is the Organist at the Cathedral in Osimo and since 1991 he is the A. Conductor of Borroni Choir, with which he has held many concerts and has recorded “ Messa di Requiem in Do minore” by Alessandro Borroni, performing it in a world première. In 1993, thanks to his profound interest for Renaissance music, founded and conducted, vocal group “Spirti Beati”, taking part as tenor as well, and publishing many Cds. In the vocal field, he sang as Tenor soloist in Gregorian Choir of Conservatory of Pesaro and in Collegium Vocale “Crypta Canonicorum”. With guitarist Matilde Oppizzi has founded Chordis Duo, that thanks to many concerts is becoming a reference ensemble for modern and contemporary music for Guitar and Harpsichord and is working on recording a complete collection of composition for this ensemble. He is also an active and prolific composer. Among his works: oratorio “Il ritorno di Paolo – primo missionario cristiano”, musical "Ho sognato di volare", rock opera "Il gabbiano Jonathan Livingston" and many other masses, mottetti, orchestral works, chamber music works, solo works, arrangements and transcriptions. His work is distinguished by a vaste output which presents a wide variety of musical genres and styles. He currently teaches Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Rodi Garganico, Organ and Composition at Civica Scuola di Musica di Osimo and Renaissance and Baroque Singing at the Accademia Internazionale d’Arte lirica in Osimo. Following his passion for music in its many faces and styles, in 2009 he joined punk-rock band "Io e i Gomma Gommas" as bassist and singer, giving many concerts throughout all of Italy, recording many CDs and taking part to numerous TV and radio shows.

David Ludwig

composition faculty

David Ludwig is “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” (The New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare). In 2013 his choral work, “The New Colossus,” was selected to open the private prayer service for President Obama and his cabinet for his second inauguration. NPR Music recently selected him as one of the Top 100 Composers Under Forty in the world. Ludwig has written for many prominent artists, including Jonathan Biss and Jennifer Koh, eighth blackbird, ECCO, and orchestras including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, and National Symphonies. Last season included commissions and performances with the Dover and Borromeo quartets, Pittsburgh Symphony, and an eight-orchestra consortium commission of a violin concerto for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova. Future commissions include a piano concerto for Anne-Marie McDermott and Bravo! Vail and a song cycle for Hyunah Yu, the PRISM Quartet, and “Piffaro: The Renaissance Band” Other recent commission and performance highlights include Titania’s Dream for the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Swan Song for Benjamin Beilman commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and Pictures from the Floating World commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. An award-winning film composer, Ludwig scored Michael Almareyda’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (Lionsgate), produced by Anthony Katagas (Twelve Years a Slave) and starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich, and Dakota Johnson. The film was awarded a top spot and premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Ludwig is the recipient of the First Music Award, a two-time winner of the Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Theodore Presser Foundation Career Grant, as well as awards from New Music USA, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Choral Arts Philadelphia honored him in 2009 as a City Cultural Leader, releasing a recording of his complete choral works in 2012. Ludwig has had residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies and the Isabella Gardner Museum. He directs composition programs at the Atlantic and Lake Champlain Festival, has served on the faculty of Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Steans Institute, and is Artistic Director of the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program. Ludwig was in residence at the Shanghai International Summer Music Festival in 2012, and is resident composer for the STUDIO2021 Ensemble at Seoul National University. Other residencies include a Music Alive! Residency with the Vermont Symphony through New Music USA, the Lake George Festival, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the Luzerne Music Center, and 2015 Composer-in-Residence at Music from Angel Fire. Born in Bucks County, P.A., Ludwig comes from several generations of eminent musicians including grandfather Rudolf Serkin and great-grandfather Adolf Busch. He holds degrees from Oberlin, The Manhattan School, Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Ludwig serves on the composition faculty of Curtis and is the Gie and Lisa Liem Dean of Artistic Programs and director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Umberto Petrin

performance faculty

Umberto Petrin is considered one of the best European jazz pianists and improvisers. Diploma in piano at the Conservatory, he's been actively interested in Poetry and Contemporary Art. He has made over 70 CDs, many of them critical acclaim, along with musicians such as Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Dewey Redman, Tim Berne, Pheeroan AkLaff, Lee Konitz, Lester Bowie, Paul Rutherford, Paul Lovens, Willem Breuker, Michael Moore, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Marc Ducret, Assif Tsahar, Jean Luc Cappozzo, Italian Instabile Orchestra, Phill Niblock and many others. He faced every jazz style and distinguished himself by a personal idiom that combines styles of T. Monk music and XXth century european Music. In 1997 he joined the eminent Italian ensemble Italian Instabile Orchestra, with whom he carried out worldwide tours. In 2000 he performed in a piano duet with Cecil Taylor and he has been the only pianist, apart from the author, who ever carried out original compositions by Taylor at a concert. Since 2001 he has been collaborating with Cineteca Italiana di Milano (Milan’s Italian Film Library) in setting important restored silent movies to music. He works closely with the writer Stefano Benni. His project “Beuys Voice” (piano + video by the Artist Joseph Beuys) was performed in Italy and Europe (52a Biennale di Venezia, Paris, Sparti Amphitheatre Sanopoulion - Greece, Auditorium de Girona- Spain, Zurich’s Kunsthaus, New York “Spectrum” and many others festivals of Music and Art). Recently he joined the prestigious ECM label, with whom he released the CD "Vaghissimo Ritratto", winning the Italian and European critics, accompanied by Gianluigi Trovesi and Fulvio Maras. In 2010 he has fulfilled a new demanding project with Stefano Benni, creating and performing the music for "The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot, published in an album and talking book (with Benni as a narrator) and then put on stage. In 2011 he published in solo “A dawn will come” (★★★★ for magazines “Jazz Magazine” – France, “All About Jazz”, “Alias”- Italy, “JazzNMore” - Switzerland “Free Jazz” – Belgium) for the English label Leo Records and built a new project with live electronics. In 2014 he published the CD “Traces and Ghosts” (Piano solo - Leo Records). The CD gets “Disco Choc 2014” for the French Magazine “Jazz Magazine-Jazzman” and ★★★★ in Germany, Spain, Switzerland and All About Jazz and Umberto Petrin plays in Piano Solo at Lisboa Jazz Festival and at “Spectrum”(New York). He contributes to Contemporary Art reviews, carries out teaching activity in Pavia and at Piacenza’s Conservatoire. He holds improvement seminars for Jazz Music and workshops on Theatre and Music with Stefano Benni.

Christopher Theofanidis

composition faculty

Christopher Theofanidis has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the National, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies, among many others. He has also served as Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony during their 2006-7 season, for which he wrote a violin concerto for Sarah Chang. Mr. Theofanidis holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston, and has been the recipient of the International Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship to France to study with Tristan Mural at IRCAM, a Tanglewood fellowship, and two fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy award for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now, based on the poetry of Rumi. His orchestral work, Rainbow Body, has been one of the most performed new orchestral works of the new millennium, having been performed by over 150 orchestras internationally. Mr. Theofanidis’ has written a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre, a work for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as part of their ‘New Brandenburg’ series, and two operas for the San Francisco and Houston Grand Opera companies. Thomas Hampson sang the lead role in the San Francisco work. He has a long-standing relationship with the Atlanta Symphony and Maestro Robert Spano, and has just had his concert length oratorio, Creation/Creator, recorded with them. His new work, Dreamtime Ancestors, for the orchestral consortium, New Music for America, has been played by over fifty orchestras this past season. He has served as a delegate to the US-Japan Foundations’s Leadership Program, and he is a former faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University as well as the Juilliard School. Mr. Theofanidis is currently a professor at Yale University.

Dmitri Tymoczko

composition faculty

Dmitri Tymoczko is a composer and music theorist who teaches at Princeton University. His book A Geometry of Music (Oxford) has been described as “a tour de force” (The Times Literary Supplement), a “monumental achievement” (Music Theory Online), and, potentially, a modern analogue to Schoenberg’s Harmonielehre (The Musical Times). His two CDs, Beat Therapy (“far reaching yet utterly entertaining,” Newmusicbox) and Crackpot Hymnal (“ebullient … polystylistic … kinetic … vividly orchestrated and vibrantly paced,” Sequenza21), are available from Bridge Records. A third CD, Röckdöts, will appear in 2016. The author of the first music-theory article ever published by Science magazine, he has received a Rhodes scholarship, a Guggenheim fellowship, and additional prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Tanglewood, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and others. His music, which often draws on jazz and rock, has been performed and commissioned by groups including the Amernet Quartet, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the Brentano Quartet, the Corigliano Quartet, Flexible Music, Gallicantus, the Gregg Smith Singers, the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Janus Trio, the Kitchener/Waterloo symphony, Network for New Music, Newspeak, Pacifica Quartet, Synergy Vocal Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion Quartet, and Ursula Oppens.

Giovanni Albini

artistic director, composition faculty

Italian composer and producer Giovanni Albini is full professor of Music Theory at the Conservatory “F.A. Bonporti” of Trento, and former professor of Composition, Harmony and Counterpoint at the Conservatory “C. Monteverdi” of Bolzano, of Music Theory and Computer Music at the Conservatory “J. Tomadini” of Udine, of Mathematical Music Theory, Music Theory and Harmony in Pavia at the “F. Vittadini” Higher Institute of Music Studies, of Music Theory at the Conservatory “G. Verdi” of Ravenna, and at the “O. Vecchi – A. Tonelli” Higher Institute of Music Studies of Modena where he has also been head of the Music Theory Department. His theoretical research focuses on mathematical music theory and its application to composition, and music AI. He has given several lectures on these topics at prestigious Universities and Conservatories including Yale University (MCM2009), Lithuanian Union of Composers, Università degli Studi di Milano, Università IULM and Università di Pavia. He is the founding Artistic Director of the highSCORE New Music Center and of the highSCORE Festival, today’s principal Italian Contemporary Music Festival offering masterclasses. He wrote about classical and contemporary music in the “Intelligence and Lifestyle” section of the Italian magazine “Il Sole 24 Ore”, the leading italian financial newspaper, and he runs “Perle di Vetro”, a contemporary music column for “Il Corriere Musicale”. He studied Composition at the Conservatory of Lugano and at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory of Milan, achieving a maximum marks ‘Diploma di I livello’ (BM) and a cum laude ‘Diploma di II livello’ (MM). He subsequently received a ‘Diploma di Alto Perfezionamento’ in Composition at the prestigious Accademia Nazionale di “Santa Cecilia” in Rome and he also received a BS and a MS in Mathematics and a ‘Diploma’ (MM) in Classical Guitar. He has written several concert music scores as well as several tracks for video art, exhibitions, multimedia, commercials, trailers, videogames and television. His tracks have been commissioned and used by international brands such as Giorgio Armani, Alfa Romeo, Diesel, BMW, Dovetail Games and Touring Club. He devoted himself with special interest to soundtracks for interactive media: his soundtracks for Mattia Costa’s live films (winner of the Nastro Azzurro Video Talent Award of the Milano Film Festival) are worth of notice. In addition his concert scores have won several composition prizes and have been performed by international soloists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world (Europe, USA, Canada and Japan); among them: the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Robertas Servenikas), the Tito Schipa Orchestra of Lecce (conducted by Salvatore Accardo and Massimo Quarta), La Verdi of Milan (conducted by Matthieu Mantanus) the Orquestra Clàsica do Centro di Coimbra, the string quartet of the BBC SSO, the Algoritmo Ensemble (conducted by Marco Angius), Le Cameriste Ambrosiane, Giorgio Mirto, Quartetto Indaco, 15.19 Ensemble, Flavio Virzì, Duo Bonfanti and Grammy nominated Avi Avital. His rich catalogue includes noteworthy compositions such as his “Missa Prima” (2012, for mixed choir, commissioned for the re-opening of the Cathedral of Pavia), “Una teoria della prossimità” (2006, for string orchestra), eight string quartets, an extensive list of compositions for guitar, both as a solo instrument and in many chamber and orchestral contexts, and his “Corali”, a collection of compositions for various instrumentations which explores a unique mathematical form of harmonic cycles developed by the composer. Two monographic CDs compiling his most significant chamber, orchestral and sacred scores, “Musica Ciclica” and “Musica Sacra” has been published by Brilliant Classics and distributed worldwide (in the USA by Naxos America).

Paolo Fosso

executive producer

Composer and computer scientist. Executive Director of the highSCORE New Music Center since 2006. President of the "F. Vittadini" Higher Institute of Music Studies of Pavia from 2010 to 2013. Selected by the European Commission in Brussels as Expert both in the MEDIA and in the Culture programs. As a passionate Entrepreneur, he invests in marketing and technology. Recipient of the “Ivano Becchi” Professional Award endowed by the Banca del Monte di Lombardia Foundation.

Alberto Barberis

assistant artistic director, performance faculty

Born in Moncalieri, Alberto Barberis is an italian composer, guitarist, performer and music researcher. He began playing classical guitar at a young age, studying, among others, with Maurizio Colonna, Giorgio Mirto and Bruno Giuffredi. He got the Diploma in classical guitar at the Conservatory of Turin (IT) and the Master’s degree in classical guitar at the Conservatory of Brescia (IT). Alongside his musical activity, he undertook engineering studies at the Polytechnic of Turin, that stimulated his interest for mathematical applications in musical composition and electronic music. Therefore he studied composition with Giovanni Albini, mathematician and composer. Since 2012 he is the Assistant Artistic Director of highSCORE New Music Center. From 2012 he is part of FloatingForest Record, a label and a collective of improvisation and experimental music. In July 2016 he obtained with honors the Master of Arts in Composition and Theory at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana of Lugano (CH), where he studied with Nadir Vassena and Giovanni Verrando. Recently he collaborated with several contemporary music ensembles including the Ensemble Recherche (DE), the Eutopia Ensemble (IT), and he took part in many intenational music festivals, such as OGGIMUSICA e Nachtstrom. Alongside his artistic activity (as composer, guitarist, improviser and sound engineer) is currently developing an ear-training application for the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (tiascolto) and a spatialization software (Ormé), presented at CIM XIX (2016). In 2016 he won the Werkjahr 2017 of the foundation Christoph Delz (Basel - CH), with a research project on the interaction between orchestral instruments and electronic devices: Magnifyinglass.

Giovanni Cestino

musicologist in residence, faculty

Giovanni Cestino graduated Cum Laude in classical guitar with Luigi Biscaldi at the Conservatory of Alessandria. He made his own debut in important international classical guitar festivals as Lagonegro (2010) and “Michele Pittaluga” of Alessandria (2011). He premiered works by various composers such as Roberto Beltrami, Alberto Colla, Roberto Fabbriciani, often dedicated to him. He was also Professor on contract at Conservatorium of Alessandria from 2011 to 2013 and Master Collaborator for C.I.P.A.M. (Arezzo) and Accademia Musicale della Romagna Toscana for summer courses of R. Fabbriciani. Together with his activity as a guitarist, he began musicological studies at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia, where he graduated in Musicology, focusing on Italian music of the second half of the XXth Century. He collaborates with important publishers like Suvini Zerboni (Milan) and il Saggiatore (Milan), and with Bèrben (Ancona) specifically for the works by Carlo Mosso. He also undertook the studies of conduction with Ingrid Pustijanac, conducting the Choir of the Faculty of Musicology. He recently premiered the first modern revival of the unpublished radiophonic opera L’Augellino Belverde (1958) by Bruno Maderna and Vittorio Sermonti.

Simeone Pozzini

journalist in residence

Simeone Pozzini studied piano with Maria Grazia Petrali at “F. Gaffurio” Academy in Lodi and the with Pietro De Luigi and Paola Dordoni graduating at the Conservatory “G. Cantelli” of Novara. Then he studied with Boris Petrushansky, Massimiliano Damerini, Håkon Austbø, Maria Grazia Bellocchio, Franco Gulli, Enrica Cavallo, François-Joël Thiollier, Jorg Demus, and Ennio Pastorino. He won several national prizes and performed as a soloist and in many chamber formations in several theatres (Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, Teatro Sperimentale di Trento, Teatro Alle Vigne di Lodi, Teatro Smeraldo di Milano, Giuditta Pasta di Saronno, Palazzo dei congressi di Lugano, COV Conservatoire Nyon, among the others) and played with violinist Aldo Campagnari. Composer Aureliano Cattaneo wrote "Fragmento (detalle)" e "Intermezzo primo" da /Klangregie/ specially for him and has given many world premières. He was the founder and artistic director of the Contemporanea\Mente Festival, which was dedicated to 19th century music. Stradivarius label published a CD with his performances of the complete piano works of Giovanni Spezzaferri. He was one of the author of the classical music television channel Sky Classica. He is the founder and director of the online magazine ilcorrieremusicale.it. He teaches Musical Journalism at Rovereto.

Ingrid Pustijanac

musicologist, artistic advisory board

Ingrid Pustijanac (born in Pula, Croatia in 1974) is a musicologist whose main research fields are in composition technique and music theory, in particular that of the late XXth century composers such as György Ligeti, Gèrard Grisey, Helmuth Lachenmann, Giacinto Scelsi, Luciano Berio, Salvatore Sciarrino and others, based on sketch studies and analysis of compositional process. She received a degree in composition and choral conducting from the Conservatory of Mantua, and pursued her studies in electronic music and orchestral conducting at Scuole Civiche of Milan. She was an assistant on the Musicology Faculty at the University of Pavia  (Harmony and Music Analysis), a young professor at the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb (XXth century music and Croatian XXth century music), and has been a conductor of the Choir for the Musicology Faculty in Cremona from 2001.

Among her several publications:

  • Natura e calcolo nella concezione del tempo di Gérard Grisey, in Suono e natura. Composizione e teoria musicale in Francia: 1950-2000, (a cura di) Gianmario Borio e Pierre Michel, Istituti editoriali e poligrafici internazionali, Pisa 2005, pp. 173-186.
  • Il concetto di tempo nel pensiero compositivo della seconda metà del XX secolo, in Storia dei concetti musicali: armonia, espressione, forma, opera e tempo, a cura di Gianmario Borio e Carlo Gentili, Carocci, Roma 2007, pp. 343-359.
  • La musica d’arte dell’Occidente oltre l’Occidente, in Atti del Seminario Internazionale di Studi L’Etnomusicologia e le musiche contemporanee, Fondazione Giorgio Cini 2009.
  • La ricezione del pensiero spettrale negli ultimi due decenni in Italia, in Atti del Convegno internazionale di studi «Italia/Francia. Musica e cultura nella seconda metà del XX secolo», a cura di a cura di Amalia Colisani, Gabriele Garilli, Gaetano Mercandante, Epos, Palermo 2009, pp. 347-372.

Quartetto Indaco

Quartetto Indaco was formed at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in 2007, thanks to the encouragement and help of Piero Farulli and Andrea Nannoni. Subsequently, the ensemble participated in master classes with numerous internationally renowned quartets including the Artemis, Brodsky and Prometeo Quartets as well as in specialized courses with members of great quartets such as Milan Skampa of the Smetana Quartet, Hatto Beyerle of the Alban Berg Quartet, Reiner Schmidt of the Hagen Quartet and Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet. Quartetto Indaco is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in chamber music at the Musikhochschule of Hannover under the guidance of Oliver Willie, member of the Kuss Quartet. The quartet has performed on concert series’ and festivals throughout Italy including a performance at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome (which was broadcast throughout Italy by Rai Radio 3), as well as in festivals such as "Aosta Classica", "Festival dei due mondi" in Spoleto and "Festival della creativitа" in Florence and Prato”. They have appeared in various European countries including Ireland (Dublin and Galway), Latvia (Riga and Jurmala), Germany (Podium Festival in Essen, Hannover and Bad Pyrmont), Sweden (Stockholm and Vдnersborg), and Holland (The Hague and Kerkrade). The quartet has won several prizes in international competitions including the "Premio Papini” and “Enrica Cremonesi”. In 2014, they were the recipients of the special prize “Jeunesses Musicales” at the tenth edition of the prestigious “Premio Paolo Borciani”, the first time this recognition has been given to an Italian quartet. The quartet has performed with many illustrious international artists, including the pianists Bruno Canino and Carlo Balzaretti, Robert Irving (former principal cellist of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields), Paolo Beltramini (solo clarinet of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana) as well as Valentin Erben, the cellist of the Alban Berg Quartet with whom, in 2012, they performed the quintet for two cellos by Schubert. Quartetto Indaco is also dedicated to contemporary music with the goal of giving a voice to new musical language. In this regard they have been 'ensemble in residence' at the International HighScore Festival of Pavia since 2010. The quartet has received enthusiastic and glowing reviews from many music critics. The Ttela Newspaper of Sweden wrote “their performance is like a stupefying show of fireworks, so brilliant that the walls could hardly contain it”. Il Giornale di Vicenza describes the quartet as “compact, full of polish and exuberance, a real revelation. The Quartetto Indaco shows lucid precision, concentration and great ability”.

unassisted fold

unassisted fold is a german-italian duo formed by flutist Sonja Horlacher and guitarist Flavio Virzì playing acoustic and electronic music. Their interest for diversity and contaminations brings them to collaborate with composers and multimedia artists from different areas. They have been invited to perform in new and experimental music festivals, art galleries, squats and museums such as: curva minore contemporary sound (IT), Euro microfest (D), Kaskadenkondesator (CH), Historisches Museum Frankfurt (D). Their recordings are released by Limit cycle records and Classwar Karaoke.

Argot Duo

Rosa Franciamore (clarinet and basset horn) and Alma Shaikimova (piano) founded Argot Duo after an orchestral collaboration in 2014. The Argot Duo is focused on 20th century european composers for duo and larger formations with violin, cello and flute. Honneger, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Benjamin, Berg are the favorite composers, from which comes the name choice. The Argot Duo performed classical recitals as well as experimental theater co-productions in Parma, Pavia and Milano.